Michael Petrucci with infant   Save
Michael John Petrucci Collection
Description: Photograph of PFC Petrucci with an orphan toddler at the orphanage that was north of the First Marine Aircraft Wing Base at Pohang Dong, Korea, taken Christmas Day, 1953. Marines from the base would make trips to the orphanage to deliver food, clothing and supplies. The child pictured was dead by Petrucci's next visit to the orphanage, and after several similar occurences, Petrucci ceased to visit the orphanage. 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, View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL07499
Subjects: Ohio History--Military Ohio; Military life; United States Marine Corps; Korean War (1950-1953)
Places: Pohang Dong (Korea)