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Garland County

Abbott, J. C.
31 July 1927 - 26 October 1951
World War II and Korea
Master Sergeant Abbott was a member of the 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on October 26, 1951. Master Sergeant Abbott 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.
Mr. Abbott is buried in Cunningham Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Ashley, Vernon
27 September 1924 - 26 August 2013
World War II and Korea
Mr. Ashley is buried in Fourche Loupe Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas.  1

Athanas, Athas James, Jr.    [Athas Demetrius Athanas Jr.]  .
30 March 1924 - 25 May 1984
Lieutenant Colonel Air Force, World War II, Korea, Vietnam Conflict
Mr. Athanas enlisted in the Army Air Corps 31 October 1942 at Little Rock, Arkansas. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. A transcription of his obituary may be found here.
Mr. Athanas is buried in Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Berry, Marion Claude .
April 5, 1934 - May 17, 1974
US Navy Korea
Mr. Berry is buried in Spurlin Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Bettis, Tommie Joe .
January 26, 1931 - August 4, 2000
Staff Sergeant US Air Force Korea
Mr. Bettis is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Brown, Calvin Jack .
November 25, 1924 - August 5, 1982
Corporal US Army Korea
Mr. Brown is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Brown, Muriel Glenn .
November 3, 1928 - March 1, 1951
Arkansas Corporal 5 Cavalry (Infantry) 1 Cavalry Division (Infantry), World War II, Korea
Corporal Brown was a member of the 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea on February 28, 1951 and died of those wounds on March 1, 1951. Corporal Brown 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. (from Korean War Veterans Honor Roll on ancestry.com)

Collum, Donnie Ray Sr. .
1935 - 1987
Seaman US Navy Korea
Mr. Collum is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Courtenay, Charles H. E. .
November 21, 1907 - August 1, 2000
WOJG US Army World War II Korea
Mr. Courtenay is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Cummings, Gerald D. .
November 2, 1933 - March 17, 2012
Cummings served in the U. S. Marine Corps, serving one tour of duty in the Korea War and three tours of duty in the Vietnam War. 1

Daves, Odie Vestal .
13 May 1927 - 24 June 1993
Corporal US Army Korea
Mr. Daves is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Dickson, Joe Alex .
25 August 1924 - 20 November 2012
Commander US Navy Korea
Commander Dickson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949. He received the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf clusters for his actions in the invasion of Inchon. He entered the Naval flight training school in Pensacola, Florida, in January 1951 where he receiving his wings May 1952.
Dickson is buried in Hinds Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Nesbit, Mississippi.1

Dicus, Eric L. .
September 13, 1930 - July 2, 1997
PFC US Army Korea
Mr. Dicus is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2

Dicus, Jesse Carle Jr. .
February 14, 1929 - June 5, 1981
Major US Army Korea
Mr. Dicus is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2

Edwards, Cecil C.
1931 - August 17, 1950
Private Edwards was a member of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was captured, bound and murdered at Hill 303 near the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea on August 17, 1950. Private Edwards 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.
Edwards is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas.

Gobert, Olga Ray, Sr.
13 January 1933 - 24 August 2012
On May 28, 1950, shortly after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country with honors for twenty-two years. His service included duty in the Korean Conflict , Norway, Turkey and the Vietnam War. During his military career, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.  He retired from the military in 1972 at the rank of chief master sergeant.
Mr. Gobert is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 1

Gold, Kenneth F. .
March 5, 1935 - May 25, 2002
US Army Korea
Mr. Gold is buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2

Graves, Donald Lee
April 13, 1936 - April 20, 2012
U.S. Navy
Mr. Graves is buried in Merriott Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 1

Greene, James Edward .
February 14, 1928 - March 2, 1991
CPL US Army Korea
Mr. Greene is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Hall, Freddie H. .
March 6, 1930 - March 6, 2002
US Marine Corps Korea
Mr. Hall is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Hanna, Walter W. .
30 July 1918 - 11 February 2012
US Army; World War II and Korea
He retired a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army on June 1, 1962, after over 20 years as a Chief EENT Specialist and nursing assistant. He was a marksmen carbine, pistol and machine gunner. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal with 6 loops, and the United Nations Service Medal (from Gross Funeral Home online obituary)
Mr. Hanna is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Hathcock, Howard (Bill) .
September 28, 1923 - May 1, 2007
SFC US Army World War II Korea
Mr. Hathcock is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Hendricks, Charles D. Sr. .
5 March 1927 - 8 June 1986
AKCS US Navy Korea Vietnam
Mr. Hendricks is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2

