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  PV2 Anthony T. Iskierka    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"

Item 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, PV2 Anthony T. Iskierka, US55036498, who died in the service of his country on June 6th, 1951 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Anthony was 23 years of age. He was from Minnesota. Anthony's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 Anthony T. Iskierka 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 Iskierka 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 6, 1951. Private Iskierka 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.

Burial Location: St Mary's Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Artillery caught us in the open of a wide, dried-up creek. Four of us were running for cover when by instinct I hit the ground, flat-out. The other three did not and were killed. Although we were part of the same rifle squad, I did not know their full names. One, who was our squad leader, was Tony. (Anthony T Iskierka) Another's name was Jonesy (Roy Vernon Jones), who was soon to rotate home. The other's name was Smitty (Marvin W Smith) who was a replacement with me. What sticks in my mind is that the night before he died, Tony had me buddy-up with him. Tony told me that he was a father of a new born baby. Jonesy was very upbeat because he was soon to rotate home. Smitty had this little phrase he would us a lot, 'There you go!'"

Carl S Schell Sr.
Item Company, 35th Inf