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News | Aug. 14, 2017

Soldier Captured During The Korean War Accounted For (Mueller)

Army Sgt. Gerald J. Mueller, captured and killed during the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

In February 1951, Mueller was a member of Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons,) 2nd Infantry Division, which was part of a group known as Support Force 21, providing artillery support for the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF.) On Feb. 11, 1951, while the ROKA was making an attack north toward Hongch'on, the CPVF launched a massive counterattack. Unable to withstand the numbers, the ROKA withdrew south, leaving Mueller's battery and the rest of SF21 behind to fight alone. The following day, SF21 began movement south, fighting through ambushes and roadblocks, eventually making it to Wonju. Mueller, who could not be accounted for, was declared missing in action as of Feb. 13, 1951.

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Mueller's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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