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Wesley McCoy Platt
Colonel, United States Marine Corps
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MARINE COLONEL KILLED IN KOREA

WASHINGTON, October 4, 1951 - The Marine Corps today announced the battle death of Colonel Wesley M. Platt, the highest ranking Marine to lose his life thus far in Korea.

Colonel Platt died September 28, 1951, the day after he was woundedby shrapnel while serving as a staff officer of the First Marine Division.  He widow and three children live in Falls Church, Virginia.
 

TheClemson Corps

October 4, 1951 -- The death of Col. Wesley M. Platt, 1st Marine Division, is announced. He was killed September 28 and becomes the highest-ranking Marine to die in battle in Korea.


Wesley Mc Coy Platt
Denmark, South Carolina
Born May 26, 1914
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Service Number 05130
Died of Wounds
Died September 27, 1951 in Korea

Colonel Platt was a member of Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He was seriously wounded while fighting the enemy in Korea and died of those wounds on September 27, 1951,

Colonel Platt was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.


Colonel Platt was a 1935 graduate of Clemson University and was a decorated Marine officer in World War II.  During the war he served in the defense of Wake Island in December 1941.

WM Platt Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Couresy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006

PLATT, WESLEY MCCOY
COL USMC
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/26/1914
DATE OF DEATH: 09/27/1951
BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 1319-B
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

PLATT, JANE
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/08/1917
DATE OF DEATH: 08/16/2001
BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 1319-B
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  WIFE OF PLATT, WESLEY M  COL US MARINE CORPS



 Posted:  10 September 2005 Updated: 17 December 2005 Updated: 23 August 2006 Updated: 6 January 2007 Updated: 3 August 2007
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