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Korean War

Several thousand Citadel alumni were on duty when the Korean War broke out. Of these, we know of 25 that sacrificed their lives as a result of being a combatant, with two of the 25 still listed as missing-in-action/presumed dead (MIA). During the battle 1/Lt Richard Smock was awarded the nations second highest combat medal, the Distinguished Service Cross, for "extraordinary heroism," and one alumnus became a jet "Ace" by recording more than five victories over enemy aircraft. Captain William Mauldin, class of 1944, was shot down in 1951 and listed for 56 years as MIA until his crash site and remains were ID'd and returned home in 2008 to re-join The Citadel's "Long Gray Line." Additional information on the sacrifice of Citadel alumni during the Korean War is welcome as this list may not be a full accounting. 

Credits to Mike Stannard,'65 for his research on this page. 

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ClassRank, Name, UnitBattleDeath Date
1940 Click here to view a larger version.LTC Julius Elliot O'Neal (USAF) KIA/MIA, MIA over Inchon, South Korea, still MIA October 23, 1951
1942 Click here to view a larger version.PFC Gordon Ackly Littlefield (USMC) KIA, South Korea March 17, 1951
1943 Click here to view a larger version.CPT Molten Ancrum Shuler, Jr. (USA) KIA, Chorwon, North Korea WIA 6/16/52 August 24, 1952
1944 Click here to view a larger version.CPT William Kennedy Mauldin (USAF) KIA, over Sinan-ri, North Korea February 21, 1952
1946 Click here to view a larger version.2LT John Eugene Pound (USAF) KIA, over Tsu Bu, South Korea February 22, 1952
1947 Click here to view a larger version.2LT Solomon Lee Van Meter, III (USMC) KIA, South Korea July 9, 1953
1948 Click here to view a larger version.1LT Wesley Hartwell Johnson (USA) KIA, Hadong, South Korea July 27, 1950
1949 Click here to view a larger version.2LT Frank Elwood Bloomenshine (USA) KIA, South Korea August 25, 1950
1949 Click here to view a larger version.1LT James Futrell Exley (USA) KIA, North Korea April 5, 1951
1949 Click here to view a larger version.1LT William Calvin Hall (USA) KIA, Uijonbu, South Korea April 25, 1951
1949 Click here to view a larger version.1LT John William Hill, Jr. (USMC) KIA, over Pohang, South Korea September 10, 1952
1949 Click here to view a larger version.1LT Edmund Jones Lilly, III (USA) KIA, South Korea September 3, 1950
1949 Click here to view a larger version.2LT Edward Rutledge Ravenel, III (USA) KIA, Hill 303, South Korea September 5, 1950
1950 Click here to view a larger version.1LT Herman Louis Falk, Jr. (USA) KIA/POW, Died while POW (2/12/51) May 31, 1951
1950 Click here to view a larger version.1LT William Henry McLellan (USA) KIA, North Korea September 19, 1951
1950 Click here to view a larger version.2LT William Kendrick Mordecai (USA) KIA, Wonsan Harbor, South Korea November 15, 1950
1950 Click here to view a larger version.1LT Clyde P. Padgett, Jr. (USA) KIA, Seoul, South Korea January 3, 1951
1950 Click here to view a larger version.1LT Richard Tarlton Smock (USA) KIA, Chollyon-Dong North Korea DSC June 6, 1951
1951 Click here to view a larger version.1LT Bob Pearce Cannon (USAF) KIA, over Suwon AF, South Korea December 4, 1952
1951 Click here to view a larger version.1LT James Franklin Davis (USAF) KIA/MIA, over South Korea May 10, 1953
1951 Click here to view a larger version.PVT William Clyde Fowler (USA) KIA, South Korea January 30, 1951
1951 Click here to view a larger version.1LT Myrth Jimmie Killingsworth (USA) KIA, North Korea October 14, 1952
1951 Click here to view a larger version.2LT Thomas Preston Pearce (USA) KIA, North Korea August 12, 1952
1951 Click here to view a larger version.SGT Desmond K. Wilkerson (USAF) KIA, over Sinanjo AF, North Korea November 28, 1950
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