Meyer Jr., Joseph, 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
1949-1950, HHC, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry
Service Years
1949 - 1950

Private First Class

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address

Casualty Date
Dec 12, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
N/AKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Military Order of the Purple Heart
  2008, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]
  2008, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
7th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 31st Infantry
  1949-1950, 4745, 7th Infantry Division
  1949-1950, HHC, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Joseph Kenneth Meyer Jr. was assigned to K Company, 31st Infantry Regiment. and was attached to the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), 7th Infantry Division. The team was engaged against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, from late November to early December, 1950. He died as result of intense enemy fire, and his bodie was not recovered at the time. 

Between 2001 and 2005, joint U.S. and Democratic People's Republic of Korea teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted excavations of several burial sites near the Chosin Reservoir. The sites correlate closely with defensive positions held by the 31st RCT at the time of the Chinese attacks. The teams recovered remains there believed to be those of U.S. servicemen. Analysis of the remains recovered from the sites led to the identification of several individuals, including  Myers.

Joseph Kenneth Meyer Jr. was born in Wahpeton, ND on October 19, 1932, the son of J.K. and Clara Meyer. Joe grew up in Wahpeton and attended school at St. John’s Catholic School and Wahpeton High School.  Joe was known as "Sonny" by members of his family and was raised on a farm in North Dakota. He enlisted in the Army on November 10, 1949 at the age of 17 with parental consent. PFC Meyer served during the Korean Conflict and was a member of Company K, 31st Infantry Regiment, and 7th Infantry Division. He was listed as missing in action on December 12, 1950 and presumed dead on December 31, 1953. 

In addition to the Purple Heart awarded after his death, other medals awarded posthumously were the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, The Korean Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. 

The funeral mass for PFC Joseph Kenneth Meyer Jr. will be 2:00 PM Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at St. John’s Catholic Church Wahpeton, ND. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery Wahpeton, ND with full military honors. 

MOS 4745
SN RA27755576 

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