Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Justus, E.)

Release No: 19-065 April 26, 2019 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — Army Sgt. 1st Class Elden C. Justus, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for on April 16, 2019.

(Official DoD release will be updated following Primary Next of Kin briefing.)

In late November 1950, Justus was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. Approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), which was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. By December 6, the U.S. Army evacuated approximately 1,500 wounded service members; the remaining soldiers had been either captured or killed in enemy territory. When Justus could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the battle; he was reported missing in action as of Dec. 6, 1950.

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