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Virginia Military Institute Korean War Casualties 1950-54

 
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Virginia Military Institute Korean War Casualties

 
VMI Graduate Year of Graduation Date of Death Death Details
Walker, Lt. Gen. Walton Harris 1909, USA 12/23/1950 Commander, 8th Army, Korea, killed north of Seoul when his jeep collided with a truck. General Walker was a highly decorated veteran of World War I and World War II. In Korea he commanded 8th Army until his death in an automobile accident on December 23, 1950. For his leadership and valor, General Walker was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Silver Star with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Commendation Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
 

Dressler, Maj. Wm. Edwin

1938, USA 3/05/1953 Lieutenant Colonel Dressler was a decorated veteran of World War II. In Korea, he commanded the 63rd Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy along the Kum River near Taejon, South Korea on July 14, 1950. By James W. Bolt: Lt. Col. Dressler was killed on the 14th of July 1950 along with his driver, Corporal Edward L. McCall. They were killed in the same two man fox hole and their remains were recovered two years later. The two families agreed that they they be reintered in the same grave. They died together and will rest in peace together.
Parker, Maj. Frank Mooman Jr. 1939, USA 6/27/1952 Major Parker was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 24th Engineer Construction Group. On June 27, 1952, he was a passenger on an airplane when it crashed in Korea, killing him.
Hatfield, Col. Douglas Hampton 1940, USA 4/12/1951 Colonel Hatfield was a decorated veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the aircraft commander of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On April 12, 1951, while on a combat mission, the aircraft was attacked by fifteen to twenty MiGs. It exploded and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju, North Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 6, 1953.

Found on Korean War Project: By Donald Penberton: I was the crew chief on the B-29 Col. Hatfield was flying in as an observer when it was shot down. It has been so long I can't remember the aircraft serial number. He owned a beautiful red Oldsmobile convertible which we loaded on our B-29 and flew from Guam to Okinawa, quite illegally, I might add. I suppose I was the last ground crew member to see him as I closed the entry hatch. His remains have been identified according to a DOD Press Release dated December 13, 2007.
Family: Son of James Elva Hatfield and Hilda Foley Hatfield.
 
