35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PFC William Hensel Hare    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"

George 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, PFC William Hensel Hare, RA13306478, who died in the service of his country on September 11th, 1950 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as MIA to KIA. At the time of his death William was 20 years of age. He was from Narrows, Virginia. William's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PFC William Hensel Hare 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 Hare was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 11, 1950. Private First Class Hare was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans 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.


I lived in Narrows Virginia and attended School with William Hensel Hare. Many the times that Billy doubled me home from school on his Bicycle. Our Narrows High School Yearbook, THE NARROSONIAN 1951 was dedicated to his memory. A full page of the yearbook contains a picture of Billy in Army Uniform and reads as follows: DEDICATION The happiness of the memories of this yearbook is again marred by the loss of one of our classmates. The principles which we hold dear must be upheld by the loyal members of society. They have dared to preserve this belief in order that the rest of us may complete our education and live as a free people. When now and in years to come, you turn the pages of this book, we know you will pause to the memory of one of the Class of 1951 who dared to take this stand for our preservation. In appreciation for the one who will not be privileged to march in the graduation processional but who gave his life fighting for this cause on the battlefields of Korea, September 5, 1950 (I am unable to explain the difference of Sept 5 in the yearbook and Sept 11 in this and other Korean war death pages), and as a final tribute to him we dedicate this yearbook of 1951 to Billy Hensel Hare and know that it will be more deeply cherished because of his sacrifice and the memories he has left with us, his classmates of Narrows High School of the Class of 1951. (Merritt Wenkel)