35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PV2 Malcolm D. Perkins    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"

Baker 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 Malcolm D. Perkins, RA11199631, who died in the service of his country on April 30th, 1951 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as Captured-Died POW. At the time of his death Malcolm was 18 years of age. He was from Portland, Maine. Malcolm's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 Malcolm D. Perkins 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 Perkins was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War fighting the enemy in North Korea on November 27, 1950. He died while a prisoner on April 30, 1951. Private Perkins was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, 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.


My name is Kathy. Malcolm was my brother. Everyone called him Mac. I never knew him. My mother, Beryl Perkins, was carrying me in her womb when she received the news he was missing in action. According to the dates, he died a month after I was born. He was tortured and killed in a prisoner of war camp. A soldier stopped by after returning from Korea and told my mother in detail of his torture and suffering. She had to leave the room as it was too painful to hear. Is there someone out there who can tell me about him? Perhaps even of the times, the days, prior to/during captivity? I am a playwright and intend to honor his life through the play that I am currently writing. God bless to all the veterans of this country. I have 3 other brothers who have served in the armed services. (Kathy Carpenter)