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Cardinal Spellman visit
Description: U.S. Catholic Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman, of New York, NY, visiting the troops at the First Marine Aircraft Wing Base (K-3) in Pohang Dong, Korea at Christmas of 1953. Cardinal Spellman visited Korea three Christmases in a row. This base was where PFC Michael John Petrucci was stationed from 1953-1954. Petrucci was born August 9, 1930, in Youngstown, Ohio, where he grew up and attended school. Petrucci enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of 1952, and began basic training at Cherry Point Marine Base in North Carolina in August 1953. He received orders for overseas duty in May 1953, but when the United States and North Korea ended hostilities in July 1953, his transfer to Korea was halted. Petrucci was eventually sent to Korea in September 1953 and stationed at the First Marine Aircraft Wing base in the town of Pohang Dong, where he served until July 1954. By September 1954, Petrucci had returned to civilian life in Youngstown, Ohio. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL07490
Subjects: Ohio History--Military Ohio; Military life; United States Marine Corps; Korean War (1950-1953)
Places: Pohang Dong (Korea)