James F. Chillis

I’m looking for any army picture of my uncle, his name is James F Chillis he was a prisoner in the Korean war from 1951 to 1953 at Pyok-Dong.  Anything you would have or can find on him would be appreciated.  My personal email is richardsonmelanie85@gmail.com Thank you, Melanie Richardson I am trying to find out information regarding my uncle. His name was James F Chillis he was a POW.Unfortunately he passed away about 20 years ago, he use to tell us stories of when he was captured back in 1950 but myself and family would like to know if you have any information that you might be able to share… Pictures, stories anything that you have would be very much appreciated His name James F ChillisDate of Capture 1950Date of release 1953Camp Pyok-Dong My name is Misty Dalton –...
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Franklin Jack Chapman

Franklin Jack Chapman, Sr. of Santa Fe, NM, died on January 17, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Claudette, and children: Debbie DeMarais, Jack Jr. (Rob Howe), Cindy (Mano Jones), and Patrick. Jack was born on January 24, 1932, in Wagoner, OK. At 16, he enlisted in the Army and in 1950 was sent to Korea. On November 30, 1950, as part of the Heavy Weapons Platoon, Company D, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, Jack was captured by the Chinese during the Chosin Reservoir battle. He had sustained shrapnel wounds to his left arm and both legs, bullets in his right arm and leg, and a bullet in his forehead. He distinguished himself by taking over a 75mm recoilless rifle when no one else would. He manned it until he was wounded in his forehead. Jack was a P.O.W. for 32 months and 20 days, he was released on August 21, 1953. In January 1955, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for 15 years. It was during this time, while he was stationed in France, he met and married the love of his life, Claudette. Jack retired from military service on June 1, 1970, after serving his last five years with the Inspecting General’s Team and assisting Scotland Yard. He worked as the Director of Security at Highline Community College, in Midway, WA, until he retired after 21 years. Jack served as the President of the Korean War Ex-POW Association from 2003 – 2006 and served on their Board of Directors for many years. He made it his mission to recount P.O.W.’s experiences during the Korean War, and keep the Korean War from being forgotten. He also spent his time advocating for veterans and surviving spouses. For his outstanding service to both the Army and Air Force, Jack received the following medals: Bronze Star with V Device for Acts of Valor in Combat 2 Purple Hearts with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster AF Commendation Medal AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon w/ 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters Presidential Unit Citation Korea Army of Occupation Medal – Japan National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Star Korean Service Medal w/4 Bronze Stars and 1 Silver Star United Nations Service Medal Combat Infantry Badge Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon P.O.W. Medal State of Oklahoma Cross of Valor Korean Service Medal – 50th Anniversary Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal In 2018,...
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8th Army Welcome Home

This is the booklet that P.O.W.s were given at Freedom Village to explain the repatriation process. This booklet was provided by the family of Franklin Jack...
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Robert W. Fleming

Robert W. Fleming, Sr. of Memphis, TN the first Korean POW to be released in Operation Little Switch has gone to his eternal home – Robert W. Fleming, Sr., 88, passed away December 6, 2018 at VA Hospital, Memphis from numerous illnesses. He was a BAR man with the 2nd Infantry Indianhead Division and captured when Chinese over ran their position. Status unknown for almost 1 1/2 years, released in 1953. Came home to a grateful family whose prayers were answered and after rehab married his fiance Dorothy in 1954. He is survived by her after 64 years of marriage, son Bob Jr., daughter Rhonda, Granddaughter Ashley, older brother Arthur Jr., three sisters, Betty, Jane and JoAnn. He was active in two churches as a Deacon, Choir member, and Scout Leader Troop (278) – Highland Heights and Woodland Presbyterian. He worked 45 years as a Brickmason trained at an early age by Uncles, Morgan brothers and ended his career with Duncan Masonry (repaired Elvis Presley wall at this...
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Valdez, Glicerio, Cpl

survivor from the bataan death march, also a survivor in 1953 from the korean war. 24D Camp 3 i am his granddaughter, he lived to be 103 years old. any other information would be greatly appreciated. Gliza Valdez gliza.valdez5@gmail.com
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