Korean War:
Veteran Bios

   

  

The following information was submitted by Robert Hall to our Fulton County Historian,
William Loveday, Jr., who has kindly shared the records.
For more details on these individual men, go to:  www.abmc.org.  

  

  

George E. Adamec

Born January 31, 1918, Killed in Action on January 5, 1951
From Broadalbin
First Lieutenant, U. S. Air Force

First Lt. Adamec was also a veteran of World War II, as co-pilot of a B-24 Bomber in Italy.  In Korea, he was a pilot of a B-26 In Korea, he was the pilot of a B-26C Invader bomber with the 162nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 543rd Tactical Support Group. On January 5, 1951, as he lifted his aircraft off the runway at Taegu Air Base (K-2), the aircraft crashed killing all on board.

First Lieutenant Adamec was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

   

Charles L. Andrews

Born October 13, 1929; Killed in Action July 16, 1950
From Gloversville
Corporal, U. S. Army

Corporal Andrews was a medic with the Medical Company, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Initially, he was reported as Missing in Action while tending his wounded comrades near Chochiwon, South Korea on July 12, 1950. Later it was determined that he had been killed on July 16, 1950.

Corporal Andrews was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Medical Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

  

Watson Abbott Baldwin

Born October 20, 1931; Died of Wounds September 27, 1952
From Northampton
Private First Class, U. S. Army

Private First Class Baldwin was a member of the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded by enemy mortar fragments while defending his position on the main line of resistance near Hwanggi, North Korea on September 27, 1952. He died of those wounds later that day.

Private First Class Baldwin was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

  

Landon Earl Benedict

Born November 12, 1932; Killed in action July 24, 1950
From Gloversville
Private, U. S. Army

Private Benedict was a light machine gunner in Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while defending his position near Hwanggan, South Korea against a large enemy force in the early morning of July 24, 1950.

Private Benedict was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

  

Kenneth Frank Cramer

Born October 3, 1894; Non-hostile Death February 20, 1954
From Gloversville
Major General, U. S. Army

Major General Cramer was a veteran of World War I and World War II. During the Korean War he commanded the Southern Area Command in Germany. He died of a myocardial infarction while hunting near Heidelberg, Germany on February 20, 1954.

For his leadership and valor, Major General Cramer was awarded the Silver Star with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

  

Harold S. Fancher

Born 1931 Johnstown, Died a POW in Korea June 22, 1951
Corporal, U. S. Army

Corporal Fancher was a medic with the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War while tending his wounded comrades near Chochiwon, South Korea on July 12, 1950 and died while a prisoner on June 22, 1951.

  

William Samuel Gebou

Born 1929 Rockwood (Ephratah); Missing in Action (Presumed Dead) December 1, 1950
Corporal, U. S. Army

Corporal Gebou was a member of the 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on December 1, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.

Corporal Gebou was awarded the Purple Heart.

  

Edward M. Grey

Born April 1923 Gloversville; Non-hostile Air Crash October 27, 1951
Captain, U. S. Air Force

Captain Grey was veteran of World War II, serving as a pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. During the Korean, he was assigned to the Special Missions Squadron, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC. On October 27, 1951, his plane was enroute to Lowrey Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado to pick up Vice President Alben Barkley when it crashed in the Missouri River near Kansas City, Missouri. His remains were never recovered. He was presumed dead on November 13, 1951.

For his service during World War II, Captain Grey was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

 

Harrison Earl Hall

Born July 13, 1928 in Gloversville; Killed in Action February 12, 1951
Private First Class, U. S. Army

Private First Class Hall was a member of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on February 12, 1951.

Private First Class Hall was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

  

Steven John Kovarik

Born October 31, 1932 Johnstown; Died January 21, 1954 (Non-hostile death)
Hospital Corpsman Second Class, U. S. Navy

Hospital Corpsman Kovarik was a member of Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. On January 21, 1954 while participating in the movement of 14,000 Chinese ex-prisoners of war to Formosa, he was aboard Army Landing Craft Medium (LCM 5195). It collided with Landing Ship Tank (LST 456) in Inchon Harbor, South Korea causing his craft to overturn. He and 27 other Marines perished.

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Kovarik was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

  

James S. Mannino

Born December 25, 1927, Johnstown; Killed in Action June 2, 1951
Private First Class, U. S. Army

Private First Class Mannino was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on January 2, 1951

   

Joseph Lewis Meher, Jr.

Born Gloversville in 1925; Killed in Action May 18, 1951
Private First Class, U. S. Army

Private First Class Meher was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He received serious leg wounds in South Korea on February 13, 1951. He was evacuated to Nafoya, Japan and returned to duty on April 25, 1951. On May 18, 1951, his unit was surrounded by Chinese forces in the Soyang River Area of North Korea and was forced to withdraw with heavy casualties. He was Killed in Action while helping with the withdrawal.

Private First Class Meher was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

  

Frank Bennett Peets

Born December 22, 1933, Johnstown; Non-hostile Death September 2, 1953
Private, U. S. Army

Private Peets was a member of the 981st Engineer Training Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On September 2, 1953, he and 39 other trainees were given a demonstration ride on an engineer pontoon raft on a nearby lake when the raft capsized. Private Peets and 19 trainees drowned.

  

William Lawrence Reynolds

Born 1913 Johnstown; Non hostile death August 7, 1952
Sergeant, U. S. Army

Sergeant Reynolds was a veteran of World War II, serving as an infantryman in the European Theater. During the Korean War he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On August 7, 1951, he died of a myocardial infraction.

Sergeant Reynolds was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the European Theater Medal and the National Defense Medal.

  

Bernard Henry Sparks

Born December 28, 1932, Gloversville; Non-hostile Death November 15, 1951
Private First Class, U. S. Air Force

Private First Class Sparks was assigned to Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado. On November 15, 1951, he was killed in an automobile accident while driving on an icy road near castle Rock, Colorado.

Private First Class Sparks was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

  

William Michael Valachovic

Born June 2, 1922, Johnstown; Died of Wounds September 27, 1950
Second Lieutenant, U. S. Army

Second Lieutenant Valachovic was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 5th Air Force in the Far East. In Korea, he was a member of the 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded when an enemy 120mm shell struck the 3rd Battalion command post near Anui, South Korea on September 27, 1950. He died of those wounds later that day.

For his leadership and valor, Second Lieutenant Valachovic was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. For World War II, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Aisiatic-Pacific Service Medal.

  

Richard Lee Wojeski

Born 1929, Gloversville; Killed in Action March 8, 1951
Sergeant, U. S. Army

Sergeant Wojeski was a forward observer for the 60mm mortar platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while attacking the enemy through the Yongmun Mountains, South Korea during "Operation Ripper" on March 8, 1951.

For his leadership and valor, Sergeant Wojeski was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

  

Milton Vernon Wood

Born March 26, 1926; Non-hostile Death August 30, 1952
Airman Second CLass, U. S. Air Force

Airman Second Class Wood was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army Signal Corps in the China-Burma-India Theater. In Korea, he was a member of Detachment 4, 6127th Air Terminal Group, Pusan Air Force Base. He was responsible for loading the wounded aboard aircraft for evacuation to Japan and the United States. On August 30, 1952, he died of injuries as a result of a vehicular accident.

Airman Second Class Wood was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Treater Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

   

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