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Ablondi, Bruce F. "Bruno" -
semi-professional baseball player. 1947
Pearl River High graduate ... one of the finest
all-round athletes ever to don a Pirate uniform ...
All-County in football, basketball and baseball his
senior year ... a basketball forward who led his
team in scoring four straight years, finishing with
752 points in 64 games ... deadly one-handed
jump-shooter in era of two-handed set shots ... a
baseball shortstop who batted .368 over four years
and made All-County three times ... also fine
pitcher who fired a one-hit shutout in Pearl River’s
county championship-clinching 8-0 win over
Haverstraw in ‘47 ... as a football quarterback, he
threw 16 touchdown passes, amassed 2,086 yards and
captained Pirates to share of county title in ‘46
... also starred for the semipro Pearl River
Wildcats football team and Pearl River Cubs baseball
team Ablondi was killed in the Korean War near the
Hwachon Reservoir on June 2, 1951 at age 23. He was
serving in the Army's 7th Infantry Division.
Abrams, Creighton W. Jr. - named Chief of
Staff of the Army in 1972. Born September 15,
1914 in Springfield, Massachusetts, he commanded the
37th Tank Battalion in World War II. During
the Korean War he was a Corps Chief of Staff and
commanded at all levels from regiment through corps.
He commanded the U.S. Army Military Assistance
Command in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972. He
died while in office (Chief of Staff of the Army) on
September 04, 1974, in Washington D.C.
Abshire, David M. - Ambassador to NATO
1983-1987; Vice Chairman and Counselor of the Center
for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in
Washington, DC, President of the Richard Lounsbery
Foundation New York, vice chairman of the Board of
Center for Strategic and International Studies in
Washington, D.C. Born in 1926 in Chattanooga,
Tennessee, he served in the Korean War as a
platoon leader, company commander, and a division
intelligence officer. He received the Bronze Star
with Oak Leaf Cluster with V for Valor, Commendation
Ribbon with medal pendant, and Combat Infantry
Badge. He subsequently served as an instructor at
the Infantry School, Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Adamcewicz, Erwin J. "Ace" - Minor League baseball player. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com].
Erwin J. “Ace” Adamcewicz was born on November 8, 1929 in Norwich, Connecticut. He signed, aged 17, with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947 and appeared in
54 games with the Lenoir Red Sox of the Class D Blue Ridge League, batting .271.
In 1948, the young outfielder was with the Albany Cardinals of the Class D Georgia-Florida League, batting .279 in 140 games. The following year he was
with Albany and the Johnson City Cardinals of the Class D Appalachian League, hitting 12 homeruns and batting .332 for the Johnson City club.
The 20-year-old joined the St. Joseph Cardinals of the Class C Western Association in 1950 and led the team with 13 homeruns and a .325 batting average.
However, his baseball career came to an end at that point as military service beckoned.
Assigned to the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, Corporal Adamcewicz served in Korea, where he was seriously wounded in action on May 14,
1952. He was returned to the United States and was at the military hospital at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, when he succumbed to his wounds on November 21,
- Adams, Eddie - Photojournalist whose
career of over 50 years included photo coverage of
wars in Korea, Vietnam, Israel, Jordan, Egypt,
Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, Lebanon and
Kuwait. Born June 12, 1933 in New Kensington,
Pennsylvania, he served as a Marine combat
photographer during the Korean War. One of his
duties was to photograph the entire DMZ at the end
of the war. It took him a year to do this
assignment. He joined the Associated Press in
1962, and ten years later began work for Time
Magazine. He rejoined AP in 1976 as its first
special correspondent. From 1980 to 2004 he
was a photographer for Parade Magazine. He
received more than 500 photojournalism awards during
his lifetime, including a Pulitzer prize in 1969.
He died July 18, 2004 in Manhattan, New York.
His photographic archives is held in the Briscoe
Center for American History at the University of
Texas at Austin.
- Agnew, Spiro Theodore - governor of
Maryland 1967-69, Vice President of the United
States under President Richard Nixon 1969-73.
Agnew was charged with accepting bribes and
falsifying income tax returns and resigned as Vice
President in 1973. He was disbarred in
1974. Agnew was drafted into the Army during
World War II. He trained at Ft. Knox as a tank
officer and then served as company commander with
the 10th Armored Division in four campaigns in
Europe, where he received a Bronze Star. When
the Korean War broke out he was recalled to active
duty and sent to Ft. Meade, Maryland where he was a
general officer. From 1952-53 he served in the
JAG Corps at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
- Agostinelli, Nathan George - mayor of the
town of Manchester, Connecticut, State Comptroller
1971-75, and appointed by President Bill Clinton as
a director of the Selective Service System for the
State of Connecticut. Agostinellli was drafted
into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. An
enlisted man, he attended Artillery OCS at Ft. Sill,
Oklahoma and was then commissioned as a 2nd
Lieutenant. He served six years in the US Army
Reserve and 23 years in the Connecticut National
Guard, advancing to the rank of Brigadier General.
- Aldrin, Edwin Eugene "Buzz" - Astronaut
and second man to walk on the moon on July 21, 1969.
Aldrin was born January 20, 1930 in Glen Ridge, New
Jersey. He graduated from West Point in 1951
and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air
Force. He was a jet fighter pilot in the
Korean War, flying 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabres.
He also shot down two MiG-15 aircraft. He
retired in March 1992 from active duty after 21
years of service, but continued to promote space
exploration in a variety of ways. He also
authored books about his life as an astronaut.
- Anderson, Leroy - A composer of short, light concert pieces, his song
was the first instrumental recording to sell a million copies. The Boston Pops
Orchestra introduced several of his songs to the public. Anderson served in World War
II and Korea. In 1942 he joined the service and was assigned to Iceland as a translator and
interpreter. Later in 1945 he was assigned to the Pentagon as Chief of the Scandinavian Desk
of Military Intelligence. Anderson was a reserve officer and was recalled to active duty for
the Korean War.
- Andrus, Cecil Dale - Governor of
Idaho and Secretary of U.S. Department of Interior
in Jimmy Carter administration 1977-1981. Born
August 25, 1931 in Hood River, Oregon, Andrus
enlisted in the US Naval Reserve on February 23,
1951 and remained in it until 1954. He had 13
weeks of boot camp in San Diego before being sent to
a flight crewmember school in Jacksonville, Florida
for eight weeks. From there he was sent to
Navy Radar and Communication school in Memphis,
Tennessee for eight months. His MOS was
Aviation/Electronic Technician. After being
sent to Naval Air Station at Moffat Field in
California, he was assigned to VP Squadron 17
stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station north
of Seattle. Early in 1953 his unit was
deployed to Iwakuni base on the southern end of the
Japanese Island Honshu. He was promoted to
Petty Officer 2nd Class before exiting the military
service. Beginning in 1960, Andrus served four
terms in the Idaho State Senate. He was
Governor of Idaho 1971-74, 1974-1977, and 1987-1995.
- Antonelli, John Albert "Johnny" - major league baseball player (left-handed pitcher). Born April 12, 1930 in Rochester, New York, Johnny
played for the Boston Braves in 1948 before serving two years in the military during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1953 and began played for
the Braves again in Milwaukee. In 1954 he was traded to the Giants. In 1961 he was traded to the Mets but retired before playing a single game
with them. He later managed both Memphis and Tidewater for the Mets. His overall major league record was 126-110 with 26 shutouts and 102 complete
games in 268 starts.
- Armstrong, Garner Ted - religious radio host, televangelist and former minister
of the Church of God International, best known for the radio and television programs, "The
World Tomorrow." He was born February 09, 1930 in Portland, Oregon, son of Herbert W.
and Loma Isabelle Dillon Armstrong. He stepped down as the head of the Church of God
International following a scandal. He died September 15, 2003 in Tyler, Texas.
Garner Armstrong joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and served during the Korean War.
- Armstrong, Neil Aden - Astronaut - first
man to walk on the moon. Born August 5, 1930
in Wapakoneta, Ohio, he learned to fly by age 16.
He graduated from Purdue University and then joined
the U.S. Navy in 1949. He first saw action in
Korea on August 29, 1951 as an escort for a photo
reconnaissance plane over Songjin. On
September 3 of that same year the FPF Panther jet he
piloted was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He
ejected and survived but the wreckage of his jet was
never found. He flew 78 missions over Korea in
1952, leaving the Navy on August 23, 1952. He
became a lieutenant jg in the Naval Reserve until he
resigned in 1962 and entered the astronaut program.
He was command pilot for Gemini VIII in 1966 and
spacecraft commander for Apollo 11. He died in
Cincinnati, Ohio on August 25, 2012.
- Arpaio, Joseph Michael - controversial
sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona from 1993 until
2016. He also had a 25-year tenure with the
Drug Enforcement Administration. Born June 14,
1932 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Joe Arpaio
served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was with the Medical Department, stationed as a
military policeman in France.
- Avery, John - standout basketball player. He played for Columbia College (now Columbia University) in 1948-49 and 1950-51. He was
team captain in '50'-'51. He was recipient of the Haggerty Award that went to the top male collegiate basketball player in the New York area.
He was also an NCAA All-American. He was later drafted by the Boston Celtics. He was wounded while a member of the New York National Guard,
but recovered from his injury, graduated from Columbia in 1951 with a degree in sociology, and then served in the Korean War.
- Bailey, F. Lee - prominent trial lawyer.
Born June 10, 1933, he served on many high profile
cases such as the Sam Shepperd Re-trial, and was one
of the lawyers for O.J. Simpson in his murder trial.
Some other notable cases that he defended are; Dr.
Sam Sheppard, The Boston Strangler, Patty Hearst,
William and Chantal McCorkle. He also was the
Chairman and CEO of IMPAC, Integrated Control System
Inc in Florida. He dropped out of Harvard College in
1952 and joined the Marines. He received his aviator
wings in 1954 and served as a jet fighter and a
legal officer. He was honorably discharged from the
USMC in 1956 achieving the rank of second
- Baker, James A. III - Secretary of State under President George Bush Sr. Lt. James Addison Baker III (politician and statesman). Born in
Houston, TX, an heir of a family of attorneys. After graduating from Princeton, he joined the Marine Corps and served 1952-1954; expert marksman and member
of the Camp Lejeune rifle and pistol team; appointed Undersecretary of Commerce in 1975; campaign manager for President Gerald Ford in his unsuccessful
bid for reelection in 1976 and for George Bush in his unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980 and his successful election in
1988. Under President Ronald Reagan, Baker served first as chief of staff and then as Secretary of the Treasury. Baker was Secretary of State from 1989
- Baker, Joby - actor. A reference in David Janssen's military biography stated that he served with actor Joby Baker in Special Services at Ft.
Ord in 1953. He was a comedian in Special Services. Born Joseph N. Baker on March 26, 1934, Joby was originally from Montreal, Canada.
"Actor Joby Baker was at his busiest as a young TV leading man in the early 1960s, making guest appearances in such series as Dr. Kildare and Cain's Hundred.
Baker also played comedy relief in Elvis Presley's Girl Happy (1966), and began a long association with Walt Disney Studios, where he appeared in Bullwhip
Griffin (1966), Blackbeard's Ghost (1967) and Superdad (1974). In 1968, Baker was topbilled on Good Morning World, a sitcom about a pair of frantic disc
jockeys named Lewis and Clark (Ronnie Schell of Gomer Pyle fame was Clark). Then followed over a decade of character roles, culminating with a regular stint
as Colonel Marvin on the 1980 series Six O'Clock Follies, an ill-advised sitcom set in Saigon during the Vietnamese war. In addition to his acting credits,
Joby Baker was a professional painter of note; several of his abstract works were exhibited in major Los Angeles art galleries. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi"
- Banks, Ernest "Ernie" - 1st black player
(began as short stop; moved to first base in 1962)
on the Chicago Cubs baseball team (September 8,
1953) . Born January 31, 1931 in Dallas,
Texas, Banks began his baseball career with the
Kansas City Monarchs (Negro American League) in
1950. He served two years in the US Army and
then was traded to the Chicago Cubs. He was a
major league ball player from 1953 to 1971.
Awards include: National League "Most Valuable
Player" - 1958, 1959, led National League in Home
Runs - 1958, 1960, led National League in RBIs -
1958, 1959, All Star - 1955-1962, 1965, 1967, 1969,
Golden Glove Award - 1960, and National Baseball
Hall of Fame Inductee - 1977.
- Bassett, Robert "Bob" - A radio
personality in New England and New York 1961-1980,
he moved to Maryland in 1981 and joined WEAM Radio.
He also worked as a consultant to the Smithsonian
Institution's vintage recording program. He
served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War,
receiving a Purple Heart. He died July 6, 2000
at the age of 71 of Lou Gehrig's Disease.
- Bernard, Charles W. - Radio personality
in Illinois, California, and Oregon, and television
and radio actor in commercials. Bernard was
born in Portland, Oregon on March 30, 1919 and died
January 21, 2012. He was inducted in the US
Navy in 1942 and served in the South Pacific during
World War II from 1943 to 1945. He was
recalled to duty for the Korean War. His
obituary can be found on the Korean War
- Berry, Kenneth Ronald "Ken" - Sitcom actor, dancer, singer, Ken Berry was born on
November 03, 1933 in Moline, Illinois. After high school graduation, he volunteered
for induction into the United States Army (circa 1953), and was assigned to Fort Bragg in
Fayetteville, North Carolina. His first year in the Army was spent in the Artillery
division, where his sergeant announced a post talent contest. The winner would go to New
York City to appear on Arlene Francis' Soldier Parade. Berry, who always carried his tap
shoes with him, worked out a routine and a few hours later won the contest. He headed to New
York for his television debut. Berry's second and final year was as a part of the Special
Services Corps, under the command of Sgt. Leonard Nimoy. As a part of Special Services, he
toured Army posts and officers' clubs entertaining the troops, as well as visiting colleges
for recruiting purposes. Soon another talent competition was held, the All Army Talent
Competition, looking to find service personnel to appear on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town.
Berry placed third in the "Specialty Act" category with the song "There'll Be Some
Changes Made" and returned to New York City and television. He received an
honorable discharge from the Army in 1955. He is well-known for his roles in F
Troop, Mayberry RFD, The Carol Burnett Show, Dr. Kildare, etc.
- Bixby, Bill - Film and television actor, director, and frequent game show
panelist, Bixby dropped out of college and joined the United States Marine Corps after being
drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. Bixby served stateside duty in
the Marines and was honorably discharged. During his acting career he starred as Tim
O'Hara in the television series My Favorite Martian, was Tom Corbett in the show
The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and Dr. David Banner in The Incredible Hulk.
- Black, Charles Alden Sr. - Manager of
KABC-TV in Los Angeles, California and later
director of business operations for the Stanford
Research Institute. Husband of former child
star actress, Shirley Temple. Black was a
World War II U.S. Navy intelligence officer and
Silver Star recipient. He was recalled to
active duty in the Navy at the outbreak of the
Korean War, and served in Washington, D.C. He
died August 04, 2005 from complications of a bone
- Blight, David J. - Founder of Talent
Olympics, Inc. and star of The David Blight Show
1955-68 in Pennsylvania. Blight began his
dancing career at age four and performed on Ted
Mack's Original Amateur Hour, the Lawrence Welk
Show, and other venues. He was drafted in the
Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War as a high
speed radio operator in the Signal Corps for two
years. He suffered a back injury during this
service and had chronic back problems for the
remainder of his life. Blight was an actor,
dancer, and choreographer. The David Blight
Show was a weekly television variety show that aired
in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania area.
Blight founded Talent Olympics Inc. in 1979.
Born in 1929, David Blight died in 2007.
- Blocker, Bobby Dan - played the character "Hoss
Cartwright" on the TV show,
Bonanza from 1959 to 1972. The Class of
1946 cadet graduate from Texas military Institute
was born December 10, 1928 in DeKalb, Texas, Dan was drafted
into the U.S. Army and served as a 1st Sergeant in the Korean War.
Was in combat with the 45th Infantry Division in
Korea. According to the June/Julyl 2013 issue
of VFW Magazine, Blocker arriving in Japan in
May 1951. "Blocker was stationed at Sapporo
for about nine months. He served with F Company, 2nd
Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Division,
in Korea from December 1951 to August 1952. The
179th disembarked at Inchon on December 17, 1951,
going on line on Christmas Day. The 45th Division
occupied the sector of the Jamestown Line near
Chorwon. In March, the 179th was involved in heavy
fighting 10 miles west of Chorwon at Outpost Eerie.
On May 25, Blocker’s F Company manned Hill 200 where
it lost six KIA and 21 WIA while killing 132
Chinese. During 10 days in June (16-26), the 179th
fought a series of outpost battles at Eerie, Old
Baldy and Pork Chop. On June 26 and beyond, F
Company defended Hill 223. The 45th Division was
withdrawn from the front in July after 209 days on
the line. The 179th went into reserve at Yanggu.
Blocker, who was company first sergeant, was
hospitalized for wounds. He is credited with saving
the lives of unit members in combat. He was rotated
home in August 1952." Dan Blocker died May 13, 1972 and is buried in the Woodsmen Cemetery, DeKalb, Texas.
- Blount, Alvin Vincent Jr. - 1st black
chief of surgery in a MASH unit during Korean War.
Distinguished physician in the Greensboro (NC)
medical community. Chief of surgery for
L. Richardson Hospital for 23 years. Proponent
of integration in health care. Born February
24, 1922 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Blount
received a medical degree from Howard University,
Washington DC in 1947. He served five years
active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He
was mobilized to Korea with the 822 5th fro m Ft.
Bragg, the second MASH to be sent to Korea in 1952.
- Bolder, Cal - Born Earl C. Carver on June 14, 1931 in Elkhart, Kansas, he was a
bodybuilder who later turned to acting, Bolder was known for his roles in really bad movies
and classic television series, but is best remembered for his role as 'Hank Tracy/Igor' in
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter in 1966. Bolder also appeared on the television
programs Star Trek, Bonanza, Daniel Boone, Outlaws, and Cimarron Strip. He served in
combat in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart. After his
tour of duty with the 1st Marine Division in Korea, he was assigned to the new 9th Marines
at Camp Pendleton, California. Cal Bolder died January 19, 2005.
- Bork, Robert - Judge, Professor, Writer, Scholar. Served 1945-1946, then was called back during the Korean War; earned his law degree and practiced
law in the Chicago area until the 1960's; taught constitutional law at Yale Law School as the Alexander M. Bickel Professor of Public Law - two of his students
were Bill and Hillary Clinton; during the Nixon presidency he served as Solicitor General and Acting Attorney General; President Reagan appointed him Circuit
Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C.) in 1981; author of The Antitrust Paradox (1978) and The Tempting of America: The
Political Seduction of the Law (1990).
- Borman, Frank - 1st astronaut to circumnavigate the moon. Colonel in US Air Force. Graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1950
where he served as a football manager. Entered the USAF and became a fighter pilot.
- Brady, James - Jamwriter, author,
magazine editor and gossip columnist who created the
fashion magazine 'W' in 1971, created the
celebrity gossip column Page Six in the New York
Post and wrote a regular column In Step With for
Parade magazine for over 25 years. Brady also
wrote over a dozen books, most of them non-fiction
works and novels about the US Marine Corps as well
as the book Superchic (1974) about his
experiences working in the fashion industry. Brady
served in the 2/7 Battalion in the 1st Marine
Division in Korea 1951-52. He was promoted to First
Lieutenant and served on the front-lines at the
Taebaek Mountains, North Korea. Brady received the
Bronze Star for bravery in action on May 31, 1952
during an engagement against Chinese forces at
Panmunjom. Brady wrote about his experiences in his
1990 memoir The Coldest War. Born in
1928, he died in 2009. [Submitted to the KWE
by Peter Hill, Australia]
- Bradley, Col. Ruby - one of the most
decorated women in US military history. Born
December 19, 1907, Colonel Bradley died May 28, 2002
and is buried in Arlington Cemetery. She
entered the Army Nurse Corps as a surgical nurse in
1934. She served in World War II and then in
Korea she served as chief nurse for the 171st Evac
Hospital before being named Chief Nurse for the
Eighth Army in 1951. She supervised over 500
Army nurses throughout Korea. She was promoted
to the rank of Colonel in 1958. She was the
recipient of 34 medals and citations for bravery, 2
Legion of Merit Medals, 2 Bronze Stars, and other
- Braun, Carl August - pro-basketball player. Born September 25,1927 in Brooklyn, Carl died February 10, 2010. He played basketball
with the New York Knicks from 1947-61, becoming the first Knick to break the 1,000-point mark in 1949-50 when he scored 1,031 points in 67 games.
He missed two seasons of basketball due to his service in the military during the Korean War. He returned to basketball in 1952. He played his
final season in 1961-62 with the Boston Celtics.
- Briem, Ray - one of the first
conservative all-night talk show hosts in radio.
Born January 19, 1930 in Ogden, Utah, Briem became a
longtime KABC-AM talk show host for nearly three
decades (1967-1994). During the Korean War he
worked with Armed Forces Radio, hosting live shows
with big-name bands such as those led by Harry
James, Guy Lombardo, Count Basie, and Duke
Ellington. He was an avid pilot and a defender
of conservative politics. He died in Malibu,
California at the age of 82 in December 2012.
- Brimley, Wilford - actor in movies such as
The Film, Absence of Malice, and Cocoon, among others. United States Marine
Corps 1953-56. Discharged as a Sergeant.
- Brooke, Sorrell - actor best known for his role as Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg in
the Dukes of Hazzard television series 1979-1985. He also appeared on the television
series M*A*S*H twice as Brigadier General Bradley Barker. Brooke was born in Buffalo,
New York on January 04, 1930. His father was a local physician. He studied at
Yale and Columbia Universities and became bilingual in five languages. He entered the
U.S. Army as a Lieutenant during the Korean War, where his bilingual skills were put to use
when he became a counter-intelligence officer. He was married to Miranda Knickerbocker,
daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Hubert Renfro (H.R.) Knickerbocker.
Sorrell and Miranda had two children, Nicholas and Alexandra. Sorrell Brooke died in
Sherman Oaks, California, on February 11, 1994 and is buried in Hillside Memorial Park
Cemetery, Culver City, California.
- Brown, Bobby - This New York Yankee ballplayer played in four World Series with the Yankees. He served as a surgeon with the 160th Field
Artillery Battalion Aid Station in the Korean War. According to KWE member Art Lajeunesse of New York, Brown became an MD while playing baseball with
the Yankees. He was at the "Old Timers Day" at Yankee Stadium in 2009.
- Brown, William - outstanding four event
skier who led the University of Idaho to an
intercollegiate championship. He served in the
famous 10th Mountain Division and also in the Korean
War. He was the mountain manager for Vail from 1966
to his retirement in 1989. His accomplishments
include developing a world class mountain
communications system, designing improvements into
slope maintenance machines, developing a White House
secret service ski unit, and an FBI mountain trained
anti-terrorist detail. He developed new standards
for revegetation and anti-erosion methods and
standards and techniques for international race
management which were accepted as 'state of the art"
throughout the world. In 1948 he took the initiative
to organize the country's first junior national
championships for skiing. Born October 05,
1922 in Cascade, Idaho, he died September 21, 2008.
- Burrows, Al - pitcher, first baseman and outfielder for the Black Yankees, later
Indianapolis Clowns and other baseball leagues. Born on September 15, 1932 in
Washington DC, he was a son of Willie and Maire Burrows. He entered the armed forces in Ft.
Bragg, North Carolina in 1953, where he trained as a medic. He attended jump school at
Fort Benning, Georgia and upon completion was assigned to the 449, 82nd Airborne. He was
eventually transferred to a special services attachment where he competed in track, football
and baseball while pursuing a medical duty assignment at the VA hospital. He was awarded a
Good Conduct Medal before he was discharged. In 1954 he was offered an opportunity to pitch
for the Black Yankees in New York and was able to obtain a 120-day leave from the military
to join that team. He was picked up by the Indianapolis Clowns Organization in 1955,
staying with them through 1962. He was a player/manager for the last two seasons.
He continued playing baseball in Washington DC while studying to be an engineer. He
retired as an engineer in 1989 and then started his own home improvement company.
- Bykowski, Stanley F. - amateur baseball
player. Killed in action while serving in the
Army in Korea on March 10, 1951 while serving as a
Private (light weapons infantryman) in the 9th
Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division.
Stanley F. Bykowski was born on December 18, 1926 in
Auburn, New York. He served in the army during World
War II in the Philippines and was for a short time
in Japan, arriving in that country just after the
cease of hostilities. After returning to Auburn he
worked for the International Harvester Company and
later for the Polish Falcons. He was well known in
the local area as an outstanding baseball and
basketball player. Playing basketball for the
Swietoniowski-Kopeczek American Legion Post 1324
basketball team he helped them capture the Cayuga
County championship for the 1947-48 season. On
December 18, 1950, Bykowski enlisted at the Auburn
recruiting station. He left for Korea on January 5
with the 9th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry
Division. On March 4 his parents received a card
from their son telling them: "I am feeling fine and
in the best of health." Six days later, Private
Bykowski was killed in action. He was just 24 years
old and is buried at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery
in Auburn. Sources: Auburn Citizen-Advertiser
January 18, 1950; Auburn Citizen October 3, 1976;
- Carey, Philip Eugene Joseph - This film and television actor served in the Marine Corps in both
World War II and Korea. He was wounded as part of the ship's detachment on the USS
Franklin (CV-13) during World War II. From 1951 to 1952, Corporal Carey served in the
Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC)/US Marine Corps Forces Korea. After his
military service he appeared in films such as I Was A Communist for the FBI, Calamity Jane,
The Long Gray Line, etc. In 1971, Carey guest-starred on the landmark fifth episode of
the television sitcom All in the Family, playing Steve, an ex-professional football
player friend of Archie Bunker's who tells Archie he's gay. The episode was one of the first
times homosexuality had been dealt with sympathetically on U.S. network television.
