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SFC Patrick James Arthur

SFC Patrick James Arthur

Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska, USA
Death 31 Jul 1951 (aged 36)
North Korea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Site 8983
Memorial ID 34877829 · View Source
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Sgt. 1st Class Patrick J. Arthur, U.S. Army, of Broken Bow, Nebraska. A veteran of WWII, he was a member of Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 38th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division serving in the Korean War. In mid May 1951, elements of the 2nd ID were securing their positions on the No Name Line south of the Soyang River, South Korea, when the Chinese Army launched a major counter-offensive. The 2nd ID was forced to withdraw south to a more defensible position north and east of the Hongch'on River. During the withdrawal, Patrick was captured by enemy forces on May 18, 1951, and was marched north into North Korea. He died of malnutrition and disease in July, and he was buried at the Suan Mining POW Camp near Pyongyang. Between 1991-94, North Korea gave the United States 208 boxes of remains believed to contain the remains of 200-400 U.S. servicemen. Accompanying some of the remains were his military identification tag and a denture fragment bearing his name. Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons in identifying some of the remains as Patrick's. He was positively identified in the spring of 2009. SFC Arthur was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, 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. He was buried May 1, 2009, at Arlington National Cemetery.

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DATE OF BIRTH: 11/01/1914
DATE OF DEATH: 07/31/1951

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