Dr. Gerhard Malcharek

Facts

  • Branch of service or wartime activity:  United States Army
  • Service dates: enlisted and served from March 31, 1952 to June 30, 1960, then Commissioned from December 10, 1970 to December 10, 1993.
  • Highest Rank: Enlisted- Specialist Commissioned:  Colonel
  • Unit, Division, Battalion,group, ship :  5th Army, 8th Army Korea, Reserve 102nd Army Reserve Command
  • War, operation, or conflict: WWII,  Korean Police Action (1952-1954)
  • Battles/ Campaigns: Korean War: “Sapper” Combat Engineers
  • Medals or special service awards:  Korean Service Medal, United Nations Success Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Success Medal, and Purple Heart
  • Special duties/highlights/achievements:  Combat engineer Duties including combat support and combat service support

Background

Dr. Gerhard Malcharek was born in  Otten Dorf, Germany, and grew up during World War II in Czechoslovakia. After the German invasion, Dr. Malcharek and many of his classmates were forced to leave school in order to dig holes and trenches for the Germans to use. At the age of 13, he was persuaded by the opportunity to drive tanks and volunteered to join the front lines of the German Army. He was captured as a Prisoner of War by the Russians and later released to a Hospital in Scotland to recover from a shrapnel wound towards the end of the war. After immigrating to America, Dr. Malcharek was drafted into the United States Army as a Combat Engineer from 1952 to 1960. During the war, he completed his high school education overseas. He was later commissioned from 1970 to 1993. He served in the 5th Army, 8th Army Korea, Reserve 102nd Army Reserve Command. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, United Nations success Medal, American Defense service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Success Medal, and the Purple Heart. After the war, he pursued his education and received a bachelor of Science in Education from Western, a Bachelor’s in Dentistry, and a doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois.

 

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