Eugene Joseph Carey was born July 15, 1925 in Hackensack, New Jersey and died of lung cancer
on February 06, 2009.
- Cargo, David Francis - 22nd Governor of
New Mexico (elected 1966 - 2 terms) and member of
New Mexico House of Representatives 1963-67.
Born January 13, 1929 in Dowagiac, Michigan and died
July 5, 2013 at the age of 84. He received a
BA and MA from the University of Michigan and
graduated from the University of Michigan Law
School. He served in the Army for two years in
Germany during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955.
After his political career he practiced law in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Cash, Johnny - Country western singer who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Gospel Music Hall of
Fame. Born 2/26/1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. Died September 12, 2003. Johnny joined the US Air Force on July 7, 1950. He took basic
training at Lackland AFB and then technical training at Brooks AFB, both in San Antonio, TX. He was assigned to a USAF Security Service unit in Landsberg,
Germany, where he was a high speed Morse Code intercept operator. Cash intercepted transmissions from the Soviet Army. While stationed in Germany he bought
his first guitar and started his first band, "The Landsberg Barbarians." He was promoted to Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged on July 3,
- Chafee, John Lester Hubbard - Governor of Rhode Island; four-term Republican Senator from Rhode Island; Secretary of the Navy.
Born October 22, 1922, Chafee died October 24, 1999.
Chafee was in his third year as an undergraduate at
Yale University when the Japanese attacked Pearl
Harbor. He interrupted his undergraduate studies and
enlisted in the Marine Corps, spending his 20th
birthday on Guadalcanal fighting on the island from
August 8, 1942 until November 1942, when the First
Marine Division was relieved, during the Battle of
Guadalcanal. After receiving his commission, he
fought in the The Battle of Okinawa in the spring of
1945 as a Second Lieutenant. Following the war, he
received degrees from Yale in 1947 and Harvard Law
School in 1950. In 1951, he was recalled to active
service to be a Marine rifle company commander
during the Korean War with Dog Company, 2/7, 1st Marine
Division (Hill 749).
- Chesnut, Jerry - country western singer/songwriter who was a regular on the
popular television show Hee Haw. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the Far
East during the Korean War. In 1972 he was named the Nashville Songwriter of the Year.
The next year he was proclaimed to be the International Writer of the Year.
- Chuck-a-Lucks - According to various internet sources, Chuck-a-Lucks was a
rockabilly band that played in the Texas area and beyond from the 1950s through 1972.
These same websites also state that band members Adrian Keith McClish (1927-2013), Reuben
Noel, Jim Bob Nance, and Charlie Dickerson were all drafted into military service during the
Korean War. Details of exactly when and where they served were not found by the KWE,
but the group (less Jim Bob Nance) was back playing together again by 1953. Its
biggest hit was a rockabilly number entitled, "Disc Jockey Fever", written by Charlie
Dickerson and produced in 1958.
- Clark, Mark W. - President of The Citadel military college in Charleston, South
Carolina from 1954 to 1965. A graduate of West Point, he succeeded Ridgway as United
States and Supreme Allied Commander, Far East, from 1952-1955.
- Clifford, Ernest C. - baseball player with St. Louis Browns, signing with them in 1951. Served in the US Army as a member of Company F,
7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was severely wounded in the knee during the Battle of Boomerang on June 15, 1953 and sent to Walter
Reed Hospital for recovery.
- Cobey, Ralph - President of the
Perfection Steel Body Company (Perfection-Cobey)
1945-1970, President of the Eagle Crusher Company
1970-1990. Highly decorated Boy Scout/Eagle
Scout. In 1940, prior to World War II,
he became a Dollar-a-Year Man, appointed by
President Roosevelt to serve in the Office of
Production Management (OPM) in charge of Army Tank
Production and Facilities. He entered active
military service in 1942 and was a Captain in the
U.S. Army Air Force at discharge in 1945. He was
recalled to active military service during the
Korean War in 1951. Born August 15,
1909 in Sycamore, Ohio, Cobey, a 32nd degree Mason,
died January 16, 2009 in Gailon, Ohio.
- Coleman, Gerald Francis "Jerry" - NY Yankees ballplayer,
2nd base. Born September 14, 1924 in San Jose,
California, Coleman entered the Navy in 1942 and
earned his pilot wings. He then transferred to
the Marine Corps where he was a dive bomber pilot
flying the Douglas SBD Dauntless. He flew 57
missions against Japanese in VMSB-341 and earned a
Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1949 he was
voted Rookie of the Year as a rookie with the New
York Yankees. He was recalled to the
Marines for the Korean War in May 1952 and served with the
323 Marine Attack Squadron piloting an AU-1 Corsair.
He flew 63 close air support and interdiction strike missions
and earned a second Distinguished Flying Cross.
After discharge he played baseball again but retired
in 1958 and became a game announcer for CBS Radio,
WCBS Radio, and WPIX-TV. He broadcast with the
California Angels for two years and in 1972 became
an announcer for the San Diego Padres. Jerry
Coleman died January 5, 2014 in San Diego,
- Conley, Joseph H. Jr. - Best known
for his role as storekeeper Ike Godsey on the
Waltons television series, Joe Conley was
serving in the 7th Infantry Division in Korea as a
2nd Lieutenant when he was wounded in action.
He received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. Joe
was born March 03, 1928 in Buffalo, New York and
died July 07, 2013 of dementia.
- Conyers, John - began serving in the House of Representives in January 1965,
25-term Congressman. Conyers volunteered to serve in the 1279th Combat Engineers
(Michigan National Guard). When the all-black unit was activated in the summer of
1950, he was sent to Officer Candidate School. After graduation he spent 12 months in
Korea behind the lines, supervising repairs and replacement of Army aircraft. His
military service ended in 1954.
- Cooper, John "Jackie" Jr. - child star
who appeared in 15 episodes of Our Gang comedies
from 1929-1931. Life-long career as an actor.
He was born September 15, 1922 in Los Angeles,
California and died May 3, 2011 in Santa Monica,
California. He joined the US Navy under the
V-12 program at the end of World War II.
During that war he spent part of his military
service time as a drummer in a band formed by band
leader Claude Thornhill. The band played
remote bases in the South Pacific. After World
War II, Cooper remained in the Naval Reserve.
He became a line officer in the Reserve in 1961 and
held Letters of Commendation from six Secretaries of
the Navy. He also piloted jet planes for the
- Cosby, Bill - comedian and actor. Navy corpsman who served at Marine Corps Base at Quantico. Served as a hospital corpsman for four years.
He worked in physical therapy with seriously wounded Korean War casualties at Bethesda Naval Hospital after the Korean War.
- Crago, Bill - Minor League baseball player, outfield. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com. William E. “Bill” Crago was born in East Gary (now Lake Station), Indiana in 1928. He was signed by the Marion Cubs of the Class D Ohio State League in
late 1947, making a couple of brief appearances before the season was over. Crago was back with Marion during spring training in 1948 but was cut the day
before opening day as the squad was reduced to the required 20. He joined the Fitzgerald Pioneers of the Class D Georgia State League for the regular season
and batted .223 in 105 games. Back with the Pioneers in 1949, the left-handed hitting centerfielder batted .277 in 137 games. In 1950, Crago’s third season with the Pioneers, he really
began to develop as a hitter. In 140 games he batted .324 with 41 doubles (second best in the league) and hit 10 home runs. In the all-star game in July
he had two hits against league-leaders Douglas, including a 2-run double to help the all-stars to a 5-3 win. In December 1950, 22-year-old Bill Crago was sold, together with pitcher Noel Oquendo, to the Abilene Blue Sox of Class C West Texas-New Mexico League.
His career was starting to head in an upwards direction but Crago never had the opportunity to report to the Blue Sox as military service intervened. Private First Class Crago served with Company A, 38th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. He was killed in action on July 26, 1951.
Crago was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy.” Sources: Marion Star Sept 17, 1947; Marion Star Feb 21, 1948; Marion Star April 24, 1948; Thomasville Times Enterprise July 11, 1949; Abilene Reporter News Dec 6, 1950;
- Crandall, Delmar Wesley "Del" - major
league catcher. Born March 5, 1930 in Ontario,
Canada. Debuted with the Boston Braves June
17, 1949. His last appearance in the MLB was
September 14, 1966 for the Cleveland Indians.
He appeared in 146 games for Boston in 1949-50
before going into the military. He did a
two-year hitch in the Army, ending March 1953.
In addition to his catching career he managed
baseball teams: Milwaukee Brewers (1972-75), Seattle
Mariners (1983-84), Albuquerque Dukes, and San
Bernardino Stampede (1995-97). He was a sports
announcer with the Chicago White Sox 1985-88 and the
- Craven, Charles E. - Experimental test
pilot for the Boeing airplane Company's Wichita
Division. Craven was a fighter pilot in the
Pacific during World War II and served for two years
as a pilot on the USS Princeton during the
Korean War. He logged more than 4,000 hours'
flying time in his flying career. Prior to
working for Boeing he was an engineering test pilot
for Douglas Aircraft Company. Charles Craven
was born in Big Spring, Texas. He was killed
March 29, 157 in the crash of an experimental B-52
near Skiatook, Oklahoma.
- Crews, Harry Eugene - American novelist
and author of books, essays, and numerous other
literary works. Born June 7, 1935 in Bacon
County, Georgia, Crews' brother was already fighting
in Korea when Harry decided to join the Marine Corps
in 1953. He received his boot camp training at
Parris Island. On the subject of joining the
USMC, he wrote, "Being good, southern, ignorant
country boys, we did the good, southern, ignorant
country thing: we volunteered as quickly as
possible, anxious as we were to go and spill our
blood in the good, southern, ignorant country way."
He attained the rank of Sergeant and became a
skilled boxer and reader while serving in the Corps.
After three years in the Marines he was discharged
in 1956 and enrolled at the University of Florida on
the GI Bill, receiving a Master's Degree. He
later became a University of Florida English faculty
member, retiring in 1997. His first novel,
The Gospel Singer, was published in 1968,
followed by 13 more novels--not all of which are
available in the USA.
- Curcio, John B. "Jack" - Chief Executive
Officer and President of Mack Trucks 1983-1989;
chairman of board of Mack Trucks 1985-1989. Born in
Hazelton, Pennsylvania in 1934, Curcio served in the
United States Marine Corps during the Korean War
from 1951 to 1953 with the 5th Marines and in the U.S. Naval Reserves
from 1954 through 1959. He began his career in the
automotive industry in 1954. He is a member of
the Marine Corps Staff and Command College
Foundation, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute,
American Legion, Korean War Veterans Association, a
life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine
Corps League, Marine Corps First Division
Association, and Naval War College Foundation. Curcio was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to
the National Commission for the Korean War Veterans
Memorial in Washington, D.C., and was national
chairman of the Korean War International Memorial in
San Pedro, California. He is a founding member of
the board and former vice president of the Parris
Island Museum and Historical Society at the USMC
Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
- Curless, Richard William "Dick" -
American country music singer. Born March 17,
1932 in Ft. Fairfield, Maine, Dick Curless was
easily identified by the patch that he wore over his
right eye. He hosted a radio show in Ware,
Massachusetts in 1948, touring with a local band,
the Trail Blazers. He was drafted in
the US Army in 1951, serving in the Korean War
1952-54. He was first a truck driver, but
landed an assignment with the Armed Services Radio
Network as a radio host with the stage name, "Rice
Paddy Ranger." Following his tour of duty in
Korea he returned to the field of country music.
In 1965 he recorded one of his biggest hits, "A
Tombstone Every Mile". He toured with the
Buck Owens All American Show from 1966 to 1968.
He had 22 national charted singles, more than 38
albums, and more than 70 single records. Dick
Curless died on May 25, 1995.
- Daily, William Edward "Bill" - Born August 30, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa, this
comedian and dramatic actor is best known for his role as Capt. Roger Healey on the I Dream
of Jeannie television sitcom. He was also associated with the Mike Douglas Show, Bob
Newhart, and Steve Allen's Tonight show. Prior to his acting career, he was drafted
into the Army during the Korean War, sent to Special Services School, shipped overseas, and
had hopes of being an entertainer for the troops in Japan as a bass player. Instead he
ended up in an artillery unit near the front lines. He was later transferred to an
entertainment unit while the war was still going on.
- Dempsey, Jack - boxer who held the
heavyweight title from 1917-1926.
Dempsey joined the New York State National Guard and
then the Coast Guard Reserve. He was called to
active duty in 1942 and was on an attack transport
for the invasion of Okinawa. Because he did
not receive his honorable discharge until 1952, he
has Korean War veteran status.
- Diamond, Tony - Longtime USO performer and founder of BRAVO, a nonprofit group
serving veterans, Tony Diamond was born Frank Anthony Pacelli in Paterson, New Jersey.
Diamond, a combat veteran, served in the Army during the Korean War (1951-1954), using his
talents as a comedian to entertain soldiers. He served in the 29th Infantry Regiment.
After the war, he adopted the stage name of Tony Diamond and performed on the comedy circuit
and on Broadway. During the Vietnam War he volunteered as an entertainer for the USO to
entertain GIs on the front lines, in hospitals, and aboard Navy ships in the South China
Sea. In 1970, after four tours with the USO in Vietnam, he was booed offstage back at home
when he referred in his routine to his USO work. He threw a picnic in a park for veterans,
which led a year later to his co-founding BRAVO--Brotherhood Rally of All Veterans
Organization--with the late actor Tom Tully. Based in Calabasas, where Diamond lived, BRAVO
organized events to help veterans, including the National Veterans Unity Conference in Los
Angeles attended by 300 representatives of grass-roots veterans groups in 1987, and a tour
of a half-scale reproduction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Tony Diamond served as
Executive Director of BRAVO from 1971-1999. He died at his home on August 01, 1999
from cancer. He was survived by his wife Barbara.
- Dillman, Bradford - Actor and writer who was born April 14, 1930 in San
A Yale literature and drama graduate, he enlisted in
the USNR in 1948, was selected for OCS at Parris Island.
As a Marine 2nd Lieutenant he was
assigned to teach communication skills to Marine veterans rather than being sent to Korea in
1951. He finished out the remainder of his time in the Corps (1951-53) at Camp DelMar,
California. Dillman starred in television mini-movies and guest spots on popular
- Donahue, James Keefe - President & CEO of Industrial Shows of America and producer of the International Auto Show & Chesapeake Bay Boat Show.
Donahue was also a professional minor league baseball umpire when he was recalled to the Korean War in 1951. He was serving in Company F, 23rd Infantry
Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division when he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action.
- Drake, Solomon Louis "Solly" - major
league outfielder. Born October 23, 1930 in
Little Rock, Arkansas, Solly began his baseball
career in 1948 playing for the Elmwood Giants in the
Mandrake League. He signed with the Chicago
Cubs in 1951, served two years in the military
1952-53, and then debuted in the major league with
the Chicago Cubs in 1956. He and his brother
Sammy were the first African-American brothers to
play in the majors. He retired from baseball
- Duvall, Robert Selden - Born January 05, 1931 in San Diego, California,
actor/director Robert Duvall is known for starring roles in The Twilight Zone, To
Kill a Mockingbird, The Godfather, True Grit, Lonesome Dove, and
more. From August 19, 1953 to August 20, 1954, he served in the U.S. Army stateside.
While stationed at Camp Gordon, he acted in an amateur production of the comedy, "Room
Service." He was discharged from the Army with the rank of Pfc. Later he
starred as Maj. Frank Burns in the satirical movie, M*A*S*H. He never saw
- Eastwood, Clint - Actor. Drafted in 1950 during the Korean War. Sent to Ft. Ord, California. Remained there until discharged
in 1953. He was a swimming instructor at Ord. While on leave in 1951, the Navy AD3RE Skyraider he was in crashed in the ocean near Point Reyes.
He and the pilot swam three miles to shore.
- Edson, John Orin - American businessman, craftsman,
and billionaire. He attended the University of Washington but left college to join the Army,
where he served three years in the Signal Corps.
He worked in the Alaska Communications System,
spending his last year of duty in Seattle.
Edson made his fortune by starting a company that
sold affordable plywood motor boats. In 1955
Edson founded the Bayliner Marine Corporation.
He sold the company to the Brunswick Corporation in
1986 for a reported $425 million.
- Engen, Donald Davenport - Director of the
National Air and Space Museum and former chief of
the Federal Aviation Administration. Born May
24, 1924 in Pomona, California, he enlisted as a
seaman 2nd class in a Navy training program after
the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By 1943 he was
based on the carrier USS Lexington and took part in
the liberation of the Philippines. After the
war he was in the naval reserve and was a test
pilot. During the Korean War he was an officer
on board the USS Valley Forge and took part in the
first aerial strike over Pyongyang. He later
served in the Vietnam War, but didn't see combat
there. Donald Engen was killed instantly in a
glider accident in Nevada on July 12, 1999.
- Esposito, Bill - sports information director at St. Johns 1961-84. Born September l9, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York, Esposito died September
9, 1995 on Long Island. He was a noted authority and lecturer on jazz music as well as his sports knowledge. He received a Bronze Star for gallantry
during the Korean War.
- Farley, Thomas John - director of food
service division of Milwaukee Public Schools for
many years, Farley died March 10, 2006. After
World War II he was a company commander during the
Occupation of Japan. He served in the US Army
during the Korean War, where he was severely
wounded. He received a Purple Heart and Silver
- Feeney, Joseph Gerald "Joe" - Irish tenor on the Lawrence
Welk Show 1957-1982. Born August 15, 1931, in
Grand Island, Nebraska, Feeney served in the Army
during the Korean War. He won an armed forces
talent contest held in several camps that ultimately
landed him an appearance on the Arlene Francis Show.
He also soloed at numerous command performances and
for the Special Services Branch. After being
discharged from the service, Joe returned to the
University of Nebraska and finished his education.
He was signed to the Lawrence Welk Show in 1957.
During his musical career he sang for five U.S.
Presidents and Pope Paul VI. He also sang in
Carnegie Hall three times. He died April 15,
2008 in Carlsdad, California.
- Fehrenbach, Theodore Reed "T.R." Jr.-
Historian, writer and columnist, author of a 20
non-fiction books including US Marines in Action
(1962), This Kind of War, A Study in
Unpreparedness (1963) and his most famous book
Lone Star: A History of Texas & the Texans
(1968). He was the head of the Texas Historical
Commission 1987-1991, wrote opinion columns for
Esquire, Saturday Evening Post and The
New Republic and was recognized as a leading
authority on the Comanche People about whom he wrote
a book Comanches: the Destruction of a People
(1974). Fehrenbach was drafted into the U.S. Army in
1943 and served until 1946, at which time he joined
the Army Reserve. He was recalled to active
duty in the Korean War in 1952, where he served as a
1st Lieutenant in the 72nd Tank Battalion. He
was promoted to company commander and became a
battalion staff officer and intelligence officer.
He left active duty in May of 1953. He retired
from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in
1964. Born January 12, 1925 in San Benito,
Texas, this great Texan died December 1, 2013 in San
Antonio, Texas. Ironically, Fehrenbach did not
write about his own service in his books on the
Korean War. [Submitted to the KWE by Peter Hill,
- Ferguson, James T. - Minor League baseball player. Cpl., Army. 21 years of age. Died June 17, 1952 at Kumsong, Korea. Was with an ambushed
patrol under heavy fire. Next of kin – Mr. and Mrs. James W. Ferguson, 4860 14th Avenue S.W., Seattle. Twin sister – Mrs. Robert Jovich. Cpl. Ferguson graduated
from West Seattle High School where he had been an outstanding athlete – baseball, basketball and football. He had planned a career of baseball and had
been signed by the New York Giants. He was working his way to that point by playing in the minor leagues. His father was presented with his son’s Silver
Star for extreme gallantry on May 8, 1954.
- Ferguson, Robert Bruce "Bob" - country music singer. Bob Ferguson served as a radioman in the U.S. Army during World War II, testing
equipment in Alaska. After the war he attended Washington State University in Pullman, graduating with a major in radio and television production
in 1954. H was called up as a reserve U.S. marine during the Korean War, serving as a drill instructor and producer of training films at San Diego.
After his military service he became the producer of "The World Outdoors" film series 1956-1961. He became a country music record producer and songwriter.
Among the songs he wrote were, "Wings of a Dove" and "Carroll Country Accident."
- Fisher, Edwin John "Eddie" - Singer, teen
idol, and one of the most successful pop artists in
the early 1950s. Born August 10, 1928 in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eddie Fisher began
singing in high school, dropping out his senior year
to pursue his musical career. He was drafted
in the Army in 1951, was stationed at Ft. Hood, and
spent a year in the military (stateside only) while
the war in Korea was going on. From 1952 to
1953 he was the official vocal soloist for the U.S.
Army Band assigned to Ft. Myer in Washington, DC.
While serving in the Army he made occasional guest
appearances on television as PFC Eddie Fisher.
Fisher returned to the recording studio when he had
furloughs during his two-year hitch, and while in
uniform managed to record ten hits that racked up
sales of seven million records. By the time he was
released from active duty in 1953, he had become one
of the most popular recording artists in the United
States. Among his blockbuster songs of that time
were "Lady of Spain," "Outside of Heaven," and "Wish
You Were Here" in 1952, followed by "I’m Walking
Behind You" and "Oh, My Papa" in 1953. His hits
continued, he acted in movies, and continued to
entertain until his death on September 22, 2010.
He was married five times, with his first three
wives being Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and
- Flaherty, Edmund Joseph "Pat" - Athlete, actor, veteran. Pat Flaherty
served in the military during the Mexican border campaign in 1916 and was a flying officer
for the Signal Corps in World War I. He then played professional baseball in the minor
leagues in Des Moines, San Francisco, Shreveport, Indianapolis, Akron and for other teams.
He played professional football for the Chicago Bears in 1923. After his sports career was
finished he went to New York, where he became very successful with the DeSylva-Brown music
publishing company. There he married Dorothea X. Fugazy, the daughter of a famous boxing
promoter. In 1930 he came to Hollywood to work as a producer for Joseph P. Kennedy at Fox
Films, but the Great Depression resulted in his position being eliminated, and he turned to
acting. In A Day at the Races (1937), he played a plainclothes detective who leads a
group of policemen chasing Groucho Marx. His clipped East Coast accent and gruff demeanor
often caused him to be cast as tough cops, prison guards, foremen, or other types of
authority figures. In addition to his career as a character actor, he was a technical
advisor on baseball pictures; for example, he taught Gary Cooper how to pitch for his role
in The Pride of the Yankees (1942). He was an actor in Mutiny on the Bounty.
In World War II he received a commission in the Marine Corps. He also served in Korea and
was discharged with the rank of major. Pat Flaherty was born March 08, 1897 in
Washington, DC and died December 02, 1970 in New York, New Yorki.
- Ford, Edward Charles "Whitey" - New York Yankees ballplayer 1950, 1953-67. Served in the military during the Korean War 1951-52 at Fort
Monmouth. He enlisted in the Army and was a private in the 501st Signal Service Company. He played on the Fort Monmouth Signaleer baseball team
managed by former Pittsburgh Pirate, Philadelphia Athletics, and Chicago White Sox player, George "Mule" Haas in 1951. The public could attend the
ball games at $1.00 admission price. Due to Whitey Ford's presence in the game, attendance was sometimes 4,000 spectators.
- Ford, Glenn - actor. Served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II (1943-45) and joined the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1958.
During the Korean War he visited troops in Korea, although he wasn't a member of the military at that time.
- Frederick, Robert - Inducted into the Umpire Hall of Fame after serving 50 years
as an umpire for the Metropolitan Baseball Umpires Association in the DC area, Robert
Frederick was also head of Snelling and Snelling in Bethesda, Maryland for many years.
In addition to his umpire career, he was well-known for his humanitarian efforts.
Those included serving in the Peace Corps and as a CASA volunteer. as well as serving as an
advocate for victims of sexual assault. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean
War and was a sergeant in the 8th Cavalry Regiment. He pitched for the Army team in
Japan. See his full obituary on the
Korean War Educator's Death Notices.
- Fremming, Ken - minor league pitcher.
Signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1947 and won 32
games 1948-49 before being drafted into the Army at
Buffalo, New York on March 26, 1951. Retired
in 1954 and spent the next 37 years in the dairy and
- French, Lawrence Robert "Larry" - stellar baseball player. Larry was born November 1, 1907 in Visalia, California and died February 9,
1987 in San Diego. His baseball career included: Pittsburg (1929-34), Chicago Cubs (1935-41), and the Brooklyn Dodgers (1942). After the end
of the Dodger's season, he joined the Navy and was stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard until his discharge. He returned to active duty in the Navy
during the Korean War (1950-53), remained in the reserves, and retired as a captain in 1970.
- Frenzel, Bill - Minnesota U.S.
Representative. This Republican served four
terms in the Minnesota House before serving ten
terms in Congress from Minnesota's 3rd Congressional
district 1971-1991. He served in the U.S.
Naval Reserve from 1951-54. Frenzel
died in November 2014.
- Fuller, Robert - actor who started in
1960s TV westerns "Laramie" and "Wagon Train"
(starring as Cooper Smith). Born Buddy Lee
Simpson on July 29, 1933 in Troy, New York, he was
drafted into the Army at age 19 and served as a
Sergeant First Class in the US Army's 24th Infantry
Division in Korea.
- Galella, Ron - famous US paparazzi. Born in Bronx in 1931, he trained as a ground and air photographer while serving in the military (1950-53).
After release from active duty he returned to New York and became a freelance photographer, shooting candid pictures of famous people. His works were
purchased by fan magazines, the National Enquirer, etc.
