35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PV2 Herbert Takayoshi Takamatsu    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 Herbert Takayoshi Takamatsu, US56078705, who died in the service of his country on September 7th, 1951 in North Korea, Hills 717-682. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Herbert was 23 years of age. He was from Los Angeles County, California. Herbert's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 Herbert Takayoshi Takamatsu 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 Takamatsu was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on September 7, 1951. His remains were not recovered. Private Takamatsu 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.

Herbert was a Japanese-American and was from Honolulu, HI

Herbert was in a fierce battle that began on September 6, 1951 and raged for several days in an area designated 'The Iron Triangle' deep in North Korea. Companies I,L and M were maintaining outposts on hills 717 and 682 when an estimated Chinese force of three regiments attacked and completely surrounded these positions. The defenders were forced to fight their way out of this encirclement and it is during this time that Herbert lost his life. (Kevin Wolff)