Cpl. John Archibald Livingston, of Rayville, Killed in Korean War, ca 1952

From the Richland Beacon News, Cpl. John A. Livingston, Korean War Sat, Aug 30, 1952

Rayville Soldier Killed In Korea; Cpl. John A. Livingston Slain August 12th.

BODY EXPECTED TO BE RETURNED HOME IN OCTOBER.

Cpl. John A. Livingston, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Livingston, Route 4, Rayville, was killed in action in Korea, August 12th while serving with the famous Wolfhound regiment on the eastern front. A telegram announcing his death was received recently by members of Cpl. Livingston’s family.

Corporal Livingston was a rifleman in Co. A, 27th rifle combat team. He entered the army September 13, 1951, and received his basic training at Schofield barracks in Hawaii. He was sent to Korea last March. He was a graduate of the Rayville high school in 1950. Surviving are his ‘parents; seven sisters, Mrs. D. H. Johnson, Atlanta, Ga., Miss Sybil Livingston, Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. N. J. McConnell, Springhill, and Ann, Areola, Linda and Sue, all of Rayville; four brothers, Sgt. Max Livingston, who is being rotated from Korea, and Wallace, Bobby and Stanley, all of Rayville, and one grandparent, Mrs. Ollie E. Jagers, of Rayville.

A strange incident in connection with the tragic death was the fact that Sgt. Max Livingston and Cpl. John A. Livingston had seen each other only four days before John was killed, for the first time since John entered the service. They were together August 8th.

Sgt. Max Livingston, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Livingston, had served his allotted time in Korea and steps had already been taken to rotate him home. He is expected home the second week of September. John’s death, it was said, had nothing to do with his being sent home.

Sergeant Livingston is in the 10th field artillery division, third infantry. The following account of John’s death, described by his commanding officer, was received by the Livingston family:

“All the front line soldiers live in bunkers, as you know, and these bunkers require periodic repairs because of the damage caused by heavy rains and the consequent soil erosion. John was working on the improvement of this bunker when enemy morter fire began falling on his company’s position. An enemy shell exploded very close to the bunker on which John was working, and he was killed instantly.” Mr. and Mrs. Livingston have received information that the body of their son is expected to be returned home about the middle of October.


Body of Rayville Soldier Killed in Korea To Arrive Friday Funeral Services Scheduled for Saturday

John A. Livingston Burial – Korean War Sat, Oct 11, 1952 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana)

The body of Cpl. John A. Livingston, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Livingston, Rt. 4, Rayville, who was Killed in action in Korea August 12th while serving with the famous Wolfhound Regiment on the eastern front, will arrive Friday night on the Illinois Central at 7:53 o’clock. The body will have an escort, Sgt. First Class, Hubert Hamphill and will be carried immediately to the residence of the family on Route 4, Rayville.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 o’clock Saturday afternoon, at Holly Ridge Baptist Church on Jagers Lane, Rev. George Light, and Rev. EL B. Emmerich will have charge of the service. Interment will be in Masonic Cemetery, Rayville, with military service at the grave side. Active pallbearers are Chas. Ramsey, Fulton Green, Sonny Cannon, Billy Finley, Red McCartney, Oliver Carroll, Honorary Pallbearers are all friends of the family.

Corporal Livingston was a rifleman in Co. A, 27th rifle combat team. He entered the army September 13, 1951, and received his basic training at Schofield barracks in Hawaii. He was a graduate of the Rayville high school in 1950. Surviving are his parents; seven sisters, Mrs. D. H. Johnson, Atlanta Ga, Miss Sybill Livingston, Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. N. J. McConnell, Springhill, and Ann, Areola, Linda and Sue, all of Rayville; four brothers, Sgt. Max Livingston, who is being rotated from Korea, and Wallace, Bobby and Stanley, all of Rayville, and one grandparent, Mrs. Ollie E. Jagers, of Rayville.

Sergeant Livingston was in the 10th field artillery division, third infantry. The following account of John’s death, described by his commanding officer, was received by the Livingston family.

“All the front line soldiers live in bunkers, as you know, and these bunkers require periodic repairs because of the damage caused by heavy rains and the consequent soil erosion. John was working on the improvement of this bunker when enemy morter fire began falling on his company’s position. An enemy shell exploded very close to the bunker on which John was working, and he was killed instantly.”

Cpl. John A. Livingston, Korean War
John A. Livingston Burial - Korean War
John A. Livingston Burial – Korean War Sat, Oct 11, 1952 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com

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