Who are the veterans of Korea?

By: By Charles Warner - [email protected]
Charles Warner | The Union Times These are the names of the sons of Union County who lost their lives during the Korean War but they are not the only Union County residents who served in that war and/or in Korea in the 65 years since the end of the fighting (but not the war itself) in 1953.

UNION COUNTY — The Union Civitan Club has identified the veterans of the Korean War from Union County and is now asking for the public’s help in identifying those Union County resident who have served in Korea since the end of the fighting (but not the war).

The Korean War was the first major conflict of the Cold War and lasted from June 25, 1950 until the signing of the armistice ending combat on July 27, 1953. The war pitted the communist powers of North Korea and China with the backing of fellow communist power Russia against allied forces that included South Korea and America operating under the authority of the United Nations.

While the actual fighting between the two sides ended on June 27, 1953, this was only an armistice, not an actual peace treaty formally ending the war. As a result, technically speaking the Korean War has never ended and in the 65 years since the United States of America has maintained a sizable military presence on the Korean Peninsula to help protect South Korea from North Korea, the aggressor in the Korean War.

In the 65 years since the end of combat, approximately 1.65 million American soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen have served in and around the Korean peninsula, an area that is still in a state of war. Over 23,000 American military personnel are currently stationed in Korea, many of them along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.

The Union Civitan Club is planning to host a reception to honor Union County veterans of the Korean War and those who have served in Korea since the end of active hostilities in 1953. The reception is planned for Friday, July 27, the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that stopped the fighting in Korea.

Civitan Club President Tommy Sinclair said Thursday that the club has compiled a list of the names of the Union County residents who served in Korea during the Korean War. Sinclair said the club is now looking to identify those who served in Korea over the last 65 years. He said the club needs the public’s help to identify these veterans so they can be honored at the reception.

In addition, Sinclair said the club also wants the public’s help to ensure that it has collected all the names of the county’s Korean War veterans and their status and to correct any mistakes made in the current list. Below are the names and status — including KIA (Killed In Action), D (Deceased since the end of the fighting) — the Union County veterans of the Korea War:

• A. Aubry Adams

• Ambros R. Adams — KIA

• Kenneth L. Adams — D

• Robert S. Adams — D

• Frank D. Alexander

• Wallace Thomas “Tom” Alexander

• Jack Allison — D

• Kenneth B. Arrington — D

• Edward John Arthur — D

• William L. “Bill” Arthur — D

• Carroll L. Ashe — D

• Ted Babb

• Robert L. Beaty, Jr.

• Bobby R. Bailey — D

• Floyd Terry Baldwin — D

• Paul Thomas Bell — D

• Harvey L. Belue

• Henry H. Belue — D

• William C. “WC” Bennett

• Charles Marvin Bettis

• Bernard L. Bishop

• William Franklin Bishop — D

• William E. Black — D

• Thomas Eugene Blackwood

• William Berry Blue — D

• Claude B. Bobo

• James Robert Bobo

• Willie Thomas Bobo

• Donald A. Bolton

• Ralph S. Boughman — KIA

• James C. Boyd

• Jimmy E. Brady

• James L. Bramlett, Sr.-D

• Albert Eugene Bright — D

• Bobby R. Bright — D

• Bobby Brooks

• Robert Gene Brooks — KIA

• James Russell Brown

• Carl Bumgarner

• Bobby G. Burkhalter

• Buck H. Butler, Jr. — D

• Rev. Dr. Carrol J. Calvert — D

• Howard H. Candler

• Carl L. Carter

• Harold D. Carter

• Warren William Carter, Sr. — D

• Lewis L. Clayton — D

• Frank D. Cody — D

• Carol Coffer (Female) — D

• Olin Dan Coleman

• Willie Comer — D

• Charles D. Conard — D

• Carol L. Cookson

• Dr. Alfred Robert Cordell — D

• Edward “Maurice” Cordell

• Russell Crocker — D

• Margaret Cudd (Female)

