Cox, Jansen Calvin, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1542, 24th Infantry Division
Service Years
1945 - 1950

Infantry

First Lieutenant


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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Woodlawn
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 31, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Remains Not Recovered, Korea
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment24th Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 1542, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment
  1950-1950, 1542, 24th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Osan
  1950-1950 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Jansen Cox enlisted in the Army on 1 December 1945 in Greensboro, North Carolina with a home of residence at that time of Baltimore, Maryland.

He served with 1st Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 21st infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division in Korea and was part of the Task Force Smith unit that had been rushed to Korea at the outbreak of the war to stem the flow of North Korean troops.  The battalion consisted of 540 men (including those from the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion). This unit was hopelessly outnumbered from the beginning, landing at Pusan on 1 July 1950.  They fought a bloody six hour battle on 5 July 1950.

"The task force was attack by the 16th and the 18th Infantry Regiments from the NKPA 4th Infantry Division, supported by 36 Soviet made T34 tanks from the 107th Tank Regiment of 105th Armored Division. The approximate strength of these two unit was 6,500 men on that rainy day in July. The task force was without air support due to the weather and with out the proper weapon to stop tanks they were out flanked on both flanks and being encircled they were forced to withdraw." 

Lt. Cox was taken Prisoner of War along with 35 other Americans while fighting the enemy in Osan, South Korea on 5 July 1950, forced to march to North Korea on the "Tiger Death March", and died while a prisoner at Hanjang-ni, North Korea on 31 December 1950.

His remains were not recovered.
 
Silver Star
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Jansen Calvin Cox, United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy near Osan, Korea, on 5 July 1950.

During an attack by an enemy tank column, he unhesitatingly organized several bazooka teams and personally led the attack. Reaching a vantage point adjacent to and overlooking the roadway, he successfully destroyed one of the tanks. Through the accuracy and volume of his team's fire, several tanks were disabled and the enemy partially disorganized. When encircled by the hostile forces, he successfully led his party back to the relative safety of their own lines.

Although greatly outnumbered by the hard-pressing enemy, Lieutenant Cox continuously remained exposed to their fire; hauled vitally needed ammunition to the defending infantry positions and aided materially in directing of the effective friendly fire. Later, during the battalion's withdrawal to new tenable positions, he fearlessly manned a .50 caliber machine gun to assure the safety of his troops.

His courage, gallantry and unhesitant devotion to duty assured a minimum of casualties to the troops and reflect the greatest credit upon himself and the United States Infantry.

General Orders: Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 204 (October 26, 1950)
Action Date: July 5, 1950
Service: Army
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Headquarters
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 21st Infantry Regiment
Division: 24th Infantry Division
   
Comments/Citation
Notes/Links:

http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=60356 (citation for Silver Star)

http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance.html
http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance_2011.html?casualty_id=17472 (edited quote from J.W. Bolt)

http://www.2ndbn5thmar.com/history/TFSmithAnnexA1950.pdf
http://www.talkingproud.us/Retired/Retired/TaskForceSmith_files/a-photo-album-of-the-men-of-task-force-smith.pdf (page 6)

http://www.2ndbn5thmar.com/history/TFSmith1950.pdf
http://johnsmilitaryhistory.com/tfsmith.html
http://www.nj.gov/military/korea/factsheets/tfsmith.html

http://www.25thida.org/21stinf.html
   
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