35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PFC Roy Neary    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"

Cannon Company
35th Infantry Regiment
World War II

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Roy Neary, who died in the service of his country on February 7th, 1945 in Luzon. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Roy was 25 years of age. He was from Hernshaw, West Virginia.

The decorations earned by PFC Roy Neary include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Service # 15019069. Roy was an unmarried farm hand

According to Kenneth Jager who served with him "Slim" Brotherson was serving as a tank driver that day and was killed along with Sgt Clarence Roberts; Cpt John A. Keller; and PFC Roy Neary when their tank received a direct hit in a skirmish with a Japanese tank.
A PFC "Linley" was WIA and crew members Robert Toon and Floyd Sanner successfully backed the tank to safety and both were awarded the Silver Star.

The photo below is of the M7 Tank (click to enlarge) Robert Toon is standing in front of tank. Photo supplied by Brian Toon.

Huffman Cemetery
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA