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NATHANIEL RALPH HOSEA Jr.

Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC

Nathaniel Ralph Hosea Jr.
On June 8, 2013, Nathaniel R. Hosea, 85, passed away at his home in Garden Grove, California with family and close friends at his side.

Nathaniel Ralph Hosea Jr., affectionately known as "Nate", was born August 15, 1927 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Nate was inducted into the United States Marine Corps on July 31, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed basic training at Montford Point Camp. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, and rose to

the rank of MGySgt. In addition to receiving the World War II Victory Medal, Nate also served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, receiving numerous awards, including the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Frame, United Nations Services Medal Commendation and a Meritorious Unit Commendation, retiring on January 31, 1975. In 2012, Nate was awarded the, Montford Point Congressional Gold Medal of honor. Nate was proficient in the Japanese language, had a black belt in Judo, boxed and was a pistol expert.

After his retirement from the Armed Forces, Nate earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He later earned a Master's degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Nate worked for twelve years as a supervisor and general supervisor in electronic manufacturing and testing with Hughes Aircraft Company. He was member and president of Los Angeles Chapter Eight of the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. He also served as vice-president, Western Region. Nate is survived by two daughters, one son, five grandchildren, one great granddaughter and a sister.


Published in Orange County Register on June 23, 2013
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