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  PFC Eddie Lee Francis    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, PFC Eddie Lee Francis, US54014071, who died in the service of his country on June 21st, 1953 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Eddie was 22 years of age. He was from Gaines County, Texas. Eddie's Military Occupation Specialty was 1745-Light Weapons Infantry Leader.

The decorations earned by PFC Eddie Lee Francis 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 Francis was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on June 21, 1953. Private First Class Francis was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans 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.

Eddie was an African-American.

Eddie Lee was called "Dude" by family members. I am his great niece,also in the process of writing a memoir of my family history. My mother was very close to Uncle Dude. He was a baker and a cook at the Sweet Shop in Seagraves, Texas before he enlisted. He also taught my mother how to bake her first cake. (Yvonne Wood)

Burial Location: JOE H WEBB CEMETERY, SEAGRAVES, TX