Robert Edward Marchioni Born 1 April 1932 - Died 26 August 1951 PDF Print Share Key details Service number Also known as ForceNavy AWMM Last rankAble Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Rotoiti AWMM WarRegular Military Service AWMMKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malay … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Title ForenamesRobert Edward AWMM SurnameMarchioni AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Date of birth1 April 1932 AWMM Place of birthTaihape, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesTaihape, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistment Post war occupation Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationMrs Ena Marchioni (mother), Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts WarRegular Military Service AWMMKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceNavy AWMM Service number Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMMMentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM Training and Enlistment Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Embarkation detailsOrdinary Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Navy AWMMKayforce AWMM Prisoner of war Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Last rankAble Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Rotoiti AWMM Biographical information Biographical information 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 Death About death Age at death19 AWMM Date of death26 August 1951 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathSogon-ni, Korea AWMM Death notesSogon-ni, south of Ch'o-do, Korea AWMM Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference ObituaryObituary: New Zealand Herald, 28 August 1951, p. 6 AWMM Sources Sources 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. AWMM(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: 28 August 1951, p. 6 AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.