35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association


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  CPL Alvin Lawrence Varner    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"



Medical 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 Alvin Lawrence Varner, RA14292873, who died in the service of his country on November 27th, 1950 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as Captured-Died POW. At the time of his death Alvin was 20 years of age. He was from Sylacauga, Alabama. Alvin's Military Occupation Specialty was 666-Company Aidman.

The decorations earned by CPL Alvin Lawrence Varner include: the Combat Medical 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.


Corporal Varner was a member of the 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 July 12, 1951. Corporal Varner was awarded the Combat Infantrymans 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.

Alvins remains have been recovered.

Son of Willis Henry and Climmie R. Sula Blankenship; husband of Esta Mae Walker

Burial: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Sylacauga,Talladega County
Alabama