|A C-54D Skymaster from the 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th
Troop Carrier Wing, was destroyed near Pusan, South Korea, on June
30, 1950. The plane (tail number 45-518) was carrying five
crew members and eighteen passengers when it flew from an airfield
in southern Japan to Korea. The passengers were all U.S. Army
personnel on TDY assignment to establish communication links between
the Pusan Perimeter and Tokyo. There were four junior officers
within this group. Their unit was the 71st Signal Service Battalion,
8th Army from Tokyo, Japan.
En route to South Korea, the C-54
crashed into a 2,000-foot high hill five miles northwest of Pusan.
Everyone on board died in the crash. This aircraft is sometimes confused with a C-54D (tail number
42-72648) involved in a North Korean airstrike on Suwon airfield in
June 1950. The 23
casualties who actually died in C-54D #45-518 are incorrectly listed as fatalities on the government's KORWALD
compilation under C-54D #42-72648.
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- Brown, Cpl. John C.
- Crays, 2Lt. Edward Merle
- Elam, Sgt. Boyd W.
- Gogoj, Pfc. Stanley A.
- Hardy, Cpl. Elmer Everett
- Huff, Pfc. Emerson P. Jr.
- Kiezanowski, Cpl. Edmund A.
- McPherson, 1Lt. Gerald W. - crew member (navigator)
- Magers, Pfc. Dale L.
- Marble, Pfc. Myron P.
- Millis, Cpl. Richard E.
- Morrison, TSgt. Jack A. - crew member
- Morrissey, Cpl. Raymond G.
- Odle, Capt. Clarence B. - crew member (pilot)
- Parks, TSgt. Robert F. Sr. - crew member
- Peska, Pfc. Edward
- Pitre, Cpl. Ernest J.
- Riggs, 1Lt. Roy T.
- Rolek, Sgt. Alex
- Selig, 1Lt. Louis G. Jr.
- Spradley, 1Lt. Glen L. - crew member (co-pilot)
- Ternes, Pfc. Peter
- Tomlinson, 1Lt. Charles R.
Biographies of Fatalities
Brown, Cpl. John C.
Born in 1928, John was the son of John Edmond Brown
(1892-1960) and Theresa M. Ryer Brown (died 1963). He was
a member of the 8th Army's 71st Signal Battalion. Corporal
Brown is buried in New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.
Crays, 2Lt. Edward Merle
Edward was born on September 23, 1921 in Garland County,
Arkansas, a son of Merle and Eva Murphy Crays of Lock Haven,
Arkansas. His siblings were brothers Francis Murphy and
Harold Crays and sister Miriam Arlene Brown (1930-2003).
He was a member of the 71st Signal Service Battalion at the time
of the crash. He is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery,
Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Elam, Sgt. Boyd W.
Born November 04, 1920, Boyd was a World War II and Korean
War veteran. He was serving with the 71st Signal Battalion
when he was killed in the collision. He is buried in
Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson, Tennessee.
Gogoj, Pfc. Stanley A.
Stanley was born November 07, 1929 and attended Northeast
Catholic High School in the Port Richmond section of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He sang with the Polish
American String Band before entering the service. He was a
member of the 71st Signal Battalion at the time of the aircraft
loss. He is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery,
Philadelphia. The Korean War Veterans Association Chapter
38 (now dissolved) was named in Pfc. Gogoj's memory.
Hardy, Cpl. Elmer Everett
Elmer was born May 31, 1926 in Lucasville, Ohio, a son of
Walter Hardy (1892-1957) and Rosa Beulah Sizemore Hardy
(1908-2005). His siblings were Mrs. Forrest (Margaret Jean
Hardy) Gregory (1923-2018), Ray Hardy (1935-1961), Robert Hardy
(1933-2015), Donald Eugene Hardy (1938-1990), and Larry Lee
Hardy (1948-1948). Elmer was Scioto County, Ohio's first
Korean War casualty. A graduate of Valley High School in
the Class of 1944, he joined the military in 1945. He was
a World War II and Korean War veteran. At the time of the
strike in Suwon, he was a member of the 71st Signal Service
Battalion. He is buried in Mound Cemetery, Piketon, Ohio.
