CHAMPAGNE, Joseph D.R.  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Champagne, Joseph D.R.
Date of birth: November 9th, 1922
Date of death:  February 17th, 2010
Nationality:  American
BIOGRAPHY: 
Servicenumber 350333.

Joe Champagne joined the United States Marines in 1942. He was in the 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps at Guadalcanal. Before his retirement he was a Registry/State Police officer for 35 years. He was married to Jane Champagne (Sullivan) of Bellingham.
     
NAVY CROSS
Rank: Private First Class
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps
Awarded on: November 9th, 1942
Action: Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a member of a Rifle Company of the Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, during a mechanized attack by enemy Japanese forces against the position occupied by that Battalion at the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 23 October 1942. When a hostile tank broke through the right flank and headed straight in his direction, Private First Class Champagne, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, calmly remained in his fox-hole until the approaching tank crept abreast of him, then stood up and placed a grenade in the track, thus putting it out of action. His alert presence of mind and gallant initiative contributed materially to the decisive victory of our forces against the Japanese attack and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Details: General Orders: SPOT AWARD, (November 9, 1942).
 
     
PURPLE HEART
Rank: Private First Class
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps
 
     
ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN MEDAL
Details: Received with four bronze campaign stars.
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Sterner C.D., Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present
   
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