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PFC William M Richardson
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Birth: Nov. 30, 1930
Garvin County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 16, 1950, South Korea

Name: William Richardson
Birth Date: 1930
Race: White
Home State: Oklahoma
Casualty Date: 16 Sept 1950
Casualty Country: South Korea
Casualty Type: Killed in Action OR Missing in Action, KIA

Group: KIA or Missing in Action, KIA
Branch: Infantry
Component: USA - RA (Reg Army)
Rank: Private First Class
Pay Grade: Private First Class
Disposed Date: 16 Sept 1950
Disposed Place: South Korea
Organization: 5th Regimental Combat Team (RCT)
Service Occupation: Light Weapons Infantryman

5th Reg Combat Team deployed to Korea on 25 July 1950 to reinforce Eighth Army in the shrinking area of United Nations control known as the Pusan Perimeter. In July and August it reinforced the 25th Infantry Division, then the 1st Cavalry Division on the Naktong River line. In September the RCT was attached to the 24th Infantry Division, replacing the 34th Infantry Regiment. It remained with the 24th Infantry Division until January 1952 when it officially became a separate RCT again and was assigned to IX Corps.
On Sept. 16, one day after the Inchon landing, Lieutenant General Walton H. Walker's Eighth Army (EUSA) began to push out of the Pusan Perimeter. In mounting this offensive, General Walker had under his command the 2d and 25th Infantry Divisions, and I Corps. Attached to the corps were the U.S. 24th Infantry and 1st Cavalry Divisions, the 5th Regimental Combat Team (RCT), the British 27th Infantry Brigade, the Republic of Korea Army (ROK) 1st Infantry Division and supporting troops. Later, on Sept. 23, IX Corps became operational and had the 2d and 25th Divisions attached to it. Walker's 140,000-man force stood opposite approximately 70,000 North Korean soldiers on the Pusan Perimeter in mid-September 1950.

On the eve of EUSA's offensive, the North Koreans began another attack east from Waegwan with its main effort directed along the Taegu-Kumchon-Taejon-Suwon axis. The momentum of the breakout built up slowly in the face of enemy resistance centered on several hills that controlled Eighth Army's main avenues of advance out of the Pusan Perimeter.

A critical terrain feature in the breakout was Hill 268 which controlled the Taegu road and the main highway running from Waegwan south along the east bank of the Naktong River. On Sept. 16, and for the next three days, 5th RCT soldiers met stiff enemy resistance in their battle for the hill. Halfway up the finger of Hill 268 the Americans became pinned down by enemy rifle fire and grenades coming from the trenches on the south side. Private First Class Richardson was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regimental Combat Team. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy near Waegwan, South Korea on September 16, 1950.

William Richardson was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.


William M. Richardson


Garvin, Oklahoma

Born 1930

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service Number 18279803
Killed in Action
Died September 16, 1950 in Korea
Private First Class Richardson was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regimental Combat Team. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy near Waegwan, South Korea on September 16, 1950. Private First Class Richardson 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.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Walter Luther Richardson (1888 - 1969)
  Sylvia Katy Gay Richardson (1900 - 1960)
 
 Siblings:
  Frankie Mae Richardson Cates (1919 - 1998)*
  Maggie Ruth Richardson - Autrey - Chapmond - Payne (1926 - 2012)*
  William M Richardson (1930 - 1950)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Pauls Valley
Garvin County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: 1 - 3 - 100 - 6
 
Created by: Robert Lee Layton Jr. [O...
Record added: Jul 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73547485
PFC William M Richardson
Added by: Robert Lee Layton Jr. [Okie Bob]
 
PFC William M Richardson
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 Added: Jul. 19, 2011
 
 
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