- Garner, James - Actor. Born James Scott Baumgarner on April 7, 1928. He is particularly known for his role in the
and Maverick, among other films and television series. He served in the National Guard for seven months and then joined the Regular Army for
14 months. He served with A Company of the 5th RCT in Korea, receiving the Purple Heart for injuries to his face and hand from shrapnel from a mortar round.
He was wounded a second time (this time in the buttocks while diving into a foxhole to get away from friendly fire from US jets on April 23, 1951).
According to the June/July 2013 issue of VFW
Magazine, Garner "served as a rifleman with A
Co., 5th RCT, 24th Inf. Div., and received two
Purple Hearts. The first incident was only a couple
of days after arriving in Korea when Garner was hit
with enemy mortar shrapnel during a patrol. Garner
also was involved in the First Spring Offensive in
1951. 'We were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of
incoming fire as wave after wave of infantry slammed
our position,' Garner wrote in his 2011 memoir The Garner Files. 'Without thinking, I
shouldered my rifle and started ripping away. Before
we knew it, we had only 30 men left out of 130, and
we were surrounded.' After several hours of
trading fire with the enemy, allied air support
swooped in and dropped phosphorous bombs. Garner
believed they were saved until the planes
misidentified them as enemies and continued
strafing. He leapt over a cliff with a South Korean
soldier. While suffering from a gunshot wound to his
upper leg, phosphorous burns and a dislocated
shoulder, Garner eventually reached a group of
Americans. He was transferred to Japan in August to
recover and served nine months with a Postal unit
there. Garner was discharged in June 1952, receiving
a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) and Purple Heart.
'I was not a hero,' Garner wrote. 'If there were any
heroes, they were the guys who never came back from
Korea, or the ones who were wounded, captured, or
risked their lives to save their buddies.'"
James Garner died July 19, 2014 in his home in Los
Angeles, CA. He was survived by his wife, the
former Lois Clarke; daughter Greta "Gigi"; and
- George, Christopher — Actor with a
starring role in the Rat Patrol television
series 1966-68. Born February 25, 1931, died
November 28, 1983. George enlisted in the Marine
Corps on October 13, 1948, at age 17. He lied about
his age on his recruitment form by giving his year
of birth as 1929, which then stuck with him for most
of his adult life. George attributed his enlistment
to being inspired by John Wayne, saying, "You know,
he caused the enlistment of hundreds of kids in the
Marines and I was one of them."
George attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit
Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and graduated
with a meritorious promotion to Private First Class
on December 31, 1948. Christopher George's first
duty station was Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps
Air Station Quantico, Virginia. In April 1950, he
transferred to Aircraft Engineering Squadron 12
(AES-12), also located at Quantico. AES-12
maintained the aircraft for school pilots and also
used them as a demonstration squadron for members of
the United States Congress, demonstrating new
rockets and bombs.[ While assigned to AES-12, George
rose to the rank of sergeant. He had forced landings
in airplanes while he was in the Marines, and while
Christopher George was stationed at Quantico, was
very sick, lying in the hospital with "a 110-degree
fever." While stationed at Quantico, Christopher
George was a passenger in an aircraft flown by one
of AES-12's officers. The weather was clear and
sunny that day when both of the engines "conked out"
at approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above the
Carolinas. Both pilots worked to get the engines
restarted, dipping to an altitude of about 1,000
feet (300 m) before they succeeded. Another time, an
aircraft caught fire; he had to bail out, in the
first parachute jump of his life. During the Korean
War, Christopher George skippered a Marine Corps
crash boat, and served as gunner aboard the type of
rescue aircraft used to fly wounded out of Korea.
George completed a three-year enlistment with the
Marines and stayed for an additional fourth year of
service before asking for an honorable discharge and
returning home to Miami. He left active service on
August 29, 1952. After that, as a sergeant in the
Marine Corps Reserves, he joined Marine Fighter
Squadron 142 (VMF-142) of the Marine Air Reserve
Training Command, Marine Corps Air Station Miami,
Florida. He also served in the 4th Supply Company,
in Stockton, California. Finally, he reverted to
inactive reserve status where he was assigned to
Headquarters, 6th MCR&RD, Atlanta, Georgia, until
completing his enlisted service and receiving a
discharge on September 3, 1956.
- Glenn, Col. John Herschel - Astronaut
(first to orbit the earth in 1962). Born July
18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, Glenn enlisted as a
U.S. Navy aviation cadet in March 1942. he was
reassigned to the Marine Corps in 1943 and became a
fighter pilot. He flew 59 combat missions in
the South Pacific. During the Korean War he
flew 63 combat missions in an F9F Panther jet,
flying some of that time with Ted
Williams of Red Sox baseball fame, who was Glenn's
wingman. During his
second Korean combat tour he flew 27 missions in an
F086F Sabre jet, shooting down three MiG -5s in the
closing weeks of the Korean War. He was a test
pilot from 1954 to 1959. He received a
Distinguished Flying Cross in July 1957. He
retired as a Marine Corps Colonel in 1965.
After the Marine Corps he became an executive with
Royal Crown Cola and a U.S. Senator (D) from Ohio for four terms starting in 1974.
He died of cancer in December 2016.
- Glica, Leonard G. - Minor League ballplayer. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com]. Leonard G. “Len” Glica was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 8, 1928. He played baseball at South High School in Omaha and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers
organization following graduation in 1947. The right-handed hitting shortstop-second baseman was assigned to the Abilene Blue Sox of the Class C West Texas-New Mexico League where he batted .252
his rookie year with eight home runs. In September, after the regular season had finished and he was back home in Omaha, Glica was recruited to play for
the Omaha Pros against the Satchel Paige All-Stars at American legion Field in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Pros beat Paige’s All-Stars, 4-3, in 12 innings.
Glica, playing second base, was 1-for-5 against Paige and Larry Napoleon. Back with the Blue Sox in 1948, Glica spent spring training at Vero Beach, Florida, under the watchful eyes of such Brooklyn tutors as Fresco Thompson,
Andy High, George Sisler and Pepper Martin. He batted .259 with 81 RBIs during the season and proved to be a fan favourite for his all-out style of play. Glica was advanced to the Newport News Dodgers of the Class B Piedmont League in 1949. After playing 10 games and batting .258, he joined the Lancaster
Red Roses of the Class B Interstate League, batting .261 in 126 games with six home runs. He remained with the Red Roses in 1950 and batted .253 with a
career-high 10 home runs. On July 9 he had led Lancaster’s hit parade against the Hagerstown Braves with successive home runs in the third and fifth innings and a double in the sixth for his three for five, as the Red Roses walloped the Braves, 17-3. "If I can't make the majors or high minors I would like to play out my string in pro baseball with Abilene," he confided to his friends in Omaha. "They
play good ball down there and treat the players like heroes." But Glica never had the opportunity to return to Abilene. He entered military service on November 30, 1950. Serving as a private with the 21st Infantry
Regiment, 24th Infantry Division in Korea, he was killed in action on May 26, 1951 at Sanghongjong-ni, just four days after arriving in the war zone. "Of the players whom I had the pleasure of associating with during my three years with the Abilene club,” Howard L. Green, former GM of the Blue Sox told
the Abilene Reporter News after hearing of Glica’s death, “Len Glica and Joe Konitzki stand out as all-time favorites, not because of their playing talents
altogether, but because of their character and devotion to the game of baseball. Both of them joined us during the 1947 season when the club was hopelessly
out of the race but they hustled every inning as if a World Series were at stake. It was spirit like that which enabled us to average 1,200 [spectators
per game] during the last three weeks of the season with nothing more to lure the customers than the promise of a ball game. "Many of us thought they were headed for the majors. Joe may make it yet. He is now on the NDS list of the Minneapolis club in the American Association,
having been drafted from the Dodger organization by the Giants [Konitzki peaked with 7 games for Minneapolis in 1950]. "If Len Glica isn't the first professional ball player killed in the Korean fighting, he is one of the first [he was, in fact, the second]. I think that
the least that the Abilene club and their legion of wonderful supporters could do would be to set aside a night to the memory of Len Glica and to erect
a memorial in the Abilene park in tribute to one of the finest competitors that ever represented Abilene in any sport. His life has ended far ahead of schedule,
not through any fault of his, but the game of baseball will go on because of fellows like him who are called upon to fight so that we at home may continue
to play.” Len Glica is buried at Saint Johns Cemetery in Bellevue, Nebraska. Sources: Council Bluffs Iowa Nonpareil Sept 21, 1947; Council Bluffs Iowa Nonpareil Sept 27, 1947; Lubbock Morning Avalanche April 20, 1948; Hagerstown Evening Journal July 5, 1948; Abilene Reporter News Sept 12, 1948; Hagerstown Daily Mail July 10, 1950; Abilene Reporter News July 17, 1951; Abilene Reporter News July 27, 1951;
- Gordy, Berry Jr. - The founder of Motown record label, Berry Gordy
was drafted into the US Army in 1951, ordered to report to Ft. Custer (Michigan), and served
overseas during the Korean War. He received his GED while in the Army. He was
discharged in 1954. Prior to being drafted he was a featherweight boxing champion from
1948 to 1950. He was born November 28, 1929, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Motown Records promoted
such hit singers as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson
Five, and many more.
- Grable, Col. John - The 1939-40 Chief Illiniwek at the University of Illinois in
Champaign-Urbana, Colonel Grable was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th
Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan,
and he was killed. Colonel Grable was born October 25, 1918, son of John and Sylvia
Hill Grable. He was survived by his wife Helene and two daughters. He is buried in Rhine Cemetery, Tison, Illinois.
- Graham, Bill - Rock concert promoter and actor from the 1960s until his death in
a helicopter crash in 1991, Bill Graham was born on January 8, 1931 in Berlin. His
birth name was Wulf Wolodia Grajonca. During the Nazi regime, his family fled Germany.
Wulf was separated from his parents, and as a Jewish orphan was ne of the "One Thousand
Children" (OTC) to escape the Nazi Holocaust. He was sent to a foster home in the
Bronx and changed his name to Bill Graham. He was drafted into the Army in 1951 and
served as a Forward Observer with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. He received a
Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After his military service he became a concert
promoter of such greats as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, the
Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Doobie Brothers, and many more.
- Green, Michael J. - Founding
publisher of the National Catholic Reporter.
Green graduated from the University of Notre Dame in
Indiana prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army in
January 1951. He was assigned to be a reporter
for Stars & Stripes, covering stories about
the 7th Infantry Division. He was discharged
in October 1952 and had a civilian journalism
career. He died December 30, 2012.
- Griffin, Lt. Col Julius Benjamin (Ben) - Mississippi State Orange Bowl football champ 1941. Served in USMC in World War II. Also
served in Korea. His plane was shot down in Korea in August 1952 while he served with VMA121 in Korea. He received a Purple Heart and a Distinguished
Flying Cross. After Korea he served in the Florida House of Representatives in the mid-1960s. His obituary appears on the Death Notices - G
page of the Korean War Educator.
- Griffin, William Edmund III (W.E.B. Griffin)
- American novelist. W.E.B. Griffin was born
November 10, 1929. He joined the U.S. Army in
1946 and had an MOS of counter-intelligence.
He served in the Constabulary in Germany at that
time. He was attending Philipps-Universitat
Marburg when he was recalled to military service
during the Korean War. He became an official
Army war correspondent and then a public information
officer for U.S. X Corps. He received a Combat
Infantryman's Badge for service on the front line.
After the Korean War he worked as Chief of the
Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal
Aviation Test and Support Activity at Ft. Rucker,
Alabama. He became a successful novelist,
writing over 38 novels under his own name and
publishing under 13 different pseudonyms. He
authored several of the MASH sequel novels
and numerous military-related novels.
"Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York
City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United
States Army in 1946. After basic training, he
received counterintelligence training at Fort
Holabird, Maryland. He was assigned to the Army of
Occupation in Germany, and ultimately to the staff
of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the
In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for
the Korean War, interrupting his education at
Phillips University, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany.
In Korea he earned the Combat Infantry Badge as a
combat correspondent and later served as acting X
Corps (Group) information officer under Lieutenant
General White. On his release from active duty in
1953, Mr. Griffin was appointed Chief of the
Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal
Aviation Test & Support Activity at Fort Rucker,
Mr. Griffin is a member of the Special Operations
Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the
American Legion, the Army Aviation Association, the
Armor Association, and the Office of Strategic
Services (OSS) Society. He was the 1991 recipient of
the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial
Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps
Combat Correspondents Association, and the August
1999 recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars News
Media Award, presented at the 100th National
Convention in Kansas City.
He has been vested into the Order of St. George of
the U.S. Armor Association, and the Order of St.
Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and
been awarded Honorary Doctoral degrees by Norwich
University, the nation’s first and oldest private
military college, and by Troy State University
(Ala.). He was the graduation dinner speaker for the
class of 1988 at the U.S. Military Academy at West
Point. He has been awarded honorary membership in
the Special Forces Association, the Marine Corps
Combat Correspondents Association, the Marine
Raiders Association, and the U.S. Army Otter &
Caribou Association. In January 2003, he was made a
life member of the Police Chiefs Association of
Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and
the State of Delaware.
He is the co-founder, with historian Colonel Carlo
D’Este, of the William E. Colby Seminar on
Intelligence, Military, and Diplomatic Affairs." -
[Source: W.E.G. Griffin Official Website]
- Griffith, Peter Atwill - Born October 23, 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland, Peter
Griffith was an American advertising executive and former child actor on Broadway. He
was the father of actresses Melanie Griffith and Tracy Griffith. He served in the U.S.
Army during the Korean War. Peter Griffith died May 14, 2001 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- Groat, Richard Morrow "Dick" - major
league baseball shortstop. Born November 4,
1930 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Dick Morrow was a
standout in two sports--baseball and basketball.
He played in the NBA prior to being drafted into the
Army. (He was a two time All American at Duke
University in basketball.) He played with the
Ft. Wayne Pistons 1952-53, Pittsburg Pirates
(1952-62), St. Louis Cardinals (1i963-65),
Philadelphia Phillies (1966-67) and San Francisco
Giants (1967). He entered the US Army to begin
a two-year stint in February 1953, missing two
seasons of baseball with the Pirates. He was
stationed stateside at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia with
the Army Engineers. He played on the base
baseball and basketball teams, leading both of them
to worldwide Army championships. He also tried
out and made the base football team as punter and
place-kicker but chose not to play defensive back
for fear of injury. After discharge he
concentrated on baseball. He was inducted into
the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and was
later inducted into the College Baseball Hall of
- Haddix, Harvey Jr. - left-handed major
league pitcher. Born September 18, 1925 in
Medway, Ohio, Harvey Haddix died January 8, 1994.
He served in the Army 1951-52, playing on the 39th
Infantry Regiment baseball team at Ft. Dix. He
was a pitcher for the following teams: St. Louis
Cardinals (1952-56), Philadelphia Phillies
(1956-57), Cincinnati Redlegs (1958), Pittsburgh
Pirates (1959-63), and Baltimore Orioles (1964-65).
- Hagman, Larry Martin - Actor most famous for his leading roles on the television series, "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Dallas."
Born September 21, 1931 in Ft. Worth, Texas, he died November 23, 2012 in Dallas, TX. In 1952 Hagman enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and remained
on duty until 1956. He was stationed in London during most of his service time, entertaining U.S. military troops who were in Europe during the Korean
- Hale, James Pierce - drummer with the Anita O'Day Trio and for the Lawrence Welk
Show. He was born on December 5, 1928, and gave 32 years of service in the School of
Music, University of Florida as Professor of Percussion and Assistant Chair until his
retirement in 1989. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was
originally with the 6th Division Band and was an Instructor of Percussion in the Band
Training Unit in Fort Ord, California and then with the 89th Army Band in Fort Sill,
Oklahoma until his discharge.
- Haller, William Edward "Bill" -
Major League Umpire. William Edward Haller (born
February 28, 1935 in Joliet, Illinois) is a retired
Major League Baseball umpire. Following service in
post-war Korea in 1954-55 with the 24ID, Haller officiated 3,068
regular season games in the American League from
1961 and from 1963–1982. He also worked 15 American
League Championship Series games in four series
(1970, 1973, 1976 and 1980), 27 World Series
contests in four different years (1968, 1972, 1978
and 1982) and four All-Star games (1963, 1970, 1975
Career highlights (per Wikipedia): In 1980, Haller
was wearing a microphone as part of a documentary on
umpires. After Haller called a balk on Baltimore
pitcher Mike Flanagan, the microphone captured an
animated tirade directed from Earl Weaver to Haller.
Haller was the home plate umpire when Carl
Yastrzemski had his 3000th major league hit on
September 12, 1979. Haller wore uniform number
1 from 1980 through 1982 after the American League
adopted uniform numbers. He retired after the 1982
World Series. He was the last umpire to wear the
balloon-style chest protector in a Fall Classic
game, calling balls and strikes for Game 2 between
the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. Bill
Haller is the older brother of former Major League
catcher Tom Haller. He is a member of VFW Post
9770 in Brownstown.
- Hancock, Joy Bright - Naval officer whose
signal achievement was her role in the passage of
the Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948
which established permanent status for women in all
branches of the armed services. Born May 4,
1896 in Wildwood, New Jersey, she enlisted in the
Navy in 1918. Her military career spanned
three wars. Hancock was commissioned as a
lieutenant in the WAVES (Women Accepted for
Volunteer Emergency Services) in October of 1942.
At the beginning of the Korean War she supervised
the call-up of the Women's Naval Service. Her
retirement was mandatory in 1953. The
following year she married long-time friend Vice
Admiral Ralph Ofstie, who died in 1956.
Hancock published her memoir, Lady in the Navy
in 1972. She died August 20, 1986.
- Hardin, Ty - Born Orison Whipple
Hungerford Jr. on January 01, 1930 in New York, New
York, Hardin was most known for his starring role as
Bronco Layne in the television series Bronco,
which aired from 1958 to 1962. After his film
career ended he became the leader of a right-wing
radical group called The Arizona Patriots. Ty
attended OCS at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey after
joining the Army He attended flight school in
San Marcos, Texas, learning to fly light L-19
aircraft known as the "Birddog". After
becoming a 1st Lieutenant, he served three years
overseas during the Korean War with occupation
forces in Germany. He died in August of 2017.
- Harrington, Daniel Patrick Jr. - Born in New York, New York on August 13, 1929,
Pat Harrington graduated from Fordham University and then served as an Intelligence Officer
with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He acquired the rank of 1st
Lieutenant. After his military service he starred on television shows with Steve
Allen, Jack Paar, Danny Thomas, Bing Crosby, Dennis Weaver, and others. He was
well-known for his role as "The Inspector" and as building superintendent Dwayne Schneider
in the television sitcom One Day at a Time from 1975 to 1984.
- Havens, Bob - Big band and jazz musician
(trombone) on the Lawrence Welk Show 1960-1982.
Born May 3, 1930 in Quincy, Illinois, Havens served
as a bandsman in the Illinois National Guard during
the Korean War. After the war he played in
bands with Al Hurt, Benny Goodman, and others.
- Haynes, Samuel Lloyd - Actor. Haynes served in the Marines from 1952–1964
and during the Korean War. He was a public-affairs officer for the Naval reserve with the
rank of Commander. Following his military career, Haynes studied acting at the Film
Industries Workshop and Actors West in Los Angeles. His film career included roles in
Madigan (1968), Ice Station Zebra (1968), Assault on the Wayne (1971), Look What's Happened
to Rosemary's Baby (1976), The Greatest (1977) and Good Guys Wear Black (1978). Haynes also
appeared in a number of television series, such as Batman, the second Star Trek pilot
episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and the miniseries 79 Park Avenue. Haynes was
dropped from Star Trek because series producer Gene Roddenberry preferred actress Nichelle
Nichols over him. Haynes received the most recognition for his role as schoolteacher Pete
Dixon in the ABC situation comedy series Room 222, with Michael Constantine and Karen
Valentine. Haynes and Valentine were both nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for
their roles. He was born September 19, 1934 in South Bend, Indiana, and died of lung
cancer on December 31, 1986 in Coronado, California.
- Hazlewood, Barton Lee - Country western
singer, songwriter and record producer. Born
July 0, 1929 in Mannford, Oklahoma, Lee Hazlewood
was drafted in the Korean War. While in the
army he served with Armed Services Radio stations in
Japan and Korea. After military service he
went on to write million-seller music hits for
singers such as Nancy Sinatra (These Boots Are
Made for Walkin'), Frank Sinatra (This Town),
and Dean Martin (Houston). He died on
August 4, 2007 in Henderson, Nevada.
- Hearst, George R. Jr. - Chairman of the
Board of Hearst Corporation, President of the Hearst
Foundation and a Director of the William Randolph
Hearst Foundation. Born in San Francisco on
July 13, 1927 to George R. Hearst Sr. and Blanche
Wilbur Hearst. He served ten years in the
military, enlisting in the Naval Air Corps during
World War II. He then served in the Army in
the Korean War as a combat helicopter pilot.
He joined the staff of the Los Angeles Examiner
in 1948 and in 1958 he was vice president of Hearst
Publishing Company. He became publisher of
both the Los Angeles Herald-Express and Los Angeles Examiner in 1960, and publisher of
the Los Angeles-Herald Examiner in 1965.
- Henderson, Frank E. "Rudy" - South Dakota state senator (1965-66 & 1969-70) and associate justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court (1979-1994).
Officer in the Army in Korea. Served in Korea 1951-53. Earned a Bronze Star. Born 1928. Died December 28, 2012 at the age of 84.
- Herbert, Anthony Bernard - Controversial
author. Born April 17, 1930 in Herminie,
Pennsylvania, Herbert enlisted in the Army in 1947
to become a paratrooper. He was discharged
from the peacetime army in 1948 but re-enlisted in
February 1950 to become a paratrooper in the 82nd
Airborne Division. He was deployed to Korea in
October 1950, where he earned four Silver Stars,
three Bronze Stars, and four Purple Hearts. He
was wounded in Korea multiple times. General
Matthew Ridgway chose Herbert to return to the US
and travel across the country promoting the war.
He was discharged in 1952 to pursue a college
education at the University of Pittsburgh. In
1956 he reenlisted as an Army 2nd Lieutenant in the
Pennsylvania National Guard. He was deployed
to Vietnam in 1968 where he earned another Silver
star and two more Bronze Stars, among other
decorations. He retired from the Army in
February 1972. He authored the controversial
book Soldier about his Vietnam experiences,
claiming he witnessed atrocities there. These
claims became subject of a CBS 60 Minutes
segment that resulted in Herbert filing an
unsuccessful liable suit against the program
commentators. Lieutenant Colonel Herbert later
became a police and clinical psychologist. He
authored more books, including Making of a
Soldier and Military Manual of Self Defense,
- Herriott, John Milton - Animal trainer and inductee into the International Circus Hall of Fame. His career began in 1937 at the age of
6 in a family act for Barney Bros. Circus. As a teen and adult he trained elephants, horses, camels, llamas and zebras for the circus. A Korean
War veteran, he was a celebrity at the John and Mable Ringling Museum and a performance director for Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus.
- Herzog, Dorrel Norman Elvert "Whitey" - Major league baseball player and manager
who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. Born November 09, 1931 in the
German town of New Athens, Illinois, Whitey Herzog served eight years as a major league
baseball player and 19 years managing major leagues. He was in military service in
Korea in 1953-54. Before Korea he was on an Army baseball team. He returned to
baseball by 1956.
- Heyman, Ira Michael - CEO of The
Smithsonian Institute and former UC Berkeley
Chancellor. Born May 30, 1930 in New York
City, Heyman was an editor of Yale Law Journal.
He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1951 and then
served as as 1st Lieutenant in the Korean War.
He remained as a captain in the reserves 1953 to
1958. Heyman died November 19, 2011.
- Hildemann, William H. - immunogeneticist.
William Hildemann, an internationally known
authority on the comparative genetics of the immune
system, was a professor of microbiology and
immunology at UCLA Medical School in Los Angeles.
His immunological work helped lead the way to heart
and kidney transplants. Bill Hildemann was born in
Los Angeles in 1927. Amyotropic lateral sclerosis
("Lou Gehrig's disease") claimed his life of on
September 8, 1983 after two years of severe illness.
He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 1st Marine
Division in Korea.
- Hill, George Roy - Director,
Oscar-nomination for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid, as well as win for directing The Sting. Born
December 20, 1921, Hill died December 27, 2002.
During World War II, Hill served in the Marine
Corps as a cargo pilot in the South Pacific. The
outbreak of the Korean War resulted in his recall to
active duty service for 18 months as night fighter
pilot, emerging with the rank of major. He was
stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry
Point jet flight training center in North Carolina.
- Hilton, Eric M. - Member of Board of
Directors of Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (1971 to
present) and former vice chairman of the Hilton
Hotels Corporation. He began his career with
Hilton Hotels in 1949. He attended Texas
Western College for two years and had just been
accepted to Cornell Hotel School when he was
drafted. He served as a radar specialist in
the Korean War.
- Holland, John Rufus "Top" - Co-founder of the Rolling Thunder Rally in
Washington, D.C. John Rufus Holland was born March 01, 1927 in Lawrenceburg,
Indiana, son of Emery and Nora Mae Loomis Holland. He died July 19, 2010 and is buried in
Forest Hill Cemetery, Moores Hill, Indiana. He married Anne E. (née Lane) Holland on
December 26, 1947. She predeceased him on February 5, 1995. He retired from the United
States Military having served with the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. (He
lied about his age to join the United States Marine Corps.) He served in the United States
Army from 1947 to 1970, with two tours of duty in Vietnam from 15 June 1968 to 2 December
1968 and from 25 June 1969 to 17 April 1970 and retired at the rank of Sergeant Major (E-9).
