The Killed In Action (KIA) Page

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The Korean War was responsible for 36,568 American casualties in-theater. This page of The Korean War Educator is devoted to the memory of those young men and women whose lives were sacrificed in the name of freedom during the course of the Korean War. Relatives and friends of these Korean War battle and non-battle casualties are invited to post information and a photograph pertaining to a Korean War veteran who lost his or her life in the Korean combat zone. Send your information and pictures to: Lynnita Brown, 111 E. Houghton Street, Tuscola, IL 61953. E-mail: lynnita@koreanwar-educator.org.

HOLLAND, LT. RANDY

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Randy Holland was KIA in Korea at 5:10 a.m., October 8, 1952. He was from Belton, Texas, which is in Bell County.

We were with Fox Company of the 17th Infantry Regiment, which was part of the 7th Infantry Division on October 8, 1952. Randy was a second lieutenant, and relatively new to the company. I had been with the company for ten months at the time. Randy was the platoon leader of the first platoon, and I was the squad leader of the first squad of that same platoon. On this date we were given orders to take a Chinese Outpost in Kumwha Valley, North Korea. I still remember Randy drawing in the dirt with a stick and giving each of the squad leaders our assigned objective.

We started the attack about 5:00 a.m. It was just a short time into the attack that all hell broke loose. I mean it literally rained mortar rounds, grenades, and other small arms fire. Shortly into the attack, I was seriously wounded. I don’t remember if I yelled out or if Randy saw me go down. The last thing I remember was this dear man screaming to me and encouraging me to hold on as he was coming to help me. He barely got the words out of his mouth when an incoming round silenced his voice. Thanks, Randy—if for no more than your attempt. "You were my hero." – Jack L. Reynolds, RA 14-333-802


SARRAIL, HENRY

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Henry Sarrail was from Los Angeles, California. The picture and text given below was supplied by Donald G. McMillar, who was a platoon leader in H Company of the 17th Regiment. He was attached to Sarrail's G Company when the picture was taken.

First Lieutenant Henry B. Sarrail was a rifle platoon leader in G Company, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in the fall of 1952, when the outpost battles were heating up. I got to know Hank, as he liked to be called, when I assigned myself and a section of machine guns to G Company when we went online on September 1, 1952. I was the machine gun platoon leader from H Company and I had a section of machine guns with each of the rifle companies of the battalion. We had our hot meals where this picture was taken and it was the site of a Korean grave that had been dug out of the side of a hill.

We had moved over to the Triangle Hill area in mid-October to join in that battle. In leading his platoon up a hill in that area his troops were pinned down by blistering fire from one primary position-a small bunker. Hank told me that he got real mad at this situation so he jumped up and charged the bunker single handedly. He figured there was only one Chinese in the bunker. When he jumped in the bunker, he found there were three Chinese but he somehow killed all three before they could get him. He used his carbine, bayonet, and pistol to do the job. I had heard this account shortly after it happened from other sources so I looked up Hank when I got the chance and he spelled it out just as I have related it. The word was that he was to be recommended for the DSC but before that rumor had even cooled, Hank was killed by a direct hit by a mortar round. He was from Los Angeles, California.

 

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