Erickson, Eugene LeRoy, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Weapons Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 4745, POW/MIA
Service Years
1950 - 1951

Private First Class


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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brainerd
Last Address
Suan Mining Camp, North Korea

Casualty Date
Aug 31, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Illness, Disease
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Santa Fe National Cemetery - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen7

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1950, Basic Training (Fort Knox, KY)
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment2nd Infantry DivisionPOW/MIA
  1950-1951, 4745, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment/B Company
  1950-1951, 4745, 2nd Infantry Division
  1951-1951, 4745, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PFC Gene Erickson served with  Company B, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division

He was captured north of Hoengsong, South Korea, when his unit was overwhelmed by Chinese forces. This attack caused the 38th Infantry Regiment  to withdraw south to a more defensible position. PFC Erickson was reported missing after the attack.

He was captured on 15 May 1951 and held as a POW. He died of dysentery and malnutrition, while held in a prisoner of war camp in Suan, North Korea three months later, on 31 August 1951, and was buried in an unmarked grave.  His remains were MIA for many years, and eventually recovered and identified and brought home when remains were turned over by the North Koreans between 1990 and 1994.

His name is permanently inscribed on the Courts of the Missing (Court 4) at the Honolulu Memorial.

Source: American Battle Monuments Commission
   
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