Falk, Herman Louis, Jr., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 1542, POW/MIA
Service Years
1950 - 1951


First Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Westchester County, New York

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
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 38th Infantry RegimentPOW/MIA
  1950-1951, 1542, 2nd Infantry Division
  1950-1951, 1542, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1951-1951, 1542, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
 Colleges Attended 
The Citadel
  1946-1950, The Citadel
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Falk was an officer in B Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.  He served as field communications chief.

He was captured near Hoensong, South Korea on 12 February 1951, a particularly bitter time in combat when the Chinese attacked both ROK and American forces in the middle of the night, overwhelming them.  

He is listed as having died on 31 May 1951 due to maltreatment by the North Koreans.

He was listed as MIA/BNR.

UPDATE: http://www.dpaa.mil

1st Lt. Herman Falk's remains were identified as of 14 August 2018.  Note: Funeral Arrangements to be made.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, killed during the Korean War, have been identified as those of Army 1st Lt. Herman L. Falk. Falk, 22, of New York, New York, was accounted for on August 14.

In February 1951, Falk was a member of Company B, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, supporting Republic of Korea Army attacks against units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in an the vicinity of Changbong-ni, South Korea.

Falk, and half of his platoon, were reported missing in action on Feb. 12, 1951.

Following the war, returning American prisoners of war reported that Falk died in either April or May of 1951, while being held as a prisoner of war at the Suan Bean Camp in North Korea.

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which were later determined to contain the remains of at least 400 U.S. servicemen who died during the war. First Lieutenant Falk's remains were included in this turnover

To identify Falk's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  
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