First Lieutenant John V. Power, USMCR, (1918-1944)
John Vincent Power was born on 20 November 1918 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated from Holy Cross University and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from that state in July 1942. Shortly after enlisting, Power reported to the Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia for training and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in October. In January 1943, he completed training with the Fourteenth Reserve Officers Class at Quantico and joined Company E, Third Separate Battalion. The company transferred to the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, California, and the unit's designation was changed to Company K, Third Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marine Regiment and joined the Fourth Marine Division. In August, Power was promoted to First Lieutenant. During the new year, he departed to the Pacific war zone for combat duty.
On 1 February 1944, Power served as a Platoon Leader with his unit in action against the Japanese on Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. Wounded in the stomach while setting a demolition charge on a Japanese pillbox, he charged another enemy emplacement and expended his ammunition into the opening. While reloading his weapon, he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" on this occasion, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. John V. Power is buried at St. John's Cemetery at Worchester, Massachusetts.
USS Power (DD-839), 1945-1977, was named in honor of First Lieutenant John V. Power.
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Medal of Honor citation of First Lieutenant John V. Power, USMCR (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 244):
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