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Cerro Gordo County Iowa
Korean War Casualties

Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Photograph by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2004

ALITZ, PFC Charlie R. of Cerro Gordo County, born 1930
    U.S. Army, 17th Infantry of the 7th Infantry Division
    Killed in Action 02 Dec 1951

CAHALAN, SGT Daniel Emmett of Cerro Gordo County, born 1915 the son of Daniel Maurice and Margaret B. (CONRIN) CAHALAN
    U.S. Army, Co. A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
    Died while captured 12 Feb 1951, Hoengsong Vicinity, Korea
    Remains not recovered or returned to U.S.A.

CARMAN, PFC Lyle Harvey of Cerro Gordo County, born 1929
    U.S. Army, I Co. 21st Infantry, 24th Infantry Division
    Died while captured POW, 12 Jul 1950 enroute to Prison Camp Hanjang-Ni, Korea
    Remains not recovered or returned to U.S.A.

On July 5, 1950, the 21st Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division was defending a position approximately two miles north of Osan, South Korean. The position was overrun with several men taken prisoner by the North Korean Forces. The POWS were moved from place to place, then on October 31st were forced on the "Tiger Death March" in sub-zero weather for 108 miles through mountainous terrain.

"Tiger Death March" was named after the North Korean Major who was in charge of the group from 1950 through early 1951. "The Tiger" shot 89 of the prisoners and many others were beaten to death during the Death March. However a majority died from exposure and untreated respiratory infections.

Those who did survive were held at the Prison Camp Hanjang-Ni with no heat, food, or medical attention. Many died from malnutrition and dysentery, consequently interred in mass POW graves. The remains of many who died as POWS have yet to be returned by North Korea.

CLARK, PFC Virgil D., U.S. Army, from Cerro Gordo County
    Died while captured POW 02 Nov 1950, Korea

CLAUS, CPL Carl Jacob from Plymouth IA, veterinary medicine student at Iowa State University, fall of 1947
    Scout dog trainer, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
    Died 05 Jun 1952 of wounds received while on patrol during hostile action, Korea
    Honored at Memorial Union Gold Star Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

HARRIOTT, PFC Forrest D. from Cerro Gordo County, born 09 Apr 1932
    U.S. Army, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
    Seriously wounded in action by missle, Died of wounds 08 Aug 1950, South Korea
    Interred Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City

HOVEL, CPL John from Cerro Gordo County, born 14 Aug 1928
    U. S. Army, 5th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division
    Killed in action 13 Oct 1951, Korea, Awarded Purple Heart
    Interment Bohemian Cemetery, Plymouth, Falls Township, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

  • JASPERSEN, PVT Leo F. of Cerro Gordo County
        U.S. Army, 7th Cavalry Reigment, 1st Cavalry Division
        seriously wounded in action by missile 20 Sep 1950
        recovered and returned to duty in Far East Command, Korea

    KOLLER, SGT Robert E., U.S. Army, from Cerro Cordo County
        Killed in action 09 Oct 1951, Korea
        Awarded Silver Star for Conspicuous Gallantry in Action
        Interred Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa

    LEWIS, CPL Billie E., from Cerro Gordo County, U.S. Army
        Killed in action 10 Oct 1951, Korea

    LOOMER, ENS Richard Charles from Mason City
        U.S. Navy, Fighter Squadron 24
        M.I.A. 19 Mar 1951, Declared K.I.A. 21 Apr 1954, Korea
        Remains not recovered or returned to U.S.A.

    MULLEN, Edmund Marvin, from Rockwell
    died of injuries and complications May 23,1953, Sawtelle Veterans Hospital, Los Angeles CA

    RIVEDAL, 1stLT Arnold David from Mason City
        U.S. Air Force, 620th Air Control & Warning Squadron
        M.I.A. 08 May 1952, Korea Declared K.I.A. 30 Dec 1953

    excerpt from The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950 - 1953 by Robert F. Futrell, 1983:
    In order to integrate the effort of air and ground forces, each operating under its own command, official doctrine recognized the requirement for a joint agency which served to exchange battle information, to provide the Army commander with a facility at which he might present his requirements for air support, and to provide the Air Force commander with an agency for timely planning and control of the supporting air effort. This agency was called a "Joint Operations Center." The physical make-up of the center included an Air Force combat operations section and an Army air-ground operations section. Designed to operate in close association with the Joint Operations Center (JOC) was an Air Force activity designated as the Tactical Air Control Center (TACC). Primarily a communications organization, the TACC was the focal point of aircraft control and warning activities for the tactical air force. . . .

