Damien John James Messino

 

US Navy Insignia

United States Navy

HC Insignia

Hospital Corpsman

 

Naval Station Great Lakes Insignia

3rd Marine Amphibious Force Patch
Headquarters & Service Company
1st Battalion
3rd Marine Amphibious Force

Conflicting Information Shows
Company B, 1st Battalion
 1st Marine Regiment
 1st Marine Division
1st Marines Patch  1st Marine Division Patch

 

 

Purple Heart  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

Fell December 27, 1969

Damien was born in Shamokin on the 9th of April, 1950 to James and Geraldine Messino.  His boyhood and teenage years were spent participating in the little league and Cub Scouts of America, and on the high school wrestling team.  When not in school he could be found in the outdoors huntin, fishing and swimming.  He was a member of Saint Joan of Arc Church in Hershey, and prior to enlistment in the Navy was employed at the Town and Country restaurant in Hummelstown.

Damien enlisted in the Navy on the 9th of May, 1968 and entered into active duty in September, 1968.  After basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to Medic's School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  After training he arrived in Vietnam on the 15th of October, 1969 where he was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment of the 1st Marine Division.  He was mortally wounded six miles north of Danang when a booby trap was activated by a fellow patrol member.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

He was survived by his mother, Geraldine Schill; and sisters, Judith, Daria and Jamie Ann.

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