Carnabuci, Primo Charles, Cpl

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Infantry (Enlisted)
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1950-1950, 8th US Cavalry
Service Years
1949 - 1950


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Home Town
Old Saybrook
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Casualty Date
Nov 01, 1950
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
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8th US Cavalry
  1950-1950, 8th US Cavalry
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  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
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Cpl. Primo Carnabuci initially served with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 24th Infantry Division in Korea.

On 2 September 1950, he was wounded near Pohang-Dong, South Korea.  His combat actions and bravery led to the award of the Distinguished Service Cross.  His wounds were treated, and he returned to duty on 23 September. He joined Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.

He was reported missing during the fierce fighting near Unsan, South Korea on the night of 1-2 November 1950.

Fifty-nine years after he went missing, Corporal Carnabuci's remains were found during gold-mining operations in North Korea when a mass grave was discovered near Unsan. After the remains were positively identified, they arrived at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, on 10 May 2011. 

He was interred in Saint Marys Cemetery in Clinton, Middlesex County, Connecticut.


Cpl. Primo C. Carnabuci and Master Sgt. Clifford L. Ryan, U.S. Army, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, were lost on Nov. 1, 1950, near Unsan, North Korea. Their remains were identified on Nov. 3, 2010.
Distinguished Service Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Primo C. Carnabuci, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

Private First Class Carnabuci distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Pohang-dong, Korea, on 2 September 1950. When Company K launched an attack against enemy positions Private First Class Carnabuci, personally led his squad into the face of heavy automatic-weapons and small-arms fire, until he was wounded in the face and neck by fragments of a bursting enemy grenade. He personally killed three enemy soldiers and wounded several more with accurate rifle fire during the attack. While receiving medical aid, he observed his squad pinned down by heavy, accurate fire from an enemy machine-gun.

Private Carnabuci, although weak from loss of blood, thrust away the aid man, picked up his rifle, and with utter disregard for his own safety, advanced into the fire of the enemy machine-gun with blood steaming down his face. The ferocity of his attack and the accurate fire from his rifle destroyed the enemy machine-gun crew and so unnerved the enemy troops near the machine-gun that they fled from the area.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 64 (February 10, 1951)
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