Alfred Charles Bordeau

The information on this page was provided by Duff Zube, Alfred C. Bordeau was his mother’s oldest brother. Bordeau was killed in a POW camp on June 30, 1951 almost to a year of being a POW. webmaster note: Alfred Bordeau was a Tiger. If you knew Alfred, please email...
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Photo with General Ridgeway

I was released from camp 4 on 1 Sep. 1953 and was greeted by Gen. Ridgeway. Our photo was taken by Msgt. Al Chang and a copy was to be sent to my parents in N.J. They never received it and there is no record of the photo in the National Archives in College Park, Md. In fact they have no photos at all which were taken of the POW’s after 31 Aug. 1953. The Director of the archives has no idea why there are no photos of the Operation Big Switch after 31 Aug 1953. If anyone can shed any light on this matter, and where the photos from 1 Sep 1953 are located, I’d appreciate it very much. Bill Borer Hampstead, NC...
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Request info about Robert W. Fleming

An exchange POW in Korea war/conflict He is my 1st cousin and formerly a member of Boy Scout Troop 35, Memphis, TN. He was featured as the POW from southern USA (Tennessee) in either Look or Life magazine after his release from the POW camp and again 10 years later one of those two magazines. Collecting this information to re-establish contact and for use in the forthcoming centennial celebration of the Boy Scouts of America. Any information you offer will be welcomed. Thank you, David Fleming...
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Pfc. John Bowers

Pfc. John Bowers was reported by the Chinese to have been killed in Camp 5 on May 3, 1951. His remains were finally returned and his funeral was two weeks ago. Today his sister visited me seeking answers and closure. About all I could tell her was there was no bombing attack on Camp 5 on that date. I am trying to help her find anyone who might have any information on her brother.
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Elgin Volgara Randall

My name is Michael Paul Randall. My great-uncle died there and that is all we know. His name was Elgin Volgara Randall, from Alabama. I do not know what unit he was with. I was just wondering if there might be anybody that knew him, maybe remembers him. He was my grandaddy’a little brother. Nobody in the family knows what happened to him. It would be nice to know that he had a friend or two at the end. i cannot imagine. peace to you, and thanks for any insight that you might...
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Hoengsong Massacre

In early March, 1951, I was a young Marine, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, in Korea. We advanced north from Hoengsong, Korea for about two miles and then entered into an area that I will never forget. There, scattered along that road for about a mile was the destroyed convoy of American military vehicles and men, such as we had never seen before or since. Hundreds of Americans lay dead among the vehicles, all along that stretch of road. I took part in rescuing several wounded Americans who had been left behind , after the Chinese marched several hundred prisoners north. This spot became known as “Massacre Valley” by the Marines. At that time, reporters and photographers were forbidden from taking pictures or reporting what they saw at that time. Very little was ever written about what happened or how many Americans and their equipment were destroyed. There was, in fact, a great cover-up of this disaster and it has been kept out of the official history books. Now, after all of these years, I am trying to assist Mrs. Merry Helms, an accomplished author, in searching out the facts of what really happened back then and at that place. The American people aught to know. And, the men who either lost their lives, or became prisoners of war through that disaster should be honored and remembered for their sacrifices in behalf of their country. I am therefore respectfully requesting your kindness and assistance in locating any survivors of the “Hoengsong Massacre” with whom we may be able to communicate and have them help us, in turn, to prepare and publish an accurate account of what took place and how it affected their individual lives. Those of us who served at that time are fast passing from this life and it is of urgent need that we record this story while some of the survivors are still with us. I trust that you can understand what I am saying and asking of you. Please help us in any way possible to find and contact living survivors of the “Hoengsong Massacre.” We would like to contact any survivors who were there in February 1951. Please accept our humble appreciation for any assistance you may be able to provide. Respectfully, Jack M. Witter e-mail address:...
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