    Although he could not yet move the advanced echelon of Fifth Air Force headquarters to Korea, General PARTRIDGE was anxious to open a Joint Operations Center at Taejon. At Itazuke, on 3 July, General TIMBERLAKE accordingly organized a combat operations section, drawing officers from the advanced echelon and airmen from the 8th Communications Squadron, in all; 10 officers and 35 airmen. Lt. Col. John R. MURPHY was named officer-in-charge of the operations section, and he moved his personnel and equipment to Taejon on 5 and 6 July, and set up for business at the 24th Division's headquarters in an office adjoining the division G-3. . . .

    The state of the war was so confused that the 24th Division's operations officer was frequently unable to post an accurate location of friendly troops. . . . Understanding this lack of communications, General TIMBERLAKE scheduled F-80 flights from Itazuke and Ashiya at twenty-minute intervals during the daylight hours, and these flights checked in over Taejon with Colonel MURPHY'S control station "Angelo". When "Angelo" had supporting targets, it gave them to the pilots; when "Angelo" had no targets, the fighter pilots proceeded up the roads between Osan and Seoul and looked for targets of opportunity.

    Within a few days attrition began to take a toll of the men and equipment of Detachment 1. The AN/ACR-1 was at once heavy and fragile, and it was quickly jolted out of operation by normal travel over the rough roads. Because of the lack of replacement parts and test equipment, only three radio-control jeeps were operational on 11 July. On this day Lt. Arnold RIVEDAL a young officer who was described as "very willing and eager . . . a very fine example" was hit by a burst of hostile fire while reconnoitering along the front lines. His radio operator and mechanic survived and evaded capture, but Lieutenant RIVEDAL was lost in action, with his radio jeep.

    ROACH, PFC James Jerome from Mason City, born 01 Feb 1930
        U.S. Marines Corps, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
        K.I.A. 09 May 1952, Korea
        Interrred Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa

    TIBBITS, PFC Marvin W. of Cerro Gordo County
        U.S. Army
        Died of wounds 30 Nov 1950, Korea

    Van NOTE, PFC Robert Daniel of Mason City
        U.S. Marine Corps
        K.I.A. 27 Sep 1950

    Transcriber's Note: Many of the U.S. soldiers who died in Korea, particularly the POW dead, have not been recovered or returned to the United States. Currently there is a DNA project established in hope of recovery of these remains and their return to American soil.

    KWWL, June 1, 2010
    General Colin Powell in Cedar Rapids to Unveil Korean War Memorial

    CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- It was a special day at Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Rapids.

    "Ninety thousand North Korean troops had streamed across the border and were sweeping south. We and our South Korean allies could only slow them down," said former Secretary of State Colin POWELL.

    General POWELL was in Cedar Rapids to pay tribute to the 507 Iowans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in what is often referred to as the "forgotten war."

    "Through memorials such as this, we remind later generations, that we owe so much to these heroes," POWELL said.

    Hundreds of people were in attendance as the 6 foot tall, black stone memorial was unveiled.

    "Unbelievable really. Ranks up there with anything I've seen," said Raymond ULRICH of Hiawatha.

    ULRICH remembers being alongside Robert Van NOTE, one of the many who did not return from Korea.

    "He was a gunner on the tank I was on, got killed," ULRICH said.

    Herb SPENCER of Anamosa served in the early 1950's and still thinks about the 30 thousand American lives lost.

    "I don't know what the North Koreans would have accomplished had they conquered South Korea because then instead of one prosperous part, and one poverty stricken, it would have all been poverty-stricken."

    On June 25th, it will have been 60 years since the Korean conflict began. Many are continuing the memory of those who preserved freedom in South Korea.

    "Many people say this is the forgotten war, but what they should have been saying is this is the forgotten victory because of what you veterans did, you won peace and freedom," POWELL said.

    iagenweb.org/history "Korean War Casualties from Iowa" Transcribed by Karen DeGroote-Johnson
    Futrell, Robert F. The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950 - 1953. 1983.

    Submitted by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2011; updated March of 2016

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