S/SGT JOSEPH A. JAGIELLO
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
(Posted by John Sinnicki)
Polish Legion Post number 191, located in Washington, DC is named in honor of S/Sgt Joseph Anthony Jagiello, USMC, a member of A Company 1st Battalion 7th Marines.
Staff Sergeant Joseph Anthony Jagiello, United States Marine Corps. Was born on August 26, 1924 at the Marine barracks in Quantico. 'Virginia. He was the son of Master Sergeant Anthony Jagiello. United States Marine Corps, and Stephanie Jagiello. His father was born in Suchodol, near Krosno, Poland and his mother was from Grudziadz. Poland.
Joseph's boyhood was spent primarily in Quantico, Virginia with the exception of the years 1927 to 1929 and 1932 to 1934. When his father was stationed in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Joseph attended school in Quantico and graduated from High School in 1942. He was active for many years in Boy Scout Troop 121 at Quantico, which incidentally is still in existence. He was also an acolyte for the Roman Catholic Services at the Post Chapel. and a member of the American Legion Band of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Upon graduation from high school, Joseph attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he was a member of the Cadet Band. In 1943 he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After basic training, he was sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations where he saw action with the Second Marine Division at Saipan, Guam and Tinian. After the war he served with the 1st Marine Division in the China Theater and eventually returned to Quantico his birthplace. At Quantico he was a member of the Rifle and Pistol Range Detachment and was frequently engaged in shooting competitions.
During the years 1947 to 1950 he received the following United States Marine Corps Shooting Awards:
Division Rifle Silver Medal Award 1947
Division Rifle Gold Medal 1948
Division Rifle Bronze Medal 1949
Division Pistol Silver Medal 1947
Division Pistol Silver Medal 1948
Distinguished Marksman Medal 1949
Marine Corps Pistol Bronze Medal. 1949
Distinguished Pistol Shot 1949
National Pistol Match Winner Gold Medal 1949
Lauchheimer Trophy. Second Place Winner.
Silver Medal. 1950
In addition to the above, he was awarded 88 civilian shooting medals as well as many trophies of various types. At the outbreak of the Korean War, Joseph was assigned to the First Battalion Seventh Marines, First Marine Division. He participated in the amphibious landing at Inchon, Korea and subsequent combat actions until; November 4th, 1950 when he was killed in action just south of Sudong at Chosin Reservoir, Korea
After cessation of hostilities, his remains were recovered and interred in Arlington Cemetery, where he was buried next to his mother.
Staff Sergeant Joseph Anthony Jagiello, United States Marine Corps, is also the recipient of the following decorations and service medals:
Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with Second Award Clasp
Presidential Unit Citation-Inchon Seoul
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Battle Stars
Marine Corps Expeditionary Campaign Medal
Army of occupation of Japan Service Medal
Korean Service Campaign Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Distinguished Unit Citation
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Submitted by John Sinnicki who is a member of Post number
191 S/Sgt Jagiello Post.