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Col Francis Ralph Schlesinger
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1919
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Mar. 6, 2007
Carlsbad
San Diego County
California, USA

COL US MARINE CORPS
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM

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Col. Francis R. Schlesinger
U.S. Marine Corps

In 1950 the Korean War was raging as far north as the Yalu River border with Communist China. During a surprise assault in November 1950, hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops attacked and surrounded major elements of the 1st Marine Division near the Chosin Reservoir. Then Major Francis "Bud" Schlesinger was the executive officer of a Marine artillery battalion. He was assigned the mission of guarding the rear element of the battalion convoy in a fighting retreat to the coast over 70 miles away. The action took place in temperatures of 20 degrees below zero. Despite concentrated enemy fire from both sides of the road, he led the column to safety, thereby saving the lives of hundreds of Marines, many of whom were severely wounded. For his heroic actions he was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest military decoration. Other decorations that he received in his career included the Bronze Star (Combat V), Navy Commendation Medal (Combat V), Presidential Unit Citation, and numerous campaign and service medals.

Colonel Schlesinger died on March 6, at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., with all his immediate family members present. He was 87 and had lived in Carlsbad, Calif., since his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1967.

He was born in Franklin, N.H., and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1941 with a B.S. in chemistry. After receiving a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was assigned to the Marine detachment aboard the heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA-31). He participated in the North Africa invasion (1942), Sicily invasion (1943), D-Day at Normandy in June 1944, and the Battle of Okinawa (1945).

In 1994, at the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, he was awarded a special medal by the French government. At the awards ceremony in France, he recalled that his 45-member Marine detachment captured an 800-man German garrison occupying an island off the coast of Marseilles. He later commented to the press: "I was relieved that so many German soldiers did not realize they were surrendering to so few Marines!"

His Marine Corps career spanned World War II, Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam. He retired in 1967 as the senior Marine officer at the U.S. Army Artillery School in Fort Sill, Okla. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he entered a teaching career at Oceanside High School where he taught math and science classes. Even after retirement as a full-time teacher, "Bud's Tutoring Class" in math and science were highly sought after by many Carlsbad and Oceanside students. He was an avid golfer and as a member of El Camino Country Club (the Banditos) scored four holes-in-one. In addition to his passion for reading, he loved spending time with his children (David, James, William, Robert, and Linda) and grandchildren (David, Dana, Daniel, Stephen, Heather, Brian, Thomas, Matthew and Robert).

Bud Schlesinger is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wally; five children; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Bud Schlesinger proved his faithfulness and strength of leadership in both his military and civilian careers. These same qualities were consistent in his roles of husband and father. Anyone who knew him personally would choose to be in one of life's "foxholes" with Bud.

A memorial service will be held for family members at St. Patrick's Church in Carlsbad, where he was an active member for over 40 years. A military ceremony will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at 10 a.m. March 15.

The family suggests donations be sent to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.
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The North County Times - 11 March 2007

Col. Francis R. Schlesinger

U.S. Marine Corps

In 1950 the Korean War was raging as far north as the Yalu River border with Communist

China. During a surprise assault in November 1950, hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops attacked and surrounded major elements of the 1st Marine Division near the Chosin Reservoir. Then Major Francis "Bud" Schlesinger was the executive officer of a Marine artillery battalion. He was assigned the mission of guarding the rear element of the battalion convoy in a fighting retreat to the coast over 70 miles away. The action took place in temperatures of 20 degrees below zero. Despite concentrated enemy fire from both sides of the road, he led the column to safety, thereby saving the lives of hundreds of Marines, many of whom were severely wounded. For his heroic actions he was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest military decoration. Other decorations that he received in his career included the Bronze Star (Combat V), Navy Commendation Medal (Combat V), Presidential Unit Citation, and numerous campaign and service medals.

Colonel Schlesinger died on March 6, at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., with all his immediate family members present. He was 87 and had lived in Carlsbad, Calif., since his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1967.

He was born in Franklin, N.H., and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1941 with a B.S. in chemistry. After receiving a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was assigned to the Marine detachment aboard the heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA-31). He participated in the North Africa invasion (1942), Sicily invasion (1943),

D-Day at Normandy in June 1944, and the Battle of Okinawa (1945). In 1994, at the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, he was awarded a special medal by the French government. At the awards ceremony in France, he recalled that his 45-member Marine detachment captured an 800-man German garrison occupying an island off the coast of Marseilles. He later commented to the press: "I was relieved that so many German soldiers did not realize they were surrendering to so few Marines!"

His Marine Corps career spanned World War II, Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam. He retired in 1967 as the senior Marine officer at the U.S. Army Artillery School in Fort Sill, Okla. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he entered a teaching career at Oceanside High School where he taught math and science classes. Even after retirement as a full-time teacher, "Bud's Tutoring Class" in math and science were highly sought after by many Carlsbad and Oceanside students. He was an avid golfer and as a member of El Camino Country Club (the Banditos) scored four holes-in-one. In addition to his passion for reading, he loved spending time with his children (David, James, William, Robert, and

Linda) and grandchildren (David, Dana, Daniel, Stephen, Heather, Brian, Thomas, Matthew and Robert).

Bud Schlesinger is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wally; five children; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Bud Schlesinger proved his faithfulness and strength of leadership in both his military and civilian careers. These same qualities were consistent in his roles of husband and father. Anyone who knew him personally would choose to be in one of life's "foxholes" with Bud.

A memorial service will be held for family members at St. Patrick's Church in Carlsbad, where he was an active member for over 40 years. A military ceremony will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at 10 a.m. March 15.

The family suggests donations be sent to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.



 
 
Burial:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: SECTION CBI ROW 5 SITE 532
 
Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Apr 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35438777
Col Francis Ralph Schlesinger
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Col Francis Ralph Schlesinger
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