35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PV2 Jerome D. Mechler    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"

Able 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 Jerome D. Mechler, RA16320183, who died in the service of his country on September 4th, 1950 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as Seriously WIA by missile-Died of wounds (FECOM). At the time of his death Jerome was 17 years of age. He was from Weyauwega, Wisconsin. Jerome's Military Occupation Specialty was 1812-Heavy Weapons Infantry Leader.

The decorations earned by PV2 Jerome D. Mechler 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 Mechler was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea on September 4, 1950 and died of those wounds the following day. Private Mechler 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.

Jerry - 51 years later we still miss you. Your serious ways, idealistic attitude, and quiet manner were what I remember best. And all those books you loved. Wish I knew more about you (Al Hart)

He was my half-brother. My mother was his mother. He lost his father when he was 2. His mother married my father in 1936. My mother was not aware that he was in Korea until we were notified by telegram. He was 17 at the time of his death. I was ten years old. (Frank Haffner)