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  PFC James Joseph Banczak    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"



How 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, PFC James Joseph Banczak, RA16324297, who died in the service of his country on April 4th, 1951 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death James was 19 years of age. He was from Antigo, Wisconsin. James' Military Occupation Specialty was 4812-Heavy Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PFC James Joseph Banczak 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.


Private First Class Banczak was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on April 4, 1951. Private First Class Banczak was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, 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. James is buried at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Antigo, WI I knew James Banczak very well I was with him when he was killed ,he stepped on a land mine early on the 4th of April 1951. He and I were in a machine gun section......Robert Aaron