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  1LT Wallace Edward Goff    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Able Company
35th Infantry Regiment
Korean War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Korean Service Medal Republic of Korea War Service Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, 1LT Wallace Edward Goff, O-2208014, who died in the service of his country on August 22nd, 1950 in Honan, South Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Wallace was 25 years of age. He was from Madison, Wisconsin. Wallace's Military Occupation Specialty was 1542.

The decorations earned by 1LT Wallace Edward Goff include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

First Lieutenant Goff was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while valiantly fighting the enemy near Honan, South Korea on August 22, 1950. For his leadership and valor, First Lieutenant Goff was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Forest Hill Cemetery
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Section 35, Tier I

From The WI. State Journal (9/1/1950):

City Man, W. E. Goff, Killed in Korean War

The death of the first Madison resident to be killed in action in the Korean war was reported Thursday night by the defense department.

Lieut. Wallace Edward Goff, 25, 192 Ryan st., son of Maj and Mrs. Frederic J. Goff, 118 S. First Street, was killed Aug. 22 according to a telegram received here by his parents.

Attended East High Lieut. Goff was born in Madison, attended East high school, and was graduated from Jerseyville high school, Jerseyville, Ill., in June, 1942. He attended the University of Wisconsin and was employed in the Madison city finance office. He served in the navy for three and a half years during World War II as a gunners mate, second class and received a commission in the army in January, 1949.

Sent to Korea after four months at Ft. Bennlng, Ga., he was transferred to the Far Eastern command and sent to Korea soon after fighting began.

His wife, the former Virginia Halder, and his 2-year-old son, William Wallace, joined him in Japan in June and still live there.Lieut. Goff is survived beside his parents, wife, and son; by two brothers, Frederic J., Jr., member of the Madison marine reserve unit recently alerted, and Richard Nelson Goff, Madison, recently discharged from the army