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James Joseph O’Leary

Korean air fields

Korean air fields

James Joseph O’Leary was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on Christmas Eve 1927 and enlisted into the US Marine Corps when he was 18 at Boston, Mass on 16 January 1946.  He was my uncle, a career Marine and a man I wish I had known much better.  As his sole survivor, I was able to acquire his records which I will briefly outline here and in the next post.

Manchester, NH; circa 1930-40's when Jim O'Leary was growing up

Manchester, NH; circa 1930-40’s when Jim O’Leary was growing up

As a Pfc, he remained with the Headquarters Air Squadron, Quantico, VA until April 1947 when he was transferred to El Toro, Santa Ana, California; Marine Air Corps Squadron-1 and promoted to corporal.  Five months after his promotion to sergeant on 30 June 1948, Jim was back east. (Uncle Jim’s photo looks like a mug shot )

James J. O'Leary makes sergeant

James J. O’Leary makes sergeant

When he became a Staff Sgt. in April 1951, he was with B Company, 8th Engineer Battalion, Fleet Marine Force in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  As 1st Sgt., O’Leary was shipped out to Puerto Rico August 1951.  Upon his return home to the U.S., Uncle Jim remained in Camp Lejeune until he received his orders that Korea was in his future and he was off to San Diego in April 1952.

USMC Military Police

USMC Military Police

As shown in the Embarkation Slip below, his first stop was Yokohama, Japan.  Jim’s orders sent him on to the Marine Aircraft Group-12 at the K-6 Air Base in Pyontaek, Korea as a Military Police Sgt.  During his tour, he would also be stationed at K-3 in Pohang and that followed with K-10 in Chinhae.

Embarkation Slip - off to Korea 1952-53

Embarkation Slip – off to Korea 1952-53

MABS-12, 1st Marine Wing returned to the States at San Francisco and Sgt. O’Leary was sent to El Toro, Calif. with Marine Air Group-15.  Here was being designated as a T-Sgt.

As of November 1957, his records indicated that he was with the Marine Air Wing Squadron Group-37, 3rd Marine Wing.  In 1959, he is shown as the NOCIC (Commander-in-charge) of the camp maintenance department in San Francisco; MACS-4/Marine HQ/1st Marine Air Wing.

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Farewell Salutes –

Baltas Birkle – Surfside Beach, SC; US Navy, LT>, ExOfficer, minesweeper USS Fulmar

Dennis Boyle – Newark, NJ; US Navy retired after 35 yearswar-on-terror01

Forrest Erickson DDS – Northbrook, IL; US Army, Captain, Korea

Joseph Galioto – Washington, DC; US Army BrigGeneral (Ret.)

Hazel Hall – Collingdale, PA; US Navy, WWII

William Lafferty – Westchester, IL; US Navy, WWII

John Muddle – Sydney, Australia; RANR, Sub Lieutenant, HMAS Westralia, WWII

Louis Pachter – Chicago, IL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, training pilots in celestial navigation

Glen Wood – Chicago, IL; US Navy, WWII

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To be continued…

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