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Robert Edward Marchioni

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  • Service number
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Navy AWMM
  • Last rank
    Able Seaman AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Rotoiti AWMM
  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999). - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Marchioni AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    1 April 1932 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Taihape, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Taihape, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Ena Marchioni (mother), Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Navy AWMM
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  • Military service
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Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    Ordinary Seaman AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Navy AWMM
    Kayforce AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Able Seaman AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Rotoiti AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    19 AWMM
  • Date of death
    26 August 1951 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Sogon-ni, Korea AWMM
  • Death notes
    Sogon-ni, south of Ch'o-do, Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 28 August 1951, p. 6 AWMM

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    • McGibbon, 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
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Hopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
    • McGibbon, 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] AWMM
    • Hopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: 28 August 1951, p. 6 AWMM