He served with the 3rd Marine Division during World War II; the 187th Regiment Team in Korea
and served four times in Vietnam with the Special Forces and was an original Green Beret. He
received the Task Force Omega award in 2004 for outstanding support and dedication to
POW/MIA efforts. In 2008, he received the Vietnam Veteran-of-the-Year and was recognized by
the Indiana House of Representatives for his dedication to the United States of America. He
was recognized at the Aurora Firecracker Festival for having written a law enacted by
Congress for the humane treatment of POWs. Among his many medals received were the Combat
Infantry Medal with Star, the Marine Corps Action Ribbon, and the Master Jump Wings with two
Gold Stars. In retirement, he was an advocate of MIA and POW groups and was one of the four
founders of the Rolling Thunder organization. He is survived by six sons and
daughters-in-law, John and Cindy Holland, of Henryville, Indiana, Patrick and Charlene
Holland, of Moores Hill, Steve and Lisa Holland, of Jacksonville, Florida, Rob Holland, of
Burlington, Kentucky, Chris and Cindy Holland, of Clarksville, Indiana, and Eric Holland, of
Texas; ; a daughter, Megan Holland, of Madison, Indiana; his brother, Robert Holland, of
Pennsylvania; his sister, Luella Brooker, of Lawrenceburg; 15 grandchildren, and one
- Holleder, Don - American college football star. He was heavily recruited by a
number of top college football teams, including West Point's offensive coach Vince Lombardi.
He elected to enroll at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The New York
Giants selected Holleder in the 1956 NFL Draft college draft, but Holleder was not
interested in a professional football career. After graduating West Point, he continued to
serve in the Army.
Over the next ten years he rose to the rank of Major, serving posts in Korea and Germany,
and briefly returning to West Point as an instructor and assistant football coach. In 1967,
Holleder requested to be sent to Vietnam, where he became the Operations Officer for 2nd
Battalion 28th Infantry of the 1st Infantry Division. He was killed in the Battle of Ong
Thanh on October 17, 1967 while attempting to rescue a group of his fellow soldiers who had
been ambushed. Holleder battled sniper fire to land his helicopter in a clearing. While he
was leading the evacuation, he was struck by enemy fire and killed. He was posthumously
awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. [Source: Website "www.iservedtoo.com"]
- Hornberger, H. Richard (a/k/a Richard Hooker) - Surgeon and
novelist. Born February 1, 1924, Richard
Hornberger graduated from Bowdoin College in
Brunswick, Maine, and then received a medical
doctor's degree from Cornell Medical School.
He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War
and served as a surgeon in the 8055th MASH unit in
Korea. After Korea he served as a surgeon in a
VA hospital before setting up medical practice in
Waterville, Maine as a thoracic surgeon. He
remained in that practice until he retired in 1988.
In 1968, under the pen name Richard Hooker,
Hornberger wrote MASH: A Novel About Three Army
Doctors. This was followed by several
sequels. MASH was adapted into a motion
picture entitled, "M*A*S*H", and was further
adapted to a popular television series.
Hornberger died at the age of 73 of leukemia on
November 4, 1997 in Portland, Maine. It should
be noted that several sequels in the MASH
series were actually written by ghost writer William
- Horrigan, Edward A. Jr. - Recipient of
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
award, Horrigan is a corporation executive who came
from humble beginnings in New York. After
graduating from the University of Connecticut with a
U.S. Army commission, he became commander of a rifle
company in Korea. He was a 1st Lieutenant and
Field Communications Chief with the 2nd Infantry
Division's Headquarters 2nd Battalion when he was
seriously wounded by a missile in Korea on September
21, 1952. He spent six months recovering in a
hospital and received a medical discharge. He
is the recipient of a Silver Star. According
to the Horatio Alger Association, Horrigan,
"believes his time as an officer in combat helped
him develop the leadership skills that made him a
success in business." After Korea he began
selling soap for Proctor & Gamble and eventually
moved on to executive positions at the Ebonite
Company, Thomas J. Lipton, Inc., the Buckingham
Corporation, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
International. He became vice chairman of the
board of RJR Nabisco in 1985 and held that position
until he retired in 1989.
- Howard, Elston - Yankees/Red Sox
ballplayer. Born February 23, 1929, Howard
began his baseball career in 1946, debuting in the
Tandy League. He signed with the Kansas City
Monarchs, playing left field and filling in at first
base. He was sold to the New York Yankees in
1950 but was later drafted into the Army and sent
overseas to play baseball in Special Services in
Japan in 1953. He returned to the New York
Yankees after discharge. He was sold to the
Red Sox in 1967. He was the first black
American to win the American League's Most Valuable
Player award and the first black coach of an
American League team. He died in December 1980
at the age of 51.
- Hrasch, John A. - Minor League baseball player, shortstop. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com] College Baseball All-America John Hrasch had just started his professional career when military service beckoned. Tragedy was just around the next corner. John Arthur Hrasch, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hrasch, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 22, 1928. He attended Ohio University at Athens,
where he played baseball between 1948 and 1950. A slick fielding, right-handed hitting shortstop, Hrasch batted .399 his senior year (.403 over three seasons
with the Bobcats, which remains second best), and was the first Bobcat to be named to the College Baseball All-America team as voted by the American Baseball
Coaches Association. It was the Pirates who scooped up the big league prospect; Farm Secretary Fred Hering proudly making the announcement that the young infielder had been
signed by scout Bill Hinchman in June 1950. On June 16, Hrasch reported to the Charleston Rebels of the Class A South Atlantic League, managed by
former major leaguer Rip Sewell. However, he was quickly reassigned to the New Orleans Pelicans of the Class AA Southern Association, where he played 73
games and batted .221. In 1951, Hrasch was back with the Pelicans, reunited with manager Rip Sewell who replaced Bill Burwell as the club’s skipper. Yet again, it was to be a
brief encounter as Hrasch received orders to report for military duty on May 4. In 13 games, the 22-year-old was batting .319. Private Hrasch was
initially assigned to Fort Meade, where he regularly played baseball during the summer months. The following year he was assigned to the Medical Replacement
Center at Camp Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia. On August 18, 1952, Private John Hrasch and Second Lieutenant Ronald J. Hickey (a former basketball player at Boston University) were travelling in a car
that was involved in a head-on collision with a truck near Ladysmith, Virginia. Both Hrasch (who had just received orders to report to Alaska) and Hickey
were killed instantly. Floyd L. Plummer, the driver of the truck, was taken to Fredericksburg Hospital with injuries. John Hrasch was buried at Highland
Park Cemetery in Cleveland on August 23, 1952. He was 23 years old.
Sources: Zanesville Signal - March 30, 1950
Madison Capital Times – April 14, 1950
Lebanon Daily News – June 15, 1950
Altoona Mirror – June 17, 1950
Gulfport and Biloxi Daily Herald – March 28, 1951
Athens Messenger – April 14, 1952
Athens Messenger – May 21, 1952
Brooklyn Eagle – August 19, 1952
Sandusky Register-Star-News – August 20, 1952
Hamilton Journal – August 20, 1952
Boston College Magazine – Winter 2002
Ohio University Baseball Media Guide - 2012
- Hudgens, James B. - Minor League baseball player. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com. Jim Hudgens cut short a promising career in baseball to serve his country for three years, only to lose his life in a tragic accident. James Robert Hudgens was born on January 4, 1929 in Tucson, Arizona. In 1946 and 1947, as well as playing football, Hudgens played the outfield for Coach
Hank Slagle’s Tucson High School Badgers team. After playing freshman baseball at the University of Arizona in 1948, Hudgens was signed by the Wellsville
Nitros of the Class D PONY League. He was quickly optioned to the Mahanoy City Bluebirds of the Class D North Atlantic League and then to the Carbondale
Pioneers of the same league. The left-handed hitting outfielder played 35 games with the Pioneers and batted .235. In 1948, the 19-year-old played for the pennant-winning Oroville Red Sox of the Class D Far West League and batted .290 in 113 games, including 13 triples.
Despite the beginnings of a promising career in professional baseball, Hudgens – back home in Tucson – visited the local recruiting office in November 1948
and enlisted in the Navy for three years. With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, Seaman Hudgens served aboard the USS St. Paul (CA-73), a Baltimore-class cruiser. On April 21, 1952, while
firing on enemy installations at the Kojo area off the east coast of North Korea, there was an explosion in the forward 8-inch gun turret. Thirty men were
killed, including James Hudgens. The explosion occurred in the turret's left gun, which was loaded but had the breech open. The gun captain thought the
weapon had fired and told the gun's rammerman to ram another projectile into the gun's breech, causing it to blow up. James Hudgens, who was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal, is buried at Evergreen Memorial Park in Tucson.
Tucson Daily Citizen – October 5, 1946
Tucson Daily Citizen – October 24, 1946
Tucson Daily Citizen – November 5, 1946
Tucson Daily Citizen – January 22, 1947
Bradford Era – March 4, 1947
Tucson Daily Citizen – March 21, 1947
Bradford Era – May 6, 1947
Oakland Tribune – June 3, 1948
Tucson Daily Citizen – November 10, 1948
Tucson Daily Citizen – April 25, 1952
Long Beach Press-Telegram – April 25, 1952
San Mateo Times – April 25, 1952
Charleston Gazette – December 6, 1952
- Humble, Weldon - NFL (Dallas Texans and then Cleveland Browns). Military Career: Humble has an interesting parallel in his career in that
he played college football before and after military service and had his pro career repeat the same pattern. Humble’s playing days at Rice sandwiched a
tour of duty with the Marine Corps in World War II. He was a rifle platoon leader in the 2nd Marine Division at Saipan and the invasion of Okinawa. His
actions in battle earned him a first lieutenant commission and a Bronze Star. He then entered the NFL with the Dallas Texans in 1950. The Marines recalled
Humble in 1951, during the Korean War, to be an instructor at the Marine Officer School in Quantico, VA. When he completed his instructing duties, Humble
returned to the NFL, this time with the Cleveland Browns.
- Ilitch, Mike - Founder of Little Caesar's
Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers. In 2015
he donated land and a $ 35 million endowment to
build the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne
State University. Born July 20, 1929, he played baseball
in Detroit before joining the Marine Corps during
the Korean War. According to Iltch, "My
experiences as a Marine really helped me become more
focused and organized, and helped me to set some
goals for my future," Ilitch said while describing
his Veteran Franchise program. "These
characteristics are a good fit for business in
general, and for Little Caesars in particular."
En route to Korea the ship stopped in Hawaii and
Iltch was pulled from the ranks, "by a three-star
general who was a big jock. He took me off the ship
so I could play for a (military) baseball team in
Pearl Harbor. I finished my service there." He
served in the Marine Corps from 1948 to 1952.
In addition to his time at Pearl Harbor, he was
stationed at Quantico and Parris Island. Mike
Ilitch died on February 10, 2017.
- Imel, Lawrence Jack - Singer, dancer,
musician on Lawrence Welk Show. Born June 9,
1932 in Portland, Indiana, Jack Imel began tap
dancing at age four. He joined the Navy during
the Korean War and spent six months at the Navy
School of Music. Toward the end of his tour of
duty he was stationed in San Diego. After
discharge he joined the Lawrence Welk Show in 1957,
playing marimba. Beginning in the 1970s he
paired with Mary Lou Metzger in speciality song and
dance routines. He also was known for wearing
animal costumes alongside dancer Bobby Burgess
during the Welk Show and was an accomplished drummer
in the Welk band, "Hotsie Tottsy Boys."
- Jacobs, Andrew Jr. - Andrew Jacobs was born on February 24, 1932 in Indianapolis
and died there on December 28, 2013. A lawyer, Indiana State legislator and
Congressman, Jacobs served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1973 and 1975
to 1997. He served in combat in Korea with the 1st Marine Division and was a disabled
- Jaharis, Michael Jr. - co-founder of Kos
Pharmaceuticals Inc. Jaharis graduated from
Carroll University in 1950. During his
subsequent military service in the Korean War years,
he acquired an interest in medicine. He was
assigned to a Medical Corps unit in Zell am See,
Austria, where he helped run the unit's medical and
pharmaceutical supply management. He and his partner
acquired Key Pharmaceuticals, a tiny producer of
cough and cold remedies, in 1972. Following a
$836 million merger with Schering-Ploughe, Jaharis
then co-founded the Kos Pharmaceuticals Inc. company
in 1988. The company developed drugs to treat
chronic cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
In 2006 Kos was sold to Abbott Labs for $4.2
billion. Jaharis died in February 2016.
- James, Sonny - American country music singer and songwriter best known for his
1957 hit, Young Love. Dubbed the Southern Gentleman, James had 72 country and pop chart hits
from 1953 to 1983, in cluding a five-year streak of 16 straight among his 23 No. 1 one hits.
Twenty-one of his albums reached the country top ten from 1964 to 1976. He is a member of
the Country Music Hall of Fame. His national Guard unit was activated to participate in the
Korean War, one of the first U.S. groups to respond to that conflict. On September 9, 1950
his Alabama Army National Guard unit was sent to Korea, returning home in the fall of 1951.
He was honorably discharged and moved to Nashville. [Source:
www.iservedtoo.com] Sonny James was born James Hugh
"Sonny Boy" Loden on May 01, 1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama. He died February 22, 2016 in
- Jankowski, Raymond H. - Minor League baseball player. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com] An Illinois State League all-star in 1948, Jankowski had only been in military service for seven months when tragedy struck. Raymond Henry Jankowski was born in Locust Township, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1929. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 1948, pitching
for the West Frankfort Cardinals of the Class D Illinois State League. The 5-foot-8, left-hander finished the season with a superb 15-2 won-loss record
and a 2.52 ERA in 23 appearances. He hurled a 2-0, one-hitter against the Mattoon Indians on August 28 and was an Illinois State League all-star selection. Jankowski was with the St. Joseph Cardinals of the Class C Western Association at the start of 1949. Despite hurling a 9-0, two-hitter over Leavenworth
in the season opener, the 20-year-old spent the majority of the season with the Hamilton Cardinals of the Class D PONY League, posting a 13-7 record in
23 appearances with a 4.70 ERA. In 1950, Jankowski was assigned to the Columbus Cardinals of the Class A Sally League. However, an arm operation kept him on the disabled list for the entire
season. In 1951, he was signed by the Pocatello Cardinals of the Class C Pioneer League but military service called before the season began. Stationed with the Army at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Private Jankowski had only been in the army seven months when he was tragically killed in an accident.
On November 2, 1951, he was run over by a bulldozer and died of his injuries several hours later.
Mount Vernon Register-News – July 7, 1948
Mount Vernon Register-News – July 19, 1948
Mount Vernon Register-News – August 28, 1948
Mount Vernon Register-News – August 30, 1948
Joplin Globe – April 24, 1949
Ada Evening News – April 27, 1949
Miami (OK) Daily News-Record – April 29, 1949
Dunkirk Evening Observer – September 13, 1949
Idaho Sunday Journal – October 15, 1950
Ogden Standard-Examiner – October 16, 1950
Idaho State Journal – January 14, 1951
Idaho State Journal – February 20, 1951
Berkshire Evening Eagle – November 6, 1951
Hagerstown Morning Herald – November 6, 1951
Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates - http://genealogy.az.gov
- Janssen, David - actor. Famous for his starring role as Dr. Richard Kimble in "The Fugitive" (2963-67). Served two years in the Army
(6/52/-6/54) at Ft. Ord, California in Special Services. He took basic training in Company K, 20th Regiment at Ft. Ord. Was MC of the program,
"Operation Goodwill" while in Special Services. Honorably discharged with rank of Corporal. Born 3/27/1931. Died 2/13/1980.
- Jenkins, Harold Lloyd (a/k/a Conway Twitty) - Country western superstar who also sang blues and gospel. Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September
1, 1933 in Mississippi, Conway Twitty died June 5, 1993. He wanted to become a professional baseball player and was offered a contract with the Philadelphia
Phillies, but Harold was drafted into the Army for the Korean War and served in Japan. While in the Far East Command, he became a member of the Fuji
Mountain Boys band representing his army base in the 1954 All-Army Talent Competition. Other band members were Johnny Eubanks, Gene Jones, and Craig
Reemes. After the band won the competition, they changed the name of the band to the Cimarrons. The Cimarrons were voted the "Best Instrumental
Group" of the Far East Command. The band began playing for military service clubs in Japan and it was joined by Nick Cristiano on the drums and trumpet.
Conway Twitty's recording of Mabelline on his 1994 CD, "The Conway Twitty Collection" was recorded in 1956 while he was aboard ship en route
from Japan to San Francisco. When Harold returned to the States he still had an open offer to join the Phillies, but chose a musical career instead.
Harold Jenkins changed his name to Conway Twitty in 1957.
- Jenkins, Lew - Lew Jenkins was Lightweight Boxing Champion of the World in 1940 and 1941. He knocked out Lou Ambers in May 1940 to win the title.
Lew learned boxing in the old peacetime Army in the 1930s. He took his discharge in the late 30s and turned pro fighting first in Texas and later in New
York, winning the title in 1940. In World War II Lew served in the US Coast Guard, insisting on seeing combat. He operated a Landing Craft in all
of the landings in Europe and later took the British troops on landings in the Pacific. He served in the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in
the Korean War and received the Silver Star in the fighting on "Bloody Ridge." Lew was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota,
New York in 1999. Lew retired from the Army in 1969. Art Lajeunesse of Latham, New York wrote to the KWE: "I had the pleasure of meeting Lew at a Platoon
Sergeants School in our 2nd Infantry rear in February 1952. Lew Jenkins was from Sweetwater, Texas and one of the best fighters and soldiers I ever knew.
He died back in the 1980s and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Military Career: Former Lightweight Champion Jenkins, after losing his title in December 1941, found a bigger calling than boxing during World War II. He
enlisted in the Coast Guard and was involved in troop deployments in Sicily, Salerno, North Africa, and the Normandy Invasion. During World War II, he received
a good conduct medal for teaching fellow soldiers how to box and keeping morale high. After World War II, Jenkins reenlisted in the Army in 1948.
Unsatisfied with the lack of combat experience, he reenlisted again at the outbreak of the Korean War, this time signing up for the infantry. While in Korea,
Jenkins was awarded the Silver Star and other medals.
Jenkin’s actions in combat that garnered the Silver Star: The 38th Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division started with 200 men, but it quickly was reduced
to 68. Jenkins took control and formed what was left of the regiment into a platoon. He led his men to a jungle creek bottom behind Chinese lines, where
the platoon held off the Chinese for ten days, allowing men from two other companies to escape the engagement. Major General Robert N. Young on Jenkin’s
actions: “I have brought back with me from Korea one of the bravest and finest soldiers I have yet to have under my command. He was very popular with all
the men up and down the line. He is First Sergeant Lew Jenkins.” Jenkin’s Army career ended in 1963 with a tour of duty in Germany.
- Johnson, Samuel Robert - U.S.
Representative to Congress from 3rd District of
Texas, as well as served seven years in the Texas
State legislature, elected in 1984. Born
October 11, 1930, Representative Johnson (R) flew 62
missions in Korea in F-86s. During a combat
mission in Vietnam, his plane was shot down and he
was a POW in Hanoi from April 1966 to February 1973.
He retired from the US Air Force in 1979 with the
rank of Colonel after 29 years in the Air Force.
among his military decorations are two Silver Stars,
two Legions of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross,
Bronze Star with V, two Purple Hearts, four Air
Medals, and three outstanding unit awards.
- Jones, Dean - actor. Born January
25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama, Jones joined the U.S.
Navy Air Corps and served four years during the
Korean War era. He was stationed in San Diego,
California, where he entertained the men at the base
with variety shows and performed on the local
television show, "Liberty Calls." Famous for
several leading roles in Disney movies from 1965 to
1977, he founded the Christian Rescue Committee in
1998 to help aid individuals around the world who
are persecuted for their faith.
- Jones, George Glenn - greatest honky tonk performer ever! Country western singer George Jones was born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga,
Texas. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1950. He remained stateside throughout the Korean War, stationed at San Jose, California.
On Saturday nights he was hired by local music entrepreneur Cottonseed Clark at $25 for each performance to sing in bars near the base
(Moffett Field Naval Air Station). After discharge
from the USMC in 1953, his music career took off and during his lifetime he achieved the following: 60 studio albums, 2 live albums, 6 compilations,
140 singles, 18 music videos, and 14 No. 1 Hit songs. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.
- Jones, James Earl - actor. End of summer 1953 he got orders to Ft. Benning, Georgia, to attend Basic Infantry Officers School. His
regiment was established as a cold weather training unit at Old Camp Hale near Leadville, Colorado. He never saw live action in Korea. He was
discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. During college he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps and became a cadet on the Pershing Rifles Drill Team.
- Jones, Roger D. - founder of Fireline
Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, a company that produces
industrial ceramics that are used to create turbine
engines. The company is a leading supplier for
the aerospace and other industries. Jones
received a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic
Engineering in 1951 from Alfred University in New
York. From 1951 to 1953 he served in the
U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was awarded
the Bronze Star.
- Kasem, Kemal Amin "Casey" - Best known
for hosting Top 40 radio countdown shows, as well as
the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo
(1969-2009), Casey Kasem was born April 27,
1932 in Detroit, Michigan. He was drafted into
the U.S. Army in 1952, serving as DJ and announcer
at the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network in Korea in
1952. He died Jun 15, 2014 in Gig Harbor,
- Kaye, Darwood "Waldo" - actor.
Born in 1929 and died 2002, Kaye starred in 21 "Our Gang" movies as Waldo. He enlisted in the US Army, spending one and a half years
in the service, mostly in Korea. He became a pastor later in life. He was killed by a hit and run driver while walking on a sidewalk in Riverside,
- Kellner, Walter Joseph - pitcher in major
leagues. Born April 26, 1929 in Tucson,
Arizona, Walt Kellner died June 19, 2006 in Tucson.
He served in the US Army 1951-52. He made his
MLB debut on September 6, 1952 for the
Philadelphia Athletics.. His last MLB
appearance was September 11, 1953 for the
Philadelphia Athletics. He played several
years in the minors until 1958.
- Kelly, Brian - television actor who
played the dad, "Porter Ricks" in the TV series
Flipper in the 1960s. He served in the
United States Marine Corps 1950-53, beginning his
acting career after discharge from military service.
- Kennedy, Edward Moore "Teddy" - 2nd longest serving US Senator. Born 2/22/1932 in Massachusetts, he died 8/25/2009. Teddy Kennedy
graduated from Milton Academy Prep School in 1950. He joined the US Army in 1951 and trained for the Military Police Corps at Camp Gordon. In
1952 he was assigned as an honor guard in Europe. He was discharged from the Army in 1953 as a PFC.
- Kerrigan, Evans Edward - Ed Kerrigan was involved in veterans' advocacy at the
state and national level. He was the author of several books on military history and
medals, and was former editor of the Purple Heart Association magazine. Born November
30, 1932 in Brooklyn, he died November 20, 2014 in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. An E-2-5
Marine in Korea, he received three Purple Hearts and the Navy Cross for action in the Korean
War. His obituary is located on the
- Kevorkian, Jacob "Jack" - Infamous
physician who assisted in patient suicides.
Born Jacob Kevorkian on May 26, 1928 in Pontiac,
Michigan, he graduated with a medical degree from
the University of Michigan in 1952. He
served 15 months as an Army medical officer in
Korea, finishing his military service in Colorado.
He began a crusade for assisted suicide in 1986.
In 1999 he was convicted of second degree murder and
the illegal delivery of a controlled substance
following the assisted suicide of Thomas Youk, who
suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was
sentenced to 25 years in prison, but was released on
good behavior in 2007. He died June 03, 2011
in Royal Oak, Michigan.
- King, Nelson Joseph "Nellie" - pitcher
for major league. Born March 15, 1928 in
Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and died August 11, 2010 in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. King was originally
signed to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946 but was
traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the 1948
season. He was drafted into the Army the first
month of the Korean War and began basic training at
Ft. Dix, New Jersey September 28, 1950. He
began leadership training to become an infantry
rifle squad leader and as cadre served on the
Browning Automatic Committee headed by Lt.
Constantine Thomas (World War II and Korean War
veteran). When the Battalion Commander of the
60th Infantry Regiment discovered that King could
type 70 words a minute, he made King a clerk typist
at Battalion Headquarters for his two-year stint in
the Army. King played baseball on the 60th
Infantry Regiment baseball team until he was
discharged from the Army on September 28, 1952.
- Koehler, Walter T. - Minor League baseball pitcher. Born in 1928 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, PFC Koehler was serving in the US Army's 15th
Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division as an
aidman with the Medical Company, when he was killed in action in Korea on July 28, 1952.
He received the Silver Star posthumously.
Koehler pitched against Mickey Mantle in
- Lane, Dick "Night Train" - one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history. Was a Lieutenant Colonel in World War II and Korea (US Army).
- Larsen, Don - minor and major league
baseball pitcher. Before serving in the army
1951-52, Larsen was a minor league player.
After playing baseball for an army team in Hawaii,
he was added to the St. Louis Brown's roster in
1953. He was a pitcher for the New York
Yankees, winning two World Series titles. He
pitched a perfect game in vvc Game 5 of the 1956
World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- Lawrence, Dick - Radio producer, director
and announcer for radio stations WBEZ, WAAS, and
WIND, he was also host of the popular Dick Lawrence
Revue on WNIB and WNIZ Radio Stations in Zion,
Illinois. He also wrote for many popular radio
personalities, including Arthur Godfrey, Danny
Thomas, Arlene Francis and Groucho Marx.
During the Korean War he worked on film and
broadcast productions for the Army Department of
Public Information. In the 1960s he won the
Westinghouse Broadcasting Company Award for
outstanding achievement for a syndicated feature for
the National Safety Council. He died on March
- Lazar, John - Minor League baseball pitcher. Born December 11, 1929 in Kewanee, Illinois, Corporal Lazar was serving in the US Army's 35th
Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division when he was killed by a sniper in Korea on September 7, 1951. He is buried in South Pleasant View Cemetery,
Henry County, Illinois.
