Treacy, Edward Joseph, Jr., COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, POW/MIA
Service Years
1935 - 1951



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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Cedarhurst, Nassau County

Casualty Date
May 31, 1951
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
West Point Association of GraduatesKorean War Fallen
  1935, West Point Association of Graduates [Verified]
  1951, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry POW/MIA
  1950-1951, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison
  1950-1951, 3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry
  1951-1951, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of Chipyong-ni
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1931-1935, United States Military Academy
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Col Treacy graduated from West Point with the Class of 1935, Colonel Treacy was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving in both Theaters of War. (Details of service unknown at this time).

In Korea he commanded the 3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was part of Task Force Crombez, a force of Infantry and tanks sent to rescue the U.S. 23rd Infantry Regiment at Chipyong-ni. He was taken as prisoner of war while rescuing a comrade, Cpl. Carroll Everist, near Chipyong on 15 February 1951. He died on 31 May 1951 of malnutrition.

His remains were not recovered.

Note: excerpt from the memoirs of Cpl. Carroll Gifford Everist

" Lt. Colonel Treacy, who had been shot in the mouth, carried me on his back to about 15 feet off the road. He also gave me his first aid pouch. The tanks bugged out, leaving eight or nine wounded behind. Once off the road, about 15 Chinese swarmed in on us and we were all captured.

Because I was shot in the knee and couldn't walk, Colonel Treacy carried me. We were taken to a wooden building (like a gazebo) with no walls and no furnishings. It was one big room in an open area close to the top of a hill. That was the area where all of us were before they took two men away. I don't know who the one man was taken from our group--I just remember that he was very tall. We never saw him again. He was probably shot. The other man taken away that night was Colonel Treacy.

I learned years later that he died in a POW Camp on 31 May 1951 of malnutrition. He remains my strongest memory of Korea. Had it not been for him, I would have been murdered like the six that were with me who were shot in the head. "
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