Local Marine Corps Family Honors Deceased World War II Veteran at Patriots Peace Memorial Enshrinement

Louisville, Kentucky, May 25, 2009: In a moving Memorial Day ceremony, Marines from throughout the Louisville area came together as "family" to honor one of their own. Corporal John David Head, USMC, a highly decorated veteran of World War II, who after surviving six (6) battles in the South Pacific, where he was awarded a Silver Star and Purple Heart, tragically lost his life to an accidental firearms discharge, while in transit with his reserve company to fight again in the Korean War. Not being able to readily identify any living relatives, several of his former Marine Corps comrades, who were with him on the night of his death (August 28, 1950), stepped forward and presented Corporal Head for enshrinement in the Patriots Peace Memorial, which honors military personnel who have lost their lives while on active duty under conditions other than hostile. Following World War II, Corporal Head joined a local Marine Corps Reserve unit (Company D, 16th Marine Infantry Battalion), which was activated for the Korean War. It was while on board a special military train from Kentucky to California, that Corporal Head succumbed. Corporal Head was nominated for enshrinement by GySgt Joseph L. Head, USMC (Ret) (No Relation) and enshrined by LtCol Charles A. McLaurine, USMC (Ret), as the Marine Corps League, Kentuckiana Detachment #729, with bagpiper Joseph Dodson, presented colors and rendered appropriate honors. With the enshrinement of Corporal Head, 432 patriots from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, who have lost their lives under similar circumstances, are now remembered within this unique memorial (Photography by Michael McLaurine.  Additional photos in "Galleries" section)