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  PFC James Hobart Jefferson    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, PFC James Hobart Jefferson, RA15274687, who died in the service of his country on July 21st, 1950 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death James was 23 years of age. He was from Putnam County, West Virginia. James' Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PFC James Hobart Jefferson 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.


Private First Class Jefferson was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on July 21, 1950. Private First Class Jefferson was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans Badge,the Distinguished Service Cross, 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.

Parents: Othel Jefferson and Mary Blake
Burial::
Gwinn on Spurlock Creek
Cabell County
West Virginia, USA

DSC Citation

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James H. Jefferson (RA15274687), Private First Class, 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. Private First Class Jefferson distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Korea on 21 July 1950. On that date positions of the 2d platoon, Company F, became untenable due to penetration by numerically superior enemy forces. Private First Class Jefferson, without regard to his personal safety, voluntarily remained in his position to cover the withdrawal of his platoon. He delivered a volume of accurate automatic rifle fire on the enemy, slowing the enemy and enabling the rest of his platoon to successfully withdrawal to new positions. In this heroic action Private First Class Jefferson was killed.

Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 15 (August 1, 1950)

Home Town: Putnam, West Virginia