Fifty years ago, just five years after the end of World War II, American men were again called to service. This time, to defend the free country of South Korea who had been invaded by their northern neighbors.

The names of the Americans who were killed and wounded have been recognized by the plaque on Court Square, in Newton.

Perhaps a fact that has gone unnoticed by the public is that two men from Catawba County died in Korea without having friends and relatives pay their last respects. They never returned from Korea and only God knows where they lie.

Here are the details:

Horace Smith England (born 1918), Sargeant (E7), US Army, RA14009356 (MOS: 01745), G CO, 24 INF RGT, 25 INF DIV, was taken prisoner on 28 November 1950. He died while captured, presumably 13 May 1951. (Key No: 8621)

Willie Dennis Hill (born 1930), Corporal (E5), US Army, RA14330335, (MOS: 04745). G CO, 24 INF RGT, 25 INF DIV. Declared Missing In Action, 27 November 1950. Declared dead 31 December 1953. He probably died on or near the date he went missing. (Key No: 13304 ).


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Personnel Missing--KORea Database

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Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office

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