Arthur, Patrick James, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 1745, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1942 - 1951

Sergeant First Class

Three Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Broken Bow
Last Address
Broken Bow

Casualty Date
Jul 31, 1951
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 60, Site 8983

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Machine Gun

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment2nd Infantry Division
  1949-1951, 1729, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
  1950-1951, 1745, 2nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1950-1951 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sergeant First Class Arthur was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a member of Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded in North Korea on November 30, 1950 and returned to duty on December 7, 1950. He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy in South Korea on May 18, 1951 and died while a prisoner on July 31, 1951.

Arthur was a member of Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 38th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. In mid May 1951, elements of the 2nd ID were securing their positions on the No Name Line south of the Soyang River, South Korea, when the Chinese Army launched a major counter-offensive. The 2nd ID was forced to withdraw south to a more defensible position north and east of the Hongch’on River. During the withdrawal, Arthur was captured by enemy forces on May 18, 1951, and was marched north into North Korea. Arthur died of malnutrition and disease in July, and he was buried at the Suan Mining POW Camp near Pyongyang. 
For his leadership and valor, Sergeant First Class Arthur was awarded the Silver Star (WWII), the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman's Badge second award, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Asian Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze stars,  Army Occupation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. 

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