The Korean War

Those Who Served From
Henderson County TN

BAKER, James and BAKER, Billy M.
     After five years - and 10,000 miles from home, more or less - two Henderson County brothers finally got together. In the battered Korean town of Chuncheon, Lt. James Baker, U.S. Army and Sgt. Billy M. Baker, U.S. Marine Corp. were together for a day and a night on July 12, 1951. Sgt. Baker's marine air unit had flown to Chunchon where Lt. Baker was stationed. They are the sons of Mr.a nd Mrs. Calvin Baker (Lexington Progress July 27, 1951)

BRUNT, James R.
     United States Army Private First Class served with Company I, 17th Infantry, Seventh Infantry Division. He was killed in combat while in North Korea. Son of John Luther and Josie Pricilla S. (Little) Brunt. Brother of John Earl Brunt. Buried at
Ridge Grove Cemetery Henderson Co TN

BRUNT, John Earl
     TN Cpl Marines born 27 December 1931 and died 8 August 1953. Son of John Luther and Josie Pricilla S. (Little) Brunt. He married Martha Jane Wood and has 2 sons, James Stanley and Anthony Earl Brunt. Brother of James R. Brunt. Buried at
Ridge Grove Cemetery Henderson Co TN

CAGLE, Lois - PFC     Obituary

DIXON, Willie F.
    PFC Army Prisoner of War Died 12 February 1951

     Sgt. 7th Infantry Division. Obituary

FESMIRE, Charles Alton 1933 - 2009
     SSgt. US Army - 20 years service
     Buried at Independence Cemetery Obituary

    Army Sgt 5 Infantry RCT Korea. Killed in Action 8 August 1950. Buried at Independence Cemetery, Henderson Co. Glenn Gardner was born 1 December 1928. Obituary

GIVENS, Jerry Leon 1937 - 1997
     AB US Air Force Obituary

KEEN, James Harold 1929 - 1992
     A1C US Air Force Obituary

JONES, Jessie L.
    Pvt. Army Killed in Action 19 October 1951

JOWERS, Bobby Elbert
SN US Navy
Born 8 July 1932
Died 26 April 2006
Buried at Lexington Cemetery

MILNER, Sgt. Raymond
    One of the first letters in the prisoner "mail swap" in Korea was one from Sgt. Raymond Milneer, Sardis, who has been a prisoner for more than a year. His wife Mrs. Bertha Milner, received the letter New Year's day. It was written Christmas eve. For the first time, Mrs. Milner said, she found evidence of the subtle communist progaganda which has been reported in many letters. She had previously received two letters from her husband missing since Nov. 20, 1950.

In part the letter said: "The Chinese are really treating us nice, you couldn't ask for any better treatment. We have been issued cotton padded uniforms, good shoes and socks and everything a man needs." "I can't think of very much to write about except that I would like to be backhome and if there is anything you can do to help end this war do it." Sgt. Milner also wrote of the Christmas meal which he said was composed of bread, chicken, pork gravy and apple pie.

OLIVE, Billy E. Buried at Jones Cemetery   Obituary

    Pfc. Army Killed in Action 20 July 1950
The first body of a Henderson Countian killed in Korea is back in the states. The body of PFC Earl L. Powers, 22 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Powers, Route 4, was aboard the East Point Victory Sunday when that ship berthed in San Francisco. Pft. Powers, a member of teh 24th Infantry Division was killed in action near Taejon last July 20. Apparently he had been in action only a short time as his last letter home, dated July 9, stated he was leaving Japan. In it he saidhe had been called back from Tokyo. fc. Powers was a former member of the National Guard company here. He enlisted in the Army in March 1948 and sailed overseas in August 1950. (The Lexington Progress 18 May 1951)

RHODES, Pfc. Elden Paul     Obituary

RHODES, Harold
The life of another Henderson Countiian has been claimed as he result of the undeclared war in Korea. He is Sgt. Harold Rhodes, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. "Fate" Rhodes, who now lives at Henderson, but formerly of Middlefork. Sgt. Rhodes had recently ben transferred from the 25th Inf. Div. to the First Cavalry. The terse telegram delivered Sunday morning, said that Sgt. Rhodes died Feb. 7, 1951 of wounds received in action. He attended Lexington High School. (Lexington Progress Marcy 9, 1951)

SISSON, Harold Lloyd
Born 10 June 1933
Died 11 July 2000
Buried at Lexington Cemetery

  STANFORD, Jessie Mitchell
    Pvt. Army Killed in Action 2 June 1953
County Soldier Killed In Korean War: The war in far-away Korea came home to Henderson County again this week with the notification that Pvt. Jessie Mitchell Stanford had been killed in action. The somber, terse telegram was handed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harlie Stanford, Cedar Grove, Saturday. It read simply that their son was killed June 2. Young Stanford's death brings to four the number from this county killed since the war broke out three years ago. Three others are prisoners. Only 22, young Stanford entered the army last October. He was at home the latter part of February on his before-overseas furlough. He wrote later that he entered combat April 22. He attended Mt. Gilead school in the county. In addition to his parents, he leaves four brothers, Virgil, Lloyd and Thomas, all of whom served in the last war, and Earl; three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Joe Gorley, Misses, Pauline and Mary Ruth Stanford, all of near Cedar Grove.
The Lexington Progress, June 12, 1953

UTLEY, Brookston Earl 1928 - 1981      Obituary

  WHITE, Jake N. (Jr)
     Private White of Lexington has recently completed basic trainiing with G. Company 61st Inf. of the famed 8th Infantry Div of Ft. Jackson SC. He is the son of Mrs. Maude White of Route 4, Lexington. His wife is the former Sue Carroll Gateley ofHuntingdon. He attended Lexington High School and prior to entering the service was employed in the lumber business. (Lexington progress August 3, 1951)