John Dickinson

John Dickinson in Iwo Jima

John Dickinson
US Marine Corps Corporal
1943 - 1945
Infantry Rifleman
WWII Pacific and Korea
John Dickinson is a United States Marine Corps veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. The day after his high school graduation, John joined the Marines. During WWII, he spent 22 months in the Pacific, serving with the 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division.

He saw combat in Saipan and Tinian and for the entire 27 day Battle of Iwo Jima, from the D-Day first wave all the way through to cease-fire and stand-down after the last Japanese stronghold was finally overcome.

John vividly remembers watching six of his fellow Marines planting the Stars and Stripes atop Mount Suribachi and how it rallied the Marines to press on.

Like all Marines, John carried his rifle, but with his radio and telephone communication skills he was assigned duties as a radio operator, telecom lineman, and handling COMS for the storied Navajo Windtalkers.

Following his discharge in 1945, John graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce in 1950.

The Marines recalled John to the 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division in Korea where he saw combat in three major engagements on mortars and in Communication.

John subsequently worked as a cost accountant at the Cudahy Packing Company. He married his wife Darlene in 1955 and joined the Omaha World Herald Newspaper as an Accounting Department Supervisor. After 33 yearas of service, he retired as the Circulation Operations Manager. John served as the Chef du Gare of the Grand du Nebraska 40&8 in 1990 and 1991. In 2001, American Legion Post #1 named John Legionnaire of the Year, and in 2003, he was awarded American Legion District #14's Distinguished Citizenship Service Certificate.

John Dickinson

Military Specialties included:
Infantry Rifleman
Mortar Man
Radio Man
Telecom Lineman
and Windtalker COMS.

He served in the following units:
23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division in WWII,
and 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division in Korea.

John was decorated with the following Citations and Awards:
National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf
Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Ribbon with Oak Leaf
Presidential Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaves
WWII Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 3 Battle Stars
Korean Campaign Ribbon with 3 Battle Stars
Republic of Korea War Service Medal (post service award circa 2000)

National Defense Medal Marine Corps Commendation Ribbon Presidential Unit Citation WWII Pacific Campaign Ribbon Korean Campaign Ribbon Republic of Korea War Service Medal

John in Iwo Jima in 1945 with two of his buddies
John Dickinson in Iwo Jima
Rick Wimer, Bill Williams and John (on far right) in October 2013
at the Iwo Jima Memorial on an Honor Flight.
John Dickinson by Iwo Jima Memorial

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