- LeBaron, Eddie - quarterback for Washington Red Skins (1952-59) & the Dallas Cowboys in Texas.
Born January 07, 1930, he was also a football announcer for CBS
after the end of his football career. He was a 1st Lieutenant in 1-7 Marines, Korea. He was wounded twice and was the recipient of a Bronze
Star. He was on Hill 673 in Korea.
"Quarterback Eddie LeBaron, who stood just 5'7", was
often referred to as the "Littlest General." The
citation, however, was as much in praise of his
leadership skills and military record as it was
about his stature. LeBaron, a college football
sensation at the University of Pacific, accepted a
commission in the U.S. Marine Corps in August of
1950, and spent nine months in Korea, seven of which
were on the front line, where he was twice wounded.
In a hard-fought battle at Korea's Heartbreak Ridge,
LeBaron, left cover under heavy fire to contact the
forward observation post of a mortar platoon, in
sight of the enemy. After an assaulting rifle
platoon in his area lost its commander, he took
charge and resumed the attack. For his heroic
efforts, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
The NFL's Rookie of the Year in 1952, LeBaron led
the league in passing in 1958 and was a four-time
Pro Bowl selection during his 11-year career with
the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. He later
served as the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons
(1977-1982) and the team's executive vice
president/chief operating officer (1982-1985)."
Source: Pro-Football Hall of Fame website:
- Lema, Anthony David ("Champagne Tony") -
golfer with 12 PG tour victories. Lema was
born February 25, 1934 in Oakland, California, son
of Anthony Harry and Clotilda (Cleo) Lema.
Lema enlisted in the US Marine Corps at the age of
17 in 1952. He served four years in the USMC,
with duty as an artilleryman in Korea as the war
ended. He spent most of his 11 months overseas
playing golf in Japan. He was discharged from
active duty in 1955. Lema was in the Marine Reserves
from 1956-1958. He married his wife Betty
Cline on April 28, 1963. The next year he won
the British Open. On July 24, 1966, while en
route to a one-day golf tournament in Crete,
Illinois, the twin-engine Beechcraft Bonanza he was
riding in crash landed at Lansing, Illinois.
Lema, his wife Betty, the pilot, and a passenger
were all killed. Lema is buried in Holy
Sepulchre Cemetery, Heyward, California.
- Leneve, Edward Conrad - Minor League baseball player. Born October 25, 1929 in Richmond, California, PFC Leneve was serving with 1/7 Marines
when he was killed in action in Korea on December 2, 1950 at the Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir. He played baseball in the California league in 1948
for the Stockton Ports and the Visalia Cubs. His grave marker is in Arlington National Cemetery.
- Leonard, Jack C. - Minor League baseball player. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com]. Jack C. Leonard was born on November
25, 1930 in Chattanooga, TN, where he attended Central High School. A star pitcher in the Chattanooga Times Twilight League, Leonard signed with the Chattanooga
Lookouts of the Class AA Southern Association in 1949, making just a few brief appearances. In 1950, he joined the Fulton Railroaders of the Class D Kitty
League and posted an impressive 11-4 won-loss record in 26 appearances. A promising start wasn’t given the opportunity to progress as military service intervened with the progression of the Korean War. Serving with the United
States Air Force, Airman Second Class Leonard was at Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile, Alabama, when he met Miss Evelyn Richardson. They married on July
7, 1952 at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Not long afterwards, Jack Leonard was diagnosed with leukemia which claimed his life at the Maxwell Air Force Base Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, on September
15, 1953. He was just 22 years old. Thanks to Lisa Barganier for her help with this biography.
- Levine, Donald - Creator of Hasbro's G.I.
Joe action figure and the Kenya doll series.
Raised in Forest Hills, Queens, and Great Neck, Long
Island, Levine attended Syracuse University where he
got a degree in business administration. He
was drafted into the Army and participated in the
Inchon Landing in September of 1950 with an army
infantry unit. After discharge he tried
various business adventures before going to work for
Hasbro in 1959. By 1963 Levine was vice
president and director of marketing and development
for Hasbro Toys. G.I. Joe was created by
Levine in 1963 and released to the public in 1964.
G.I. Joe has now netted over $500 billion in
worldwide sales. In an interview with the
700 Club, Levine said, "For almost two years I
served in the Korean War and the word ‘heroes’
became very important to me,” Don said. “Men I
served with insured that I came home safely, and so
I wanted to create a line called ‘GI Joe - A Real
American Hero’ in order to recognize and appreciate
my life, because of those military heroes; and
incidentally are still our Heroes around the world
today!” Donald Levine left Hasbro in 1975 to
form his own successful toy development company.
He developed "Kenya"--one of the best selling dolls
in the world. The doll is particularly
marketed to African-American girls. Levine and
John Michlig co=authored the book, "GI Joe: The
Story Behind the Legend; An illustrated history of
America's greatest fighting man".
- Liddy, George Gordon (G. Gordon) - Public
speaker, author, talk show host, and actor, G.
Gordon Liddy worked for the FBI under J. Edgar
Hoover. Serving President Richard Nixon's
administration, he helped organize and direct the
infamous Watergate burglary of the Democratic
National Committee Headquarters in 1972. The
scandal resulted in the resignation of President
Nixon. Born November 30, 1930 in Brooklyn, New
York, Liddy graduated from Fordham University in
1952 and then enlisted in the United States Army.
He served for two years as an artillery officer
during the Korean War, but remained stateside for
- Linden, Hal - Actor, musician, television director. Hal Linden was born
Harold Lipshitz on March 20, 1931 in New York, New York. Raised in The Bronx, Linden
attended the High School of Music and Art and went on to study music at Queens College, City
University of New York.He later enrolled in Baruch College and then City College of New York
where he received a Bachelor of Arts in business. During his youth, Linden aspired to be a
big band bandleader. Before embarking on a career in music, he decided to change his name
stating, "'Swing and Sway with Harold Lipshitz' just didn't parse." He decided on the name
Hal Linden, after seeing the name on the water tower while passing through Linden, New
Jersey." During the 1950s, he toured with Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood, and other big bands of
the era. Linden played the saxophone and clarinet and also sang. He enlisted in the United
States Army in 1952 where he was sent to Fort Belvoir and played in the United States Army
Band. While in Fort Belvoir, a friend recommended that he see the touring production of Guys
and Dolls playing in Washington, D.C. After seeing the show, Linden decided to become an
actor. He was discharged in 1954. He is well-known for his role as Barney Miller in the
television series Barney Miller.
- Litchfield, John - Dartmouth ski team
star who went on to have a long and influential
career in the sport. Born July 21, 1917 in
Lisbon, Maine, he joined the 10th Mountain Division
and was sent to Italy in 1944 during World War II.
He received a Bronze Star for valor. After the
war he joined Friedl Pfeifer and Percy Rideout as
co-director in the newly-founded Aspen Ski School.
He was also an original director of the Aspen Ski
Company. In 1945 he opened Aspen's famous Red
Onion Restaurant. He later became chief
instructor and executive director of Sun Valley Ski
School. When the Korean War broke out, he was
recalled to active duty and served as an
intelligence officer at the Pentagon.
- Little, Richard Dudley "Big Tiny" Jr.
Ragtime keyboard artist on the Lawrence Welk Show
from 1955 to 1959, Tiny Little was a BARman in the
National Guard before joining the Air Force during
the Korean War. His tour of duty took him to
the Far East. He was born August 31, 1930 in
Worthington, Minnesota and died March 03, 2010 in
Carson City, Nevada. His father was a famous
musician and band leader. After leaving the
Welk Show, he recorded over 45 albums and was a
regular on television music and variety shows.
He performed in USO shows in Vietnam in 1966.
He also performed at Ronald Reagan's presidential
inaugural ball in 1985. In 2004 he began a
tour with other Welk alumni on the Live Lawrence
Welk Show. He was the father of eight
- Loes, William "Billy" - major league
baseball pitcher. Born December 13, 1929,
Billy Loes died July 15, 2010. He spent 11
seasons in major league baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers
(1950, 1952-56), Baltimore Orioles (1956-59) and San
Francisco Giants (1960-61). He missed one
season in 1951 due to military service in the Army.
He was ordered to report for induction on February
16, 1951. Stationed stateside, he received an
early discharge on October 19, 1951 as a hardship
- Lombardo, 1Lt. Thomas Angelo - USMA Class of 1945. From St. Louis, MO. He was the Captain & Quarterback of the undefeated 1944 Army
Football Team. He was KIA while serving as Company Commander of Item Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, on September 24, 1950
during the fighting near Ch'ogye, South Korea.
- Long, Richard - actor. Born December 17, 1927 in Chicago. Died December 21, 1974. Served at Ft. Ord during the Army in the
early 1950s during the Korean War. Special Services. His first film role was in "Tomorrow is Forever" starring Claudette Colbert and Orson Wells.
He then had leading roles in The Big Valley (Jarrod Barkley),
Nanny and the Professor, and Bourbon Street Beat.
- Louvin, Charlie - country music singer. Born July 7, 1927 in Section, Alabama, Charlie's birth name was Charlie Elzer Loudermilk.
He served as an auto mechanic in the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II (1945-late 1946) and was recalled for duty in the Army during the Korean
War in June 1953. He served in Korea for ten months beginning in December 1953 to 1954. He was in the 24th Infantry Division in the Army Post
Office on Koje-do island where prisoners were held. He and Jesse McReynolds, who was also a country western artist serving in the Army on Koje-do,
played in a group called "The Dusty Roads Boys". In the autobiography, "Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers," Charlie provides
details and opinions about his time in the Korean War. After discharge, Charlie and his brother Ira had 11 hit singles between 1956 and 1963.
In 1963 Charlie and his brother Ira wrote and recorded the song, "From Mother's Arms to Korea". Charlie and Ira first performed in 1942 as "The Radio
Twins" (they were not twins). On November 9, 2010, their new 12-track studio record, "The Battles Rage On" (inspired by Charlie's military service)
was released. The record is a tribute to the men and women in service.
The Louvin Brothers also recorded, "Weapon
Through Prayer", a song encouraging a home front
effort through prayer. Charlie and Ira were made members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Charlie died January 26, 2011.
- Luisi, James - actor and professional
basketball player. He was born November 2, 1928 in
East Harlem, New York and died July 7, 2002 in
California. In 1953-54 James was a guard on
the Baltimore Bullets basketball team. During
his acting career James was most known for his role
as policeman Lt. Doug Chapman in the 1970s TV series
Rockford Files and was Chuley Carr in the Sporting Chance
segment of The Rifleman. He served in
the US Army during the Korean War.
- MacAfee, Ken - professional football player. Born August 3, 1929 in North Adams, Massachusetts, MacAfee died July 4, 2007 in Massachusetts.
He became a pass receiver while playing for Marine Corps teams during and right after service in the Korean War. He signed with the Giants while still in
the Marine Corps. In 1959 he played for both Philadelphia and Washington.
- Madison, David Pledger - major league
pitcher. Born February 1, 1921 in Brooksville,
Mississippi, Dave Madison died December 8, 1985 in
Macon, Mississippi. He played with the New
York Yankees (1950), St. Louis Browns (1952) and
Detroit Tigers (1952-53). He debuted with the
Yankees September 26, 1950 but then went to the
Army. According to an article in the St.
Petersburg Times (2/2/1952), he was discharged at a
Lieutenant from Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.
He returned to baseball until his final game on
August 20, 1953.
- Magner, James Jr. - Publisher of twelve
books of poetry, and author of several Korean
War-related poems. Born in 1928 in New York
City, Magner grew up on Long Island and in New
Rochelle, New York. He enlisted in the Army in
1948 and arrived in Korea in 1950. He served
three months as an infantry sergeant with
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment,
3rd Division and was badly wounded by machinegun
fire in North Suwon in February 1951. He was
evacuated to a hospital in Japan and discharged
- Manes, Fred George "Fritz" - Movie
producer who produced more than a dozen films in the
1970s and 80s for Clint Eastwood. Fritz Manes
was born April 22, 1932 in Oakland, California.
He served as a combat Marine for 14 months during
the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart. He
split with Eastwood in in 1986 and formed his own
production company, Sundancer. He also
served on the California Film Commission. He
died September 27, 2011 in Sherman Oaks, California.
- Margoneri, Joseph Emanuel
- professional baseball pitcher with the New
York Giants, as well as prominent in the corrugated
paper products business.
Born January 13, 1930, son of Joe and Mary Poli
Margoneri, he signed with the New York Giants just
before the 1950 season. He was drafted in the
Army in November of 1951 and was stationed at Brooke
Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas with the Army
Medical Corps. He missed the 1952 and 1953
baseball seasons while serving his country. He
pitched for the New York Giants for two years after
being discharged from military service.
- Marowitz, Charles
- Playwright, stage critic, co-director of the
Royal Shakespeare Company in London, founder
of the Open Space Theatre in London, Fand co-founder
(1990) of the Malibu Stage Company. Born
January 26, 1932 in New York City, Marowitz was
drafted to serve in the Korean War. He went to
the United Kingdom under the GI Bill in 1956.
He died in 2014, ending a longtime battle with
- Martin, Alfred Manuel "Billy" (Pesano) Jr.
- 2nd baseman for the Yankees and manager of the
New York Yankees. Born May 16, 1928 in
Berkeley, California, Billy Martin died December 25,
1989 in Johnson City, New York. His first pro
baseball contract was with the Idaho Falls russets
where he played 32 games. He was farmed out to
the Phoenix Senators and then sold in October 1949
to the New York Yankees. He was drafted into
the Army in 1950 and spent five months in the
military in the winter of 1950-51 before being
discharged as a hardship case due to his financial
responsibilities to his wife, sister, mother and
stepfather. During the 1951 season Martin and
a group of major and minor league stars traveled to
Japan for a series of exhibition games. Near
the end of the tour, Martin and fellow ballplayers
Dom DiMaggio, Mel Parnell, Farris Fain and George
Strickland flew to Korea with comedian Johnny Price
to visit the troops. In January 1954 Martin
was reclassified 1-A and was drafted a month later
and sent to Ft. Ord for basic training. Martin
was then sent to Ft. Carson, Colorado where he rose
to the rank of corporal in the 61st Infantry
Regiment. He was player/manager of the post
baseball team and led Ft. Carson's team to a 15-2
record in 1955. Martin also was a member of
the base basketball team. He participated in
the 1955 World Series while on Army furlough.
- Martin, Lecil Travis - A/K/A "Boxcar Willie", this country music artist sang in
"hobo style", earning him a place in the Grand Ole Opry in 1981. He joined the
military in May of 1949 and became a pilot, training on the B-36 bomber. According to the
"In 1952 the Korean war was in full swing, he was a second engineer and at this time was sent for final training
in preparation for the conflict. Flight engineers were needed, he was then re-assigned to
the magnificent B-29 super fortress. He later became a Flight Engineer on KC-97L aircraft in
the 136th ARW in the Texas Air National Guard, including air refueling flights around the
USA and overseas in Germany."
- Matheson, Don - American television actor, best known for his continuing role in
Irwin Allen's series Land of the Giants. In 1965 Matheson appeared in the Lost in Space
episode, The Sky Is Falling in the non-speaking roll of the alien Retho and then in 1968 as
Idak Alpha 12 in the episode Revolt of the Androids. After working in a number of plays,
television episodes and commercials, Matheson was signed to join the cast of the Land of the
Giants. In 1984, he had a regular role in the primetime series Falcon Crest. He also
appeared briefly in another primetime soap, Dynasty. Served in the Korean War. Left high
school at the age of sixteen, and continued his education whilst in service in the Marine
Corps. After some time in the Army Airborne division, he was transfered to the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID). He acted as an agent for the United Nations Command, posted
in Korea. Whilst in Korea, he was awarded the Bronze Star for valorous leadership and a
Purple Heart for injuries suffered in an explosion. His CID work included investigations in
to the use of narcotics amongst Army troops. [Source:
- Mathews, Edwin Lee "Eddie" - Major league baseball player for 17
seasons, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978. Eddie Mathews was
born in Texarkana, Texas on October 13, 1931 and died on February 18, 2001. When the
Korean War broke out he was drafted into the Navy, serving just a few months before receiving a hardship
discharge because he was the sole support of his family due to his father's illness.
He returned to the Braves for the 1951 season.
- Mays, Willie - Player with the New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets. Drafted. Served in the U.S. Army in the
Korean War 1952-54. He reported for duty in
the Army May 29, 1952, was inducted at Camp Kilmer
in New Jersey and then sent to Ft. Eustis, Virginia, where
he spent most of his time in the Army playing baseball.
He missed 266 regular baseball games due to his military
service. At Ft. Eustis he was initially
assigned to the Transportation Replacement Training
Center for eight weeks of basic training. He
then became an instructor in physical training and a
baseball instructor. He never went overseas.
He played baseball for the Ft. Eustis Wheels ball
team, lived off base and also played weekend games
for the semi-pro black team, "Newport News Royals."
He filed for early discharge due to the fact that he
had 12 dependents, but the Army refused to release
him from duty, even when his pregnant mother died in
childbirth while Mays was at Ft. Eustis. Mays
chipped a bone in his left foot while sliding into
third base during a game for Ft. Eustis on July 25,
1953. His foot was in a cast for six weeks and
he was confined to the base hospital. He was
released from military duty in March of 1954.
- McCloskey, Paul "Pete" Norton -
Seven-term Republican Congressman from Northern
California, famed trial lawyer and author, McCloskey
served in the U.S. Marine Corps, receiving a Navy
Cross and the Silver Star in the Korean War while
serving in Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines in
1951. He was twice wounded in combat and
received two Purple Hearts. "Following
Stanford University, he joined the Marine Corps as
an officer and served in the Korean War. While in
the Marine Corps section, McCloskey commanded a
reserve rifle company at San Bruno, California from
1953 to 1960. A recipient of the Navy Cross for
extraordinary heroism, the Silver Star for bravery
in combat and two Purple Hearts, McCloskey was a
platoon leader and company commander. He retired
from the Reserve with a rank of Colonel."
- McCourt, Frank - New York public school
teacher for over 30 years, he later became a
Pulitzer Prize-winning author for his memoir,
Angela's Ashes (11.4 million copies sold).
Born August 1, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, to poor
Irish immigrants, his family returned to Ireland
during the Great Depression. Frank returned to
the United States at age 19 and was drafted into the
U.S. Army in 151. He was sent to Germany,
where he initially trained dogs and then became a
clerk-typist. He attended New York University
on the GI Bill, graduating in 1957.
Angela's Ashes and other literary works by
McCourt were completed after he retired as a public
educator. Frank McCourt died in New York City
on July 19, 2009.
- McEachin, James - born in North Carolina, raised in Hackensack, New Jersey. Enlisted in the Army in 1947, training with the 24th Infantry
Regiment. Discharged. Returned to the Army in 1950. Attached to 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. Wounded in 1952 in the legs and
chest at the Battle of Old Baldy. Movie and television career, appearing in shows
Perry Mason, Matlock, Murder She Wrote,
Hill Street Blues, and Tenafly. Author of four books, including the award-winning
Farewell to the Mockingbirds, a novel about the
largest mistrial in U.S. military history. In 2005, during an interview for the Veteran's History Project, California Congressman David Dreier discovered
Mr. McEachin had no records of his service. Promptly investigating, his office uncovered that Mr. McEachin had earned many medals of valor, including
the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Congressman Dreier awarded the medals to Mr. McEachin in August of 2005. The following October Mr. McEachin accepted the
nomination and was named as a US Army Reserve Ambassador for the 63rd Regional Readiness Command in Los Alamos, California. The position carries the rank
of a two-star general and is held for three years. In August 2007, McEachin was the keynote speaker for the 89th American Legion Convention. He performed VOICES to open the ceremony with a rousing and enthusiastic
standing ovation. May 2005, Mr. McEachin's film
Old Glory in which he wrote, produced, directed, and narrated, won the 2007 GI Film Festival Award
for Best Narrative Film Short. July 2007, MOPH National Commander, Thomas Poulter honored Mr. McEachin with the Commander's Medal, the "most prestigious
and coveted recognition granted by the Military Order of the Purple Heart" for his contributions to veterans and soldiers of the United States Armed Forces.
Mr. McEachin spends his time touring the United States and speaking before veterans, soldiers, and civilians. He performs from the Benjamin Franklin Award-winning
CD VOICES: A Tribute to the American Veteran and in the character of an "old soldier."
According to the June/July 2013 issue of VFW
Magazine, "McEachin enlisted in the Army in
August 1947. He served two years in Japan and was
discharged the day before the outbreak of the Korean
War. He re-enlisted and got his chance to serve on
the front line with 23rd Inf. Regt., 2nd Inf. Div.,
in 1952. His unit was ambushed on Hill 266 (Old
Baldy) on July 17, 1952. McEachin was severely
wounded by enemy shrapnel and left for dead. A
fellow soldier found him and carried him to safety.
For his actions at the Battle of Old Baldy, McEachin
was retroactively awarded the Silver Star and a
Purple Heart, as well as the Combat Infantryman
- McGaa, Ed "Eagle Man" - an author of popular books on Native American spirituality and ecology, and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean
and Vietnam Wars. One of the founders of Democracy Corps, a liberal political research group. Went on 110 combat missions in Vietnam.
- McIntyre, Ward Wharton "Ward" Jr.
Broadcaster in Birmingham, best remembered for
playing Birmingham's "Bozo the Clown" from 1962 to
1968, After that show he remained in radio
broadcasting through the early 1990s, retiring from
WBHM-FM as a writer and producer. After
graduating from high school he went on to graduate
from Birmingham-Southern College (1953) before
joining the US Army as a broadcaster during the
Korean War. He developed and announced a 30-minute
radio show from Fort Dix, New Jersey.
- McKee, William Fulton - Head of the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the
Johnson Administration (1965-1968). Born
October 17, 1906 in Chilhowie, Virginia, General
McKee had a 35-year active duty military career.
A graduate of West Point, he was assigned to
Headquarters, Air Materiel Command as vice commander
on June 10, 1953. He died February 28, 1987 in
San Antonio, Texas.
- McKim, John Samuel "Sammy" - Disney artist and Canadian-born child actor with roles in American movies that featured Hoot Gibson, Ray Corrigan,
Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, and Gene Autry. There were five child actors in his family during the 1920s and 30s. Born 1924 in Canada, Sam and
his brother David tried to enlist in the US Army in 1942 but were turned down because they were not U.S. citizens. Sammy gained citizenship in 1943
and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served a tour of duty in the infantry in the Philippines and then in Japan on occupation duty. After service
he attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, graduating the day before he was drafted in a recall to the Korean War. He received the
Distinguished Service Cross and a Bronze Star in Korea. Sam McKim became an artist for Walt Disney, creating the initial Disneyland Park maps, some
of the original design of Disneyland, including Main Street and Frontierland, and the Haunted Mansion. He died in California in 2004.
- McMahon, Ed - former Tonight Show personality.
He joined the Marine Corps during World War II, and
was assigned to a Marine aircraft carrier unit on
the same day the US dropped an atomic bomb on
Hiroshima. He remained a stateside flight
instructor until discharged from active duty in
February 1946. He was recalled to the USMC during Korean War, arriving in Korea February
1953, flying 85 combat missions in Korea (artillery spotting in a Cessna OE Bird Dog).
He earned six Air Medals. He functioned as an
artillery spotter for Marine batteries and as a
forward air controller for fighter-bombers before
returning to the States two months after the
ceasefire in September 1953. He retired from the Marines as a full colonel.
Serving as Johnny Carson's sidekick during the Tonight Show, Ed McMahon died June 23, 2009.
- McKinney, Bill - American character actor whose most famous role was the sadistic
mountain man who abused and then sodomized Bobby Trippe (Ned Beatty) in the movie
Deliverance (1972). McKinney is also recognizable for his performances in seven Clint
Eastwood films, most notably as Union cavalry commander Captain "Redlegs" Terrill in The
Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). Other memorable films The Shootist (1976), First Blood (1982),
Against All Odds (1984), Heart Like a Wheel (1983), Back to the Future Part III (1990), and
The Green Mile (1999). As well as films, McKinney has appeared in the classic TV movie The
Execution of Private Slovik (1974), while guest-starring on some of the top TV shows,
including The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Starsky and Hutch, The A-Team, Murder, She
Wrote and Columbo. [Source: www.iservedtoo.com]
Served in the Korean War. Joioned at 19. He served two years on a mine sweeper in Korean
waters, as well as being stationed at Port Hueneme in Ventura County, California.
- McReynolds, Jesse - country music artist, half of Jim and Jesse McReynolds of Grand Ole Opry fame. Born July 9, 1929 in Coeburn, Virginia,
Jesse and his brother signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1952. That was the same year Jesse was drafted into the Army. He was a jeep
driver on Koke-do Island, where he drove Red Cross workers out to troops to deliver doughnuts and coffee every day. He also played in a five-piece
band "The Dusty Roads Boys" with another country western artist, Charlie Louvin. He and his brother Jim (a World War II veteran) joined the Grand
Ole Opry in 1964. In 1993 the brothers were inducted in the Blue Grass Hall of Fame.
- Meredith, William - Author of nine
well-known books of poetry. Meredith was born
January 9, 1919 in New York City and served in the
Korean War. He was a 1940 graduate of
Princeton and then flew combat missions in the
Pacific in World War II. He was a Navy aviator
and carrier pilot. After the war he became an
associate professor at the University of Hawaii, but
in 1952 he reenlisted so he could fly missions in
- Merriman, Lloyd - major league baseball
player. Born August 2, 1924 in Clovis,
California, Lloyd enlisted in the United States
Marines in November 1942 under the V-5 Naval Flight
Program. He began active duty in the USMC in
1945 at the Opa-Locka base near Miami, Florida.
