35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PV2 Fred Gordon Smack    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"

Fox 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 Fred Gordon Smack, RA27360591, who died in the service of his country on July 22nd, 1950 in the vicinity of Ham Chang, South Korea. The cause of death was listed as MIA to Declared Dead. At the time of his death Fred was 20 years of age. He was from Pine City, Minnesota. Fred's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 Fred Gordon Smack 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 Smack was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy near Hamchang, South Korea on July 22, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Private First Class Smack was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Fred was the second oldest sibling, of a total of 6 brothers and sisters. Our family was split up and I never even knew of him, due to adoption. I have read in Gen. Uzal Ent's book, of the action in which my brother became MIA. I would like to contact William F. McCafferty, of 2/35 "F" Co. He might be able to provide information regarding Fred. I look forward to any replies, regarding my brother, and thanks so much for your consideration. (Denis McMahan)