Virginia Military Institute Korean War Casualties
||Year of Graduation
||Date of Death
|Walker, Lt. Gen. Walton Harris
||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
||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.
||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
||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
||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.
||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
||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.
||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.
||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
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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
|Nachman, Lt. Irvin Edgar
||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.
||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
|Walthour, Lt. Charles Perry
||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
|Tigertt, Lt. Thomas Walter
||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
|Timmins, 2Lt. John Wood Jr.
||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
|Tauss, Lt. Robert Seymour
||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
||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
|Taft, Capt. Kenneth Edwin Jr.
||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
||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
|Volk, Lt. Alan Maurice
||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
|Carey, 1Lt. James Desmond
||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
||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.
||Helicopter pilot, died during a rescue mission in Korea