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Sgt Joseph Rodolph Julian

Sgt Joseph Rodolph Julian

Birth
Sturbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 9 Mar 1945 (aged 26)
Iwo Jima, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot DSS 12
Memorial ID 9225 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during World War II in the United States Marine Corps Reserves as a Platoon Sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in action against Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands on March 9, 1945. His citation reads “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Platoon Sergeant. Determined to force a breakthrough when Japanese troops occupying trenches and fortified positions on the left front laid down a terrific machinegun and mortar barrage in a desperate effort to halt his company's advance, P/Sgt. Julian quickly established his platoon's guns in strategic supporting positions, and then, acting on his own initiative, fearlessly moved forward to execute a 1-man assault on the nearest pillbox. Advancing alone, he hurled deadly demolition and white phosphorus grenades into the emplacement, killing 2 of the enemy and driving the remaining 5 out into the adjoining trench system. Seizing a discarded rifle, he jumped into the trench and dispatched the 5 before they could make an escape. Intent on wiping out all resistance, he obtained more explosives and, accompanied by another marine, again charged the hostile fortifications and knocked out 2 more cave positions. Immediately thereafter, he launched a bazooka attack unassisted, firing 4 rounds into the 1 remaining pillbox and completely destroying it before he fell, mortally wounded by a vicious burst of enemy fire. Stouthearted and indomitable, P/Sgt. Julian consistently disregarded all personal danger and, by his bold decision, daring tactics, and relentless fighting spirit during a critical phase of the battle, contributed materially to the continued advance of his company and to the success of his division's operations in the sustained drive toward the conquest of this fiercely defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His outstanding valor and unfaltering spirit of self-sacrifice throughout the bitter conflict sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country”. His Medal was posthumously awarded to him. He was one of 27 Marines to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in action on Iwo Jima.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 4 May 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Joseph Rodolph Julian (3 Apr 1918–9 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9225, citing Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .