WARREN H. MELLIES

 

 

 

 

WARREN H. MELLIES was born Oct. 28, 1921 in Adams Co., CO.  Warren enlisted U.S. Marine Corps July 1938, in Denver, CO.  First assigned to various garrison duty assignments on West Coast, Warren was later set to the Philippines November 1939.  There he was a member of the famed U.S. Naval Reservation Patrol, Alongapo, Zambales.

            Warren became an Infantry Squad Leader of F Co., 2nd Bn., 4th U.S. Marines, Zambales, Bataan, Corregidor. 
Surrendered Warren became a POW May 6, 1942.  POW Camps included Cabanatuan No. 3, Clark Field, Bilibid, Cabanatuan No.1.  Warren would next sail on Japanese coal freighter July 5 through Sept. 5, 1944.  Anchored and transit to Japan the men faced an American submarine attack prior to arrival to Japan.

            September 6, 1944-August 1945 located at Camp No. 17, Omuto, Japan.  Warren worked in Honshu Coal Mine.  Hiroshima to the North, Nagasaki to the South.

            At the end of war warren made his way from Omuto to Moji where he met American Army Engineers working on an airfield.  At the time of liberation Warren's weight was down to 95 pounds.  (It was 170 at the beginning of war.)

            After nearly 11 months of hospitalization in Pearl Harbor and Oakland, CA Warren re-enlisted and became a career Marine, spending considerable time traveling worked on various duty assignments including a special assignment for the U.S. State Department 1948-1949, headquartered Jerusalem, Palestine during the Arab-Israeli conflicts.

           Service: Infantry unit leader, I Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Regt., 1st Marine Div., Korea 1951-1952
 Last tour of duty, NCO in charge, Marine Corps recruiting, WY. 
Transferred to Fleet Marine Corps Reserve April 1958, master sergeant.

            Decorations; Received the Purple Heart with Gold Star, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with five Stars,
POW Medal, U.S. Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy Unit Commendation, American Defense Medal with Fleet and Base Clasps, American Campaign Medal with Star, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Medal with Asia and Europe Clasps National Defense Medal, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Defense Ribbon with Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon.  Philippine Independence Ribbon, Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Korea Service Medal with Star, United Nations Service Medal with Korea Clasp.

Warren subsequently returned to federal service, retiring from U.S. Department of the Interior in 1980 with over 42 years of total service. Warren is married to Christina for 38 years.  They have three daughters, one son and four grandchildren.

Credit: History of the Defenders of the Philippines Guam and Wake Islands 1941-1945 Turner Publishing Co.

Obituary:
Warren Harding Mellies, 80, of Cheyenne died January 20, 2002 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Warren was born Oct. 28, 1921,in Adams City, Colorado and lived in Cheyenne since 1960 with a prior residence in Casper.
He retired as a purchasing agent for the Federal Government after 42 years as service.
He served in the U.S.M.C. during WWII in the Philippines and was a Japanese prisoner of war for 3 years.
Warren was a member of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, the Military Order of Purple Heart,
and Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife Christina, whom he married September 17, 1954 in Casper; a son Warren L. Mellies; daughters Linda Ann Connie and Kimberly Colling; a sister Betty Lou Matthews; and six grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by a daughter, Bertha Marie McCartney; parents, August and Maude Mellies; sister Bertha A. Szymanski; and brothers, Everett B. Mellies, Ira Mellies, Woodrow W. Mellies, John W. Mellies and Howard L. Mellie.
The funeral was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and internment was in Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. 
 

Credit: Quan June/July 2002

 

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