From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Guild '47

Date of birth: May 19, 1925

Date of death: September 21, 1950

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:


John was lost in the action detailed in his Navy Cross citation, below. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


From researcher Kathy Franz:

John was the son of Army Captain Eugene and his wife Isabel. His sister was Barbara. In February 1929, the family sailed from Manila to San Francisco. In 1935 they lived in Boise, Idaho, and in 1940, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Barbara was born in Texas in 1924, and John was born in Massachusetts. His father died in 1979 and is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant John Ninian Guild (MCSN: 0-49817), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Platoon Leader in Company C, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces during the assault and capture of Hill 85 near Yongdungp'o, Korea, on 20 September 1950. Leading his platoon in an aggressive attack up a steep slope without cover against well-entrenched enemy positions on high ground, Second Lieutenant Guild coolly directed the deployment of his men and, exposing himself to hostile grenades and machine-gun, rifle and mortar fire, succeeded in personally destroying two of the enemy. Pressing onward at the head of his group in the face of the continued intense hostile barrage, he was fatally wounded but refused medical attention until all his men had been cared for and, despite his own critical condition, continued to direct the attack until he lost consciousness. An officer of outstanding courage and leadership, Second Lieutenant Guild, by his indomitable fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 358 (April 9, 1951)
Action Date: 20-Sep-50
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Company C
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 1st Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)

Class of 1947

John is one of 29 members of the Class of 1947 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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