Handler, Irwin, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 0300, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/A Co
Service Years
1949 - 1950

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Boston
Last Address
Long Beach, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 05, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
Location of Interment
Hillside Memorial Park - Culver City, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Korean War Fallen
  2013, Korean War Fallen



Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
Start Year
1950
End Year
1950

Description
The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as the Chosin Reservoir Campaign or the Changjin Lake Campaign was a decisive battle in the Korean War. "Chosin" is the Japanese pronunciation of the Korean name, "Changjin". The UN forces relied on Japanese language maps dating from their occupation of Korea which had only ended five years earlier at the conclusion of World War II. Shortly after the People's Republic of China entered the conflict, the People's Volunteer Army 9th Army infiltrated the northeastern part of North Korea.

On 27 November, the Chinese 9th Army surprised the US X Corps commanded by Major General Edward Almond at the Chosin Reservoir area. A brutal 17 day battle in freezing weather soon followed. In the period between 27 November and 13 December 1950, 30,000 United Nations troops (later nicknamed "The Chosin Few") under the field command of Major General Oliver P. Smith were encircled and attacked by approximately 120,000 Chinese troops under the command of Song Shi-Lun, who had been ordered by Mao Zedong to destroy the UN forces. The UN forces were nonetheless able to make a fighting withdrawal and broke out of the encirclement while inflicting crippling losses on the Chinese. While the battle resulted in the Chinese pushing the UN out of North Korea, it was a Pyrrhic victory. The evacuation of the X Corps from the port of Hungnam marked the complete withdrawal of UN troops from North Korea.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1950
To Year
1950
 
Last Updated:
Dec 5, 2011
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Died of Wounds
Died December 5, 1950 in Korea

BATTLE ZONE: CHOSIN RESERVOIR
TOWN OR AREA: HAGARU-RI

Private First Class Handler was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was seriously wounded while fighting the enemy in Korea and died of those wounds on December 5, 1950

   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)

1st Marine Regiment

USS Princeton (CV-37/CVA-37/CVS-37/LPH-5)

5th Marine Regiment

VMA-542

1st Combat Engineer Bn

3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  1109 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allbright, Roy E, Sgt, (1948-1952)
  • Allen, David, CWO3, (1948-1978)
  • Andresevic, Bill, LtCol, (1947-1965)
  • Atkins, Robert, Sgt, (1947-1951)
  • Barker, Milton, CPL, (1943-1951)
  • Barresi, Vincent Wm.
  • Baumgartner, Gordon, Sgt, (1950-1953)
  • Benson, Kenneth, MSgt, (1950-1970)
  • Bergeron, Robert, SSgt, (1948-1960)
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