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Jaime Sabater Sr.

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Jaime Sabater Sr.
BornMay 28, 1904
San Juan, Puerto Rico
DiedApril 24, 1955
Argentina
Place of burial
Arlington National Cemetery
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service1927–1955
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg
Colonel
Commands held1st Battalion 9th Marines, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Commanding Officer of the 3rd Marines, Fleet Marine Force, Western Pacific
Battles/warsWorld War II
*Bougainville amphibious operations
*Battle of Guam
AwardsBronze Star Medal
with "V" Device
Purple Heart Medal

Colonel Jaime Sabater Sr. (May 28, 1904 – April 24, 1955) was a United States Marine Corps officer who commanded the 1st Battalion 9th Marines during the Bougainville amphibious operations in World War II. Sabater was also the executive officer of the 9th Marines during the Battle of Guam in 1944.

Early years[edit]

Sabater was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There he received his primary and secondary education before he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy on July 9, 1923, by Félix Córdova Dávila, the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico in Washington D.C.. He graduated from the academy in the Class of 1927 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.[1]

World War II[edit]

During World War II, Sabater, then a lieutenant colonel, commanded the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division which deployed during January–February 1943 to Auckland, New Zealand, from Camp Pendelton California. Sabater's battalion then deployed to the South Pacific island of Bougainville where Sabater led his men in the Bougainville amphibious operations.[2]

US Marines move inland in Guam.

On November 1, 1943, the Allies intended to establish a beachhead around Cape Torokina, within which an airfield would be built. Allied forces did not plan, at this time, to try to capture the entire island of Bougainville from Japanese forces. An attempt by the Japanese Navy to attack the U.S. landing forces was defeated in the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, between November 1 and November 2. A subsequent attempt by Japanese land forces to attack the Allied beachhead was defeated in the Battle of Koromokina Lagoon.[2]

Sabater participated in the Battle of Guam (July 21, 1944- August 10, 1944) as executive officer of the 9th Marines.[3] He was wounded in action on July 21, the first day that the Marines invaded the island, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Sabater served as executive officer of the 9th Marines until November 18, 1944.

On October 1, 1947, Sabater was promoted to colonel and named commanding officer of the 3rd Marines, Fleet Marine Force, Western Pacific (formerly the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines) in Tsingtao, China. He served as such during the Fleet Marine Forces occupation of the Okinawa Islands.[4] On March 31, 1948, the Fleet Marine Force returned to Tsingtao and on April 1, 1948, Sabater was reassigned to another unit.[1]

Later years[edit]

Sabater was serving as a military liaison in Argentina when on April 24, 1955, he died from wounds received as a result of an automobile accident. He was survived by his wife Rebecca Sabater (1905–1981), his daughter Myrna Sabater Hayes (born 1931) and his son Jaime Sabater Jr (1935–2019). Sabater is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Plot Section 6, Site 5022-B in Arlington, Virginia.

Sabater's son, Jaime Sabater Jr., also became a colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Sabater Jr. served at the Defense Attaché Office on Tan Son Nhut air base, near Saigon during the Vietnam War. He was present at the fall of Saigon as commander of the Special Planning Group ( SPG ) responsible for the in city evacuation of US personnel from Saigon City to Tan Son Nhut Air Base.

Military awards and decorations[edit]

Among Colonel Sabater's decorations and medals were the following:

V
A light blue ribbon with five white five pointed stars
 
1 Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device Purple Heart Combat Action Ribbon
2 Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal

See also[edit]


Other articles of the topics Biography AND Puerto Rico : Domingo Arroyo Jr., Orlando Fernández, Frankie Segarra, Steven Ehricks, José L. Santiago, Carmen Lozano Dumler, Humberto Acosta-Rosario

Other articles of the topics Puerto Rico AND World War II : César Luis González, Pedro Rodríguez (soldier)

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Alvin C. Cockrell, Angus R. Goss, Clarence Lee Evans, Arthur Harvey, Edwin William Hurst, Carl W. Weiss, Welton Ralph Abell

Other articles of the topic Biography : Hoffman L. Fuller, Carlos Ágreda, Elton C. Pody, Burton Forde, Carl W. Weiss, Dr Catrin Rutland, Big Drip

Other articles of the topic Puerto Rico : Puerto Rico Highway 25R, Irene M. Zoppi, Domingo Arroyo Jr., Ramón Núñez-Juárez, Efe Rosario, Orlando Fernández, April Carrión

Other articles of the topic World War II : Joseph Williams Vance Jr., John Michael Bermingham, Fay B. Begor, Eugene Morland Key, Thomas Mack Wilhoite, Lawrence Coburn Taylor, Kenneth Hart Muir
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Hyperwar USMC". Retrieved 2007-04-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rentz, Major John N., USMCR (1946). "Appendix X: Command and Staff". Bougainville and the Northern Solomons. Historical Branch, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Retrieved 2007-04-03.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Lodge, Major O.R., USMC (1954). "Appendix IV: Command and Staff List of Major Units". The Recapture of Guam. Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Retrieved 2007-12-28.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Assasult and Occupation of Okinawa Gunto

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