35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  CPL Albert Sa Kin Chang    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"

Baker 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, CPL Albert Sa Kin Chang, RA10103583, who died in the service of his country on April 30th, 1951 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as Captured-Died nonbattle. At the time of his death Albert was 22 years of age. He was from Oahu, Hawaii. Albert's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by CPL Albert Sa Kin Chang include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, 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.

Sergeant Chang was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy in North Korea on November 27, 1950 and died while a prisoner on April 30, 1951. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Sergeant Chang was awarded 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.

I was a friend of Mr. Chang and also he was a member of our small survival group. When we were captured it was common practice to form groups so that we could work together and have some leverage against the appalling odds for survival. We worked together against the tremendous odds on a daily basis just to stay ahead of the suffering and death all around us by scavenging for food remnants, clothing and fuel for warmth.. We were a group of 4 and unfortunately I'm the only survivor. Mr. Chang was the first casualty. As I was the only remaining survivor I ended up in a death station which I miraculously survived after much suffering. I nursed him in his final days as there was no medical help available at that time. He didn't die in November, 1950, but passed on around February 1951 as I prayed for him. God rest his soul. (Harold Brown)