Cooke, Leon Othello, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Weapons Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1952, 4745, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
Service Years
1948 - 1952

Private First Class


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Home State
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Washington, D.C.
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 05, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of Kapyong
Start Year
1951
End Year
1951

Description
The Battle of Kapyong, also known as the Battle of Jiaping, was fought during the Korean War between United Nations (UN) forces—primarily Australian and Canadian—and the Chinese communist People's Volunteer Army. The fighting occurred during the Chinese Spring Offensive and saw the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade establish blocking positions in the Kapyong Valley, on a key route south to the capital, Seoul. The two forward battalions—3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) and 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI)—occupied positions astride the valley and hastily developed defences. As thousands of South Korean soldiers began to withdraw through the valley, the Chinese infiltrated the brigade position under the cover of darkness, and assaulted the Australians on Hill 504 during the evening and into the following day.

Although heavily outnumbered, the 27th Brigade held their positions into the afternoon before the Australians were finally withdrawn to positions in the rear of the brigade, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties. The Chinese then turned their attention to the Canadians on Hill 677, but during a fierce night battle they were unable to dislodge them. The fighting helped blunt the Chinese offensive and the actions of the Australians and Canadians at Kapyong were important in assisting to prevent a breakthrough on the United Nations Command central front, and ultimately the capture of Seoul. The two battalions bore the brunt of the assault and stopped an entire Chinese division during the hard fought defensive battle. The next day the Chinese withdrew back up the valley, in order to regroup. Today, the battle is regarded as one of the most famous actions fought by the Australian and Canadian armies in Korea.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1951
To Year
1951
 
Last Updated:
Jun 29, 2016
   
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  26 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Grange, David E., Jr., LTG, (1943-1984)
  • Healy, Michael D., MG, (1945-1981)
  • Regan, Thomas, MSG, (1947-1986)
  • Stinson, John, Cpl, (1951-1953)
  • Waugh, William, SGM, (1948-1972)
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