Bonifas, Arthur G., MAJ

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1976-1976, United Nations Command (UNC)/UN Joint Security Area (US JSA)
Service Years
1966 - 1976

Field Artillery


Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 18, 1976
Hostile, Died
Intentional Homicide
In the Line of Duty
Location of Interment
West Point Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Joint Security Area Panmunjom Artillery Shoulder Cord Manchu Mile (original)

 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  1976, In the Line of Duty

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Cold War Incident - Hatchet Incident (Korea)
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On 18 August 1976 a Korean work force was escorted by CPT Bonifas and 1LT Barrett to trim the large poplar tree. The UNC force on 18 August 1976 consisted of the two US officers, an Republic of Korea officer and eight UNC guards escorting the workforce. The Korean People's Army from the North told them to cease activity. When the commanding officer, Captain Bonifas, ordered work to resume, thirty North Korean soldiers who silently watched were ordered "mikunulchi ki cha" ["kill the US soldiers"].

The North Koreans, armed with the work detail's axes and metal picks, outnumbered the soldiers. CPT Bonifas was the first killed, attacked from behind by five. A Corporal saw the attack from a nearby three-story pagoda and recorded the murders with a movie camera. The attack ended as soon as it began, with the two US officers were killed and the nine guards UNC guards injured.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
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Last Updated:
Oct 27, 2009
Personal Memories
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
1976 DMZ Axe Murder

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  • Edenfield, Perry, SGT, (1975-1979)
  • Elliott, Carl A., SSG, (1964-1987)
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