My cousin served in Korea and from verbal confirmation I managed to drill into your site and find he
was in the First Provisional Marine Brigade in the defense of Pusan. (I recall he was pulled from Okinawa
but I am not sure.) I recently got his DD214 and find it is incomplete, noting five years service 48-53,
and under remarks noting "Original Service Record missing; Hq USMC skeleton copy does not have record of
school dates". Apparently not even units in combat in Korea, just noting discharge from 2nd Mar Div at
Camp Lejeune in '53. His oral history describes the Pusan defense and later the Hungnam Evacuation (and
possibly part of the final stretch of the Chosin fight). His DD214 only shows good conduct and national
service ribbon. I'd like to find what else he deserves in ribbons since he is now in bad health. He is
listed on your roster as Rogene Kilpatrick (service number 1087674). Any suggestions welcomed.
He rarely talked about the war and now he actually has trouble remembering what units he served with.
BUT it is clear from your roster and from his corroborating story of Pusan that he arrived there early in
the war and was in the First Provisional Marine Brigade at least for some time .. but what if any
reassignments followed I have no clue except he talks about the massive humanity at Hungnam - the
evacuation of refugees.
Contact: Vic Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.