|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1933|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1950, South Korea|
Clarence Copeland Is Killed In Korean Fighting Sept. 27th
Edenton Youth Only 17 Years Old; In Service About Eight Months
Clarence Claude Copeland was notified by telegram Monday night that his son, Private Melvin C. Copeland was killed in action in Korea on Wednesday, September 27.
The telegram was from Major Gerald Edward F. Witsell of the U. S. Army and read as follows:
"The Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son, Private Melvin C. Copeland was killed in action in Korea on September 27. Confirming letter follows."
Young Copeland has been in the service only a little over eight months. He enlisted, with the consent of his father, when he was 17 years old, and would have been 18 years old next January.
After he enlisted, he was sent to Kentucky for training and shortly thereafter was sent to Japan.
His father is confident he had not been in the front lines more than three weeks, for only a few weeks ago he had a letter from him while in Japan.
- The Chowan Herald - October 12, 1950 - front page
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service Number 14341993
Killed in Action
Died September 27, 1950 in Korea
Private First Class Copeland was a member of the 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 27, 1950. Private First Class Copeland was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
- AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION Korean War Honor Roll
Clarence Claude Copeland (1902 - 1968)
Emma Florence Green Copeland (1905 - 1936)
Elizabeth Edna Copeland Hanshe (1928 - 2015)*
Clarence Lloyd Copeland (1930 - 1999)*
Melvin Claude Copeland (1933 - 1950)
Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Perrys
Record added: Jul 27, 2006
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