Bertain, Robert Eugene, RD1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
RD-0000-Radarman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radarman
Primary Unit
1950-1951, RD-0000, USS Walke (DD-723)
Service Years
1943 - 1951
RD-Radarman
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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Eureka, CA
Last Address
Eureka, CA

Casualty Date
Jun 12, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 8 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

Radarman First Class Bertain served aboard the destroyer USS WALKE (DD-723) in Korean waters. He was Killed in Action when his ship struck an enemy mine of the east coast of Korea on June 12, 1951. His remains were not recovered.
   
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Service number: 8866767
   
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Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
Start Year
1951
End Year
1951

Description
On 23 June 1951 Jacob Malik, Deputy Foreign Minister of the U.S.S.R., made a statement in a recorded broadcast in New York implying Chinese and North Korean willingness to discuss armistice terms to end the Korean War. When Communist China indicated that it also desired peace, President Truman authorized General Ridgway to arrange for an armistice conference with the North Korean commander. Both aides agreed to begin negotiations at Kaesong on 10 July 1951. The chief delegate for the U.N. at the conference was Vice Admiral C. Turner Joy. The enemy delegation was led by Lt. Gen. Nam Il.

It was agreed at the first meeting that military operations would continue until an armistice agreement was signed. However, neither aide was willing to start any large-scale offensive while peace talks were in progress. U.N. military action in this period was limited to combat patrolling, artillery and air bombardment, and the repulsing of enemy attacks.

In August of 1951 the strength of all U.N. ground forces under Eighth Army command totaled 549,224. This included 248,320 U.S. ground troops, Army and Marines, 268,320 in the ROK Army, and 32,874 in the ground units of the seventeen other United Nations.

Truce negotiations were broken off by the Communists on 22 August. Van Fleet then launched a series of limited-objective attacks to improve the Eighth Army's defensive positions. The U.S. X and ROK I Corps in east-central Korea fought for terrain objectives five to seven miles above Line KANSAS, among them Bloody and Heartbreak Ridges, to drive enemy forces from positions that favored an attack on Line KANSAS. By the last week in October these objectives had been secured.

Along the western portion of the front, action in September was characterized by local attacks, counterattacks, and combat patrols. By 12 October five divisions of the I Corps had advanced the front three to four miles to a new Line JAMESTOWN to protect the Ch'orwon-Seoul railroad. The IX Corps followed with aggressive patrolling toward Kumsong. On 21 October it seized the commanding heights just south of the city.

On 25 October armistice negotiations were resumed at the new site of Panmunjom.  
   
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1951
To Year
1951
 
Last Updated:
Oct 7, 2017
   
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