Bookmark and Share

James Joseph McKenzie

Home of record: St. Louis Missouri
Status: POW

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

See more recipients of this award

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) to Private First Class James Joseph McKenzie (MCSN: 298423), United States Marine Corps, for gallantry in action while serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, on 13 April 1942 following a heavy Japanese artillery barrage upon Battery James, Fort Mills, Corregidor, Philippine Islands. When personnel of the battery were trapped as they sought shelter in nearby tunnels, he readily volunteered, although the position was under close enemy observation and steady fire, to rescue his comrades. Disregarding the imminent danger of collapsing walls and roofs, Sergeant McKenzie heroically entered the tunnels, assisted in extricating trapped soldiers, and gave first aid to the wounded.

Action Date: April 13, 1942

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company F

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 4th Marine Regiment

Prisoner of War Medal

See more recipients of this award

Awarded for actions during the World War II

Private First Class James Joseph McKenzie (MCSN: 298423), United States Marine Corps, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until returned to U.S. Military control at the end of the war.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947

Action Date: May 6, 1942 - September 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands & Japan)