Galarneau, Edwin Leroy, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
3648-Radio Repairman Field
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, POW/MIA
Service Years
1946 - 1950

Corporal


One Service Stripe



One Overseas Service Bar


 Last Photo   Personal Details 

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chelan
Last Address
North Korea

Casualty Date
Dec 06, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Wenatchee Cemetery - Wenatchee, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

7th Infantry Division Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 

Artillery Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran


 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Field Artillery

 
 National Guard Awards


 
 Unit Assignments
US Army Air Force (USAAF)ARNG, Washington31st Regimental Combat Team - Task Force Faith7th Infantry Division
57th Field Artillery BattalionPOW/MIA
  1946-1949, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1949-1950, HHD, Washington Army National Guard
  1950-1950, 3648, 31st Regimental Combat Team - Task Force Faith
  1950-1950, 3844, 7th Infantry Division
  1950-1950, HHB, 57th Field Artillery Battalion
  1950-1950, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

WENATCHEE — Edwin Galarneau might not have any immediate family left, but quite a crowd is expected to be on hand when the long-lost Korean War veteran is laid to rest Tuesday.


The former prisoner of war, who was missing in action for more than 60 years, will be buried in an active-duty military service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Wenatchee Cemetery.


The service will take place in the military section at the south end of the cemetery on Western Avenue.


His story has touched many hearts this week after it was announced that he was one of 200 MIAs across the country whose remains were identified last year.


Galarneau was 21 and serving in the 7th Infantry Division, an Army artillery unit, in North Korea in November 1950. The unit had been engaged in a battle for four days when they retreated. Galarneau was injured in the retreat and taken prisoner around the first of December. He is believed to have died about 20 days later in a prison camp, according to information provided by the U.S. Army.


A large number of remains were returned to the U.S. by the North Korean government in the early 1990s, and his were positively identified last year after comparing them to DNA for a half-brother in Montana who was born after Galarneau went missing.


The military and local funeral directors who are organizing the service knew little about Galarneau’s life in Wenatchee. But after a story was published in The Wenatchee World this week, some of his second cousins have come forward with more details.


At least two of the second cousins plan to attend the funeral on Tuesday.


His mother, Bertha, died in 1988, never knowing her son’s fate. She held out hope for years that he would be found alive and kept a scrapbook with letters from the military.


   
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