John Carl Micheel

John Carl Micheel

Birth
Cavour, Beadle County, South Dakota, USA
Death 31 Jan 1953 (aged 36)
North Korea
Burial Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, USA
Plot Section MB Site 150
Memorial ID 29614414 · View Source
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US Navy WORLD WAR II - Korea
Commander John C. Micheel MIA/KIA
Graduate USNA Class of 1940
Hometown: Cavour, Beadle County, South Dakota
Service #
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon (Navy), World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal


USNA Class of 1940, Commander Micheel was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the pilot of an AD-3 Skyraider dive bomber and the Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 125 (923) aboard the USS ORISKANY (CVA-34). On February 1, 1953, while leading an attack on an enemy bridge in the "Punchbowl" area of North Korea, his aircraft was struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire, lost its wing and crashed. Through his skill and courage, he destroyed a major section of the bridge before crashing to the ground. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** For his leadership and valor, Commander Micheel was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.


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  • Maintained by: ShaneO
  • Originally Created by: DonZas
  • Added: 6 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29614414
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Carl Micheel (5 Apr 1916–31 Jan 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29614414, citing Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .