Laurence, Harry Joseph, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1949-1950, 3060, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment/HHC
Service Years
1949 - 1950


Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 12, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 54 Plot 959

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 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
7th Infantry Division3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment
  1949-1950, 3060, 7th Infantry Division
  1949-1950, 3060, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  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)
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sergeant Harry Joseph Laurence was a member of L Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, then making up 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  Nov. 27-Dec. 11, 1950.  The unit was forced to retreat to the south due to intense enemy fire. 

Known in Korea as Changjin Reservoir, it was a killing ground. RCT 31, was isolated by the two divisions of Chinese soldiers. Outnumbered and worn down, RCT 31 was virtually destroyed. Survivors from this unit reached Marine lines at Hagaru-ri on December 2, 1950 where they joined in the Marines efforts to break out of an encirclement by the Chinese to escape.

Sgt. Laurence’s unit held the Chinese off for four days, giving the Marines time to reinforce their base.

Sergeant Harry Joseph Laurence was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

His remains were recovered, then identified on 31 January 2008.  He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery on 9 April 2008.. 

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