Robert Edward Marchioni 1 April 1932 - 26 August 1951 Key details Contribute › Service number Also known as ForceNavy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeAble Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Rotoiti AWMM WarRegular Military Service AWMMKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malay … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesRobert Edward AWMM SurnameMarchioni AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth1 April 1932 AWMM Place of birthTaihapeManawatu-WanganuiNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesTaihapeManawatuNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistment Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationMrs Ena Marchioni (mother)WanganuiNew Zealand AWMM Relationship status Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarRegular Military Service AWMMKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceNavy AWMM Service number Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMMMentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation details Embarkation bodyKayforce AWMMRoyal New Zealand Navy AWMMOrdinary Seaman AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMM Report Discharge Contribute › DischargeAble Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Rotoiti AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Next of kin Mrs Ena Marchioni, formerly of Utiku, living in Wanganui in 1951.Served in Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) 1949-51.Served in HMNZS Rotoiti 1950-51."Able-Seaman Marchioni is the first naval casualty in Korea. He joined the service in 1949 and, after training at H.M.N.Z.S. Tamaki, he joined the Rotoiti as an ordinary-seaman in July, 1950. In April of this year he was rated Able-Seaman, and several months ago he passed his examination for Leading-Seaman. He was regarded as an outstanding rating." (NZ Herald, 28 August 1951, p. 6)Able Seaman Marchioni was killed in a raid on Sogon-ni, 26 August 1951."Marchioni, who [Lieutenant-Commander B.E.] Turner recalled as 'one of the greatest seaman boys I ever had', was the RNZN's only fatal battle casualty of the war. Turner wanted to mount a landing in daylight to recover his body, but was refused permission. During the morning, a funeral service was conducted on Rotoiti by Ceylon's chaplain. Marchioni was posthumously mentioned in despatches for his part in the action." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 176).Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton presented the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) to next of kin of New Zealanders who were killed or died in military operations since 1945 at a ceremony at Parliament 3 September 2003.The New Zealand Operational Service Medal was received on his behalf by his brother Mr Tony Marchioni of Hamilton. AWMM Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death19 AWMM Date of death26 August 1951 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathSogon-niKorea AWMM Death notesSogon-nisouth of Ch'o-doKorea AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery name Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumHall of Memories. KoreaMalaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference ObituaryObituary: New Zealand Herald, 28 August 1951, p. 6 AWMM Report Roll of Honour Remember Robert Edward Marchioni by laying a poppy. Roderick John Marchbanks Henry Marchington Robert Edward Marchioni John Marcks Lewis Hewson Marcks Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Robert Edward Marchioni Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNew Zealand Defence Force. Roll of Honour. Personnel who have died on operational service since 3 September 1945.http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/info/roll-of-honour/index.htmlSources UsedNew Zealand Navy in the Korean War. Navy Museum.http://www.navymuseum.mil.nz/history/time/korean/default.htmFurther ReferenceNew Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-warFurther Reference DocumentsMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMMThe New Zealand Herald AWMMHopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMMMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMMMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). Volume II: Combat Operations, pp. 175-6, 359, 363, 371, 374, 408. [photo of Able Seaman Marchioni pp. 142-43] AWMMHopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMMThe New Zealand Herald AWMMObituary: New Zealand Herald, 28 August 1951, p. 6 AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.