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Morris Reisinger '51

Date of birth: August 2, 1928

Date of death: February 21, 1952

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:


Lucky was lost in combat with the North Koreans on the morning of February 21, 1952. "Lucky sent a squad out to occupy an outpost that his platoon manned during daylight hours. As his men approached the outpost, they were ambushed by North Koreans who were in hiding. Lucky heard the firing from the outpost and called to his men nearby and raced out to where the squad was pinned down. When they reached the squad, the North Koreans had withdrawn. After their withdrawal they lay down heavy mortar fire on the outpost and Lt. Reisinger was hit. He died instantly."

He was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

The location of the firefight was near Songojik, North Korea:

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Other Information

From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin on February 28, 1952:

Lt. Morris F. Reisinger of the U.S. Marine Corps has been killed in action, his wife in College Place learned Wednesday.

The 23-year-old U.S. Naval Academy graduate died Feb. 21 in the Korean area, his family was notified by telegram.

A graduate of Walla Walla High School, Lt. Reisinger joined the Marine Corps in 1946 and received boot training at San Diego, where he qualified for electrical engineering school at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

While at Great Lakes he took the competitive examination for the Naval Academy's prep school at Bainbridge, Md., and went on to the academy at Annapolis, graduating in June of last year and receiving his commission with the Marines.

Lt. Reisinger, known as "Lucky" to all his friends, was third highest in his class of 347 when he completed platoon leaders' school at Quantico, Va., Dec. 15, 1951. He married the former Alice Buerstatte in the Naval Academy Chapel on graduation day.

Besides his wife he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Winifred Reisinger of Shoshone, Ida., and his grandfather, Fred Reisinger of Rockwood, Ill.

He was born August 2, 1928, at Granite City, Ill.

Morris is buried in Washington.

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Class of 1951

Morris is one of 48 members of the Class of 1951 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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