Waldoch, Edward Stephen, T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
1733-Armored Reconnaissance Platoon or Squad Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1952-1952, 4733, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
Service Years
1941 - 1952

Technical Sergeant


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Eleven Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Osage
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Mar 02, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
Location of Interment
Saint Marys Cemetery - Tomah, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen3/4 Cav Association
  1952, Korean War Fallen
  1988, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1947-1947, 736, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1947-1948, 736, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1948-1949, 4677, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1950-1950, 4733, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
  1952-1952, 4733, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1939-1945 World War II
  1945-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1950-1950 UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1950 UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1950 UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 UN Offensive (1950)/Second Battle of Seoul
  1950-1951 CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of the Imjin River
  1951-1951 First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of Kapyong
  1951-1951 CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Oct 12, 2016, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

 

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when the North Korean People's Army crossed the 38th Parallel in an unprovoked attack on the Republic of South Korea. Under United Nations orders, the 25th Infantry Division was deployed to Korea from 5-18 July 1950. Upon arrival they successfully completed their first mission of blocking the approaches to the port city of Pusan. After weeks of bitter fighting, the division was able to break out from the Pusan area in September 1950 along with U.S. and United Nations forces to link with U.S. Marines who landed at the city of Inchon. Most of Korea was liberated and North Korean forces were driven to the Yalu River, when Chinese forces joined the fight in November 1950. The 25th Infantry Division and allied forces were driven south once again. A permanent battle line was established south of Osan. The division began retaking lost territory in January 1951. By February 10, 1951 the city of Inchon and Kimpo Air Base were recaptured. The Division next participated in Operation Ripper, which drove the enemy north of the Han River. The spring of 1951 continued with successful Operations Dauntless, Detonate, and Piledriver. These offensive operations enhanced the United Nations position for negotiating an end to the fighting. Peace talks began in the summer of 1951. Unfortunately the Chinese and North Koreans were not ready to settle. A stalemated, trench warfare situation continued with patrolling and defensive actions for the next two years. On occasion, fierce battles were fought as enemy forces tried to break the main line of resistance. From May to July of 1953, a heavy Chinese assault was thrown at the Tropic Lightning's section of the line that guarded the approaches to Seoul. The 25th Infantry Division repulsed this attack and protected the South Korean capital. The 25th was placed in reserve status in July. The Korean War ended on July 27, 1953 when an armistice took effect.

The 25th Infantry Division had spent 37 months in combat during the Korean War. The Division received two South Korean Presidential Unit Citations and was credited with participation in all ten Korean War campaigns.

   
Comments/Citation
Edward's gravemarker shows that he served in WWII. Units he served with are not currently known. In 1949 he re-enlisted and this is how he came to be with the 25th Infantry Division which was in Japan for occupation duty. Early in the Korean War the division was deployed at Pusan.  Edward fought for almost two years in Korea. 
     His father was John Joseph Waldoch (deceased) and his mother was Frances Hoppa (deceased)  His brothers were: Theodore, Henry and Bennie, while his sisters were: Regina, Mary, Sophia, Gertrude, Veronica, Florence and Lucy.
    He was married to Gladys Luella Brown on August 10, 1949 in Kansas.  She was born on July 27, 1916 in Gypsum, Kansas and died Jamuary 27, 2003 in Greensburo, Guilford, N.C.  Her parents were Clyde Brown and Vertie W.M. Conner.  She lived as a widow in Topeka, Kansas for years and was a school teacher.  She eventually re-married.
   
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