West Point Graduates Killed in Action – Korea

Info taken from Bill McWilliams http://intothefire.oldcolo.com/index.html



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Classes 45 – 48

lost 61 Killed in Action

Class of 1949

27 graduates Killed in Action in Korea

Class of 1950

Well over half of the 670 Grads from ’50 served in Korea. Of their number 34 were Killed in Action. The class of ’50 had a special kinship with the classes of 1836, 1846, 1861, 1917, and 1941.

“Arthur Martens Apmann” Jr. Not sure he should be listed – decision to be made by Class of ’50 – does he belong with others
17505 23 August 1951 in Korea

“Courtenay Leonard Barrett”, Jr.
17856 Killed in Action September 27, 1950

“Thurston Richard Baxter”
17722 Killed in Action 21 December 1951

“Medon Armin Bitzer”
17778 Killed in Action January 8, 1952

“Warner Turner Bonfoey”, Jr.
17677 Killed in Action October 29, 1951

“Warner Turner Bonfoey”, Jr.
17677 Killed in Action October 29, 1951

“Thomas Wesley Boydston”
17480 Killed in Action April 26, 1951

“Howard Gallaway Brown”
17942 Killed in Action September 22, 1950 i

“Thomas Francis Casserly”, III
17376 Killed in Action October 1, 1952

“Frank Peter Christensen”, Jr.
17560 Killed in Action February 13, 1951 i

“Willard Holbrook Coates”
17686 Killed in Action November 28, 1950

“Malcolm R. Cox”, Jr.
17921 Died in a North Korea POW Camp April 21, 1951

“Gene Alton Dennis”
17865 Killed in Action 28 sept 1952 Remains not found.

“George Baylor Eichelberger”, Jr.
17483 Kiolled in Action 15 January 1952

“Charles Kohl Farabaugh”
17944 Killed in Action 17 July 1952 near Haduch’on, North Korea

“George Everett Foster”
17446 Missing in Action since December 2, 1950 at Chonjin (Chosin) Reservoir, Korea.
Officially declared Dead as of December 31, 1953

“John Henry Green”
17652 Killed in Action 15 Oct 1952
In the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Lieutenant Green, as company commander, led his men in an assault on a vital enemy position through a barrage of small-arms, artillery and mortar fire. In the course of the attack, the company was subjected to fire from a camouflaged position, threatening to halt the advance, Lieutenant Green, leaping from cover into a communication trench, without regard for his own safety, hurled hand grenades to neutralize the enemy machine gun. When the company was again subjected to devastating fire from a tunnel under one of the trenches, Lieutenant Green moved forward to destroy the position and, in the process of silencing the guns, received wounds which later became fatal. Resuming the advance despite his painful wounds, Lieutenant Green led his men in an attack against the hostile forces. His courageous and inspirational leadership was greatly responsible for routing the enemy and securing the strategic ground.

“Thomas Patrick Greene”
17724 Killed in Action February 10, 1951
On February 10, 1951 while leading his platoon – a part of the leading elements of the regiment – against the Walled City of Korea, Son-Son-Ni, “Pat” went to the assistance of his lead scouts, who were pinned down by fire, and while covering their withdrawal was instantly killed. He was awarded, posthumously the Silver Star for his part in this action, with a citation which read: “During this bold action, as he fearlessly drew the enemy attention to himself”

“Carter Burdell Hagler”
17798 Killed in Action November 28, 1950

“George Ervine Hannan”
17685 Killed in Action October 2, 1950, near Wonju, Korea
Distingulshed Service Cross citation reads in part “. . . With total disregard for his own safety Lieutenant Hannan maintained his position, although wounded several times, until all the enlisted men had cleared the area. When the enemy stormed into the compound, by sheer weight of numbers, Lieutenant Hannan was overwhelmed. The gallant sacrifice of life and heroic action of this oflicer saved the remainder of the detachment from certain annihilation. . .”

