|Posthumous Presentation - Silver Star
T. Treadwell, Jr. was honored on November 15, 2001, at Texas A&M University with the presentation of the
Silver Star Medal to his family for actions while serving with the United States Marine Corps in Korea in
May, 1951. This citation was presented on behalf of the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and the
President of the United States by the Naval ROTC.
Marvin was a classmate of the 1950 Spring Graduation Class of San Jacinto High School. Marvin was a
member of the Sixth Marine Reserve Battalion in Houston, Texas, when they were activated in 1950. They were
ordered to Camp Pendelton and further integrated into the 1st Marine Division. Many of them were assigned to
the 1st Battalion 7th Marines. Marvin became a "Snuffy" in the third squad of the second platoon "Baker"
Like many reservists, he had experienced little formal training. Tom Pentecost recalled Treadwell telling
him that he had too many drill periods so he was not assigned to go to "boot" camp. Instead, he was issued
his "782" gear and shipped out. He learned how to field strip his M-1 on a hill overlooking Seoul, Korea,
after the landing at Inchon.
The Battalion, under the command of Lt. Col. Raymond Davis, landed at Wonsan and went through the hell of
the Chosin Reservoir. They made the Pohang patrols and the subsequent move to the North against the Chinese.
They made Operation Ripper, Killer, and the fighting on the Quantico and Kansas lines. Marvin became a
Corporal and got a fire team just before Operation Mouse Trap. The Division moved to another front and
started on the move North. The battle for the hill for which he was cited occurred shortly thereafter.
Marvin was evacuated from that hill for a small wound. After recovery, he was given an assignment at
Battalion Headquarters. Among his duties was as an escort for the "cow trains." These were groups of Korean
laborers who carried heavy loads of food, ammunition, and water to those Marines who were still running the
hills. Pentecost said, "We continued to see Marvin every other day. He was rotated in August and wound up in
Camp Lejeune. From there he was released from active duty. He served in Korea from September 1950 until
Marvin married, and he and his wife continued to live in Houston. He also continued his education at the
University of Houston, graduating in June 1957. Marvin spent the remainder of his life in the Houston area.
After the 1999 Marine reunion in Palm Springs, Marvin and his wife went to Hawaii for a vacation celebrating
her retirement. He died on June 4th on that Hawaiian trip. His body was laid to rest at the National
Cemetery north of Houston, Texas. Colonel Hernandez, USMC, presented Marvin's widow with her husband's
Silver Star on November 15, 2001, with family and friends present.