|Death: ||Aug. 11, 1950, South Korea|
Name: Olen J. Sikes
Birth Date: 1924
Birth City: Garvin
State Registered: Oklahoma
Death Date: 11 Aug 1950
Death Country: Korea
Death Description: Killed in Action
War: Korean War
Title: CORPORAL, U.S. Army
Service: U.S. Army
Service ID: 38402823
Notes: Corporal Sikes was a medic with the Medical Company, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while tending his wounded comrades in South Korea on August 11, 1950. Corporal Sikes was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Medical Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Data Source: Korean War Veterans Honor Roll
The 24th Infantry Division led the advance into South Korea, through the port of Pusan
By 4 August, a perimeter was established around Pusan on the hills to the north of the city and the Naktong River to the west. The Eighth Army, including the 24th Infantry Division, was cornered by the surrounding North Korean army. With UN forces concentrated and North Korean supply lines stretched out, the 24th Infantry Division halted the advance of the North Koreans. The 24th Division was at Naktong, with the 25th Infantry Division to the south, and the 1st Cavalry Division and South Korean forces to the north. The 24th Division was also reinforced by the 2nd Infantry Division, newly arrived in the theater. The 24th was quickly sent to block the North Korean 6th Infantry Division, which attempted to attack the UN forces from the southwest. On 8 August, the North Korean 4th Infantry Division crossed the river and attempted to penetrate the perimeter. After 10 days of fighting, the 24th Infantry Division counterattacked and forced the North Koreans back across the river.
By late August 1950, only 184 of the 34th Regiment's original 1,898 men remained. The regiment was dissolved and was replaced within the 24th by the 5th Regimental Combat Team. The 34th Regiment's survivors were added to the ranks of the 19th and 21st regiments in an effort to bring them up to strength, and the 5th Infantry remained with the 24th Division until the division withdrew from Korea.
Created by: Robert Lee Layton Jr. [O...
Record added: Jul 18, 2011
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THESE DID NOT PASS IN SELFISHNESS; THEY DIED FOR ALL MANKIND; THEY DIED TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD, FOR ALL WHO STAY BEHIND.|
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