Earl Victor Siegmund
Rank: Sergeant (E-5)
War or Conflict: Korean War
Years of Service: 3
SGT.EARL VICTOR SIEGMUND WAS A MEMBER OF THE US ARMY, 21ST REGIMENT/24TH INFANTRY DIVISION/HEAVY MORTAL COMPANY.EARLS INFANTRY WAS THE FIRST SENT INTO KOREA ON JUNE 25, 1950 FOR WHAT WAS CALLED POLICE ACTION TO SETTLE DOWN THE NORTH KOREAN ARMY.TO THEIR SURPRISE THEY WERE AMBUSHED BY NORTH KOREA, OUTNUMBERED IN MEN AND WEAPONS.MOST OF THE MEN WERE KILLED OR TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR.EARL WAS TAKEN POW ON JULY 10,1950 IN SOUTH KOREA AND FORCED ON THE TIGER DEATH MARCH TO NORTH KOREA WHERE HE SURVIVED ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.THE US DIRECTED AN AIR STRIKE ON THE TIGER MARCH NOT KNOWING THEY WERE AMERICAN SOLDIERS.EARL WAS INJURED FROM THIS AIR STRIKE AND COULD NOT KEEP UP ON THE TIGER DEATH MARCH; HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD AND LEFT ON THE ROAD SIDE NEAR MANZO, NORTH KOREA ON NOVEMBER 3,1950. HIS REMAINS WERE NEVER RECOVERED ALONG WITH OVER 8,000 OTHER SOLDIER.EARL WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART, PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL, ROK PRESIDENTAL UNIT CITATION, UN SERVICE MEDAL, ROK WAR SERVICE MEDAL, AND COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE.MAY THESE MEN BE RECOVERED AND BROUGHT HOME TO THE COUNTRY THEY WERE PROTECTING.
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