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    Korean War US Marine Corps Officer KIA/MIA Double Silver Star & Double Purple Heart Medals, Letters, Photos, Documents Grouping to 2d Lt. John J. Bissell, Jr. #90

    I am posting a portion of this valor grouping here to commemorate the anniversary of the battle when he was and many of his men were killed and wounded when their combat outpost was over run.

    The photos show 2d Lt. Bissell receiving his first Silver Star in the field from his CO Col. Thomas C.Moore and holding his first Purple Heart award on the same day.Lt. Bissell’s last letter home (Type written transcript saved by the family) written pon October 5t, 1952 two days before his death…Bissell thanks his parents for sending a stove, Long Johns while requesting additional items since they are lacking so much at the front and can’t get much needed items such as socks, boots…The stove stopped working as well…Sad commentary on life in the field in Korea…Letter to Lt. Bissell’s father from Lt. R.R. Moody, the last officer to see Lt. Bissell alive…He describes Bissell’s last moments fighting “then the Chinese came from the right flank and wiped them out…He led his men up the hill and died fighting beside them…” and the circumstances of his death followed with a painful description of having lost the outpost only to retake it the next day “I lost nearly all my men and was wounded myself but we held the outpost again”…He then tells of leaving Bissell’s body behind when they left the outpost after suffering heavy losses…Today is the anniversary of Bissell’s death..

    Second Lieutenant John J. Bissell, Jr. was a direct descendant of Daniel Bissell, one of three Revolutionary War soldiers to receive the Badge of Merit

    Letter reassuring his parents following his initial wounding in August with a later a letter of condolence from the Commandant of the Marine Corps Lemuel C. Shepard Jr. and an awards entitlement letter from the head of Decorations and Medals Branch Department of the Navy

    A most poignant and ironic letter from his father dated October 6, 1952…His son’s birthday was October 6th!

    2nd Letter Oct 6, 1952
    Birthday

    Dearest John,

    In this morning mail I received your medals by the grace of God, a little paper and some string covering the boxes. It just made it. Luckily nothing was damaged. The citation was wonderful and we could hardly keep back the tears. I wish I was on the field when Col. Moore awarded the silver star. We are so proud of you, John.

    I am mailing with this letter two cans, two _______ and the navy sock cap. It is air mail so cannot send more.

    My Love,

    Dad

    P.S. I hear from the radio report this morning you haven’t again had to Exert your duty in the seventh Regiment engagement of Oct. 5-6th.
    On the anniversary of this young man’s death he is remembered for his service along with those who fought and died on an obscure outpost in the midst of overwhelming odds in a foreign land…some were missing never to be found…2d Lt. Bissell remains there today and, hopefully, he will be found and returned home one day soon. Ed

    Memories
    Killed in Action
    Died October 7, 1952 in Korea

    BATTLE ZONE: WESTERN OUTPOSTS
    HILL OR OUTPOST: OUTPOST FRISCO

    Second Lieutenant Bissell was a member of Company H, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was wounded during his heroic efforts at “Bunker Kill” on August 15, 1952. He was Killed in Action during his heroic action at Combat Outpost “Frisco” in North Korea by enemy small arms fire on October 7, 1952. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