He was discharged in December 1945 as a Lieutenant (jg).
He played minor league baseball in 1948 and then
debuted in the major leagues in 1949 with the
Cincinnati Reds. He was recalled to the USMC
in May 1952 and was sent to a Marine base in El
Toro, California to learn how to fly a jet. He
served eight months in Korea beginning in January
1953 in the 1st Marine Air Wing. He flew 87
combat missions in an F9F Panther Jet and was
discharged in September 1953. In 1955 he was
purchased by the Chicago White Sox and played one
game with them before being purchased by the Chicago
Cubs. In 1956 he started his own insurance
business, which he operated for 15 years. He
then began to train, raise and show horses in
- Milk, Harvey - Gay rights activist and politician. Born May 22, 1930 in Woodmere,
New York, Milk was a civil and human rights leader who became one of the first openly gay
elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors in 1977. He graduated from New York State College for Teachers in 1951.
He then enlisted in the US Navy, where he became a Navy diving officer/instructor. He
was discharged in 1955 with the rank of lieutenant junior grade. Milk and San
Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by a disgruntled former city supervisor on
November 27, 1978.
- Miller, Roger Dean - country music
singer. Born in Ft. Worth, Texas, Roger Miller
was drafted during the Korean War and sent to Ft.
McPherson in Atlanta, where he played the fiddle in
a Special Services outfit called the Circle A Wranglers. After discharge he headed to Nashille, where
he worked as a bellhop until he was hired to play fiddle in Minnie Pearl's road band. In 1965-66 he won 11 Grammy awards. Among his most famous
songs were, "Dang Me" and "King of the Road." He died October 25, 1992. He was inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Milner, Martin - actor in 1960s and 70s in "Route 66" and "Adam 12", two of his best known roles. Drafted in the Spring of 1952 for two
years. Served in Special Services at Ft. Ord, California the same time that David Janssen served. Milner directed 20 training films while at
Ord and participated in variety shows and plays to entertain the troops. Milner worked on Dragnet radio series and was in six episodes of the Dragnet
television series between 1952 and 1955.
- Minter, Iverson "Louisiana Red" - renown blues musician. He was initially trained with the 82nd Airborne as a parachutist and he went to
Korea in 1951. The 82nd airborne didn't go there as a complete unit, only some of soldiers were dispatched and became rangers in 2nd, 3rd and 7th Infantry
Divisions. Red said he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division.
Mondale, Walter Frederick - 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977-81) and US Senator from Minnesota 1964-76. Born January 5, 1928
in Ceylon, Minnesota, Mondale graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1951. He didn't have enough money to attend law school so he enlisted
in the US Army. During the Korean War he served two years stateside at Ft. Knox and was discharged with the rank of corporal. Using the GI Bill,
he attended law school and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956.
Moore, Charles Willard - Charles Willard
Moore (1925-1993) - American architect who was
educated at Michigan & Princeton Universities and
who is considered one of the leading post-modernist
architects of the United States. He founded the Yale
Building Project in 1967 and among his most notable
designs were the Beverly Hills Civic Centre, Haas
Business School at California University and the Sea
Ranch, a planned community in Sonoma County,
California. Moore also authored a number of books
and he was Dean of Architecture at Yale University
1965-1970. After his death, the Charles W. Moore
Foundation was established in Austin, Texas as a
living memorial to his life and work. Moore enlisted
in the US Army in 1950 and he became a Lieutenant in
the Army Engineers, serving in Korea where he worked
in Seoul, designing new schools and chapels for
refugee and impoverished South Korean civilians. He
was discharged in 1954.
Morgan, Craig - This country western artist/Grand Ole Opry star served in post-war Korea. Born July 17, 1965 in Kingston Spring, Tennessee,
Craig Morgan Greer (a/k/a Craig Morgan) enlisted in the Army and spent 11 years on active duty and 6 years in the reserves. In South Korea he was
an air assault instructor and trained at the ROK Ranger School. While stationed in Korea he won several awards for singing and song writing.
He also opened a Korean show for the band Sawyer Brown. During his military career he became a 13 Fox Fire Support Specialist serving in the
101st and 82nd Airborne units. In 1989 he participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Among his hit songs are: "I Love It", "Almost
Home", "Redneck Yacht Club," "That's What I Love About Sunday," and "This Ole Boy."
Murtha, John - U.S. Democratic
Representative from Pennsylvania. Born June
17, 1932, he died February 8, 2010. Murtha left
Washington and Jefferson College in 1952 to join the
Marine Corps and was awarded the American Spirit
Honor Medal for displaying outstanding leadership
qualities during training. He became a drill
instructor at Parris Island and was selected for
Officer Candidate School (OCS). He was then assigned
to the Second Marine Division. Murtha left the
Marines in 1955. He remained in the Reserves after
his discharge from active duty until he volunteered
for service in the Vietnam War, serving from 1966 to
1967, serving as a battalion staff officer,
receiving the Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple
Hearts, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He
retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel
in 1990, receiving the Navy Distinguished Service
Needham, Hal Brett - one of the top stuntmen in films in the 1960s, serving as
stunt double for actors such as Richard Boone in Have Gun, Will Travel, Clint Walker,
Burt Reynolds, etc. He was also film director for films such as Smokey and the
Bandit and Cannonball Run. He was born on March 06, 1931 in Memphis,
Tennessee, son of Howard and Edith May Robinson Needham. He dropped out of high school
to join the United States Army, serving as a paratrooper during the Korean War. He
specialized in testing parachutes, and earned extra money by jumping in aerial thrill shows.
In the process, he developed some of the equipment now used by skydivers. Hal Needham
died October 25, 2013 at the age of 82.
Neeman, Calvin Amandus "Cal" - minor and
major league baseball catcher. Born February
18, 1929 in Valmeyer, Illinois, Cal Neeman served in
the Army during the Korean War. He spent about
a year in Korea with the Army's 105th Field
Artillery Battalion, returning in time for the 1953
season. He played four seasons in the minor
leagues until he was drafted on December 3, 1956 to
the Chicago Cubs. He remained with the Cubs
until he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on
May 13, 1960. He played for the Pittsburg Pirates in
1962 and the Cleveland Indians and Washington
Senators in 1963.
Neighbors, Robert O. - Major League baseball player. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com]. Robert O “Bob” Neighbors was born on November 9, 1917 in Talahina, Oklahoma. When he signed with the Siloam Springs Travelers of the Arkansas-Missouri League
in 1936, he had never played baseball – only fast-pitch softball. However, he made the conversion easily and batted .278 in 118 games with 16 home runs
and 86 RBIs. Neighbors produced similar numbers with the Travelers in 1937, and joined Palestine of the East Texas League in 1938, where he hit .301 in 139 games. The
young shortstop played for Springfield of the Three-I League in 1939, and his 14 home runs and 80 RBIs in 119 games earned him a late-season call-up to
the St Louis Browns. The 21-year-old made his major league debut on September 16, 1939, and appeared in seven games, getting two hits in 11 at-bats. Neighbors played for the Toledo Mudhens of the American Association in 1940 and was with San Antonio of the Texas League in 1941. Neighbors married his
wife, Winifred Wilcox, in January 1941, but tragedy struck that summer Winifred hit by a car and killed. Bob was on the road with the team at the time. Neighbors entered military service with the Army Air Force at Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 8, 1942. He served with the 22nd Air Transport Training Detachment
at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he played baseball for the Sheppard Field Mechanics. The Mechanics team was led by Texas A&M star Lieutenant
Marland Jeffrey, and featured Dave Short of the White Sox, Ray Poole of the Athletics, Bill Gray of the Hollywood Stars, Ray Murray, who would play for
the Indians and Athletics after the war, and Pete Hughes of Spokane in the Western International League. Neighbors later served at Maxwell Air Base in Montgomery, Alabama, where he met and later married Katherine Burke. He also served in California at Fairfield-Suisan
Army Air Base and Hamilton Field, where he also had the opportunity to play ball. Bob Neighbors didn’t return to professional baseball after the war. He chose, instead, to remain in military service although he did manage and play for
the Maxwell Air Base team. Major Neighbors saw combat duty during the Korean War as a Douglas B-26B Invader pilot with the 13th Bomb Squadron of the 3rd Bomb Group. On August 8, 1952,
during a night mission, Neighbors and his crew – First-Lieutenant William Holcom and Staff-Sergeant Grady Weeks – reported they had been hit and were bailing
out. There was no further contact and the crew was reported missing in action after failing to return. All hope for Neighbors, Holcom and Weeks was lost
after the fighting in Korea ended on July 27, 1953, and prisoners were repatriated.
- Nelson, Willie Hugh - Singer, songwriter, actor, musician, animal rights
activist. Willie Nelson was born April 30, 1933 in Abbot, Texas. He joined the
Air Force after graduating from high school in 1950. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force
Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was medically discharged nine months into his military
service due to back problems.
- Newcombe, Don "Newk" - player with the Brooklyn Dodgers 1949-51 and 1954-58.
Born July 14, 1926 in Madison, New Jersey, he was
the first African-American pitcher in MLB. "Newcombe
pitched in the Negro Leagues before breaking in with
the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. He led the Dodgers to
the pennant with 17 victories, winning the National
League Rookie of the Year award. And he kept getting
better; he won 19 games in 1950 and 20 games in
1951. Then he was drafted. He missed two seasons,
and when he returned, he went just 9-8 with a 4.55
ERA in 1954. A year later, he helped lead the
Dodgers to their first World Series title, and he
won the NL MVP and NL Cy Young awards in 1956."
[Source: Bob Nightengate, USA Today, July 01,
2013] Newcombe served in the Army Medical
Corps, mostly as part of a special demonstration
unit at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
He tried to join the Army in 1942 but was underage.
He then joined the Navy in 1943, but was
discharged after a month because he was still
underage. Newcombe was the only man in
baseball history to receive all three of the sport's
major awards: Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award,
and Most Valuable Player.
- Newhart, Bob - Actor and comedian best known for his role in television sitcoms
The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. He was drafted during the Korean War, stationed
stateside in California as a personnel manager. He was discharged in 1954.
- Newton, Calvin - Founder of Justice
Recording Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Born in West Frankfort, Illinois, gospel singer
Newton was a member of the Melody Masters and
the Blackwood Brothers Quartet before serving
in the military during the Korean War. After
Korea he sang with the Gaither Homecoming Family,
the Oak Ridge Quartet, Sons of Song,
etc., but the gospel singer is best known for his
song, When They Ring Those Golden Bells.
He entered the field of music production when he
founded the Justice Recording Company. His
company produced and recorded the music of local
"garage bands" in the North Carolina area, releasing
some 22 rock and roll albums and a number of 45's.
The music of these local bands was preserved by
Newton and now appreciated by music historians.
Newton received the Living Legend Award by the Grand
Old Gospel Convention in 1999.
- Nimoy, Leonard - Actor most notably known for his role as "Dr. Spock" in the Star
Trek series, he was born in Boston, Massachusetts and died at the age of 83 on February 27,
2015. He enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1953 and served 18 months, with some time
spent in Van Nyes, California, but most of it spent at Ft. McPherson in Georgia, where he
was a platoon sergeant. He was discharged in 1955 with the rank of sergeant.
Part of Nimoy's time in the military was spent putting on shows for the Army Special
Services branch which he wrote, narrated, and emceed.
- Novak, Robert "Bob" - political
commentator and co-host of the political television
talk show Crossfire on CNN from 1980 to 2005.
In 2005 he joined Fox News. Born February 26,
1l931 in Jolit, Illinois, he died August 18, 2009.
He attended the University of Illinois, then joined
the U.S. Army, serving stateside during the Korean
War. After military service he became an
Associated Press reporter and writer for the Wall
Street Journal, but was most known for his work
as a political commentator.
- Olson, Karl Arthur - major league
baseball backup outfielder. Born July 6, 1930
in Ross, California, died December 25, 2010.
He played for the Boston Red Sox (1951, 1953-55),
Washington Senators (1956-57), and Detroit Tigers
(1957). He served with the 78th Infantry
Regiment based at Ft. Ord, California for about 11
months in 1951 and played for the base team.
he was sent to Camp Drake and spent nine months as a
mailman in Japan, sorting mail for troops coming and
going from Korea. He played 70 games on the
base team in Japan.
- O'Neill, William A. - The 84th Governor of the State of Connecticut, William
O'Neill was also a former member of the East Hampton Finance Board, a member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives, and Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. He was
credited with increasing state funding for education, as well as for rebuilding the state's
infrastructure and providing additional resources and programs for the less fortunate.
He established a new state veterans' cemetery in Middleton. Governor O'Neill was a US
Air Force B-29 gunner who flew 12 night combat missions over North Korea during the Korean
- Oravetz, Ernie - minor and major league
baseball player. Batting champ of the Florida
State League in 1951. Drafted into the Army
January 1953. Tour of duty in Germany with the
Army where he helped manage a football team and
played baseball and basketball. After
discharge he signed with the Washington Senators
(American League), playing in 1955-56 before being
sent back to the minor leagues. He played
baseball there until the mid 1960s. Ernie
Oravetz died on December 3, 2006.
- Osterkamp, Howard William - This Dent,
Ohio resident is widely attributed to coining the
phrase, "all gave some, some gave all."
Osterkamp served in the U.S. army from 1951-53.
He participated in heavy combat with C Company, 5RCT
during the Korean War. His nine months
on the frontlines included time he spent there after
his leg was broken in two places from shrapnel.
Doctors sent him back into battle in spite of the
- Patterson, John Malcolm - 42nd governor
of Alabama, known as a strong supporter of
segregation. Patterson was born September 27,
1921 in Goldville, Alabama. He served
in a field artillery division in the Army during
World War II in North Africa and Europe.
He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of Major and
with a Bronze Star. He returned to active duty
in 1951 and was stationed in Europe. Shortly
after arriving there he was transferred to the Judge
Advocate's section. For a while he considered
a career in the Army, but returned to law practice
in the family law firm in Phenix City, Alabama in
December of 1951. He served as governor of
Alabama from 1959 to 1963.
- Philbin, Regis Francis Xavier -
television host in Guinness Book of World Records
for having the most on-air, on-camera time of any
person. Born August 25, 1931 in New York, New
York, Philbin attended and graduated from Cardinal
Hayes High School in the Bronx (1951). He
attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating
with a BA degree in 1953. He joined the US
Navy, serving from 1953-1955. Lt.jg Philbin
was a supply corps officer at the Naval Amphibious
Base (NAB), Coronado, California.
- Poelker, Marcel C. - Minor League baseball player. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com]. Marcel C. Poelker was born on August 26, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Poelker, Marcel attended Roosevelt High School in
St. Louis. Poelker graduated from high school in 1946 and signed with the Bristol Twins of the Class D Appalachian League in 1947. The 6-foot, 160-pound left-handed-hitting
second baseman played just 10 games with the Twins and was hitting .115 (3 for 26) when he was released to the Fort Smith Giants of the Class C Western
Association. Appearing in 19 games for the Giants, Poelker hit .145 and finished the year with the Lawton Giants of the Class D Sooner State League, where
he batted .193 in 30 games. Despite his weak hitting, Poelker was an excellent defensive infielder and the 19-year-old played 133 games with Lawton in 1948, batting .210, as the club
finished in second place. In 1949, Poelker was batting .160 over 21 games with Lawton before being optioned to the Belleville Stags of the Class D Mississippi-Ohio
Valley League. Poelker batted .245 with the Stags in 103 games and hit two home runs. In 1950, the 21-year-old infielder was with the Sanford Giants of the Class D Florida State League and batted a career-high .271 in 139 games. After four
seasons of minor league baseball, Poelker appeared to have found his groove but military service was on the horizon and he was inducted in the Army in December
1950. He was carried on the National Defense Service List of the Muskogee Reds of the Class C Western Association at the time. Marcel Poelker attained the rank of sergeant and served in Korea as a Light Weapons Assault Infantryman with Company C of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd
Infantry Division. He was killed in action September 25, 1951, aged 23, during the ill conceived attempts to overrun North Korean positions at the Battle
of Heartbreak Ridge. Allied forces (American and French) suffered 3,700 casualties during the battle. Marcel Poelker is buried at Resurrection Cemetery
in Affton, Missouri.
- Poholsky, Thomas George "Tom" - starting
pitcher in major league baseball. Born August 26,
1929, Tom Poholsky died January 6, 2001 in Kirkwood,
Missouri. He debuted in the major leagues with
the St. Louis Cardinals on April 20, 1950. His
baseball career was interrupted when he was drafted
into the Army, reporting for duty July 17, 1951.
He played with the 1953 All-Army champions (Ft.
Belvoir's team) in 1953. He returned to
baseball after discharge, pitching for the Cardinals
1954-56. His last MLB appearance was September
11, 1957 with the Chicago Cubs.
- Pournelle, Jerry Eugene - Science fiction
writer, essayist and journalist. Born August
7, 1933 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jerry Pournelle
served as a Lieutenant in an Army artillery unit
during the Korean War. After serving his
country he went on to become a renowned science
fiction writer of such military-themed sci-fi books
as Prince of Mercenaries, Prince of Sparta,
The Mercenary, etc. He was also a
contributor to Byte, a computer magazine, and
in 1973 served as President of the Science Fiction
and Fantasy Writers of America.
- Presley, Wycliffe L. - amateur
baseball player. Killed in action while
serving as a corporal with the Canadian Army in Korea June 26,
- Price, James Kenneth "Kenny" - country western singer who was part of the gospel
quartet that performed on the television series Hee Haw. Affectionately known
as the "Round Mound of Sound" (he weighed 200 pounds), he recorded 34 songs that made the
Hot Country Songs charts between 1966 and 1980. He was born May 27, 1931 in Florence,
Kentucky and died August 4, 1987 at age 56. He was a corporal in the US Army (1952-54)
during the Korean War. While stationed in Korea, he auditioned for a USO show.
By the time he was discharged, Price had decided to become a professional musician and
studied briefly at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Later in 1954 he began playing on
Midwestern Hayride at WLW Cincinnati. Three years later he was appearing on Buddy Ross'
local television show Hometown.
- Pyle, Ralph Reeves Jr. - Photographer of celebrities at the Hollywood Canteen. Served in World War II. Recalled to duty for the Korean
War. In Korea, Pyle was assigned to the Signal Corps as Chief Photographer. He took pictures of the first round of peace talks and was then
released from active duty.
- Rangel, Charles B. "Charlie" -
U.S. Representative from New York's 15th
Congressional district 1971-2011. Served in
Korea with the 503rd
Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Fought in battle of Kunu-ri in 1950.
For leading a group of soldiers out of a Chinese
Army encirclement during the Battle of Kunu-ri in
1950, he earned a Bronze Star with Valor device. He
also earned a Purple Heart.
- Ray, John W. - Senior Judge for the State
of Nevada. Senior Judge John W. Ray passed
peacefully on September 03, 2016 at age 85. He is
survived by Geniel, his wife of almost 66 years, 3
children, 3 grandchildren and his sister, Peggy.
"Jack" grew up on ranches in Colorado and Kansas and
served in the Navy during the Korean War. After the
Navy he drove cattle trucks and served as a Police
Officer in Pueblo, CO; moving his family to Carson
City in 1965, where he worked in law enforcement for
the State of Nevada before becoming Special Master
of the Juvenile Courts. Jack was first appointed and
then twice elected as Justice of the Peace in Carson
City. He always said that he was lucky to have been
elected with majority votes as being the Judge meant
"he could only make half of the people happy at any
one time". He was subsequently appointed as a Senior
Judge for the State of Nevada. The Nevada State
Supreme Court recently acknowledged his work with a
special commendation for his years of service and
reputation for empathy and fairness. Jack was a
member of the LDS church and when not working, was a
"hands on" father before it was the norm. He enjoyed
working with the Eagle Scouts, family camping and
four-wheeling trips, working with the Coast Guard
Auxiliary, working as a Trustee for the local
library, participating in the local Masonic Lodge,
and reading mystery novels. He retired to a quiet
life with family and close friends in 2005. Services
will be held Saturday, September 10, at 1pm at the
LDS Stake Center in Carson City, 411 N. Saliman
Road, to be followed by graveside service at Lone
Mountain Cemetery. Published in Reno
Gazette-Journal on September 8, 2016.
- Reeden, George C. - Minor League baseball player. He was serving in the US Air Force when he was killed in a plane crash at Panama City,
Florida, on December 11, 1953. (George C. Von Reeden)
- Render, Rudolph Valentino "Rudy"
- Musical accompanist of movie star Debbie Reynolds for many years. Born on July 1, 1929, Rudy lived in
Terre Haute, Indiana before moving to Hollywood. In 1949 he was on his way to a career in Hollywood, having a hit recording, "Sneakin' Around."
He was suddenly drafted during the Korean War and was stationed at Ft. Ord, California in Special Services. According to Curtis W. Long, after
his duty hours Rudy was a pianist and conductor for the musical group that was playing at "The Rose Room", a recreational club for "colored" soldiers at
the time. Bill Reynolds, brother of Debbie Reynolds, was stationed at Ft. Ord the same time Rudy was. When Debbie came to Ft. Ord to
put on a show at the base recreational facility, she met Rudy and they became lifelong friends. After leaving the military Rudy appeared in the Joan
Crawford film, "Torch Song."
He returned to Indiana to complete his master's degree and then returned to Hollywood when Debbie Reynolds
offered him a job as director of music for her traveling show. He remained in California after that.
- Robertson, Marion Gordon "Pat" -
Conservative host of the 700 Club, one of the
largest television ministries in the world, Pat
Robertson was born March 22, 1930. During the Korean
War he served in the Marine Corps, stationed in
Japan and Korea, but he was not a combat Marine.
Robertson is the author of numerous spiritual,
social and political books. He founded
Operation Blessing in 1978. The non-profit has
provided nearly $500 million in aid in 50 states and
71 foreign countries. Pat Robertson also put
an unsuccessful bid in for the U.S. Presidential
nomination as a Republican in 1988. The
following biographical sketch explaining Pat
Robertson's Korean War service was found on his
website: "Growing up as I did during World War II, I
attended military schools. In 1948, when President
Truman re-instituted a military draft, I had the
choice of enlisting in the Marines as an officer
candidate or being drafted as a private in the Army.
I took the Marine option, which let me finish
college so long as I attended two summers of boot
training for officers at Quantico, Virginia, first
with the rank of corporal, then as sergeant. I
graduated from Washington & Lee, Magna Cum Laude,
and at my graduation for the first time in the
history of the school, a graduate was formally
commissioned a second lieutenant in the armed forces
of the United States. In June of 1950, I enrolled at
the University of London for a survey course called
"The Arts in Britain Today." On occasional weekends
I crossed the English Channel to France. Sitting at
a sidewalk café in Paris in mid-June of 1950, I read
of "La guerre dans Coree." Then as I read on, I
learned that the United States was calling the
"fusiliers marines" into active service. That meant
me. On October 2, 1950, a couple of weeks after my
return from Europe, I was ordered to report for duty
at the First Special Basic Class for young Marine
Corps officers at Quantico, Virginia. In January of
1951, I shipped out from San Diego to Kobe, Japan. I
spent four months at a camp near Kyoto, Japan doing
rehabilitation training for Marines wounded in
Korea. We did long, grueling marches to toughen the
men, plus refresher training in firearms and bayonet
combat. In May of 1951, I was transferred to
Korea where I ended up at the headquarters command
of the First Marine Division. The Division was in
combat in the hot and dusty, then bitterly cold
portion of North Korea just above the 38th Parallel,
later identified as the "Punchbowl" and "Heartbreak
Ridge." For that service in the Korean War, the
Marine Corps awarded me three battle stars for
"action against the enemy."
[KWE Note: Robertson's version of his military service greatly differs from versions of
other Marines who knew him during his time in the Marine Corps. They note that
Robertson was not a combat Marine. He was in the 5th Replacement Draft en route to
Korea when his influential father, a senator from Virginia, used his connections to get Pat
reassigned to duty in Japan to avoid the dangers that awaited 2nd Lieutenants going into the
combat zone in Korea. When Robertson was eventually sent to Korea, he was assigned to
Headquarters at Masan, some 300 miles from the front lines.]
- Russ, Martin Faxon - Writer & Historian
who authored a number of works of military history
including Line of Departure: Tarawa (1967)
and Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign,
Korea (1999). Russ based his research on
extensive interviews with living veterans of the
military campaigns & battles he wrote about. Russ
served in the 1/1 Battalion of the 1st Marine
Division with the rank of Sergeant. In one incident,
Russ and his platoon were pinned down in no man's
land. He wrote 'During the barrage, I tried to draw
my entire body up into my helmet like a fetus.' Russ
served in Korea for seven months in 1953. He kept a
detailed diary which was strictly against
regulations and when an officer questioned what he
was doing, Russ pretended he was writing letters
home. After the war, Russ used his wartime diary as
the basis for his first book The Last Parallel,
a memoir of his experiences in Korea. Published in
1957, the book reached No.8 on the New York Times
bestseller list and the film rights were sold to
director Stanley Kubrick but the film was never
made. Martin Russ was born February 14,
1931 in Newark, New Jersey. He died December
06, 2010 in Oakville, California. [Submitted
to the KWE by Peter Hill, Australia]
- Ryan, George - former Detroit Recorder's Court judge and lawyer. Before his legal career, the judge served in the Korean War as a judge advocate
general in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the University of Detroit and got his law degree at the University of Detroit Law School in 1951.
