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  PV2 Tony Soto    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"



Love 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 Tony Soto, US56141134, who died in the service of his country on October 26th, 1951 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as MIA to KIA. At the time of his death Tony was 25 years of age. He was from Santa Paula, California. Tony's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 Tony Soto 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 Soto was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on October 26, 1951. Private Soto 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.

Tony is buried at Pierce Brothers Cemetery in Santa Paula, CA

My name is Tony Soto Jr., I was born two days after my father was kia, on 10-26-51. All i have seen is letters he wrote to his mother and sisters and a few pictures. After over 40 years of trying to locate my family a Mr. Kevin Wolff was able to locate my uncle Alfred Soto. Mr. Wolff said he was a friend and was there with him in Korea. If there is anyone else that was there that knew TONY SOTO, 35th Regiment 25th Division Column L U.S. ARMY Please try to contact me. THANK YOU tony soto jr.

Tony and I were in Co. L 1st. plt. 35th Regt., 25th Div. , We had developed a close friendship during our several months together in the area of the Iron triangle. On 25th of October our company joined in the fighting to secure and hold snipers ridge in the vicinity of Osong-san North Korea. On the night of the 25th our positions were shelled and during this shelling a round landed near Tony, killing him and a Pvt. White , Joe Horan was seriously wounded. (Kevin Wollf)