35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association

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  PV2 William Ward Nolze    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"

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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 William Ward Nolze, US51024438, who died in the service of his country on April 24th, 1951 in the vicinity of Chonehong-ni, South Korea. The cause of death was listed as MIA to KIA. At the time of his death William was 24 years of age. He was from Clifton, New Jersey. William's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 William Ward Nolze include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, 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.

William enlisted 29 September 1950.




Private Nolze received the Silver Star for outstanding service against the enemy near Chonehong-ni, Korea, while serving with Company I, 35th Infantry Regiment, a part of the 25th Infantry Division.

Nolzes unit was under strong attack from a numerically superior enemy force. As his comrades began to displace to alternate positions, he remained at his forward post to establish a base of covering fire.

Firing methodically into the enemy ranks, he inflicted numerous casualties and held off the remaining enemy until the withdrawal had been completed. When he was last seen, he was engaging the enemy who had surrounded his position.

Nolzes courage, indefatigable spirit and unremitting devotion to duty were an inspiration to his fellow soldiers and are in keeping with the historic traditions of the United States Army.