Balanon, Pastor, Jr., Cpl

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Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Weapons Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 4745, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
Service Years
1946 - 1950


One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
San Francisco, CA

Casualty Date
Nov 02, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
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

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1946, Basic Training (Schofield Barracks, HI), A/1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Cavalry Division 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile) 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  1949-1950, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
  1949-1950, 4745, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1950-1950, 4745, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Osan
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
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Last Known Activity

Corporal Pastor Balanon Jr. was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy near Unsan, North Korea on November 2, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. He was born in the Philippines in 1928, when the islands were under the American flag. On April 30, 2007, the Department of Defense announced his remains had been identified. In late October 1950, Balanon was assigned to L Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, then engaging enemy forces south of Unsan, North Korea, near a bend in the Kuryong River known as the Camel's Head. Chinese communist forces attacked the 8th Regiment's positions on November 1, 1950, forcing a withdrawal to the south where they were surrounded by the enemy. The remaining survivors in the 3rd Battalion attempted to escape a few days later, but Balanon was declared missing in action on November 2, 1950, in the vicinity of Unsan.

The troopers of the Eighth Cavalry, an old-line U.S. regiment, now serving as infantry, had fought its way to the vicinity of Unsan, a village only 50 miles from the Chinese border.

Just at dusk Nov. 1, they ran into two divisions of Chinese troops. The Eighth Cavalry had three battalions, each about 800 men; according to the Korean War Almanac, each Chinese division had 10,000 men.

Many U.S. troops fought until they ran out of ammunition. The Third Battalion, where Balanon was a rifleman, was overrun. Six hundred of its 800 men were killed, captured or missing. They called the Third Battalion the lost battalion.

In 2001, a joint U.S.-North Korean team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), excavated a burial site in Kujang County, south of Unsan County. A North Korean citizen living near the site told the team that the remains were relocated to Kujang after they were discovered elsewhere during a construction project. The battle area was about one kilometer north of the secondary burial site.

He was a professional soldier who had enlisted in the Army on August 19, 1946 Listed as a Philippene Scout for the  Hawaiian Department  later in San Francisco, a rifleman in a unit called the lost battalion in a war that has been nearly forgotten. He was 22 years old when he was a caught in a disastrous battle near the village of Unsan, North Korea. His battalion, outnumbered and outgunned, was overrun by Chinese Communist forces, who came out of the dusk on November 1, 1950. Balanon was never seen again. 

In October of 1950, he was assigned to C Company, Third Battalion, Eighth Cavalry Regiment, then serving in Korea. The Army had just captured Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, and was pursing the remnants of the North Korean army. 

His father Pastor Balanon Sr., had served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines before World War II, and when the Japanese occupied the islands, the family patriarch had been active in the anti-Japanese guerrillas.

Once his father and brother were arrested by Japanese police. The boy was hung by his hands and the father was buried alive up to his neck. If the Japanese were seeking information, they didn't get it.

After the war, Pastor Balanon Sr. stayed in the Army and served until 1954.





Corporal Pastor Balanon Jr. 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.

He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on May 3, 2007. Lived in San Francisco.

MOS 4745
SN RA10338172  

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