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PFC Carl Amos West
Birth: Jun. 5, 1927
Washington, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1950, North Korea

Carl grew up in Amanda Park, Washington and attended Lake Quinault School before joining the United States Marines. He was the eldest child of Amos and Bessie West. Carl was a member of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment, of the 1st Marine Division. On November 27, 1950, three Communist Chinese divisions launched an attack on Carl's Marine unit positioned near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. Over the next several days, United States forces staged a fighting withdrawal to the south, first to Hagaru-ri, then Koto-ri, and eventually to defensive positions at Hungnam. He was killed in action as a result of enemy fire near Koto-ri. He was buried by fellow Marines in a temporary military cemetery in Hungnam, his fellow soldiers taking his fingerprints at that time. His identity was later verified by the FBI the fingerprint. During Operation Glory in 1954, the North Korean government repatriated the remains of 2,944 United States soldiers and Marines. Included in this repatriation were remains associated with Carl's burial. The staff at the United States Army mortuary in Kokura, Japan, suspected discrepancies between the dental remains and West's dental file as well as discrepancies between the biological profile derived from the remains and West's physical characteristics. The remains were among 416 subsequently buried as unknowns in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (The Punchbowl) in Hawaii. In May 2006, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command exhumed remains from The Punchbowl believed to be those of West. Although the remains did not yield usable DNA data, a reevaluation of the skeletal and dental remains led to West's identification. He was buried October 4, 2007 at Arlington National Cemetery. His survivors include nieces and nephews and their children. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, 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. 
Family links: 
  Amos Coral West (1889 - 1957)
  Bessie M. Spurling West (1910 - 1987)
  Carl Amos West (1927 - 1950)
  Arlene Marie West Worthley (1928 - 2001)*
  Donald Leroy West (1933 - 1947)*
  Raymond West (1935 - 1995)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
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Record added: Sep 14, 2007
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