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Luke J. Letlow

Winning the day since 1979. Politics, History, Travel, Writing.
From Start, Louisiana

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

“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.

Cpl. Ernest J. Wisenor, of Rayville, KIA In Korean War, ca 1950

Corporal Wisenor was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 13, 1950. Corporal Wisenor was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Pfc. Ted C. Burgess, of Dunn, KIA During Korean War, ca 1950

Ted enlisted in the Marine Corps early in 1943 and participated in the battles of two Jima and Sai-pan and was a member of the occupation forces in Japan. He was discharged from the service in 1947 and re-enlisted in February, 1948. As a private first class, he accompanied his unit when it sailed for the Korean conflict on’ August 17. On September 8 he wrote from Pusan to tell his parents that he had not yet been in battle but that he believed he would be within a short time. No further news was received of him until the official notification of his death.

Cpl. Glynn Ray Biggs, of Delhi Killed During Korean War, ca 1950. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Corporal Biggs was a member of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded in action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 7, 1950, and died later that day. Corporal Biggs was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.