Leider, Eugene Griffiths, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Weapons Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 4745, I Company, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1950 - 1951

Private First Class

One Overseas Service Bar

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Marines Sgt Michael Becker to remember Leider, Eugene Griffiths, PFC.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 19, 1951
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum - Des Plaines, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorAmerican Battle Monuments CommissionKorean War FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1951, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1951, American Battle Monuments Commission
  1995, Korean War Fallen
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1951-1951, 4745, I Company, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
  1951-1951, 4745, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Eugene G LEIDER is my Uncle through marriage and whom we are all very proud of and who should be remembered for the hero that he was. It is to be noted that Private Leider was seriously wounded in the back and arm by the enemy in North Korea on September 8th, 1951 and returned to duty on September 12th, 1951

Below is the write up that the family had found:

Private First Class Eugene G Leider, US55064597, Company I 35th Infantry, United States Army. On 19 November 1951, near Kumhwa, Korea, Private Leiders unit was attacking a strong hostile force, well entrenched on commanding ground. When the advance was immobilized by intense small arms and automatic weapons fire from the enemy; he grasped his recoiless rifle and, completely disregarding the withering concentrations, charged forward to gain a vantage point within twenty-five feet of the hostile bunkers. Placing accurate, effective fire on the emplacements, Private Leider remained at his position although the fury of enemy fire was concentrated on him. His valorous actions so disrupted the hostile defense that his comrades could regain the initiative and secure the vital terrian. While refusing to yield ground, he was fatally wounded by automatic weapons fire. Private Leiders couragous determination, aggressive spirit, and selfless devotion to duty are worthy of emulation and reflect the highest credit on himself, his unit, and the American soldier. 
By Command of Major General Swift

Decorations earned by Private First Class Eugene G Leider include the Silver Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republice of Korea War Service Medal.

Respectfully submitted,
Michael (Mick) Becker
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