35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association

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  PV2 Angel Villegas    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 Angel Villegas, US56077958, 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 Angel was 20 years of age. He was from Patagonia, Arizona. Angel's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PV2 Angel Villegas 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.

Angel entered the service 30 March 1951.

Angel and I were in the same squad together and became close friends. As I remember him he had a happy disposition and was pleasant to be around. On the afternoon of October 25, 1951 companies of the 35th regiment assaulted and occupied an area known as snipers ridge, in the vicinity of Osong-san,NK. On the night of the 26th, Angel believing that the troops were withdrawing went up over a ridge in the dark and was silhouetted against the skyline, at which time he was hit numerous times both by hostile and friendly fire( contributed by Shelby Wise)