- Sack, John - Author of military-related
books and pioneer of New Journalism. He is
best known for his reporting from the battlefields
of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan,
He was also a contributor to Harper’s, The
Atlantic and The New Yorker, a
contributing editor of Esquire, a writer,
producer, and special correspondent for CBS News and
its bureau chief in Spain. After graduating
from Harvard he joined the Army Reserves in 1951 and
went on active duty in Korea the next year as a
Private First Class. He reported for Stars &
Stripes in 1953. His literary career included
over nine military-related books. He died
March 27, 2004 in San Francisco at the age of 74.
- Salter, James - Novelist James Salter was born June 10, 1925 in Passaic, New
Jersey, a suburb of New York City. Salter was his pen name; his birth name was James
Arnold Horowitz. He was commissioned an officer in the Army Air Corps at the end of
World War II. He returned to combat duties during the Korean War, flying 100 combat
missions in an F-86 Sabre jet. He was credited with one kill. When the war
ended, he was assigned to Germany. He gave up his career in the military to pursue a
writing career. In 1957 he published his first novel, The Hunters, based on his
experiences as a fighter pilot. The novel was sold to Hollywood and turned into a
feature film story starring Robert Mitchum. Other novels by James Salter included A
Sport and a Pastime, Light Years, and Solo Faces. Salter died June
- Saner, Reginald Anthony - Award-winning
academic and successful poet. Saner was born
in 1929 in Jacksonville, Illinois. He
graduated from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin in
1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Reserve
Officers Training Corps commission as 2nd lieutenant
in the Army. He was called to active duty in
January 1951 and sent to the army's arctic survival
school in Alaska. He was deployed to Korea in
April 1952 where he served with the 14th Infantry
Regiment, 25th Infantry Division until January
1953--six months of that time as a platoon leader.
He received a Bronze Star and was promoted to 1st
Lieutenant. He was discharged in April 1953,
received an MA from the University of Illinois in
1954 and a PhD in 1962. He was hired by the
University of Colorado's English Department in 1962
and remained there.
- Sawatski, Carl Ernest "Swats" - minor
league hitter and major league baseball catcher.
Carl was born November 4, 1927 in Shickshinny,
Pennsylvania and died November 24, 1991 in Little
Rock, Arkansas. He was a left-handed batter
who threw right-handed. He was in the major
leagues on the following teams: Chicago Cubs (1948,
1950 & 1953), Chicago White Sox (1954), Milwaukee
Braves (1957-58), Philadelphia Phillies (1958-59),
St. Louis Cardinals (1960-63). He reported for
duty for a two-year stint in the Amy in 1951 at Camp
Chafee, Arkansas, returning to baseball in 1953.
- Schirra, Walter "Wally" Marty Jr. - Born March 12, 1923 in Hackensack, New
Jersey, Schirra graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945. He flew 90 missions in
the Korean War, downing a Russian MiG. He was one of the original Mercury 7
astronauts, flying in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. He commanded
Apollo 7 in October 1968. Schirra logged more than 295 hours in space. He helped
to develop the Sidewinder air-to-air missile as a Navy test pilot. Wally Schirra died
of a heart attack on May 2, 2007 in LaJolla, California.
- Scivoletti, Michael "Mike" - minor league ballplayer. Born in 1930, Michael Scivoletti enlisted in the Army and took basic training at
Ft. Dix. He was then stationed at Ft. Monmouth, where he joined the base's 1949 Signaleer team as a second baseman. The Signaleers were third
place in the All-Army Tournament that year. When not playing baseball, Scivoletti worked at the base radio station. He was TDY at Ft. Meade
in 1951, but returned to Ft. Monmouth in time for the 1951 season. In 1953 Scivoletti played on the Crowley Millers ball team managed by Tony York,
playing in the Evangeline League.
- Sheridan, R. Champlin "Champ" - founder
of The Sheridan Companies. This Baltimore
native graduated from Johns Hopkins University and
then served in the Korean War. In 1967 he
purchased the Everybody's Poultry Magazine
Publishing Company. In 1982 he changed the
company name to The Sheridan Press, a world-class
print and publishing services company. Champ
Sheridan died August 7, 2013 in Vero Beac, Florida.
- Shirk, Gilbert F. "Gil" - minor League baseball player. Born in 1930, Shirk was serving in the military when he was killed in an auto accident
at Perryville, Maryland, on May 20, 1953. Source: Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania) Area School District website
Gilbert “Gil” Shirk was one of the most elite athletes to come out of Lancaster County. At Elizabethtown, Gil excelled in football, basketball, and
baseball and was named County All Star for all three sports. In the 1948-49 school year, he played a major role in helping EAHS capture the section title
and the county championship in all three sports, a “Grand Slam”, a first by any school in the county. A quarterback/halfback, a forward, and a catcher, he
was hailed by his coach as one of “E-town’s greatest all-around athletes.” At championship games, crowds of thousands would turn out to watch him play.
After high school, Gil was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and played in New York and Colorado before being drafted into the Army. It is widely believed
that had Gil not been tragically killed in an automobile accident he most certainly would have been a Major League baseball player, the first from E-town.
In honor of his accomplishments, the Gil Shirk Memorial Trophy was dedicated in his memory to award junior athletes on their leadership, personality,
athletic, and scholastic ability. Accepting the award for the late Gil Shirk was his sister, Dottie Little.
Siegal, Jack L. - CBS reporter and later
co-founder of Chagal Communications in Los Angeles,
California. Siegal joined the Navy ROTC
program at Pennsylvania University and then joined
the US Navy as an Ensign during the Korean War.
He first MC'd Armed Forces radio and television
programs in Washington before being sent to Korea to
gather radio and television data for the Navy.
He covered the Inchon Invasion from a flagship off
Wolmi-do, and that eye witness account was aired on
the Edward R. Murrow show on CBS. He recorded
war activities under combat conditions during the
remainder of the war, including action on the road
to Seoul after the Inchon Invasion, and coverage of
the cease fire and truce negotiations at Kaesong and
Panmunjom. After discharge from the Navy he
became a reporter for CBS television. In
Vermont he established a broadcast group that served
the Montreal, Canada area. He moved to Los
Angeles in 1970 and founded Chagal Communications
with two Korean business partners. Chagal
served the Korean community in particular.
Jack Siegal died in July 2004 at the age of 75.
- Silverstein, Shel - famed poet, children's book author, composer. Born in Chicago in 1932, Shel Silverstein died May 10, 1999 at the age
of 68. He was drafted into the Army in 1953 and signed up for the infantry. He was on his way to Korea when he got an interview with
& Stripes. He was hired as a map maker and layout man, but became one of the newspaper's most well-known (and controversial) cartoonists.
After discharge in 1955, Shel Silverstein got a job as a staff cartoonist for
Playboy magazine in 1956. He
contributed to Playboy until 1998. He was the author of numerous children's books
and became a poet. He was also a composer, particularly of country western songs. He wrote the lyrics to Johnny Cash's hit song,
A Boy Named
Sue. He authored The Giving Tree,
Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Missing Piece, and
The Light in the Attic, among numerous
- Simanovsky, Franklin Joseph - left-handed
pitcher for New York Yankees. Frank was born
on October 4, 1929 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of
Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Simanovsky. Known for an
extraordinary knuckle-curveball, he played for the
Kansas City Blues (1948), Grand Forks Chiefs (1949),
Joplin Miners (1950), Iola Indians (1954), St.
Petersburg Saints (1954), Tyler Tigers (1954) and
Binghamton Triplets (1954). He spent the 1950
season as a teammate of Mickey Mantle at the
Yankees' Class C farm club in Joplin, Missouri.
He was the League's top pitcher with a 21-3 record,
16 complete games and a 3.13 ERA. This up and
coming Yankees pitcher joined the Marine Corps and
served in F-2-7 during the Korean War. He was
injured in combat. After being discharged in 1954,
he tried to make a comeback as a pitcher but his war
injuries ended his professional baseball career.
He retired from US Airways in 1992 after 25 years of
service. He died January 18, 2004 in San
Diego, California, survived by his widow Pat and
daughters Anne Simanovsky and Lynn Jamison.
- Simmons, Curt - baseball pitcher for the
Philadelphia Phillies. He joined the
National Guard in 1948. With just a month left
in a successful baseball season, the Whiz Kids'
Simmons was drafted to active duty when his guard
unit was activated due to the Korean War on
September 4, 1950. He left the team on
September 9, 1950, and reported to duty at Camp
Atterbury, Indiana. He was given a 10-day
leave without pay, but couldn't play in the World
Series in which the Yankees beat the Phillies in
four games. Simmons was stationed in Germany
during his military service. He missed the
1951-52 baseball seasons, but earned a World Series
title with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964.
- Simpson, Joe "Red" - prolific country music songwriter associated with the
Bakersfield Sound. Born on March 06, 1934 in Higley, Arizona, Red Simpson served on
the hospital ship USS Repose during the Korean War. In down times he wrote songs and
formed a country band called the Repose Ramblers. After discharge from military
service he became famous for his country songs. Buck Owens and Merle Haggard recorded
more than 40 of Simpson's songs. He later co-wrote songs with Buck Owens.
- Smith, William - actor in the Western
series, "Larado", and the television series
"Hawaii-Five-O". Smith served in the Air Force
as an interrogator/translator because he could speak
several languages, including Russian. He flew
secret missions over Russia during the Korean War
and had CIA and NSA clearance. Born March 24,
1933 in Columbia, Missouri, he has appeared in
almost 300 feature films and television productions.
- Sowell, Thomas - American economist,
social theorist, political philosopher and author.
Born on June 30, 1930 in North Carolina, Sowell grew
up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high
school, and served in the United States Marine Corps
during the Korean War. He received a bachelor's
degree from Harvard University in 1958 and a
master's degree from Columbia University in 1959. In
1968, he earned his Doctorate in Economics from the
University of Chicago. Because of his experience in
photography, he became a Marine Corps photographer;
he also trained Marines in .45-caliber pistol
- Spear, Harry - A child actor who played one of the Little Rascals in Our Gang
shorts from 1927 to 1929, Spear's legal name was Harry Bonner. He was born
December 16, 1921 and died September 22, 2006 in San Diego. He served as a
chief petty officer in the Navy during World II, Korea, and Vietnam.
- Spruance, Donald William - Actor who appeared in the following television series in the 1960s: The Streets of San Francisco,
The Fugitive, Ben Casey, Gunsmoke, and the
Donna Reed Show. Don Spruance was a tap dancer in Special Services at Ft. Ord
in 1953. His name appears in a military biography about actor David Janssen's time at Ft. Ord. Spruance was born November 17, 1933 in San Francisco,
- Stevenson, Adlai E. (III) - Senator from Illinois; tank commander in Korea. Great-grandson of Vice President Adlai Ewing Stevenson, born
in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., October 10, 1930; attended grammar schools in Illinois and Milton Academy, Massachusetts; graduated from Harvard College
in 1952, and from the law department of the same university in 1957; entered United States Marine Corps as a private in 1952, served as a tank platoon commander
in Korea, discharged as a first lieutenant in 1954 and from the Reserves in 1961 with the rank of captain; law clerk to justice of Illinois Supreme Court
1957-1958; admitted to the bar in 1957 and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill.; member, Illinois house of representatives 1965-1967; treasurer, State of
Illinois 1967-1970; elected in a special election on November 3, 1970, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term caused by the
death of United States Senator Everett M. Dirksen; reelected in 1974, and served from November 17, 1970, to January 3, 1981; was not a candidate for reelection
in 1980; chairman, Select Committee on the Senate Committee System (Ninety-fourth Congress), Select Committee on Ethics (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses);
resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois in 1982 and 1986; discontinued practice of law in 1992; founded
and served as chairman of investment banking firm of SCM Investment Management 1992-; is a resident of Hanover, IL.
- Stewart, James - actor. First major actor to wear a military uniform in World War II. A decorated World War II veteran, Stewart served
in the Air Force Reserves during the Korean War. He was an Air Force Commander at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in the early 1950s.
- Styron, William - Pulitzer Prize winning
author. Born June 11, 1925, Styron died
November 1, 2006. He was made a Lieutenant in the
Marine Corps, and he was scheduled ship out of San
Francisco but the Japanese had surrendered by then.
His was recalled for the Korean War and it prevented
him from immediately accepting the Rome Prize but
was discharged in 1952 for eye problems.
- Sulzberger, Arthur Ochs Sr. -
Publisher of the New York Times. Born
February 5, 1926, he died September 29, 2012.
Sulzberger graduated from the Loomis Institute and
then enlisted into the Marine Corps during World War
II serving from 1944 to 1946, in the Pacific
Theater. He married Barbara Winslow Grant on July 2,
1948 in a civil ceremony at her parents' home in New
York. He earned a B.A. degree in English and History
in 1951 at Columbia University. As a member of the
Marine Forces Reserve he was recalled to active duty
during the Korean War. Following completion of
officer training, he saw duty in Korea as a public
information officer and then in Washington D.C.
before being inactivated. He divorced Barbara Grant
Sulzberger in 1956 and married Carol Fox Fuhrman in
December 1956. She died in 1995.
- Sweiger, Carroll W. "Bill" - Minor League ball player. He was serving in the US Army when he was killed in action in Korea on October 4,
- Taylor, Charles Elmer "Rip" Jr. - American actor and comedian. Born January 13, 1934 in Washington, DC., he became a Congressional page
and was then drafted in the US Army. He was assigned to the Army Signal Corps and was sent to Korea. Rip was on a troop ship heading to Korea
when he put on a comedy pantomime act for the soldiers on the ship. He was later transferred to Special Services in Tokyo, Japan. After the
war and during his Hollywood career, he was a frequent celebrity guest panelist on game shows such as
Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth,
The Gong Show, etc.
- Taylor, Maxwell D. - U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, 1964. Maxwell Taylor
was a 1922 graduate of West Point. He commanded the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day
during the Battle of the Bulge and the drive through Germany. He took command of the
8th Army, Korea, 1953-54.
- TerHorst, Jerald - Press Secretary (1974)
for President Gerald Ford. Born July 11, 1922,
he died March 31, 2010. He served in the
Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946. After his military
service, he worked as a reporter for the Grand
Rapids Press (1946–1951). He returned to active duty
with the Marine Corps in 1951–1952. He then joined
the Detroit News, where he served as city and state
political writer (1953–1957), Washington
correspondent (1958–1960), and Washington Bureau
- Tessier, Robert W. - actor. Born June 2, 1934, Lowell (Middlesex County), Massachusetts. Died October 11, 1990. Buried in Saint Josephs
Cemetery, Chelmsford (Middlesex County), Massachusetts. Robert Tessier was an actor primarily known for his powerful build, scowling face and shaven
head. He was an Algonquin Indian who broke into the acting profession in the late sixties. Typically cast as the tough guy/villain or Native American
(which he was), he was a mainstay in movies and television in a career that spanned over twenty years. His first movie role was in the 1967 Tom Laughlin
film, The Born Losers (the film which introduced the "Billy Jack" character) in which he played a biker named "Cueball". Ironically, Robert sported
a full head of hair in this film (despite the name of his character) and this was also a nickname by which he was affectionately known by in real life by
his friends. He was also a lifelong motorcyclist (who once performed motorcycle stunts in the circus) and formed the company "Stunts Unlimited" with Director
Hal Needham. As a young man, Robert Tessier also won a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for his military service during the Korean war. (He was a PFC and
a paratrooper in the US Army.) Although Robert Tessier starred in a vast number of movies and TV roles over his career, probably two of his best remembered
movie roles were as the menacing, karate-wielding convict, 'Shokner' in the 1974 comedy-drama
The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds (whom he counted
as one of his friends) and as 'Kevin' in the 1977 mystery-thriller,
The Deep. He even ventured into the realm of TV commercials during his career,
as Mr. Clean and in a series of commercials in the eighties for Midas Mufflers in Canada with other high-profile stars such as Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance
and Bo Hopkins. (Biography written by Todd Young)
- Thomas, Dave - Founder of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurant chain. Mess Sergeant, US Army, during the Korean War.
Volunteered for the Army. Sent to Cook and Bakers School at Ft. Benning, GA. Mess Sergeant in Germany responsible for the meals of 2,000 soldiers
per day. Discharged 1953 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
- Throne, Malachi - Born December 01, 1928, this actor was best known for his roles
in Star Trek. It Takes a Thief, and Batman. He also made numerous
guest appearances on television shows such as Ben Casey, The Untouchables, and
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He served in an infantry unit attached to an artillery
outfit in Korea. He died March 13, 2013.
- Tillis, Mel - country music songwriter and singer. Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born August 8, 193 in Tampa, Florida. He attended the
University of Florida briefly in the early 1950s. He served in the Air Force in the Korean War. He was stationed in Okinawa where he worked
as a cook and baker and sang regularly on Armed Forces Radio. After discharge he began his music career in earnest, moving to Nashville in 1957.
He wrote hit songs for Webb Pierce, Ray Price, Brenda Lee and Waylon Jennings. In the 1970s he was a prime recording artist. In the 1970s and
80s he accumulated numerous comedy-action film credits. He is an inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Trent, 2LT John Charles Trent - USMA class of 1950. From Memphis, TN. Captain of the undefeated 1949 Army Football Team,
he was killed in action November 15, 1950 near Wonsan, North Korea, while serving with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
- Tschudin, Frederick B. "Fred" - Minor League baseball player. [Source: Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice.com]. Frederick Beverly Tschudin was born on May 29, 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Beaumont High School in St. Louis and signed as a catcher with the
St. Louis Browns in 1940. Assigned to the Lafayette White Sox of the Class D Evangeline League, Tschudin (who used the first names of Fred and Beverly during
his playing career) batted .200 in 70 games. In 1941 he started the season with Lafayette but was released at the end of June and picked up by the Port Arthur Tarpons of the same league. By mid-July
he was with the Evangeline League’s Rayne Rice Birds and finished the year with the Alexandria Aces. In 55 games he batted .192. Tschudin started the 1942 campaign with Alexandria but joined the Pampa Oilers of the Class D West Texas-New Mexico League in June. Playing just 10 games
with the Oilers, Tschudin joined the Muskogee Reds of the Class C Western Association for the remainder of the season, batting .212 in 62 games and earning
honorable mention as a Western Association all-star selection. Tschudin’s contract was owned by the Shreveport Sports of the Texas League at this time, but when the Sports ceased operations at the end of 1942, the 20-year-old
catcher was purchased by the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. However, he never played a game for his new affiliate before military service
beckoned early in 1943. Tschudin served with the US Navy during World War II and attained the rank of Lieutenant serving with VT-17 (Torpedo Squadron 17)
aboard the USS Hornet. Returning to baseball in 1946, Tschudin attended spring training with St. Paul and started the regular season with the Asheville Tourists of the Class B
Tri-State League. He batted .206 in 50 games before joining the Grand Forks Chiefs of the Class C Northern League. Tschudin really found his stride with
the Chiefs and hit .327 in 30 games. He was with the Pensacola Fliers and the Vicksburg Billies of the Class B Southeastern League in 1947 and joined the
Miami Tourists of the Class C Florida International League in 1948, batting .273 in 135 games. In 1949, Miami became a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate and Tschudin spent spring training with the renamed Sun Sox at recently opened Dodgertown. By the time
the regular season came around, Tschudin was with the Douglas Trojans of the Class D Georgia State League where he enjoyed a career year batting .350 in
135 games. Aged 28, he was named player-manager of the Trojans during 1950 and led the club to a second-place finish. He was player-manager of the Tifton
Blue Sox in 1951 and batted .300 in 122 games while guiding the team to a fourth place finish and a spot in the league finals. By the time spring training 1952 came around the Korean War was almost two years old. Many players were in military service and Tschudin – with his World
War II combat aviation experience – was serving as a civilian instructor at Kinston Air Base in Georgia, a USAF Air Training Command base. On March 14, 1952, Second Lieutenant Martin F. Gould – a Rutgers graduate – was taking flight training instruction from Tschudin aboard a North American
T-6D Texan. At some point during the flight the single-engine trainer suffered engine failure and crashed while attempting an emergency landing 12 miles
northwest of Kinston, killing both Tschudin and Gould. Fred Tschudin was survived by his widow Winifred “Winkie” Mitchell and their two children John Richard and Cindy. He is buried at Douglas City Cemetery
in Douglas, Georgia.
- Tucker, Jerry - actor who played the "rich kid" in the
Our Gang series. Born in Chicago, Illinois with the name Jerome H. Schatz on
November 01, 1925, he served in the US Navy in World War II and the Korean
War. Tucker was injured on April 14, 1945 off Okinawa. While serving on the USS
Sigsbee DD-502, a Japanese kamikaze did major damage to the destroyer.
- Tumlinson, Carl D. - Minor League baseball player. He was serving in the US Army when he was killed in action in Korea on April
7, 1953. Serial number US51191564. Private E2
Tumlinson was a light weapons assault
crewman/infantry leader when he was killed in Korea.
Carl "Duane" Tumlinson was born on March 31, 1932 in
Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Carlos and Dorothy
Tumlinson. Known as Duane during his teenage years,
he attended Union High School in Phoenix where he
was an outstanding baseball and basketball player,
earning honorable mention in the Class A High School
Basketball championship. On July 4, 1952,
Tumlinson left Phoenix to return to Elmira, New
York, where he was inducted in the Army on July 8.
Private Carl Tumlinson served in Korea with Company
A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regimental Combat
Team. He was killed in action on April 7, 1953.
Private Tumlinson was awarded the Purple Heart, 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.
- Twitty, Conway - See Jenkins, Harold Lloyd.
- Ulman, Bernard "Bernie" - American
football referee (NFL 15 years, and Super Bowl 1 and
Super Bowl IX) and one of the most well known
lacrosse officials. Ulman played as a lacrosse
midfielder at the University of Maryland from 1938
to 1943. He was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of
Fame as an official in 2003. He is the
namesake of the Bernie Ulman Award, which is given
to an individual who has contributed to the
continued success of intercollegiate lacrosse
officiating and, when applicable, has made a
meaningful contribution to the game of lacrosse.
Bernie Ulman also operated a sporting goods store in
BelAir. Born December 16, 1917 in Baltimore,
Maryland to Bernard and Cora May Mitchell Ulman,
Bernie died on January 30, 1986 in Ocean Pines,
Maryland. Ulman served in the Army in Korea
with the 1st Cavalry Division, 8th Cavalry Regiment
in the Korean War.
- Van Brunt, Frederick Baskerville "Tad"
- Actor. Van Brunt was born on July 22, 1921 in
Yokohama, Japan, and raised in Japan of
Dutch-American and British parentage so that his
fluency in the Japanese language led to assignments
in Guam and Okinawa as an interrogator of enemy
troops. He was so popular among the native Okinawans
that they asked that he be allowed to stay as
governor of their island in 1945. This, of course,
did not happen, and he had bit parts in three films
before rejoining the Marines in 1948 and
participating in the Inchon, Korea landings as an
intelligence officer in 1951. A career in
advertising and sales preceded his death from
alcoholism in 1977. He acted in films, The
Big Clock (1948), Road to Rio (1947), and
Dream Girl (1948).
- Van Dyke, Leroy Frank - country western singer. Born October 4, 1929 in Pettis County, Missouri, Leroy Van Dyke arrived in Korea three
days before the open hostilities ended in 1953. He worked as a special agent in the U.S. Counter-Intelligence Corps, associated with the 160th Infantry
Regiment. He had the honor of being the 15-minute opening act in the USO show in Korea that featured Marilyn Monroe. After his discharge from
the Army, Van Dyke worked as an agricultural journalist on several Midwest livestock newspapers based in Chicago. In 1956 he wrote the hit song, "The Auctioneer".
He moved to Nashville in 1961 and became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry. He also wrote the hit song, "Walk On By." His music career continues
- Walker, Dan - 36th governor of Illinois
(1973-77). Born August 6, 1922 in
Washington, D.C., Walker (a
Democrat) was convicted of fraud and perjury after
receiving more than $1 million in fraudulent loans
for his business (First American Savings and Loan
Association in Oak Brook, Illinois) and repairs on
his yacht, the "Governor's Lady." He served 18
months of a seven-year sentence in federal prison.
After he was released he moved to California, where
he died in Chula Vista on April 29, 2015 at the age
of 92. Dan Walker joined the Naval Reserve
while in high school. He then joined the Navy
as a seaman before enrolling in the Naval Academy at
Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from the
academy in 1945. He served on a minesweeper
during World War II and was then recalled to the
Navy during the Korean War. He served one year
as Communications Officer on the destroyer USS
Kidd DD661. After that he served one year in the
U.S. Court of Military Appeals.
- Wantling, William - Respected poet
of the literary underground who wrote memorable
poems about the Korean War. Born in East
Peoria, Illinois on November 7, 1933, Wantling joined the
U.S. Marine Corps at age 18 years, 2 months and 2
days on January 23, 1952, and began active duty
March 4, 1952. After training he was deployed
to Korea as an aircraft radio repairman on January
7, 1953, and was assigned to Marine Composite
Squadron 1, which was engaged in electronic
countermeasure warfare. The squadron was based
at K-3 located at Pohang. He remained in Korea
from January to November 1953, became a corporal in
January 1954 and earned his sergeant stripes in
October 1954. He was released from active duty
in the Marine Corps in 1955 and settled in southern
California. According to his own writing,
Wantling was imprisoned in San Quentin in 1958 for
"forgery and narcotics". It was in San Quentin
that he began to write poetry. He was
discharged from San Quentin in September 1963 and in
1966 enrolled at Illinois State University in
Normal, where he graduated with a BA and MA.