Hickman, Capt. Wm. Harris 1940, USA 12/01/1950 Captain Hickman was a member of Battery A, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy near Kunu-ri, North Korea on November 30, 1950. His remains were not recovered.
Martin, Maj. Clarence Ames Jr. 1944, USA 12/31/1953 Major Martin was a decorated veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, X Corps. He was at the forward command post near Hagaru-ri, North Korea when it was overrun by the Chinese forces on the night of November 29-30. He was listed as Missing in Action on November 29, 1950 and presumed dead on December 31, 1953.
Tate, Capt. John Alton 1944, USA 5/23/1951 Captain Tate was a member of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea.
Ramsey, Capt. Robert Douglas Jr. 1945, USAF 12/31/1951 Captain Ramsey was the pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Group. On December 10, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the ground. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.
Bates, 1Lt. John Olin Jr. 1947, USA 6/12/1952 First Lieutenant Bates was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a member of the 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea.
Gilliam, Lt. Patteson 1947, USAAF 8/22/1950 First Lieutenant Gilliam was the pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 35th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter Bomber Group. On August 22, 1950. while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, as he made a strafing run over Uisong, Korea and crashed 5 miles northeast of Chonano-dong, South Korea. He was known as "Pat."
Thomas, 2Lt. Howell Garronne Jr. 1947, USA 7/14/1950 Second Lieutenant Thomas was a member of the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea on July 16, 1950 and died of those wounds later that day.
Dille, 1Lt. John Adams Jr. 1948B, USA 4/13/1952 Jet fighter bomber pilot killed in plane crash at Itazook AB, Japan, Easter Sunday.  Born November 2, 1926, he was the son of John Adams Dille Jr. and Marian Virginia Kirk Dille of Roanoke, Virginia.  His brother, James Kirk Dille, was a graduate of VMI (1954).
Stephenson, 2Lt. Floyd Albert Jr. 1948B, USA 12/13/1950 Second Lieutenant Stephenson was the pilot of a F-84E Thunderjet fighter with the 523rd Fighter Escort Squadron, 27th Fighter Escort Group. On December 13, 1950, while on a combat mission of strafing enemy positions south of Sariwon, Korea, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and disintegrated. His remains were not recovered.
Nachman, Lt. Irvin Edgar 1949A, USA 1/29/1951 First Lieutenant Nachman was a member of the 99th Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. He was seriously wounded while fighting the enemy in South Korea on January 26, 1951 and died of those wounds on January 29, 1951 in Toyko. Forward Observer for multiple units including support for the 17th Field Artillery Battalion.
Valentine, 2Lt. Earl Lester Jr. 1949A, USMC 827/1952 Died on a hospital ship from head injuries received in action in Korea.  Second Lieutenant Valentine was a member of Company H, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was seriously wounded while fighting the enemy in Korea and died of those wounds on August 27, 1952. Navy Cross recipient.
Walthour, Lt. Charles Perry 1949B, USA 9/1952 Second Lieutenant Walthour was a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 21, 1950.
Tigertt, Lt. Thomas Walter 1949C, USAF 2/11/1952 Served in Korea/instructor at Nellis AFB, Nevada, killed in collision of jet fighter planes near Las Vegas.  He was born April 17, 1929 in Lancaster, Texas, son of Carl D. and Anna Jane Tigertt.  He was serving with the 3595 AF Training Group.
Timmins, 2Lt. John Wood Jr. 1949C, USA 11/19/1950 Second Lieutenant Timmins was a member of the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on November 19, 1950.
Tauss, Lt. Robert Seymour 1950A, USAF 12/22/1953 Pilot in Korean War/killed in line of duty at Alexandria, Louisiana while serving at AF HQ 366th Fighter Bomber Wing.  He died of pulmonary hemorrhage resulting from a crushing injury of his chest.  He was the son of Hungarian immigrant Edward J. Tauss.
 

Smith, 2Lt. Robert Norman

1950B, USA 9/24/1951 Second Lieutenant Smith was a member of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on Heartbreak Ridge.
Taft, Capt. Kenneth Edwin Jr. 1950B, USMC 3/26/1953 Captain Taft was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a platoon leader in Company H, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. On March 26, 1953, his platoon was attacked by superior enemy forces at "Outpost Vegas", South Korea. He exposed himself to enemy fire to direct his platoon to defend against the attack. When his position was overrun he fought hand to hand with the enemy, until he was mortally wounded by an enemy satchel charge. His remains were not recovered. Navy Cross. Born Belleville, Illinois, hometown White Plains, New York.
Townsend, Lt. Randolph Truslow 1950B, USA 2/08/1951 First Lieutenant Townsend was a member of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on February 8, 1951.
Volk, Lt. Alan Maurice 1950B, USAF 6/08/1952 Killed in airplane crash on Okinawa.  He was the son of Lester D. Volk, a member of the US House of Representatives from New York's 10th district office 1920-23.
Carey, 1Lt. James Desmond 1951, USAF 12/31/1953 Pilot of a F-86A Sabrejet fighter bomber with the 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Group. On March 24, 1952, while on a combat mission, his flight of four F-86s attacked a flight of three MiG-15s. Two additional MiG-15s joined the fight. His aircraft disappeared. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. He was known as "Jim."
Stewart, 2Lt. Eugene William 1951, USMC 5/18/1953 Died in line of duty at Kuan-ri, Korea.  Second Lieutenant Stewart was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He died in Korea from other causes on May 18, 1953. He was known as "Bill."
Wright, Lt. Stanley Jr. 1952, USAF 7/28/1954 Helicopter pilot, died during a rescue mission in Korea
 
 

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