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Further Details about Casualties
- Richard J. Rimer - A member of the 7th Infantry Division,
PFC Rimer was killed in Korea on October 3, 1962 by multiple
bullet wounds from a burp gun while standing guard in the DMZ.
Richard Jeff Rimer was born November 5, 1937 and is buried in
Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
According to the 15th Field Artillery's magazine, The
Highlander, "The VFW Magazine's October, 2012 issue included
an article on hostile actions occurring in Korea’s DMZ. The
article highlighted the killing of Pfc. Richard J Rimer of B
Battery, 6th of the 15th Artillery, 7th Division. Pfc. Rimer was
on guard duty near the village of Hyang Yang the night of
October 3, 1962 when he was shot four times to the head and
chest and stabbed eight times. A bayonet and shells used in
Russian made weapons (both of which were known to be carried by
North Korean Special Forces) were found near the body."
- Jimmy E. Dillingham - He was killed on October 8, 1962 by
friendly fire after he accidentally stepped on a trip flare in
the DMZ. He was a member of the 1st Cavalry Division.
Jimmy E. "Pistol" Dillingham was born April 16, 1939 and is
buried in Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Rome, Georgia.
- James A. Johnson - SP4 Johnson was killed on November 20, 1962
when North Korean troops attacked his outpost in the DMZ with
- Charles T. Dessart III - Dessart and Seiler died July 29, 1963
when a North Korean infiltrator ambushed them more than 20 miles
south of the DMZ. He was a member of the 1st Cavalry
Division. Private First Class Dessart was a member of
Troop A, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st
Cavalry Division. He was ambushed while riding in a jeep to a
guard post in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by North Koreans. He
was killed by machine-gun fire and grenades on July 29, 1963.
Private First Class Dessart was awarded the Purple Heart, the
National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service
Medal. Born in 1945, Charles was the son of Charles
Dessart Jr. and Anne Dessart of suburban Drexel Hill,
Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Army on June 18, 1962 at
the age of 19, planning to make a career out of the Army.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was
survived by his parents and a sister Linday, age 12.
- David A. Seiler - Private Seiler died July 29, 1963 when a
North Korean infiltrator ambushed him more than 20 miles south
of the DMZ. He was a member of the 1st Cavalry Division.
The son of Erich Seiler (died 1996) and Lucille Seiler (died
1990), he attended Mayville High School in Wisconsin and was
drafted into the Army at the age of 23. He was the driver
of the Jeep on the day of the attack and was shot through the
back 14 times. He was survived by his brothers Ken, Mike
and Tom, and sisters Joan and Elaine (Mrs. Ralph Huettner).
An article about the attack appeared on page one of the Red Bank
Register newspaper, July 30, 1963. Entitled, "Third Yank
Is Killed by Korean Reds", it stated: "It was speculated
yesterday that the North Koreans came through the demilitarized
zone by wading a stream under cover of fog. They
apparently hid in tall grass when they heard a Jeep approaching
a bridge on Zulu Road, within sight of the border marker.
The raiders opened fire when the Jeep crossed over the bridge.
The driver was blasted out of the Jeep, shot through the back by
14 bullets. The Jeep careened off a 10-foot embankment
into a ditch, barely missing a mine field."
- George F. Larion - Corporal Larion was killed in a clash
with North Korean infiltrators on July 30, 1963. Four of
the infiltrators were killed. Corporal Larion was a member
of the 1st Cavalry Division. As a result of his heroic
actions on the day he died, Corporal Larion received a
Bronze Star Medal posthumously.
A fellow soldier, Sgt. Abraham W. McManus also received a
Bronze Star Medal during the same
- Raymond Kapp Jr. - While a member of the 1st Squadron, 8th
Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Private First Class Capp died August 19, 1963
when he was hit by friendly fire while on patrol in the DMZ.
Private First Class Kapp was a member of Headquarters Company,
1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
Private First Class Kapp was awarded 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
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The family of David Seiler generously shared a packet of information about David and others involved in
[See: The Fresno Bee/The Republican, August 29, 1963,
page 12. Article by Robert Eunson (AP)]
Among those involved in the incident in which Dessart and
Seiler were killed were 2Lt. John W. Tucker of Grosse Point,
Michigan, 2Lt Frank Blancota of Peekskill, New York, 1Sgt.
Abraham McManus of Hamlet, North Carolina, Cpl. George Larion of
Davison, Michigan, ____ Eldriege, and Pfc. William L. Foster of
Baltimore, Maryland. Larion was killed in action the next day.
[See also: The Fond du Lac Reporter, July 25, 2013,
article by Sharon Roznik.]
According to this newspaper article, written in July of 2013,
"Newspaper reports estimated that more than 1,000 people
attended David's military funeral at the Beck Funeral Home in
Theresa. Church bells in the little town tolled 24 times."
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Elaine Huettner of Waupaca, Wisconsin, sent numerous news releases about the ambush in Korea that claimed
the life of her brother, David Seiler. The articles provide a great deal of insight into the tensions
that existed in Korea in 1963, as well as details about the ambush. See what she sent to the Korean
War Educator below.
