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Charles B. Elder to receive Purple Heart 65 years after being wounded in Korea

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Info, The POW Experience | 4 comments

Charles B. Elder to receive Purple Heart 65 years after being wounded in Korea
Chuck Elder, 2013

Chuck Elder, 2013

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-co-purple-heart-20150622-story.html

 

OPEN INVITATION

Local Veteran to receive Purple Heart 65 years after being wounded in Korea. Celebrate this amazing event at the Jacksonville Senior Center, Sweet Air Road Phoenix, MD, June 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM . Award will be made by Rear Admiral Dale Horan.

Charles B. Elder
Born July 27,1927

I was raised on the Elder Farm on Hydes Road, Baltimore County, Maryland. The farm was apples, peaches and poultry.

Education: Attended a 2 room school on Manor Road until Carroll Manor School opened in 1935. Started in 3rd grade and went to Towson High School in 1941 and graduated in 1945. Attended Baltimore Engineering Institute for 3 years obtaining a certificate. Hopkins McCoy College 1947 to 1948. Worked at home on farm.

Enlisted in 1949 at the Towson Armory. Inducted into the service at Fort Meade. Completed basic training at Camp Picket, VA. After a 30 day leave I had to report to Fort Ord, CA. for deployment overseas. My records were lost so I was sent to Camp Stoneman, CA for a second basic training. In late 1950 returned to San Francisco, CA for shipment to Japan. We arrived in Southern Japan in the town of Sasebo. Went by boat to Pusan in southern Korea. Transported by train to front lines in April. Captured by North Koreans on Heartbreak Ridge, North of the 38th Parallel. I was wounded the day I was captured. I walked for a while until unable to walk any further. I was put on an ox cart as we zig zag back and forth across Korea to the prison camp. We marched for 25-30 days before reaching the prison camp. Operated on by North Koreans on the march in hut using kitchen utensils and holding down my arms and legs with no anesthetic. There were 8 to 10 on single ox cart during March. I was the only one to survive March to the prison camp. Chic Chikami who lives in Winter Park, Florida was my platoon leader said I smelled horrible, my hip was full of infection and maggots.

To pass the time I was forced to attend propaganda classes. Able ones were sent on wood detail, carrying wood for the Chinese to keep warm. We were turned over to the Chinese when we got to prison camp. It was cold in winter – 40 to 50 below zero. Clothing was cotton padded; huts were heated by fires with thatched roofs. Attempted escapes, but they found the stuff we were hiding. Put in solitary confinement. The camp was on the Yalu River which is the border between China and North Korea.

Armistice was signed July 27,1953. (My birthday).Repatriated through Freedom Village on the 38th Parallel. Discharged at Fort Meade. Ran out of medals and attempts to receive PH unsuccessful over the years until now. Long time friend and fellow POW Ray Unger, died earlier this year. He was determined to get PH for me.

Following discharge I worked on the family farm and took courses at Baltimore Engineering. Worked at Westinghouse 1955-1957, AAI Payroll Accountant 1957 until retiring in 1991.

Membership – Jacksonville Senior Center, Trinity Church Long Green, Jr. Warden, Vestry member, Little People of America 1971-2012. Received Distinguished Service Award, XPOW of Korea Inc. 1989-2014, Disbanded 2014, Johns Hopkins Club since 1984, Service Organizations – VFW, DAV and American Legion.

Korean War MIA Accounting lists

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Info | 1 comment

Korean War MIA Accounting lists

On the DPAA (Defense Prisoner of War/MIA Accounting Agency, they have lists of all accounted for and unaccounted for MIA from the Korean War. Visit the page.

Veterans Heritage Project

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Info | 0 comments

This is a program in 12 high schools in Arizona where high school students interview veterans then write and publish the veterans stories in their annual book. It is an amazing program that connects students with veterans and also gives an opportunity to tell their story to our young generation of Americans. There are many schools in Phoenix and Tucson who participate in this program.

Here’s their website:

http://veteransheritage.org/

If any of the Korean Ex-POWs Association members are interested in being interviewed, please have them contact the founder, Barbara Hatch at barbara@veteransheritage.org.

Nielsen-Henderson List

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Info, Info Needed | 0 comments

Nielsen-Henderson List

We’re trying to shed some light on the Nielsen-Henderson List.

As men were being brought down from the prison camps in August 53, they were
housed in Kaesong awaiting their names to be called in freedom Village just
a few miles away. While there they got to know each other until their names
were called and freed.

As the story goes, our government was only calling for the known POWs, so
when their list was finished, they folded up tables & chairs and started
taking down the tent. Ex-pows started yelling out, “where’s Allen, Beardall,
Bell? Where’s Brennen, Culbertson, Dougherty, Gross & Guthrie? What about
Hamblin, Hawkins, Koontz, Martin, Miller, and Rountree? They were with us
in Kaesong. Why didn’t they get released?”

It was too late. Our government only requested the known POWs, so the rest
were loaded up and hauled north never to be heard from again.

We need help from your membership in identifying the other men left in
Kaesong.

Thanks,

John Zimmerlee
Exec Dir, Korean & Cold War POW/MIA Network
Cell 770-565-4420
john.zimmerlee@gmail.com
3342 Brickey Ln
Marietta GA 30068
www.koreanwarpowmia.net