Herrin, Leonard Franklin
September 1, 1935 - April 21, 2006
Mr. Herrin served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Salisbury Sound.
Leonard Herrin, age 70 of Hot Springs died Friday, April 21, 2006, at his home. He was born September 1, 1935, the son of the late Omer and Myrtie Duncan Herrin. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs. He was preceded in death by one sister, Alta Howell, and four brothers, Wilson, Thurman Ray, James Harold and Billy Joe Herrin.
Survivors included his wife Margie Wait Herrin and two daughters Peggy Hayes of Bismarck and Judith Swaim of Ellicott City, Maryland.  [Obituary from Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home online obituary]
Mr. Herrin is buried in Oak Bower Cemetery, Hot Spring County, Arkansas.
Submitted by his son-in-law, Michael Hayes

Hughes, Wayne Grayson .
1933 - February 13, 1951
Wayne was living in Garland County, Arkansas, when he enlisted and was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.
He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on February 13, 1951, and was presumed dead on March 4, 1954.
His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
Private First Class Hughes 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.
Mr. Hughes is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas.

Hunt, Kenneth R. .
June 5, 1932 - August 2, 1974
Specialist Fourth Class US Army
Mr. Hunt is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Hurst, Richard D. .
February 21, 1939 - February 21, 1997
SR US Navy. Mr. Hurst enlisted September 5, 1957, and was discharged October 29, 1957.
Mr. Hurst is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Jackson, Roy Samuel .
23 September 1919 - 7 February 2009
Major US Army World War II, Korea
He entered the US Army on 6 January 1941 with "H" Battery, 206th CA (AA) National Guard Unit. The unit traveled to Fort Bliss, Texas, and trained until August 1941 and then shipped out to Dutch Harbor and Fairbanks, Alaska. After 24 months on the Aleutian Islands, he returned to the United States and was assigned to Camp Haan, California. He attended Chemical Officers Candidate School, which resulted in a retired rank of captain in the US Army with USAR rank of major. He saw service in Alaska, Japan, Korea, Germany and numerous other based in the United States totaling 22 years.
Mr. Jackson is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 1 2

Keck, David Harry Jr. .
September 8, 1926 - February 15, 2011
AMM3 US Navy World War II, Korea
Mr. Keck is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2

Kilgore, Leonard Paul .
February 22, 1930 - September 21, 1992
Sergeant US Army Korea. He enlisted in the Army September 15, 1950, and was discharged December 6, 1951.
Mr. Kilgore is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2

Larkin, Carlos Henry "Carl"
age 82 - 16 April 2012
Mr. Larkin served in the US Navy from 1946-1948. He then served in the Air Force Reserve from 1952-1955 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Second Lieutenant. Later, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve under the Cross Service Program and served from 1974-1976.
Mr. Larkin is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 1

Lawrence, Charles L. .
1 August 1918 - 21 February 21
US Navy CPO World War II, Korean War
Mr. Lawrence is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Lee, Donald Ethan .
19 June 1924 - 28 November 2002
Technical Sergeant US Air Force World War II, Korea, Vietnam
Mr. Lee is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Lelemsis, Sam John .
February 17, 1924 - January 12, 1983
S SGT US Army World War II Korea
Mr. Lelemsis is buried in Spurlin Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Lemons, Fred, Sr. .
23 October 1932 - 9 June 1997
SP2 US Army Korea
Mr. Lemons is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Long, Jerry Lancen .
December 28, 1932 - January 14, 2008
ENC US Navy Korea Vietnam
Mr. Long is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Lott, Paul F. .
December 23, 1925 - October 26, 1976
CPL US Army Korea
Mr. Lott is buried in Spurlin Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Mace, Kirby L. .
March 14, 1932 - September 25, 1992
EOH3 US Navy Korea
Mr. Mace is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Merten, John R. Sr. .
July 9, 1924 - June 18, 2007
Master Sergeant US Army World War II Korea
Mr. Merten joined the Army at the age of 19 in May of 1943. He was in the 35th Division, Company C, 134th Infantry. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was listed as missing in action three different times and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Mr. Merten is buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Racine County, Washington. 1 2

Minch, Howard Grey .
January 4, 1918 - October 26, 2007
Mr. Minch was a retired colonel and served in World War II and Korea.
Mr. Minch is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 1 2

