PFC EUGENE A OBREGON T-AK 3006
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
Built as container ship "SS THOMAS HEYWARD"" 1982
Delivered to the Maritime Administration 11 February 1983
Converted to a Maritime Prepositioning Ship 1984-1985
Acquired by the Navy under a long-term charter in 1985
PFC Eugene A. Obregon, USMC
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Stuffer card. Collectors request by Foster E. Miller, III.
NAMESAKE - Private First Class Eugene Arnold Obregon, USMC (12 November 1930 – 26 September 1950)
Obregon was born in Los Angeles, CA. He attended elementary school and Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps on 7 June 1948, at the age of 17.
Following recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA, he was assigned to the Marine Corps Supply Depot in Barstow, CA, where he served as a fireman until the outbreak of the Korean War. He was transferred to the 1st Marine Provisional Brigade and served as a machine gun ammunition carrier. His unit departed the United States on 14 July 1950 and arrived at Pusan, Korea on 3 August 1950. He was in action with Company G, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced) by 8 August 1950, along the Naktong River, and participated in the Inchon landing. Then, on 26 September 1950, during the assault on the city of Seoul he was fatally wounded by enemy machine gun fire while using his body to shield a wounded fellow Marine.
For this action, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor was presented to PFC Obregon's parents by Secretary of the Navy Daniel A. Kimball on 30 August 1951.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, PFC Obregon was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Korean Service Medal w/ three Campaign stars and the United Nations Service Medal.
PFC Eugene A. Obregon is buried at the Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA.
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