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Several thousand Citadel alumni were on duty when the Korean War broke out. Of these, we know of 25 that sacrificed their lives on or near the field of battle as a result of hostile action, 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
1940Click here to view a larger version.LTC Julius Elliot O'Neal (USAF)KIA/MIA, MIA over Inchon, South Korea, still MIAOctober 23, 1951
1942Click here to view a larger version.PFC Gordon Ackly Littlefield (USMC)KIA, South KoreaMarch 17, 1951
1943Click here to view a larger version.CPT Molten Ancrum Shuler, Jr. (USA)KIA, Chorwon, North Korea WIA 6/16/52August 24, 1952
1944Click here to view a larger version.CPT William Kennedy Mauldin (USAF)KIA, over Sinan-ri, North KoreaFebruary 21, 1952
1946Click here to view a larger version.2LT John Eugene Pound (USAF)KIA, over Tsu Bu, South KoreaFebruary 22, 1952
1947Click here to view a larger version.2LT Solomon Lee Van Meter, III (USMC)KIA, South KoreaJuly 9, 1953
1948Click here to view a larger version.1LT Wesley Hartwell Johnson (USA)KIA, Hadong, South KoreaJuly 27, 1950
1949Click here to view a larger version.2LT Frank Elwood Bloomenshine (USA)KIA, South KoreaAugust 25, 1950
1949Click here to view a larger version.1LT James Futrell Exley (USA)KIA, North KoreaApril 5, 1951
1949Click here to view a larger version.1LT William Calvin Hall (USA)KIA, Uijonbu, South KoreaApril 25, 1951
1949Click here to view a larger version.1LT John William Hill, Jr. (USMC)KIA, over Pohang, South KoreaSeptember 10, 1952
1949Click here to view a larger version.1LT Edmund Jones Lilly, III (USA)KIA, South KoreaSeptember 3, 1950
1949Click here to view a larger version.2LT Edward Rutledge Ravenel, III (USA)KIA, Hill 303, South KoreaSeptember 5, 1950
1950Click here to view a larger version.1LT Herman Louis Falk, Jr. (USA)KIA/POW, Died while POW (2/12/51)May 31, 1951
1950Click here to view a larger version.1LT William Henry McLellan (USA)KIA, North KoreaSeptember 19, 1951
1950Click here to view a larger version.2LT William Kendrick Mordecai (USA)KIA, Wonsan Harbor, South KoreaNovember 15, 1950
1950Click here to view a larger version.1LT Clyde P. Padgett, Jr. (USA)KIA, Seoul, South KoreaJanuary 3, 1951
1950Click here to view a larger version.1LT Richard Tarlton Smock (USA)KIA, Chollyon-Dong North Korea DSCJune 6, 1951
1951Click here to view a larger version.1LT Bob Pearce Cannon (USAF)KIA, over Suwon AF, South KoreaDecember 4, 1952
1951Click here to view a larger version.1LT James Franklin Davis (USAF)KIA/MIA, over South KoreaMay 10, 1953
1951Click here to view a larger version.PVT William Clyde Fowler (USA)KIA, South KoreaJanuary 30, 1951
1951Click here to view a larger version.1LT Myrth Jimmie Killingsworth (USA)KIA, North KoreaOctober 14, 1952
1951Click here to view a larger version.2LT Thomas Preston Pearce (USA)KIA, North KoreaAugust 12, 1952
1951Click here to view a larger version.SGT Desmond K. Wilkerson (USAF)KIA, over Sinanjo AF, North KoreaNovember 28, 1950