Huff, Pfc. Emerson Paul Jr.
Emerson was born February 25, 1922, son of Emerson Paul Huff
Sr. (1894-1949) and Lenna F. Sheeks Huff (1893-1975). He
was a member of the 71st Signal Battalion when he was killed in
the plane crash. He is buried in Fort Snelling National
Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kiezanowski, Cpl. Edmund A.
Edmund was born on July 20, 1927. He was from Hampden
County, Massachusetts and was serving as a motion picture
cameraman with the 71st Signal Service Battalion at the time of
the plane crash. He is buried in St. Marys Cemetery,
McPherson, 1Lt. Gerald W.
Gerald was born September 25, 1920. He married Naomi
Faye Laughlin (1926-2000) in 1944. He is buried in
Westlawn Cemetery, Cullom, Illinois. Lieutenant McPherson
enlisted in the Air Corps on January 02, 1942 at Chanute AFB,
Rantoul, IL. He was a crew member of the aircraft that
Magers, Pfc. Dale Lee
Dale was born June 16, 1930 in Prescott, Arizona, son of
Francis Marion Magers (1905-1991) and Gladys L. Magers
(1909-2008). Her sister was Betty Lou Magers Hammond
(1926-1993). Pfc. Magers is buried in Ephrata Cemetery,
Marble, Pfc. Myron Platt
Myron was born April 01, 1928 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
He was a combat photographer with the home town of Alleghan,
Michigan at the time of the crash. Pfc. Marble is buried
in Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo.
Millis, Cpl. Richard E. "Dick"
Richard was born in Greensboro, Indiana in 1926, a son of
Ervin Millis (1900-1945) and Esther Thomas Millis-Pope
(1906-1995). He attended Kennard High School and then
joined the Army infantry in World War II. He fought in the
battle to recapture the Philippine Islands and contracted
malaria there. After the war he worked at Delco-Remy in
Anderson, Indiana. Because he had a keen interest in
photography, he attended and graduated from Baltimore Institute
of Photography. He then reenlisted in the Army and went to
Japan to become a member of General MacArthur's staff as a
photographer. When the Korean War broke out he was sent to
Korea to photograph scenes of the war. He was the first
Hoosier to be killed in the Korean War. He was voted
Hoosier of the Year for 1950. Richard's siblings were
Charles E. Millis, Thelma Millis Nelson, Carl Millis, and
Fredrick Millis. Corporal Millis is buried in Hicksite
Cemetery, Greensboro, Indiana.
Morrison, TSgt. Jack Allen
Jack was born on September 09, 1926. He was a World War
II and Korean War veteran. During the Korean War he served
with the 22nd Air Force Troop Carrier Squadron. He is
buried in Cedarlawn Memorial Park, Sherman, Texas.
Morrissey, Cpl. Raymond G.
Raymond was born on November 08, 1927, a son of Francis R.
Morrissey (1904-1943) and Charlotte Anna Gottschalk Morrissey
(Burton). His siblings were Edwin Paul Morrissey
(1934-1944) and Willis D. Morrissey (1941-1966). The
Morrissey family was from Bloomington, Illinois. He is
buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington, Illinois.
Morrissey Street in Bloomington was named after him.
Raymond's siblings were Edwin Paul Morrissey (1934-1944) and
Willis D. Morrissey (1941-1966).
Odle, Capt. Clarence B.
