Adkins, Virgil Boyd, Pvt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1745-Light Weapons Infantry Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1953-1953, 1745, B Company, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1952 - 1953


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

Casualty Date
Jul 17, 1953
Hostile, Died while Missing
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Hilltop Cemetery - Hinton, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1953, Korean War Fallen6

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment
  1953-1953, 1745, 3rd Infantry Division
  1953-1953, 1745, B Company, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Private Adkins was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. On July 17, 1953, he was Killed in Action while on a combat patrol to reconnoiter enemy activity in an area north of the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), North Korea, when it came under attack, forcing withdrawal back to friendly lines. As a result of the fighting, PVT Adkins was reported missing in action. His remains were among those contained in 208 boxes of co-mingled remains turned over to the U.S. by the North Koreans in 1990 and 1994. Private Adkins were identified and accounted for by DPAA on 10 August 2016. PFC Adkins' name is permanently inscribed on the Courts of the Missing (Court 4) at the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI.

Source: American Battle Monuments Commission & DPAA

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private Virgil Boyd Adkins (ASN: US-52188840), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the morning and afternoon of 17 July 1953, in the vicinity of Sinmok-Tong, Korea, Company B assaulted enemy held Hill 433. In the action, many friendly casualties were sustained and Private Adkins immediately began treating and evacuating them. Disregarding the heavy enemy fire, he repeatedly moved about the terrain under fire to aid wounded raiders. When the unit began to return toward the United Nations main line of resistance, Private Adkins volunteered to remain behind and cover the retrograde movement. Courageously protecting his unit, he directed heavy fire upon the foe until mortally wounded by intense enemy automatic weapons fire. Private Adkins' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.

General Orders: Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders # 4, January 5, 1954

Action Date: July 7, 1953
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