Gerrity, Daniel William, PFC

MIA/POW
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
3844-Field Artillery Cannoneer
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-Present, POW/MIA
Service Years
1943 - 1950

Private First Class


One Service Stripe



Five Overseas Service Bars


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State of Birth
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1926
 
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PFC DANIEL WILLIAM GERRITY

2nd Division Artillery Headquarters Headquarters Battery

2nd Infantry Division 
Army
Hostile, Died While Captured (POW)
Date Of Loss: November 30, 1950
Service Number: RA12328393
BROOKLYN, NY
Location of Loss: KUNU-RI
Born: November 26, 1926
 

Comments: Private First Class Gerrity was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting in North Korea on November 30, 1950 and died in a prison camp on June 30, 1951. His remains were not recovered.



Daniel Gerrity was my brother who left for Korea in November of 1950 when I was twelve years old. He was the second of five children and, in 1943,when he reached seventeen, our father signed the papers that allowed him to enlist and see action in the South Pacific. Unfortunately, our father died in an accident in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where he was working as a machinist the following year. In July of 1950, Dan reenlisted in the army and was in Korea by November. He was a gentle, loving son, brother and friend. All our lives changed when he was lost and not knowing what really happened truly broke my mother's heart. Two of his nephews and a niece carry his name. We never had closure. In 1993 I decided to try to find some information. It was quite a summer of phone calls and letters. Finally, I was named next-of-kin and the Department of the Army sent me his personnel file. In that file were the statements of the men who witnessed his death and buried him sometime in the period between February and April of 1951. The hardest thing I ever had to do was tell my brother and sister. They still held a secret hope that he was still alive. I was glad that my mother and his closest sibling were already dead. My sister and I have since been DNA typed. Perhaps if they one day get to Camp 5 in Pyuktong, North Korea, they will find his remains on the side of the hill and we will bury him. Until then, we will remember him every day. I cannot forgive the men who decided to classify those statements and never give my mother the peace of knowing he was dead and perhaps of speaking to some one who knew him in those last months of his life.

 

I am Dan's youngest sister and a professor of education at Molloy College on Long Island for the past thirty three years. Dan is survived by one other sister and fourteen nieces and nephews and thirteen grandnieces and grandnephews. They all know his story and are very proud of him.

 

 

Submission 5960 - 2001-02-09 22:18:48.0 - By Carole Gerrity

Korean War Project Key No: 10532

   
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  1950-Present, POW/MIA
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  1943-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
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