Clarence was born May 19, 1921 on a farm near Milford,
Illinois, a son of Thomas Roe Odle (1889-1961) and Huldah Louise
Butzow Odle (1890-1955). His siblings were Mrs. Ferne
Christina Eliza Odle Kinder (1913-1980), Mrs. Opal Ida Ethel
Odle Griffith (1915-1997), Thomas Adolph Odle (1917-1917),
Melvin Roe Odle (1923-1999), and Mrs. Huldah Louise Odle Miller
(1928-1963). In 1943 he married Nadine Louise Dice
(1923-2017) of Hoopeston, Illinois. They had two children:
Janet Kay Odle (age 4 years at the time of the crash) and
Clarence "Ben" Odle Jr. (five weeks old at the time of the
crash). Captain Odle never saw his newborn son. For
five years he was stationed at Chanute AFB in Rantoul, Illinois
before receiving orders for Korea. He entered the military
in 1942. During World War II his B-24 was shot down by
Nazis in 1944 while bombing Ploesti oil fields. He was
captured and placed in a Bulgarian Hospital and was later freed
by Russians. Captain Odle is buried in Floral Hill
Cemetery, Iroquois County, Illinois.
Parks, TSgt. Robert F. Sr.
Born March 9, 1919, Robert was survived by his widow, Vivian
M. Grice (Weaver) (1923-1999). He is buried in Ft. Benning
Post Cemetery, Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Pitre, Cpl. Ernest J.
From New Iberia, Louisiana, Ernest was born October 09, 1927.
During the Korean War he served as a field repeaterman with the
Army's 71st Signal Battalion, Company C. He is buried in
Saint Johns Cemetery, New Iberia.
Peska, Pfc. Edward
Edward was born February 09, 1924 in Pennsylvania, a son of
Frank Joe Peska (1894-1964) and Mary Lucksa Peska (1902-1966).
He was a World War II veteran who served 36 months in the Signal
Corps in 1943. He reenlisted in 1948. His siblings
were James Peska (1921-1959), John George Peska (1924-1925),
Robert Peska (1929-1997), William Peska, Fred Peska, Mrs. Jack
(Dorothy Peska) Zupancic, Florence Peska, Delores Peska, Lester
Peska (1934-2010), and Frank Peska (died 1944). Pfc. Frank
Peska died on September 06, 1944 while crossing the Rhine River
during World War II. Pfc. Edward Peska is buried in
Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
Riggs, 1Lt. Roy Theodore
Born September 15, 1913, Roy was a son of Royal Ruben Riggs
and Theodora Rogers Riggs (1888-1970). He graduated from
Central High School in the Class of 1933. 1st Lt. Roy
Riggs was a graduate of the WWII Signal Corps OCS program at
Fort Monmouth New Jersey, Class 22 in 1943. He is interred
in Arlington National Cemetery. He was married at the time
of his death. His siblings were James Havely Riggs
(1917-1918) and John Alan Riggs (1919-1967).
Rolek, Sgt. Alexander
Alex was born July 23, 1916 in Granby, Missouri. He
married Norma Nadine Sitler (1920-2011). Sergeant Rolek is
buried in Granby Memorial Cemetery, Granby.
Selig, 1Lt. Louis G. Jr.
Born July 02, 1922 in Arkansas, Louis was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Louis G. Selig Sr. of Stuttgart, Arkansas. Louis Jr.
was the first Arkansan killed in the Korean War. He is
buried in Oakland Cemetery. Lieutenant Selig was with the
Far East Command, Headquarters Service Group, 8075th Theater
Headquarters Radio Relay.
Spradley, 1Lt. Glen Leon
Glen was born October 06, 1923 in McFarland, Kern
County, California, son of Sherman Spradley (1901-1986) and Cora
Alice Boydstun Spradley (1905-1927). He was a World War II
and Korean War veteran. His half-siblings were James W.
Spradley (1932-2000) and Richard Gordon Spradley (1943-1984).
Glen's step-mother was Aileen Spradley (1911-1995). Aileen
and Sherman were married in May of 1931. Glen is buried in
Tulare Cemetery, Tulare, California.
Ternes, Pfc. Peter
Peter was born September 11, 1930. He is buried in
Saint Gertrude's Catholic Cemetery, Raleigh, North Dakota.
Tomlinson, 1Lt. Charles R.
Born on October 09, 1926, Charles is buried in Arlington
National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. He enlisted from
Fountain, Colorado. His home of record was El Paso County,