35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  CPL Emmett Edward Forrester    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"

Fox 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 Emmett Edward Forrester, RA18102246, who died in the service of his country on September 15th, 1950 in South Korea, Nam River-Chirwan-Ni. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Emmett was 30 years of age. He was from San Antonio, Texas. Emmett's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by CPL Emmett Edward Forrester include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Distinguished Service Cross, 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.

Emmett was a WWII veteran.

. Buried in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd in San Antonio, TX. Section K Site 1-M

His DSC citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Emmette E. Forrester (RA18102246), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Corporal Forrester distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Chirwan-ni, Korea, on 15 September 1950. While occupying a defensive position overlooking the Nam River, Company F was attacked by a numerically superior enemy force. Under cover of intense small-arms and automatic-weapons fire, the enemy approached within grenade distance of the company positions and succeeded in knocking out two friendly machine-gun emplacements. When it became apparent that the company would not be able to hold its position against the overwhelming enemy attack, the order was given for the company to withdraw. Corporal Forrester and a comrade volunteered to remain in position and cover the withdrawal. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he remained exposed to the deadly hail of enemy fire and courageously held the enemy at bay until he was killed.
Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 186 (April 4, 1951)
Home Town: Bexar, Texas