PFC EUGENE A. OBREGON

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

SEPTEMBER 26, 1950

Our Namesake

Detachment 1347 is named after Private First Class Eugene A. Obergon, United States Marine and Medal of Honor Recipient.

Eugene was born in Los Angeles on November 12, 1930. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 7, 1948.  Eugene was 17 years-old. 

Following his graduation from MCRD San Diego, Eugene was assigned to the Marine Corps Supply Depot, Barstow, California, where he served as a fireman.  At the outbreak of the Korean War, Eugene was transferred to the 1st Marine Provisional Brigade and served as a machine gun ammunition carrier. His unit departed the United States on July 14, 1950,and arrived at Pusan, Korea, on August 3, 1950.  Eugene was in action by August 8, 1950, along the Naktong River, and then participated in the landing at lnchon.

 

On September 26, 1950, Eugene gave his life to save a fellow Marine. During the assault on the City of Seoul, Eugene used his body to shield a fallen Marine from enemy machine gun fire.  He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroics. The award was presented to his parents by Secretary of the Navy Daniel A. Kimball on August 30, 1951.  Eugene was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars.

Pfc. Eugene A. Obregon Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While serving as an ammunition carrier of a machine-gun squad in a marine rifle company which was temporarily pinned down by hostile fire, Pfc. Obregon observed a fellow marine fall wounded in the line of fire. Armed only with a pistol, he unhesitating dashed from his covered position to the side of the casualty. Firing his pistol with one hand as he ran, he grasped his comrade by the arm with his other hand and, despite the great peril to himself dragged him to the side of the road. Still under enemy fire, he was bandaging the man's wounds when hostile troops of approximately platoon strength began advancing toward his position. Quickly seizing the wounded marine's carbine, he placed his own body as a shield in front of him and lay there firing accurately and effectively into the hostile group until he himself was fatally wounded by enemy machine-gun fire. By his courageous fighting spirit, fortitude, and loyal devotion to duty, Pfc. Obregon enabled his fellow marines to rescue the wounded man and aided essentially in repelling the attack, thereby sustaining and enhancing the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

It is in Eugene's honor that Detachment 1347 serves the Marine veterans of Los Angeles. 

OUR MISSION

Support Marine veterans and their families

Preserve the traditions of our Corps

Connect Marine veterans

The mission of Marine Corps League Detachment 1347 is simple: help the Marine Corps veterans of Los Angeles. We do this a number of ways. We provide breakfast to veterans and their families. We provide color guard detachments for events and funerals. We assist Marines in finding jobs. We give our business to fellow Marines. And much more.

If any Marines and veterans needs help, we're here. 

OUR VALUES
  • Family comes first 
  • Integrity matters
  • Justice should prevail
  • Service above self
  • Honesty is a given 
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