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Robert J. Chicca

Home of record: Bonita California
Status: POW

On January 23, 1968, the U.S.S. PUEBLO was attacked by North Korean naval vessels and MiG jets. One man was killed and several were wounded. The Eighty-two surviving crew members were captured and held prisoner for 11 months. The U.S.S. Pueblo remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy and is the only ship of the U.S. Navy currently being held captive. It is on public display in North Korea despite continuing diplomatic efforts to secure its return.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Pueblo Incident

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Sergeant Robert J. Chicca, United States Marine Corps, for meritorious service as a crew member of the U.S.S. PUEBLO (AGER-2) during his period of captivity in North Korea from 24 January to 23 December 1968. Although subjected to extreme forms of physical and mental cruelties, which were in violation of all international agreements, he steadfastly demonstrated defiance and total resistance towards his captors. He never wavered in his devotion to duty and loyalty to the United States, even though the guards and interrogators, frustrated by his behavior, increased the tempo and severity of their ruthless treatment. His courageous stand served to inspire his fellow prisoners and strengthened their will to resist. By his exemplary performance of duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Sergeant Chicca is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: January 23 - December 23, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Division: Prisoner of War (North Korea)

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Pueblo Incident

Sergeant Robert J. Chicca, United States Marine Corps, was captured when the U.S.S. PUEBLO (AGER-2) was boarded by North Korean forces in International Waters on 23 January 1968, and was held as a Prisoner of War in North Korea until his release on 23 December 1968.

Action Date: January 23 - December 23, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Division: Prisoner of War (North Korea)