• Oscar F. Danner, Jr. — KIA

• Bobby M. Davis — D

• Fred Donald Davis

• Marvin Davis

• Richard Dawkins

• Fred O’Neil DeBruhl, Sr. — D

• Jesse Carson DeBruhl — D

• Donald L. Dover

• Richard O. Dudley — D

• Raymond E. Duncan

• Wayne R. Eubanks

• John D. Eversman, Jr

• Carl Dean Fallaw

• William R. Falls — D

• Iley Watson Fant — D

• Hamlin Farr

• James S. Faucett

• William Norman Faucett

• Reginald “Clint” Fisher

• Arthur Frost

• Ray W. Freeman

• William “Pete” Freeman — D

• Scott Garland — D

• Donald Glenn Garner — D

• Jack G. Garner

• Jimmy Garner

• Robert S. Garrison — D

• Billy Sparks Genoble — D

• Billy D. Gibson — D

• Glenn P. Gibson

• Edmund Giles — D

• Jack Giles — D

• Noah “Yates” Giles

• Edward Gist — D

• Oscar Gist, Sr.

• Townsell Gore, Jr. — D

• Robert W. Grady — D

• Nelson “Nub” Graham — D

• Leland A. Gregory

• Bob “Red” Gregory

• Bolden Gregory — D

• Albert Grubbs

• Bryan Gruver, Jr. — D

• Ludie Preston Gwinn, Jr.

• Jan W. Hagan — D

• John F. Ham, Sr. — D

• Harold G. Haney

• Hoyt Haney — D

• Jessie Hardy

• Gene Harmon — D

• Wayne Harmon

• Joseph E. Harper

• George Robert Harris

• Robert M. Harris

• Roger Harris

• James Marvin Heatherly — D

• Elwood Edwin Hella — D

• Bobby W. Helms

• Charles “Mike” Henderson

• Harold D. Henderson — D

• Mike Henderson

• Buddy Hendrix

• Grady Hill

• Robert William Hinkle — D

• Von Quentin Holland

• Henry Hollingsworth

• Franklin D. Horne — D

• Fred W. Howard, Sr. — D

• Francis M. Howell

• Ernest O. Human — D

• William Dennis Humphries — D

• Henry W. Hutcherson

• Maurice Hyder

• Frederick Roger Inman

• George Ivey — D

• James Jackson — D

• Ralph Thomas Jenkins — D

• Richard E. Jenkins — KIA

• Charlie Jennings

• Yolanda N. Jennings — (Female)

• Harold Ray Johnson — D

• James M. Johnson — D

• Oscar Johnson, Jr.

• William Johnson, Jr.

• Wallace Darrell “Bud” Jolly — D

• Furman M Jones, Sr.

• James Burton Justice — D

• Modest Keenan, Jr.

• Joy Roy Keasler — D

• Bobbie Gene Keisler

• Alphonso Kelley

• Thomas Henry Kelly

• Barham F. Kennedy

• George M. Kerr — D

• Benjamin Lancaster — KIA

• Melvin “Buck” Lancaster — D

• Leroy Land

• James Howard Lane — D

• Donald Ray Lankford — D

• Billy Dean Latham — D

• Bobby Everette Lawson — D

• Dudley W. Lawson, Jr. — D

• Lloyd Lawson — D

• Roy Thurston Lawson

• William Monroe Lawson — D (Booter?)

• C.H. Layton

• Franklin D. Lemons — D

• James C. LeMaster — D

• O. Lee Lindsey

• Arthur Clinton McAbee — D

• John Mathenson McAlpine — KIA

• Louis Albert McBeth — D

• John D. McCarley

• George Thomas McInvale — D

• James Donald Maness

• James L. Maness

• William H. Maness

• Gary Marcy

• William Martin — D

• James “Buddy” Massey — D

• Benjamin F. Means — D

• James Robert Merchant

• Bennie Mills — D

• Winifred L. Millwood

• Oren K. Minter, Sr.

