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First Name: Frederick

Last Name: Karch

Birthplace: Carmi, IL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Middle Name: Joseph

Date of Birth: 09 August 1917

Date of Death: 23 May 2009

Rank: Brigadier General

Years Served:
Frederick Joseph Karch

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Frederick Joseph Karch
Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps

Frederick Joseph Karch was born on 9 August 1917 in Carmi, IL.

Karch began his military career when he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1940 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. During World War II, he was a part of the U.S. forces Pacific Campaign against the Japanese and received the Bronze Star for his actions on Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.

In 1961, he graduated from the Army War College and was assigned as Marine Corps Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1964. During the Vietnam War, he became notable as Commanding General of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade when he led the first ground combat troops onto Red Beach, Da Nang, on 8 March 1965, by order of President Lyndon Johnson.

For his efforts, he was awarded the Legion of Merit and retired from active service in June 1967.

Death and Burial

Brigadier General Frederick Joseph Karch died on 23 May 2009 in Arlington, VA. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2691   Created by: MHOH




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