Herman Falk, Korea POW comes home to Arlington

Korean War POW to be buried in Robert E Lee’s Arlington Cemetery

First Lt. Herman Falk, a 1950 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, went missing with 156 other soldiers from Company B, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, on Feb. 12, 1951, during operations against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces near Changboing-ni, Korea.

US troops held as prisoners of war had reported that Herman Falk had died in captivity. These reports surfaced after the war and stated that he died within a few months after his capture at San Bean Camp in North Korea.

On Sept 4 2018: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, killed during the Korean War, have been identified as those of Army 1st Lt. Herman L. Falk. Falk, 22, of New York, New York, was accounted for on August 14.

He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, the once homestead gardens of Robert E Lee, with full honors in April of 2019.

In July of 2018 North Korea returned 55 boxes of remains to the United States.

“The Citadel has a long tradition of answering when country calls. 1st Lt. Herman Falk is one of the heroes who answered that call,” said Col. John L. Dorrian, vice president for communication and marketing for the Citadel in South Carolina.

Herman Falk
Senior Year book 1950 photo of Herman Falk

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