Service Branch: United States Marine Corps
Rank at Separation: Corporal
Combat Action: WWII Pacific and Korea
Home Town: Omaha
Military Specialties: Infantry Rifleman, Mortar Man, Radio Man, Telecom Lineman, and Windtalker Coms
Units: 23rd Marines, 4th Mar. Div. in WWII, and 1st Marines, 1st Mar. Div. in Korea
Decorations, Citations, and Awards: - National Defense Service Medal w/ Oak Leaf, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Ribbon w/ Oak Leaf, Presidential Unit Citation w/ 2 Oak Leaves, WWII Pacific Campaign Ribbon w/ 3 Battle Stars, Korean Campaign Ribbon w/ 3 Battle Stars, Republic of Korea War Service Medal [post-service award circa 2000]
John Dickinson is a United States Marine Corps veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. The day after his High School graduation, John joined the Marines. During WWII, he spent 22 months in the Pacific serving with the 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division.
He saw combat in Saipan and Tinian and for the entire 27-day Battle of Iwo Jima, from the D-Day first wave all the way through to cease-fire and stand-down after the last Japanese stronghold was finally overcome. John vividly remembers watching six of his fellow Marines planting the Stars and Stripes atop Mount Suribachi and how it rallied the Marines to press on. Like all Marines, John carried his rifle, but with his radio and telephone communication skills, he was assigned duties as a radio operator, telecom lineman, and handling COMS for the storied Navajo Windtalkers. Following his discharge in 1945, John graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce in 1950. The Marines recalled John to the 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division in Korea where he saw combat in three major engagements on mortars and in communications.
John subsequently worked as a cost accountant at the Cudahy Packing Company. He married his wife, Darlene, in 1955 and joined the Omaha World-Herald Newspaper as an Accounting Department supervisor. After 33 years of service, he retired as the Circulation Operations Manager. John and Darlene are the parents of four daughters and have eleven grandchildren. John served as Chef de Gare of the Grand du Nebraska 40&8 in 1990/1991. In 2001, American Legion Post #1 named John, Legionnaire of the Year, and in 2003, he was awarded American Legion District #14’s Distinguished Citizenship Service Certificate.