David Seiler News Clippings/Photo Album - Click
A memorial service marking the 50th anniversary of the ambush and David's death was held at the cemetery
where he is buried in Wisconsin. On July 28, 2013, a large crowd of family and friends gathered to
remember him. Photos from that service can be seen in the above album.
Ed Wenger was drafted with
David. They were in basic training together and were in Korea at the same time. He contacted
David's family after seeing the article from the Mayville paper and offered to come to the Memorial on July
28, 2013. His letter to the Seilers reads as follows:
Dear Elaine, Mary and Ken,
Thank you for your Thank You cards and note and Elaine for the added
newspaper articles. I also appreciate the opportunity to talk to the large crowd that came to honor David
and family. Sandy and I were astonished at the large crowd after fifty years. The gathering and the food and
fellowship were wonderful. Sandy and I felt that David was there among us.
After the talk I always think back
to understand what I omitted. One of the things I remember was David and I would get together during Basic
Training at the shooting range or chow hall or during other training--I do not remember David complaining about
anything. He was in a different part of our training company so we didn't always get together. But
there are trying times with a lot of physical training Dave took everything in stride.
He was always steady
and ready to go to do whatever was next. We got to come home for Christmas in 1962 and in January 1963,
Ken took us to the bus station and we returned to Fort Knox, Kentucky to finish Basic. Later in January,
my grandmother died in Beaver Dam and I returned for the funeral.
David and I both graduated from Basic and I
went to Fort Gordon, Georgia and Military Police school. I believe Dave must have gone to infantry school.
After two plus months at MP school I flew to Oakland, California, then to Japan about May (May Day) and we were
confined to the Tachikawa Barracks, Japan as May Day is or can be a protest day. Later I flew to Korea and
stayed a few days at a base that dispersed new arrivals before they went to their assigned duty station.
not immediately know that Dave was killed. We had no TV and only Armed Forces Radio. We heard that North
Korean zappers (infiltrators) came across and ambushed our patrol unit. Our entire unit, the First Cavalry
Division, went on alert. I assume that all the United Nations units in Korea went on alert. That meant
we got all our gear, guns, ammo and anything we needed in case the attack that killed Dave continued.
of the MP unit I was in was the escorted section. We had four people and two Jeeps. We normally had a machine
gun mounted on the post between the two from seats. That meant that we could not have a top on, so when it
rained or snowed we could get uncomfortable. We escorted VIPs and convoys from all over Korea. We
escorted nuclear missiles, 8 inch nuclear Howitzer shells and nuclear rockets. During these escorts we
normally had a spotter airplane that we could talk to about any problems near or ahead of us. We would also
pick up the payroll from Seoul and deliver it north to our payroll office. Our other duties included speed
checks and accident investigations.
The day after the attack I was sent with two other MPs in one Jeep to run the
road to Panmunjom (when I was there we spelled it Pan Mun Gon) to determine if the road was safe for the United
Nations negotiators and the press to get to Panmunjom. The road went through heavy brush and small trees that
had grown back after the shooting during the Korean War stopped because of the truce ten years before.
We had a 30
caliber machine gun on our Jeep and we carried our M14 rifles, 45 caliber pistols. One guy had an M3
submachine gun and I had a sawed off shotgun with double OO buckshot. We had our windshield down so it didn't
get in the way. I didn't think much about the fact that if someone was to ambush us, they would have waited
until we went by and then shoot from the rear as happened to Dave, et al. We were fortunate that the zappers
were gone and we drove it to Panmunjom and then back.
The following day I was waiting to escort United Nations
negotiators and staff cars and press bused to Panmunjom, when a UN General (US Army) jumped into my Jeep in the
passenger seat and asked if I knew the way to Panmunjom. I answered I did and he said, "Let's go." I never
even talked to a general before nor sat next to one--but whatever he wanted I was going to do it. So off we
went--the only thing I remember him asking was, "Where are you from?" and I responded, "Wisconsin, Sir" and he
responded--"good state". I dropped him off at the UN negotiating building (one of three used to do the
negotiating) and returned to escort the buses waiting south of Freedom Bridge.
I had been to Panmunjom many times
before as we graduated with some of the MPs in MP school. We had been there to see them and tour the area.
It gives one an odd feeling to walk past North Korean guards and one feels vulnerable knowing how unpredictable they are
or seemed to be.
I really don't remember a lot after that happening. I know we got calls from some Army
compounds as guards were shooting at each on the same small compound as no one knew if there were more zappers. It
was a trying time for all of us. No one wanted to try to break up our soldiers shooting at one another across the
compounds. The US bases called compounds were mostly scattered small areas the lee side of a large hill.
That was to make it more difficult for North Korean artillery strikes.
My dad sent Mayville News articles about Dave
and went to the funeral in Theresa. He was very concerned and begged me to write as he knew I was in that area.
I went to the motor pool and took pictures of Dave's vehicle--can't find now.
One can Google Panmunjom and see what it
looks like now.
Again thank you for the opportunity to share my experiences with you and family and friends. It
was good to see you, Ken and Mary and meet you Elaine and other family and friends.