Greenwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5864 commander
Eighteen-year-old Damon Monschein enlisted in the Marine Corps more than 69 years ago. Now at 87 he received his high school diploma from Thomas Carr Howe High School June 4. He was born May 13, 1929, and grew up on the Eastside.
Monschein was scheduled to graduate in June 1947, but his schooling was interrupted when he decided to join the military and fight for his country, and he never picked up his diploma. He was trained on the M-1 rifle and the 30-caliber carbine.
During his time in Korea he served as a unit leader on a 60 mm mortar. His combat tour began Nov. 11, 1950, and ended Nov. 27, 1951.
He received the Good Conduct Medal, U.N. Medal and the Korean Service Medal with one star. His DD-214 (separation from the military) states that he “participated in action against enemy forces in South and Central Korea,” crossing the 38th Parallel on five occasions.
Monschein is a life member of Greenwood VFW Post 5864, where he is a staple, and has served as sergeant at arms at the post and district level for many years.
Upon leaving the Marine Corps he returned to Indianapolis and worked at a number of jobs. He once erected beer and liquor signs and displays in grocery and liquor stores. He painted houses most of his life.