Minster, Donald J. .
19 March 1929 - 26 February 1998
Private First Class US Army Korea
Mr. Minster is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Mitchell, Charles Robert .
February 26, 1934 - May 18, 2009
Gunnery Sergeant US Marine Corps Korea Vietnam
Mr. Mitchell is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Myers Shively, Laura .
April 1, 1928 - January 17, 1995
US Army Korea
Ms. Shively is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Palsgrove, Mack S. .
April 17, 1928 - March 27, 2001
MM2 US Navy Korea
Mr. Palsgrove is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Raden, Harvey Dale .
April 22, 1930 - April 27, 1995
Staff Sergeant US Air Force
Mr. Raden is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Ramthun, Marvin Alvin .
February 16, 1929 - August 2, 1997
US Army Korea Purple Heart
Mr. Ramthun is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Rankin, Raid Ortumas .
July 19, 1921 - February 5, 2007
US Navy World War II, Korea, Vietnam
Mr. Rankin is buried in Center Hill Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Reese, Raymond Charles .
May 19, 1935 - September 1, 2006
CPL US Marine Corps Korea 2

Rood, Edward E. .
11 September 1921 - 15 June 1984
Sergeant US Army World War II, Korea
Mr. Rood is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Rowe, A. C. .
1930 - 2011
First Lieutenant US Army
Mr. Rowe is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Schultz, Glenn Raymond .
March 4, 1927-September 14, 2006
Interrupting his studies at Harvard University to join the Merchant Marines, a division of the Coast Guard during World War II, he returned to school after the War and graduated in 1949. He again volunteered service to our country in the Korean War by enlisting in the United States Navy. He was on the S.S. Heber M. Creel, a Liberty Ship.

Simons, John Donald .
4 June 1933 - 14 October 1979
Captain US Air Force
Mr. Simons is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Stanage, Delbert Ray .
8 September 1933 - 6 November 2010
ET2 US Navy
Mr. Stanage is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas.  1 2

Taylor, Monroe S. .
26 March 1930 - 2 October 2004
US Navy Technical Sergeant US Air Force Korea
Mr. Taylor is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Terry, Everett Warren "Sonny" .
January 31, 1936 - May 7, 1982
Gunner's Mate Third Class, US Navy
Mr. Terry is buried in Peak Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas.
Submitted by Sharon Terry Moore

Tucker, Boyd Edward
December 26, 1924 - July 14, 1950
Arkansas CPL 63 Field Artillery Battalion 24 Infantry Division Artillery Purple Heart 2
Corporal Tucker was a member of Battery B, 63rd Field Artillery Battalion (105MM), 24th Infantry Division. On July 14, 1950, while fighting the enemy along the Kum River near Samgyo-ri, South Korea, his howitzer was receiving small arms fire. He picked up a machine gun and ammunition to establish protective fire for the howitzer, but was shot before he could return the enemy fire. He was promoted to CPL posthumously.
Cpl Tucker is buried in Oma Cemetery, Hot Spring County, Arkansas

Tucker, James Fitzhugh . .
6 January 1925 - 29 December 2010
Mr. Tucker joined the Navy in 1943. He served on the U.S.S. Chauncey as a 1st Gunners Mate. His ship served in major Naval battles including Okinawa, Leyte Gulf, Saipan, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima and was awarded numerous combat citations. His ship was present during the signing of the surrender of hostilities between the United States and Japan forces. His eyes witnessed true American History. Later he served as 1st Lieutenant in the Korean War as an infantry officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor during his tour of duty. He was honorably discharged from active service in 1952. 1
Mr. Tucker is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Veazey, Jack .
May 2, 1924 - August 8, 1971
Arkansas PFC US Army Korea
Mr. Veazey is buried in Spurlin Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Wehunt, Johnny R. .
August 31, 1928 - January 5, 1990
SSGT US Air Force Korea
Mr. Wehunt is buried in Cunningham Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Wehunt, Martha F. .
May 28, 1918 - August 13, 1970
Texas Captain US Air Force Korea
Ms. Wehunt is buried in Cunningham Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

White, William C., Jr. .
11 July 1924 - 13 November 2001
Sergeant US Army World War II, Korea; Bronze Star Medal
Mr. White is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2

Withrow, Bobby Joe .
April 30, 1932 - August 31, 1991
Specialist 2nd Class US Army Korea
Mr. Withrow is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2


Hot Spring County

Wood, John Gordon .
29 December 1931 - 6 May 1996
First Sergeant US Army Korea
Mr. Wood is buried in DeRoche Cemetery, Hot Spring County, Arkansas. 2


1  From The Sentinel-Record obituary

2  From tombstone