He was teaching a one-year term at ISU when he died
May 2, 1974 of heart failure. According to
numerous sources, Wantling was known to embellish
the truth from time to time, so the validity of the
following cannot be verified. Wantling wrote
that he was riding in a jeep in Korea when it hit a
landmine. A 50-gallon can of gasoline on the
jeep ignited, burning him. He said he spent
ten days in a coma, eight weeks in a hospital, and
his leg remained permanently scarred from his injury
in Korea. Wantling further stated that he was
given morphine for his injury and that ultimately
led to his abusive use of narcotics. His life
after the Marine Corps was filled with
marital/custody battles, trouble with the law,
incarceration, and drug abuse. All of
Wantling’s Korean War poems are reprinted in War,
Literature & the Arts 9.2.
- Warner, John - Senator. In 1944, at the age of 17, he left high school to volunteer for the United States Navy. He was released from active
duty as a 3rd-class electronics technician in July 1946, and enrolled at Washington and Lee University. He was awarded a B.S. degree in basic engineering
in 1949. He then entered the University of Virginia Law School. In September 1950, he volunteered for another tour of active duty, this time in the
United States Marine Corps. He served in Korea as a first lieutenant and communications officer with the First Marine Air Wing. He was released from active duty in May 1952. He returned to law school and was awarded a law degree by the University of Virginia in 1953.
- Watson, Bobs - actor who played Pee Wee in the Spencer Tracy film,
Boys Town. He also appeared in The Twilight Zone,
Hillbillies, Lou Grant, Green Acres, and
The Fugitive. In addition to being an actor, Bobs Watson was a Methodist minister.
Robert Ball "Bobs" Watson was born November 11, 1930 and died June 27, 1999. He
served as a Private in the Army at Ft. Ord in 1953 alongside
actor David Janssen.
- Watson, William G. - software designer
who founded the company SoftWare International.
He was also developer of the Heavy Duty
Hydroblasting Company. The son of Bernard and
Mary Catherine Donovan Watson, William served in the
United States Army during the Korean War. He
died July 09, 2004.
- Westermann, Horace Clifford (H.C.) -
Sculptor and Printmaker who produced artworks from
the late 1950s up until his death. He had a
successful career, producing work which was
associated in its style & forms with the Surrealist
and Expressionist movements of modern art.
Westermann's work was also highly political in
nature, commenting on topics such as militarism and
materialism. There have been several major
retrospectives of his work since his death, the most
recent at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art in
2001. Westermann enlisted in the US Marines in the
Second World War, serving as an anti-aircraft gunner
on board the aircraft-carrier USS Enterprise
1943-1945. When the Korean War began, Westermann
re-enlisted as an infantryman in the Marine Corps,
partly out of patriotism but also partly because his
fledgling artistic career was not yet going as well
as he hoped. He was assigned to G Company of the 3/5
Battalion of the 1st Marine Division in the spring
of 1951. In his notes on the war, he commented on
the landscape in Korea, "It's either straight up or
straight down. Nothing's on the level." Westermann's
unit saw action near the Hwachon Reservoir along the
38th Parallel. Westermann was close friends with
Corporal Jack A Davenport who was posthumously
awarded the Medal of Honor for deliberately falling
onto a live grenade to save the life of another
soldier sharing the same foxhole. Another friend was
Corporal Paul 'Stick' Flowers who was also killed in
1951 and to whom Westermann later dedicated one of
his sculptures The Human Condition (1964).
After nine months in Korea, Westermann was rotated
back to San Diego in January 1952. He remained
serving in the Marine Reserves until 1958. After
leaving the army, Westermann became a firm pacifist
and his artworks made strong comments against
militarism and war. He disapproved of his son
Gregory's decision to enlist in the US Marines and
serve in Vietnam. A book about his wartime
experiences in both WW2 & Korea- H C Westermann
at War: Art & Manhood in Cold War America by
David McCarthy was published in 2004. [Submitted to
the KWE by Peter Hill of Australia
- Wilburn, Thurman Theodore - country western artist and half of the Wilburn Brothers duo. Teddy Wilburn was born November 30, 1931 and died
November 24, 2003. He was inducted in the Army in January of 1952 and was sent to Korea. He met up with his brother Doyle in Seoul as Doyle was being
sent back to the States following his tour of duty in Korea. Between 1955 and 1972, he and his brother Doyle scored 30 hits on the music chart.
In the late 1950s the Wilburn Brothers joined with Don Helms to found the Wil-Helm Talent Agency and Sure-Fire Music publishing company. They also
starred in the Wilburn Brothers Variety Show from 1963 to 1974.
- Wilburn, Virgil Doyle - country western artist and half of the Wilburn Brothers duo. Doyle was born July 7, 1930 in Hardy, Arkansas and
died October 16, 1982. He was drafted in the Army in 1951, serving 14 months with the 8th Army Special Services. Both Doyle and Teddy Wilburn
were discharged from the Army at different times in 1953 and resumed their music careers in the country western field of entertainment.
- Wilcox, Charles B. - Minor League baseball player. He was serving in the US Army when he was killed in action in Korea on September 18,
- Williams, Archie - Olympic gold medalist.
He set a world record at the NCAA championships with
a 46.1 second run and then became a gold medalist at
the Berlin Olympics. After earning a pilot's
license, he became one of just 14 African-Americans
to be commissioned during World War II in the
aviation meteorological cadet program. He went on to
serve as a flight instructor and meteorology teacher
at Tuskegee. He retired from the Air Force in
1964 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
- Williams, Theodore Samuel "Ted" - Red Sox ball player and Hall of Famer. (No steroids for this splendid splinter. He was a natural!)
Born August 30, 1918, in San Diego, California,
Williams learned how to play baseball from his
uncle, who had played semi-pro ball. While
still in high school he was signed to the San Diego
Padres and in 1937 he was signed to the Boston Red
Sox. Williams was optioned to the minor league
Minneapolis Millers until he was called up to the
Boston Red Sox as an every day player in 1939.
He played 21 seasons for the Red Sox. In 1941
he finished the season with a record .406 batting
average. He did not play for the Sox 1943-45.
Instead, he joined the Navy and trained as a
military pilot and gunner, but did not see active
duty overseas. After serving in World War II
he returned to baseball. When the Korean War
broke out he was called back to active duty and flew
with the 3rd Marine Air Wing, 223rd Squadron.
He was future astronaut John Glenn's wingman. On
February 16, 1953, he was part of a 36-plane strike package against a tank and infantry training program
just south of Pyongyang, North Korea. Before being pulled from flight status in June 1953 after hospitalization from pneumonia, he flew 39 combat
missions in Korea. He was discharged from the
Marine Corps in July 1953. Williams ended his
baseball career as one of the greatest ball players
in history. He won two AL Triple Crowns and two MVP
awards -- in four different years -- and was named
to the All Star game 19 times. When he retired, he
was third all-time in home runs and seventh in RBI
and batting average. His career batting average
still is the highest in the post-1920 era. He
was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in
1966 and was manager of the Washington Senators for
four seasons. In 1984 his No. 9 was retired by
Boston Red Sox. In 1991 he received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George
H.W. Bush. Four years later he suffered a
major stroke. An avid fisherman, he was named
to the International Game Fish Association Hall of
Fame in 2000. Ted Williams ("Teddy Ballgame")
died of a heart attack on July 5, 2002.
- Woodruff, John - Olympic gold medalist in
the 800m race at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Woodruff entered the Army in 1941 as a 2nd
Lieutenant and was discharged as a Captain in 1945.
He rejoined the military during the Korean War and
was the battalion commander of the 369th artillery,
later the 569 Transportation Battalion, New York
National Guard. He ended his army career in
1957 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He died October 30,
2007 at the age of 92.
- Wolfe, Gene Rodman - American science
fiction and fantasy writer. Born May 7, 1931
in New York City, Wolfe joined the ROTC during high
school and college and then the Texas National Guard (G Company,
143rd Infantry) while attending Texas A&M
University. He graduated from high school in
1949 and entered Texas A& M that fall. He dropped out of university
during his junior year (early 1952), lost his
student deferment, and was drafted into the Army
in August 1952 to serve in Korea toward the end of the war.
He was sent to Ft. Sam Houston in August 1952, where
he took a classification test that covered such
subjects as reading retention, auto repair,
mathematics, machine shop knowledge, etc. He
was then sent to Ft. Leonard Wood in late August
1952, where he served in Company D, 86th
Reconnaissance Battalion, Combat Command Reserve,
6th Armored Division, for eight weeks training.
In October 1952 he was still with the 6th Armored
Division at Ft. Leonard Wood, but with Company C,
50th AIB Combat Command, taking engineer basic for
eight weeks. He attended Leadership School in
December 1952 at Ft. Leonard Wood, graduating in
February 1953. After a leave home he was sent
to Camp Stoneman, California, and shipped to Japan
on the USNS Patrick in March 1953. On
March 25 he was at Camp Drake in Japan, where he was
assigned to the 7th Infantry Division and sent to
Korea onboard the USNS Sturgis by way of
Okinawa. He arrived in Korea on April 4, 1953.
Wolfe was assigned to 7th ID, 17th Infantry
Regiment, HQ Company, Pioneer and Ammunition
Platoon. His company was on OP Arsenal, Pork
Chop Hill, Erie, etc. He received a Combat Infantryman's Badge
in June 1953. In July 1953 he became an
Operations Specialist making maps for S-3 and became
NCO of TI & E after the cease fire. He left
his company on May 14, 1954 to return to the States,
sailing home on the Marine Phoenix on May 18,
1954. He processed out of the Army at Ft.
Bliss, Texas. Some
of his experiences in Korea (1952-54) are included
in his rare non-fiction book, Letters Home,
published in 1991 by United Mythologies Press,
Ontario, Canada. Only 260 copies of the first
printing exist. Because his mother preserved
his letters, Gene Wolfe's book has one of the most
complete accounts of any American notable who was a
Korean War veteran. After the war Wolfe lived
with his parents while using the GI Bill to study mechanical
engineering at the University of Houston. With
his industrial engineering degree he contributed to
the machine that is used to make Pringles potato
chips. He has authored numerous sci-fi novels,
with the best known being a multi-volume novel, The Book of the New Sun. Other novels
include The Book of the Long Sun and The
Book of the Short Sun. Wolfe won the World
Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1996.
- Wray, Link - Guitarist Link Wray, a half Shawnee Indian, was born May 2, 1929 in
Dunn, North Carolina and died November 05, 2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Pioneer of the
power chord and "father of heavy metal rock", his birth name was Fred Lincoln Wray Jr.
He joined the U.S. Army after high school, serving as a medic in Korea during the war.
Although he didn't know it at the time, he contracted tuberculosis during his tour of duty
there. After returning from Korea he entertained troops in Germany in the Armed Forces
Network. After his military service he lost a lung to the TB in 1956. Rather
than sing, he concentrated on playing the guitar. His style influced heavy metal rock,
punk rock, etc.
- Young, Faron - A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Faron Young was known
for hit singles Hello Walls and It's Four in the Morning, as well as other
country-western/honky-tonk songs. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Drafted in
1952 (the same year he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry), he had a hit song on the Billboard country charts while he was in basic training. It
peaked at No. 2, and the U.S. Army Band took the young singer to replace Eddie Fisher on
tours, just as If You Ain’t Lovin’ was hitting the charts. He was discharged in
November 1954. Faron Young committed suicide in 1996.
- Young, Skip - actor who starred as Wally,
friend of the Nelson boys in Ozzie and Harriet
(1956-66) served in the Navy during the Korean War.
He was born March 14, 1930 in San Francisco with the
name Ronald Plumstead.
Marine Football Players killed in action in Korea:
- Beeler, Lt. James - Navy, Quantico 1949 (Silver Star)
- Berry, Capt. Ed - Scranton, Assistant at El Toro 1946; Cherry Point coach 1947 (DFC)
- Chase, Lt. Byron - San Diego State, Quantico 1951; stadium at alma mater named for him (Silver Star)
- Ellis, Capt. Grant - Cornell, Penn
- Stewart, Lt. Gene - Mississippi State, Quantico 1951; 26th-round draft choice of Philadelphia Eagles in 1952
Army Football Players killed in action in Korea:
See Thomas Angelo Lombardo and John Charles Trent in main listing.
NFL personnel who served in the military during the Korean War:
- Nicholas Adduci
- John Amberg
- Rudolph Andabaker
- Elmer Arterburn Jr.
- Dale Atkeson
- Bill Austin
- Ed Bagdon
- Kenneth Barfield
- Paul Berry
- Joe Bartos - WWII & Korean War - Earned a Silver
Star in Korea
- Maurice Bassett
- Edward Bawel
- Lloyd Baxter - WWII & Korean War
- Ray Beck
- Edward Bell
- Marvin Berschet
- Jack Bighead
- Rex Reed Boggan
- Don Boll
- Bill Bowers
- Cloyce Box - WWII & Korean War
- Bob Boyd
- Harold Bradley
- Ed Brown
- James Cain
- Joe Campanella
- Marion Campbell
- Stanley Campbell
- Pat Cannemela
- Camillo Capuzzi
- Bob Carey
- Ken Carpenter
- Russ Carroccio
- Bud Carson
- Rick Casares
- Frank Cassara
- Tom Catlin
- Lynn Chandnois
- Earnest Cheatham
- Herman Clark
- Randall Clay
- Bill "Spot" Collins - WWII & Korean War
- Larry Coutre
- John Cox
- Jim Cullom - WWII & Korean War
- Al Davis (Hall of Famer)
- Ameleto Del Bello
- Dick Deschaine
- Dorne Dibble
- Al Dorow
- Dick Doyle
- Wally Dreyer - WWII & Korean War
- Dick Dugan
- Doug Eggers
- Leo Elter
- Dick Evans
- Hal Faverty
- Howard Ferguson
- Tom Finnin
- Bernie Flowers
- Dick Flowers
- Heschel Forester
- Bob Forte - WWII & Korean War
- Joe Fortunato
- Dominic Fucci
- Bob Gain
- Arnie Galiffa
- Hal Giancanelli
- George Gilchrist
- Gary Glick
- Robert Goode
- Ken Gordal
- Everet Grandelius
- Bob Griffin
- Forrest Griffith
- Roscoe Hansen
- John Hatley
- Hall Haynes
- Don Heinrich
- John Helwig
- Ed Henke
- Ralph Heywood - WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War
- John Hock
- Jack Hoffman
- Al Hoisington
- Glenn Holtzman
- William Horrell
- Harry Hugasian
- Weldon Humble - WWII & Korean War
- Charlie Hunsinger
- Kenneth Huxhold
- John Huzvar
- George Idzik
- Ken Jackson
- Vic Janowicz
- Bill Jessup
- Herb Johnson
- Charles Jones
- Charlie Justice
- Johnny Karras
- Bob Kelley
- J.D. Kimmel
- Kim Kincaid
- George Kinek
- Don King
- Edward Kissell
- Don Klosterman
- Pat Knight
- Ken Konz
- Eldred Kraemer
- John Kreamcheck
- Ray Krouse
- Dick "Night Train" Lane (Hall of
- Jim Landrigan
- Robert Langas
- Bud Laughlin
- Eddie LeBaron
- Toy Ledbetter
- Jack Lee
- Jimmy Lesane
- Veryl Lillywhite
- Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb
- Cliff Livingston
- Loyd Lowe
- Ken MacAfee
- John Macaerelli
- Gilbert Mains
- Leon Manley
- Dave Mann
- Joe Matesic
- Ollie Matson (Hall of Famer)
- Clay Matthews Sr.
- John Mazur
- Art McCaffray - WWII & Korean War
- Willie McClung
- Dewey McConnell
- Mike McCormack (Hall of Famer)
- Len McCormick
- Lewis McFadin
- Bob Meyers
- Art Michalik
- Andrew Miketa
- Fred Miller
- Paul Miller
- Bill Milner
- Billy Mixon
- Edward Modzelewski
- Jim Mutscheller
- Bob Myers
- Jack Nix
- James Norman
- Pat O'Donahue
- Chester Ostrowski
- Don Owens
- Jim Owens
- Bob Perina
- Pete Perini
- Volney Peters
- John Petibon
- Earl Putnam
- Volney "Skeets" Quinlan
- George Radosevich
- Ken Resse
- John Reger
- Les Richter (Hall of Famer)
- Fred Robinson
- Ben Roderick
- William Roffler
- Ray Romero
- Brad Rowland
- Pete Schabarum
- Bob Schneiker
- Gene Schroeder
- Ed Sharkey
- Billy Shipp
- Don Shula (Hall of Famer)
- Joe Signaigo - WWII & Korean War
- George Sims
- Emil Sitko
- Joseph Skibinski
- Ray Gene Smith
- Robert Lee Smith
- Gordy Soltau
- Julian Spence
- Art Spinney
- John Steber - WWII & Korean War
- Dick Steere
- Majure Stribling
- Breck Stroschein
- Jack Stroud
- Leo Sugar
- Leonard Szafaryn
- Walt Szot - WWII & Korean War
- Jesse Thomas
- Ralph Thomas
- Billy Tidwell
- Travis Tidwell
- Bob Toneff
- Frank Tonnemaker
- Ted Topor
- Wally Triplett
- Harold Turner
- Edward Tyrrell
- Chuck Ulrich
- Teddy Vaught
- Bill Wade
- Fred Wallner
- James Weatherall Jr.
- Gerald Weatherly
- Larrye Weaver
- Charles Weber Jr.
- Ted Wegert
- Stan West
- Bob White
- Ray Wietecha
- Bob Williams
- Walter "Wally" Williams - WWII & Korean War -
Earned a Bronze Star in Korean War
- Tom Wilson
- Elmer Wingate
- Casimir Witucki
- Junior Wren
- Walter Yowarsky
- Caroll Zaruba
- Ronald Zatkoff
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Post-Korean War (veterans who served in Korea after
the "active" war)
- Alda, Alan - actor. Born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in New York on January 28, 1936, Alda graduated from Fordham University where he studied
English and Theater. He joined the U.S. Army Reserves (1956-58) and did a six-month tour of duty in post-war Korea as a gunnery officer. As
an actor he played the role of Hawkeye on the television series M*A*S*H. He was one of only two of the show's characters who actually served in the
military in Korea.
- Anderson, Sunny - American Food Network personality Sunny Anderson joined the Air
Force in June 1993. She earned the rank of Senior Airman and worked as a military
radio host in Seoul, Korea, then worked for Air Force News Agency radio and television in
San Antonio from 1993 to 1997. She was honorably discharged from the Air Force in June
1997. She began hosting How'd That Get On My Plate? on Food Network in July
2008. She also hosts the Food Network program Cooking for Real and served as co-host
of the Food Network program Gotta Get It.
- Dennehy, Brian - actor, writer, producer,
director. Born on July 09, 1938, Dennehy left his
junior year at Columbia University to join the
Marine Corps. He served five years in the Corps,
including tours of duty in the U.S., Japan, and
Korea. He has starred in over 40 feature films and
numerous TV movies.
- Farr, Jamie - actor (played the role of Klinger) on television series M*A*S*H. Served with the U.S. Army in Korea
after the war
was over (1956). Served two years in Japan and Korea. The dog tags he wore on the TV series M*A*S*H were really his own. Jamie Farr served
as part of a USO show with Red Skelton. Farr appeared in the movie
Blackboard Jungle (1955) just prior to entering the U.S. Army. He
worked with Skelton before, during, and after his military stint.|
- Healy, Denis Sr. - Co-owner and former
CEO of Turtle Wax. The Turtle Wax company
which produces cleaning and polishing products for
cars was founded in 1941 by Healy's father-in-law,
Benjamin Hirsch. Born May 2, 1933 in the
Bronx, Denis Healy was attending City College New
York and majoring in chemistry when he was drafted
into the Army and called up for service in January
1954. He arrived in Korea May of 1954 where he
was assigned to the 55th Military Police Company and
then the 728th Military Police Battalion in the
Spring of 1955. The MP company patrolled and
guarded a pipeline from Inchon to Kimpo Air Base.
Healy left Korea in November 1955. He later
joined the Turtle Wax company in 1971. He is
active in veterans organizations, and the USO of
- Hicks, Ken - former CEO and president of
the sneaker chain, "FootLocker". He also held
high level executive positions at J.C. Penney and
Payless Shoe Stores. He was stationed in an
armored cavalry unit at Ft. Bliss after the end of
the Vietnam War. He was a forward observer and
then Fire Direction officer. He was nominated
to West Point by Congressman George Herbert Walker
Bush. Hicks later served as an artillery
battery commander in Korea with the 3rd Cavalry
Division, supporting the Korean army with special
weapons capabilities. He was in Korea when the
North Koreans used an axe to murder Captain Bonifas
and another US Army soldier in 1976.
- Ho, Don - Hawaiian entertainer
"Tiny Bubbles" star Don Ho flew C-97 transports
by Robert F. Dorr
To most Americans, 68-year-old Don Ho is the master of Hawaiian melody, a world-famous musician widely loved for his trademark song "Tiny Bubbles." For
decades, Ho has performed regularly along Honolulu's Waikiki Beach, not far from Kaneohe where he grew up. But even Ho's most loyal fans often don't
know that the composer, singer, and actor was an Air Force transport pilot from 1954 to 1959. As a young lieutenant, Ho flew big, four-engined C-97
transports. Friends view him as symbolic of all the Americans who served in the Cold War years immediately after the Korean conflict. "The Korean
War had just ended," Ho said in a July 19 telephone interview. "I had originally thought I might be flying jets in the fighting there, but I had an opportunity
to be assigned near home at Hickam" -- the Air Force base near Honolulu -- "so I took the assignment." The Air Force assigned Ho to flying class 55-L and sent him to Mississippi and Texas for fighter pilot training. As a student pilot, he flew the T-6
Texan, T-28, and T-33 Shooting Star trainers. "The T-33 was the only fast jet I got to fly," Ho said. "The Hickam assignment meant transports, and for that
I had training at West Palm Beach, Florida. Ho's airplane, the C-97, was a transport version of the B-29 Superfortress bomber. Its features included
the wing, tail, and 2,200-horsepower Wright R-3350-23 Cyclone piston engines found on the B-29. The C-97 had a very different fuselage from the B-29, however
-- described by aviation writer Peter M. Bowers as "double bubble." The aircraft was almost identical to the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser operated by several airliners, but had a different passenger and cargo configuration
on the inside. The Pacific Division of the Military Air Transport Service operated several versions of the transport, including C-97A, C-97B, C-97D, and
VC-97D. Most military people are more familiar with the KC-97 tanker version, hundreds of which were flown by the Strategic Air Command. As an Air Force C-97 pilot, Ho flew cargo all over the Pacific. In an earlier interview, he told Hickam historian Lincoln Higa, "The high points were
every time we flew into Tokyo. In those days, the yen [Japanese currency] was 360 yen to a dollar." Lodging, food, and shopping were readily available to
American service members at low prices. Although he wanted to stay in the Air Force and loved flying, Ho's mother was ill and wanted him home. After five years as a pilot, he began musical
performances in small groups, at first strumming at a ukelele, later playing the organ. His career as an entertainer took off in 1960 when he accepted a
long-term contract at Duke Kahanamoku's, a well-known night spot in Honolulu. Today, Don Ho is known to many as "Mr. Hawaii." Apart from the recording success of "Tiny Bubbles," he is often cited by business and tourism groups
as one of the strongest entertainment attractions in the island state. Ho's daughter, Hoku, is now well established in a musical performing career with
the MTV television network. A scrapbook of material about the Air Force and the C-97 is "one of my treasures," Ho said.
- Marshall, Garry - Director, writer, producer (The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne
& Shirley, Mork & Mindy). He also directed over 18 films, including Pretty Woman
(1990) and The Princess Diaries (2001). Born in Bronx, New York, on November 13, 1934,
he died on July 19, 2016 at the age of 81. His father was Anthony Masciarelli and his
mother was Marjorie Ward. Garry Marshall joined the U.S. Army in 1956 and was
stationed in South Korea, where he wrote for Stars & Stripes and Seoul News.
He also served as production chief for the Armed Forces Radio Network.
- Morgan, Craig - country western
signer known for such hits as That's What I Love
about Sunday and Wake Up Lovin' You.
He served half of his life in the army. He was
with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions in Panama
and Desert Storm, later serving as an air
assault instructor in South Korea. He
performed in 12 USO tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Norris, Carlos Ray "Chuck" - Christian actor/martial artist/film
producer/screenwriter, Chuck Norris was born on March 10, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma. He
joined the Air Force to become an Air Policeman in 1958 and was assigned to Osan AFB in
South Korea. There he began studying the Korean martial arts Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwan
Do. After returning to the States, he continued to be an Air Policeman at March AFB in
California until his discharge in August 1962. He is the brother of Vietnam KIA,
Wieland Norris, on June 3, 1970. Wieland and his brother Aaron both joined the
military during the Korean War. Aaron was sent to Korea, while Wieland was sent to
- Potok, Herman Harold "Chaim" - US Jewish novelist and rabbi, Potok was born
February 17, 1929 in New York City. He was ordained a conservative rabbi and taught at
several Jewish colleges before becoming editor of Conservative Judaism in 1964 and then
editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America in 1966. He is most known for his
novels The Chosen (1967), The Promise (1969), and My Name is Asher Lev
(1972). He served as a chaplain (lieutenant) in the U.S. Army in South Korea from 1955
to 1957. His novels, The Book of Lights (1981) and I Am the Clay, were
drawn from his experiences in South Korea. Chaim Potok died on July 23, 2002.
- Ryan, George - former governor of Illinois. Drafted in Army in 1954. After basic he was sent to Korea for 13 months where he was
in charge of a base pharmacy. Discharged 1956.
- Valluzzo, John - founder of the Military
Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, Valluzzo
served in Korea 1956-58. He later made a
fortune working for his family's manufacturing
company. He was shot dead by police in May
2013 outside his Connecticut mansion.
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Notable Civilians (those who participated in the
Korean War effort as civilians)
- USO stars who entertained troops during the
Korean War: Click here.
- War correspondents (civilian) in Korea: