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The Final Duty Station This forum is presented by Retired GySgt Bill Conroy. It is a listing of those that have received orders for their final duty station. These Marines have given their all. We now give our honor.

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Old 12-27-2004, 17:17 PM
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After 54 Years, Billy G. Donahoe comes Home

After 54 years, MASTER SERGEANT BILLY G. DONAHOE has finally come home. He will be laid to rest in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Master Sergeant Donahoe had been missing in action in Korea since Dec 12, 1950. At that time, he was serving with the United States Army with the 31st Regiment of the Seventh Infantry Division. Master Sergeant Donahoe served with the United States Marine Corps in World War II and saw three years service in Pacific Theatre as a member of the First Marine Division. He took part in several battles; among them was the battle of Peleliu. He enlisted in the Army in 1946. The North Korean government has permitted the United States to go back and recover the remains of its soldiers killed in action. Master Sergeant Donahoe was found with 11 other soldiers whose remains have been repatriated to the United States. Some of the awards MSG Donahoe received were the Purple Heart, Korean War Service Medal with three bronze stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Good Conduct Medal third award, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the Expert Rifleman's Badge. His family also received a Letter of Appreciation from the President of the Republic of Korea that was presented after his death. Master Sergeant Donahoe is survived by several nieces and nephews. They are all extremely proud of their uncle's courage and service to this nation. They are very glad and relieved to finally have him home. He is preceded in death by his parents Harry Donahoe and Sudie Fontenot. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Park Lawndale Family Chapel, December 28, 2004 with interment to follow in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. A military honor guard from Fort Sam Houston will be providing full Military Honors for Master Sergeant Donahoe. He stands in the unbroken line of Patriots who have answered the call in the defense of freedom. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives in a tradition of honor and sacrifice.
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