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  PFC Gene Francis Klos    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"



Love 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 Gene Francis Klos, ER57504977, who died in the service of his country on March 7th, 1951 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Gene was 20 years of age. He was from Castlewood, South Dakota. Gene's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PFC Gene Francis Klos 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 Klos was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea on February 8, 1951 and returned to duty on March 3, 1951. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on March 7, 1951. Private First Class Klos was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, 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.

Burial Location: Castlewood, South Dakota

Birth: May 10, 1930
Castlewood
Hamlin County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 1951, South Korea

Gene Francis Klos was the first child of Frank Edward Klos and Amy Ruesink born on 10 May 1930 in Castlewood, South Dakota.

Gene served his country during the Korean War. He served as a Private First Class in Company L, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, 8th Army. Gene enlisted on 21 Jan 1949 at the age of 18 in Castlewood, South Dakota. He trained at Fort Smith in Arkansas and Fort Benning in Georgia. Gene was discharged on 20 Jan 1950. Gene was recalled to active duty on 12 Oct 1950 and continued his training at Fort Lewis in Washington.

Gene was killed in action in South Korea on 07 Mar 1951. He was 20 years old.