35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PV2 Ivan Milford Steenbergh    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"

Item 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 Ivan Milford Steenbergh, RA16355451, who died in the service of his country on March 11th, 1952 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Ivan was 23 years of age. He was from East Jordan, Michigan. Ivan's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 Ivan Milford Steenbergh 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 Steenbergh was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on March 11, 1952. Private Steenbergh was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's 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.

Ivan is buried in Sunset Hills Cemetery, East Jordan, MI

(From East Jordan, MI Newspaper)

PFC Ivan Milford Steenbergh,23, son of Mr and Mrs (Nora May) Omar F Steenbergh of East Jordan, was killed in Korea March 11 by enemy artillery fire, according to word received by his parents from the Department of Defense. PFC Stennbergh, who enlisted last Spring, arrived in Korea early last year. He attended school in East Jordan and in Detroit.

(From a letter sent to his parents by a fellow soldier)

Ivan and three other Item Company soldiers were killed when their bunker was hit by a North Korean 76mm artillery shell.