Koon, George, T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
1666-Medical Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1666, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1942 - 1950

Technical Sergeant

Three Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 30, 1951
Hostile, Died while Captured
Illness, Disease
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Military Order of the Purple Heart
  1950, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Medical 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 9th Infantry 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 1666, 2nd Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 1666, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry
  1950-1950, 1666, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 In late November 1950, Koon was assigned to the Medical Company, 1/9th Infantry Regiment member of the 2nd Infantry Division advancing north of Kunu-ri, North Korea. On Nov. 25, the Chinese Army counterattacked the Americans in what would become known as the Battle of the Chong Chon (River). This combat was some of the fiercest of the war, and the 2nd Division initiated a fighting withdrawal to the south. Koon was captured by Chinese forces during the intense enemy fire, and subsequently died while in captivity from malnutrition and medical neglect.   

Sergeant First Class Koon was a medic with the Medical Company, 1/9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War while tending his wounded comrades in North Korea ( KUNU-RI GAUNTLET) on December 1, 1950 and died while a prisoner on April 30, 1951. 

  In 2002, two joint U.S./Democratic People’s Republic of Korea teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), investigated and excavated a mass burial site located 20 miles northwest of Kunu-ri, along the route taken by captured U.S. POWs being moved to permanent POW camps along the Yalu River. The teams recovered remains at the site believed to be those of several U.S. servicemen, including Koon.
George Walter Koon will be buried tomorrow in Leesville,  17 May 2008
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