• Claude Morrow Mitchell — D

• George Mitchell — D

• Harold Mize — D

• John B.F. Moore — D

• Andrew Morman — D

• Charles W. Morrow — D

• Ronald Arthur Mummery — D

• Ray H. Nance — D

• Ivey Thomas “Tommy” Nave — D

• Robert L. Nelson

• Beauford Ray Northern — D

• Larry W. Ochiltree — D

• Billy E. O’Dell — D

• Grady L. O’Dell — D

• Harold Dean O’Dell, Sr. — D

• Johnny Owensby

• Bruce Palmer — D

• Harold E. Palmer — KIA

• William Murray Parkins — D

• Carl Patrick — D

• Paul Patrick — D

• Harry Pecko — D

• Hal Waldo Pendleton — D

• Mark E. Pharr/Mack E. Pharr (?)

• Lewis Porter — D

• Alden James Price

• William G. Prince, Sr

• Charles C. Puckett — KIA

• Carl Queen

• Howard Quinn

• Sue Happerfield Quinn (Female) — D

• James Edward Randall

• R. B. Randall, Jr.

• Jack Ray — D

• Elmer Rector — D

• Armel D. Revels

• Paul R. Revels

• Lucius Marion Rice

• Robert Rice

• Boyd R. Reardon

• William W. Richbourg — D

• Frank Lee “Buddy” Roberts — D

• James “Wall-Socket” Roberts — D

• Glenn Robinson

• James Eddie Robinson, Jr. — D

• James Oscar Robinson

• Johnnie Robinson

• Paul E. Robinson

• William Robinson

• Wilson Robinson — D

• Jack Rogers

• Fred M. Rogers, Jr. — D

• David G. Russell

• James Ruth

• James Sarter

(Korea or Vietnam?)

• Obie Sarter

• David Wayne Scott — D

(Korea or Vietnam?)

• Claude “Jabo” Steen — D

• Charles F. Shaw — D

• A. J. Shetley

• Freddie L. Shirley — D

• Leroy Shropshire — D

• Melvin Sinclair — D

• Curtis C. Smith, Jr. — D

• Earl F. Smith — D

• Frank H. Smith

• George Smith

• James C. Smith

• Olin David Smith — D

• Roy C. Smith

• Roy F. Smith — D

• William Morris Smith — D

• Frances Sprouse, Sr.

• Rev. Joseph Stover — D

• William Curtis Teague — D

• Fred Thomas — D

• Nevil J. “Buddy” Thomas — D

• James W. Thomason — D

• Benjamin Thompson, Sr. — D

• Leonard Thornton — D

• Willie B. Titus — D

• James T. Tracy

• Samuel Trammell — D

• William Tucker

• James F. Turner

• Iverson G. “IG” Vanderford — D

• Aubrey Dean Vaughan — KIA

• James W. Vaughan — D

• Melvin Vess — D

• Jack Raymond Vinson — D

• James E. Vinson — D

• Donald Wade

• Cynthia Comer Wallace — (F)

• Ben Ward, Jr. — D

• Walter “Buck” West — D

• Bobby Lee White — D

• Murrell Keith White — D

• Edwin R. “Ed” Whitehead — D

• Col. (Ret.) William Jackson Whitener — D

• David Norman Wilburn

• Griffin T. Willard — D

• J. B. Williamson, Sr.

• Robert A. Williamson

• Carl Wix

• John Earl Woodward — D

• Calvin “Chip” Young

• Roy Means Youngblood

• Allen A. Younger

• Edward J. Yutz, Jr. — D

Anyone with information about the Union County veterans of military service in Korea since 1953 and/or information regarding the veterans of the Korean War itself is asked to call Tommy Sinclair at 864-621-2435; Cindy Fore at 864-429-6224; Becky Cobb at 864-426-3960; Donna McMurray at 864-426-3158; and Tina Cordell at 864-427-8078.

Charles Warner | The Union Times These are the names of the sons of Union County who lost their lives during the Korean War but they are not the only Union County residents who served in that war and/or in Korea in the 65 years since the end of the fighting (but not the war itself) in 1953.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Korean-War-Monument-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times These are the names of the sons of Union County who lost their lives during the Korean War but they are not the only Union County residents who served in that war and/or in Korea in the 65 years since the end of the fighting (but not the war itself) in 1953.
Civitans asking for help identifying them

By Charles Warner

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Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.