Gustafson, Henry Leo, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1531-Gun Crewman, Pack Artillery
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 57th Field Artillery Battalion/B Battery
Service Years
- 1950

Private First Class


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Dec 01, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Unit Assignments
57th Field Artillery Battalion
  1950-1950, 57th Field Artillery Battalion/B Battery
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
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Pfc. Henry L. Gustafson, U.S. Army, B Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, was lost on Dec. 31, 1950, near Hagaru-ri, North Korea. His remains were identified on June 3, 2011.




Gustafson was fighting the enemy at the Chosin Reservoir near the Manchurian border in December 1950. During a withdrawal, he was captured. On Dec. 6, he was listed as missing in action.

He wrote a letter to his mother, Pearl Mae Inman Martin Gustafson Stiffler, while a POW.

Gustafson told her of being wounded and noted that there was no food, no medicine and no heat. He reportedly died of malnutrition and gangrene.

"He wrote that his hands and feet were frozen," said Inman, his uncle
   
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PFC Henry ‘Juney’ Gustafson

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 1:15 am

PFC Henry ‘Juney’ Gustafson

Henry Leo Gustafson was nicknamed “Juney” early in his young life. He was born Feb. 4, 1932, at Decatur, Ill. His parents were Pearl Mae Inman and Henry Leo Martin. He had one brother named Paul who was born in 1935. His mother divorced in 1940 and moved the remaining family members to west central Indiana. There he was under the guidance of his grandparents, Cash and Josie (Houston) Inman of Kingman.  

 

Times were tough for young Juney but, he was surrounded by his brother Paul, his Uncle Merle Inman and his cousin Tommy Guard. During the 40’s his mother remarried to a Carl Gustafson and they resided in Illinois and Michigan. He enlisted in the Army for three years in Fort Custer, Mich., during April 1949. He then separated with an honorable discharge from his three-year commitment in April 1950 and then re-enlisted for six years.  He was fighting the enemy near the Chosin Reservoir in early December 1950. During withdraw to a more defensible position near Hagaru, North Korea, he fell prisoner. Private Gustafson was reported missing on Dec. 6, 1950.  Forty-three years later the Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea, DPRK returned the remains of an estimated 400 American servicemen in 208 coffins to the United Nations Command in 1993.  

The immediate living family members were notified by the JPAC Central Identification Laboratory in Fort Knox, Ky., in June of this year that the Gustafson file had been completed.  

A funeral service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grady Funeral Home at Williamsport. Burial will be at West Lebanon Cemetery. A full military service will be provided. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday.

The family asks people to contact and encourage the U.S. Senator and Congressman to continue to support federal funding for the Joint POW/MIA Command.




   
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