Sergeant Major Jack William Jaunal, USMC (Ret.)
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    Sergeant Major Jack William Jaunal, USMC (Ret.)

    Sergeant Major Jack William Jaunal was born 2 August 1927 in Los Angeles, California and passed away on Easter Sunday, 8 April 2012. He was a veteran of three wars and over thirty-three years of military service. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1952 after seven years of U.S. Army service. During World War II, 1944-1945, he served as a seaman in the U.S. Maritime Service. In 1945, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in the infantry. During the war in Korea, in which he was wounded, he participated in seven campaigns, which included temporary duty with the British 29th Brigade and the First Marine Division. His varied career as a Marine included duty as a communicator, artillery gunnery sergeant, reconnaissance man, recruiter, a tour with the air wing, and as a monitor at two atomic tests in Nevada. He was promoted to Sergeant Major on 1 April 1968 while serving in Vietnam with the First Marine Division. His service in Vietnam included the Communist Tet Offensive, Operations Auburn and Meade River, the battle at Cam Le, and one long range reconnaissance patrol. Vietnam provided the basis for his book, Vietnam '68 Jack's Journal, published in 1989.

    When retired on 1 May 1978 he was Sergeant Major of the Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic. After retirement, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in history from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington) in 1983 and a Master of Arts degree in American history from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1985. His thesis, The U.S. Marines in the China Relief Expedition, 1900 was published in 1986.

    At the time of his death, he was a college history instructor. He was married to the former Elizabeth M. Davidson (deceased) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are survived by two sons, Garry and Brian; eight granddaughters and two grandsons; three great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. His military awards included a Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation with two stars, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Citation with Oak Leaf cluster, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with seven stars, Army Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Japan clasp, National Defense Service Medal with star, Korean Campaign Medal with seven stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with five stars, Merchant Marine World War II Victory Medal, Bravery Gold Medal of Greece, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Action Colors with Palm, United Nations Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

    Memorial service 3:00 PM Friday, April 13, 2012 at Bonney-Watson Federal Way, 1535 SW Dash Point Road. A military memorial will be held at a later date during the summer at Tahoma National Cemetery. Please sign the online memorial guestbook at In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Sgt. Major Jaunal's memory to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (

    Published in The Seattle Times from April 12 to April 13, 2012

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    Marine Free Member Rocky C's Avatar
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    RIP Sgt. Major Jaunal.

    Semper Fi,

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    In Deed Rest in Peace now Sgt.Major ..

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    A long and distinguished career Sgt Major Jaunal. Rest in Eternity now after a life of service Marine.

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