Bill Harold Kellum
17975 Died 15 June 1951 (Presumed date) at Pyoktong, North Korea
“…He was assigned the mission of maintaining a combat outpost approximately 3,000 yards in front of the main line of resistance…. At the break of day, he could observe the enemy almost completely around his position. Realizing the threat to his security, he immediately began placing his men to meet the new threat… He ran from position to position, continually exposing himself to enemy fire, in order to encourage his men and direct the fire fight. When last seen, he was running toward the right flank of his platoon to direct that group of men who were then heavily engaged with the enemy …. ”

Edmund Jones Lilly III

17873 Killed in action September 3, 1950
In early September his platoon was on an isolated peak overlooking the Naktong River in the Yongson Sector. The rest of the regiment had been driven from its position. Why Ted’s platoon did not withdraw, we do not know. Death occurred September 3, 1950, according to the D.A. wire. The posthumous Silver Star citations read in part: “During the intense automatic weapons fire and grenade explosions, Lieutenant Lilly walked among his men, encouraging them to greater efforts in their valiant defense against insurmountable odds.”
Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division he was the first in ’50 to be killed in action.

“Warren Carr Littlefield”
17502 Died of Wounds Received in Action September 15, 1950

“John Matheson McAlpine”
Killed in Action 24 June 1952
“While participating in aerial flights against forces of the enemy in the Korean Campaign, First Lieutenant John M. McAlpine distinguished himself … by flying at dangerously low altitude in adverse weather over enemy – held territory, rocketed, strafed, and bombed enemy supplies, troops, equipment, and transportation facilities. By his aggressive leadership, and courage, and by his superior judgment and flying skill, First Lieutenant McAlpine has brought great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”

“James Drexler Michel”
17954 Died March 26, 1951, of Wounds Received in Action

“Peter Howland Monfore”
17661 Killed in Action 19 September 1951

“Peter was courageous. He was awarded a French medal and citation by General Monclar, Commander of the French U.N. forces, for great courage, in spite of fierce enemy cross fire, in rescuing a French battalion which had been surrounded by the enemy”.
His Action at his death was even more compelling>

“William Frederick Nelson”
18007 Declared dead 28 January 1954; Missing in Action
Bill took “B” Company to occupy Kelly Hill, a key terrain feature, on 18 September 1952. That night the Chinese assaulted the hill with an estimated 600 men. They swarmed over the position and Bill was last seen fighting in the vicinity of his CP. The fighting was severe, and only 19 of the 200 officers and men of “B” Company survived the action to retreat to friendly lines. Efforts to retake the hill failed and the Korean War ended with Kelly Hill still in enemy hands.

“Stanley David Osborne”
17704 Killed in Action 17 July 1953
For his action in ousting a squad of Chinese Communists from the trenches by hand to hand combat, he received the Silver Star.

“William Edwards Otis”, Jr.
17908 Killed in Action September 11, 1950
For his “extreme courage and aggressive action against overwhelming odds” in action near Waegwan, “Tige” was awarded the Silver Star. He had been put in for another for his part in leading a patrol to bring out a fellow officer and friend who had been cut off; but shortly thereafter, on September 11, he was killed while leading his platoon on an attack near Waegwan.

“James Robinson Pierce” Jr.
17937 Killed in Action June 16, 1952

“Robert Webb Robinson”

17804 Died of wounds 21 September 1950

“William Bonner Slade”
17380 Killed in Action May 12, 1952

“Kenneth Arnold Tackus”
17837 Killed in Action, December 1, 1950 ,p>

“John Charles Trent”
17938 Killed in Action November 15, 1950, near Wonsan.
His Junior High graduation Speech is a strangely prophetic one, entitled “I Am An American,” and ends fittingly:

“I become a link in an unending, unbroken chain, welded together by the Spirit of Freedom, and shining with an undying purpose that will keep forever the principles of Democracy supreme in a turmoiled world.”

“John Lonergan Weaver”
17694 Killed in Action 6 September 1952
Interment: West Point Cemetery
Later accounts of the battle described it as being vicious, savage and, at times, hand-to-hand. Casualities were high. A member of the staff later wrote, “The only thing that dulled the brunt of their (Chinese) assault and finally stopped it was men like John who bought time with their lives… his final actions were an inspiration to the men around him …….

“Warren Webster”, III
18012 Killed in Action, February 21, 1953

Class of 1951
9 Graduates Killed in Action in Korea

Class of 1952

5 Graduates Killed in Action in Korea

Dick Inman B-IN Infantry 17th Inf Div Korea Killed 7 July 1953
2 Lt SS-2PH

Richard Shea – – Please Note – this is not right! The Register of Graduates gives him 3 lines, one of which is his name – as Graduates we can do better for a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Shea Stadium is named in his Honor. Virgina, Infantry,17th Inf 7 Div Korea 1953, Died 8 July 1953 1Lt MA PH CI

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