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5th USMC Officers Basic Class 1948

A Tribute to the Fifth USMC Officers Basic Class 1948-1949

 
 
5th USMC Officers Basic Class 1948 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
1. 5th USMC Officers Basic Class 1948 Marker
Inscription.  
In 1949, 228 Marines graduated from the 5th Basic Class as 2d Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps. The only Marine officer's class commissioned in 1948, over 75 percent were commissioned from enlisted ranks. Over 90 percent subsequently served in the Korean War as platoon leaders in the Pusan Perimeter, Inchon Invasion, and Chosin Reservoir. 27 class members had pre-World War II service, another 139 had served during World War II. A large number subsequently served in Viet Nam.

Special tribute is given to the following who made the supreme sacrifice for their beloved country:

Killed in Action in Korea
Adair, Hugh E. Jr. • Baker, John E. • Cameron, Lewis H. • Endsley, Wendall C. • Foor, Howard O. • Goss, Harvey A. • Heck, Ray • Jarnagin, Spencer H. • Javor, Edwin G. • Jenson, Austin C. • * Johnson, James E. • Johnston, Thomas H. • Larson, Damon J. • Mattox, Charles H. • Oakley, Arthur A. • * Reem, Robert D. • Reid, Wallace C. • Seward, Stanley J. • Taylor, Warren H. • Williams, Leslie C.

Killed in Action in Viet Nam:
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Francis R., Jr. • Muir, Joseph E. • ** Smith, Robert N.

* Medal of Honor
** Missing in Action

The distinguished service of the 5th Basic Class is recognized by the awards earned:
Medal of Honor: 2
Navy Cross: 6
Silver Star: 41
Distinguished Flying Cross: 11
Legion of Merit: 40
Bronze Star (w/V): 75
Navy Commendation (w/V): 33
Purple Heart: 129

5th Basic Class of 1948 - Men of Real Excellence

 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, KoreanWar, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients, and the Valor in Aerial Operations series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1948.
 
Location. 38° 32.629′ N, 77° 20.422′ W. Marker is in Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Memorial can be reached from Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Joplin Road (Virginia Route 619), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Quantico VA 22134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Boys of '67 (a few steps from this marker); G-3-1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Denig's Demons Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II U.S. Marine Raiders
5th USMC Officers Basic Class 1948 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
2. 5th USMC Officers Basic Class 1948 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Molly Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to The China Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); Semper Fidelis Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Triangle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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