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    47 Also There at This Battle:
    Asher, Ollie, PFC, 1952
    Borawski, Walter, TSgt, 1953
    Britton, Ralph, Cpl, 1952
    Brown, Harold, MSgt, 1962
    Caputo, Louis, PFC, 1952
    Carlo-Perez, Vicente, PFC, 1952
    DeVore, William, PFC, 1954
    Fenner, Donald, Pvt, 1952
    Hunt, Hugh, Capt, 1956
    Kaaihue, Michael, PFC, 1952
    Lotrecchiano, Daniel, Cpl, 1952
    McCullen, Thomas, Sgt, 1952
    Mcguire, Thomas, Sgt, 1954
    Miller, Elwyn, PFC, 1952
    Miller, Thomas, Cpl, 1952
    Payne, Williard Dennis, PFC, 1952
    Payton, Eunis Osben, PFC, 1952
    Peacock, Billy Eugene, PFC, 1952
    Penniston, Billy, PFC, 1952
    Perry, Raymond Jackson, PFC, 1952
    Porter, Homer, PFC, 1952
    Puleo, John, Cpl, 1952
    Ramirez, Santos, PFC, 1952
    Rodriguez, Joseph Rowland, PFC, 1952
    Ronczkowski, Richard Wayne, HM2, 1952
    Rosen Jr, Gloyd Elywood, PFC, 1952
    Saks, Hans Paul, PFC, 1952
    Sandvik, Roy, Cpl, 1952
    Shockley, Raymond, PFC, 1952
    Smith, Darrel, 2ndLt, 1952
    Stephen, James, Sgt, 1952
    Surber, Ralph, SSgt, 1952
    Titley, Raymond, Pvt, 1952
    Torres-Rodriguez, Emeterio, Pvt, 1952
    Torres-Rodriquez, Emeterio, Pvt, 1952
    Van Natta Jr, Russell, PFC, 1952
    Vigil, Enrigue, PFC, 1952
    Voight, Edward, PFC, 1952
    Watkins, Benjamin, PFC, 1952
    Weiss, Robert, Cpl, 1953
    Wilkerson, Eddie, PFC, 1952
    Williams, Jerome, Pvt, 1952
    Williams, Paul, Pvt, 1952
    Winter, Peter, PFC, 1952
    Yates, Donald, PFC, 1952
    Young, Clifford, PFC, 1952
    Youngsman, John, PFC, 1952
    John Jackson Bissell , Jr. Date of birth: October 5, 1928
    Date of death: MIA: October 7, 1952
    Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
    Home of record: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
    Status: MIA
    AWARDS AND CITATIONS
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    Awarded for actions during the Korean War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant John Jackson Bissell, Jr. (MCSN: 0-54261), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Commander of Company H, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea from 13 to 15 August 1952. Although wounded while the company was defending a portion of a strategic hill position against a fanatical enemy force, Second Lieutenant Bissell courageously exposed himself to intense enemy sniper, mortar and artillery fire to check his sector, care for the wounded, repair weapons, and, on occasions, to act as a stretcher bearer in evacuating casualties. Repeatedly carrying critical supplies of ammunition, food and water to his men, he continued to move about his unit during the enemy attacks to direct fire and lend words of encouragement. After the hostile attacks had subsided, he led a party of men forward of friendly lines to search enemy dead for intelligence information although subjected to hostile mortar and artillery fire. By his exceptional courage, outstanding leadership and coolness under fire, Second Lieutenant Bissell served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: August 13 – 15, 1952

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Second Lieutenant

    Company: Company H

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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    Awarded for actions during the Korean War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant John Jackson Bissell, Jr. (MCSN: 0-54261), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Commander of Company H, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on the night of 6 – 7 October 1952. When a friendly outpost position far forward of the main line of resistance was subjected to a devastating mortar and artillery barrage, followed by an attack by an overwhelming enemy force which overran and seized the outpost, Second Lieutenant Bissell immediately organized two squads and fearlessly led his men through a murderous hail of enemy artillery and mortar fire to assault the position. With his unit sustaining numerous casualties from the heavy fire, he skillfully assisted in their evacuation and, observing a wounded Marine lying in a completely exposed area, unhesitatingly proceeded to the side of the stricken man. Mortally wounded while moving to the aid of his comrade, Second Lieutenant Bissell, by his outstanding courage, resourceful initiative and selfless efforts in behalf of another, served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    Action Date: October 6 – 7, 1952

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Second Lieutenant

    Company: Company H

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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    (Korean War US Marine Corps Officer KIA/MIA Double Silver Star & Double Purple Heart Medals, Letters, Photos, Documents Grouping to 2d Lt. John J. Bissell, Jr. )

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