July 11, 1930 (Darien, CT) – October 27, 1950; 20 years old
Last local address: 351 Post Road, Darien
Service Number: 1074317
Korean War Project Key No: 21557
Unit: 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Battalion, B Company
Born to Domenick (1887-1946) and Minerva “Minnie” Wheat Nacci (1893-1959). Two brothers, Louis (1920-2005) and Vincent (1918-1997). Two sisters, Anita Nacci Chabot (1924-1969), and Mrs. Allan Ritch of Darien [no other information found on Mrs. Ritch].
Casualty Location: Wonsan, Kojo, Hill 109
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal
From the Connecticut Military Portrait Collection, Connecticut State Library, Identifier: PG570; used with permission
From The Norwalk Hour February 18, 1955
Interment services for Corporal Julius C. Nacci, USMC< son of Mrs. Minerva Wheat Nacci, and the later Dominic Nacci of Darien, who was killed in action in Korea on October 27, 1950, took place this morning at 11:15 in St. John’s Cemetery, West Norwalk. Corporal Nacci is survived by his mother, two brothers, Captain Vincent Nacci, U.S. Army stationed in Puerto Rico, and Louis Nacci of Darien; two sister, Mrs. Allan Marie Ritch of Darien and Mrs. Roland Chabot of Norwalk. Corporal Nacci entered the Marine Corps in 1948 and at the time of his death, was 20 years old. Arrangements were in charge of the Collins Funeral Home. Committal services were conducted by Rev Philip T. Morrissey of St. John’s Church, Noroton.
Posted on koreanwar.org by Jack Witter, December 30, 2007
I went through Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC with Julius in 1948. He played his harmonica many times for our enjoyment during that time. I remember when we were at Camp Lejeune, NC during the summer of 1949 that we had a heavy downpour of rain and the grassy area by his barracks became a large pool of water. As a means of expending some of his energy, he would take a fast run and then flop on his belly as he went sailing though that water. He really enjoyed that. On the night he was killed, about two miles South of Kojo, North Korea, his platoon was overrun very quickly by a large force of North Koreans who had silently worked their way right onto the Marine lines before anyone knew they were even in the immediate vicinity. It had been a long hard day for Julius and his platoon and they bedded down early because of being so tired. The North Korean attack came so quickly that ten Marines, including Julius, were killed while still in their sleeping bags. They didn’t have a chance to defend themselves from the onslaught that overtook them. Julius was a friend and a good Marine. I will never forget him.
Corporal Nacci is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien CT; Section S, Lot 2. Photos by author.