Eyewitness describes death of Kenneth Shadrick, first casualty of the Korean War

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Eyewitness describes death of Kenneth Shadrick, first casualty of the Korean War - y 6 -() a r y | u i l d - 1 Eyewitness Tells...
y 6 -() a r y | u i l d - 1 Eyewitness Tells How First Foot Soldier, Pvt. Kenneth Shadrick, Wyoming County, Met His Death progress State's National Guardsmen Ready For Call To Duty | CHARLESTON, July 6 -- (ff)-'not Virginia's 4,000 National are:Guardsmen are readv for a call to active duty if the need arises, Adj. Gen. Charles R. Fox said to- of some to He described the men under his command as "younger but more experienced" than the state's pre- World War II Guardsmen. Army Signal Corps Photographer, Buddy Of Area Soldier, Tells Of North Korean Overrunning American Outpost By 0. II. P. KING TAKJOX. Korea, Friday, J u l y 7-(/P)--S»t. Ray is glad the fellows waited for him before they d'rove f r o m a hill surrouiuled by North Koreans, ile'is safe Tunibiill, an Army Signal Corps photographer, saw first U. S f o o t soldier killed in the war. lie was right beside him. The photographer had gone forward to get pictures ba/.ooka learns storming tho Nor Hi K n r o n n f n n rriu j- . ^ v«**. ..u .v cij in iina died Ui There are more of tnem and (advance American element graveyard, on the outskirts of Sojong were several bazooka teams hiding behind grave mounds. (Sojong is 18 miles south of Suwon, the Communist-captured city and air base 23 miles south of Seoul. It was in this area that an they are equipped better trained he added. and The present allotted strength of the state organization, including the Air Guard, is just under 6,000, but budgetary limitation have kept the actual number down to for ,.*?""" · V « nn«T he ex- on would or plained. These are attached to 52 units in 28 cities. The Guard could be called into service for 21 months by personal order of the President under terms of the recent draft extension act and it also could be ordered to duty, with the consent of Congress, it was explained. In the lat- was cut off). Behind the mounds, besides the rushed to his side. I said it was too late because I had seen the hole in .his chest. I got a picture of the lieutenant feeling for his pulse, but in 30 seconds Shadrick was de£d." bazooka teams, were a few in- Turribuil said there were 40 in- atjter instance, it would become fed- have! eralized and enlistments would i s tant. fantrymen and Turnbull. "I was getting some good pictures," Turnbull said, "but after two rounds \vere fired we moved to another position to get a better sight on two enemy tsnks. "They fired one round from the new place. Pvt. Kenneth Shadrick, from Wyoming, West Yir- 'one, two, three' the flame shooting from the end of the bazooka. "As Shadrick said 'three' he raced up to see where the projectile went. He was hit in the chest and right arm at the same in- i i a i - -, , the gmi , a '- wo " ld SQ * could Douglas of combat Communist; remain in effect until the emergency was declared ended. The 167th Fighter Squadron, which has already ferried some of its F-51 planes to the West Coast, conceivably would be the first called for active duty, General "He moaned 'oh my arm' and I noticed the bone between the elbow and shoulder was shattered "As he fell forward a lieutenanl antrymen and two other bazooka :eams there when he was chang- ng a film pack.but when he looked up he was alone. "The others," he related; "had dashed down the hill, but I was pinned down by rifle fire for 1C minutes. Before I could crawl toward the road to a rice paddy enemy was on a railroad track about 200 yards away parallel to the road where our cars were They fired at me." Turnbull said he dived into a rice paddy and crawled 100 yards on his hands and knees. "When I reached the next hill where squash plants were grow ing, I made better time and reach ed our group of jeeps. "We took off fast." Freak Santa Fe Collision

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