Radeke, Kenneth Charles, Cpl

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Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
4761-Infantry Reconnaissance Scout
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 4761, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
Service Years
1941 - 1950


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Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 12, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, South
Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
Location of Interment
Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery - Cedars Rapids, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
AAF Aircrew Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Combined Arms Center (CAC)US Army Air Force (USAAF)Army Air CorpsUSAAF 9th Army Air Force
5th Armored Division25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1941-1941, Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) Fort Leavenworth, Combined Arms Center-Training (CAC-T)
  1941-1941, AAF 528, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1941-1942, AAF 189, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1941-1945, Army Air Corps
  1942-1942, AAF 189, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1942-1943, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1943-1945, USAAF 9th Army Air Force
  1945-1945, AAF 590, 5th Armored Division
  1950-1950, 4745, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1950-1950, 4745, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1950-1950, 4761, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1949-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter5
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 05, 2016, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PVT Kenneth Charles Radeke (RA 17029445)  Born: January 24, 1923 in Luzerne, Iowa.  Died: August 12, 1950 in Pusan Perimeter in the town of Pongam-ni, Korea.  For most of his life he resided in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 12, 1941 at Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa at 18.  In 1941, the air component of the Iowa National Guard was the 124th Observation Squadron.  Officially recognized in February, 1941, the unit was mobolized on September 15, 1941.  Known as the "Iowa Hawks," the unit consisted of 27 Officers (including 15 pilots and 1 flight surgeon).  170 Enlisted men and five aircraft.  Using O-47s, the sqaudron patroled the Gulf of Mexico, searcing for enemy submarines from July of 1941 until 1943.  IN 1943, the unit was designated the 124thTactical Reconnaisance Squadron and served as a replacement training sqaudron until its deactivation on April 30, 1944.  He served 4 years during World War II getting out probably around December of 1945. As can be seen, most of this WWII service was in the American Theator.  Further investigation may show it in another Theator.   At some point during this time he married a Joyce Dougherty and they divorced.  He then married  Betty Jo Sieger and produced one child, Kenneth Charles Jr.  He being born on 4 May 1947.  They became estranged with each other and Kenneth reenlisted in the Army on March 24, 1950, now 27 years two months.  He probably didn't need Basic Training and was immediately sent to the 25th Reconnaissance Company of the 25th Infantry Division that was then stationed in Osaka, Japan doing Occupation Duty, mostly as MP's.  That unit was committed to the Korean War on July 13, 1950 being sent from Yokohama, Japan and arriving at Pusan, Korea on the 17th of July 1950.  They were immediately committed to combat and he died 26 days later on August 12, 1950 in the Pusan Perimeter in the village of Pongam-ni.  His body was not recovered for well over a year being sent back to Rapid City, Iowa arriving on Tuesday, October 30, 1951.  He was interned at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on November 1, 1951.   His Father was Clarence John Radeke (1898 - 1967).  His Mother was Lillian Radeke (1898 -      ).  He had two sisters: Betty Jean Radeke and Lucille Mary Radeke.  He had two Years of High School.  Before enlistment into the Army Air Corps his civilian profession is listed as Actor.  Although it can be determined what some of his awards are from World War II, dependant upon the theator of operations he worked in and the units and time he was assigned to the unit, further investigation may ultimately determine his entire array of awards that he has coming.
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association
  1950, Korean War Fallen2
  1988, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association [Verified]
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