July 11, 1930 (Darien, CT) – October 27, 1950; 20 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 351 Post Road, Darien
Service Number: 1074317
Korean War Project Key No: 21557
1ST MARINE DIVISION, 1ST MARINE REGIMENT, 1ST BATTALION, B COMPANY
Casualty Location: Wonsan, Kojo, Hill 109
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal
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.