|Birth: ||May 10, 1922|
|Death: ||Apr. 30, 1951, North Korea|
Master Sergeant Roy E. Head, died on April 30, 1951 in Suan Bean Prison Camp in North Korea.
Roy was born on May 10, 1922 in the Grit Hill section of Scott County, Virginia. He was the eldest of 5 sons born to the late Catron and Mary Lawson Head.
Roy granduated from Rye Cove High School before joining the United States Navy on December 4, 1942. Mr. Head served in World War II on the USS Pensacola (the Grey Ghost of the Pacific). His rank was Fire Controlman Third Class. He was engaged in seven major battles which included Gilbert Island Operation, Marshall Island Operation, Battle for Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima Operation & Okinawa Operation. Roy Head was discharged from the US Navy on December 16, 1945.
Upon returning home he enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to become a dentist. The call of the military was far too great; therefore he left college and enlisted in the United States Army in early 1947. Roy was in the 49th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. MSGT Head was stationed with his wife, Ann in Fort Riley, Kansas. Orders came in 1950 to go to Korea where he was captured by the Chinese Communist Army on February 11, 1951 in North Korea. As a prisoner, he and others marched north to Suan Bean Prison Camp where he died.
In addition to his parents, MSGT Head is joined in heaven by his two deceased brothers, Orville Head and G. J. Head.
Master Sergeant Roy Head is survived by his wife, Ann Head Witkowski (Lewes, DE); his brothers, John Head and friend, Elsie Crites (Cement City, MI), David Head and wife, Wanda (Kingsport, TN); his nieces, Dianne Stanley and husband, Jack (Parma, MI), Beth Waters and husband, Dave (Brooklyn, MI); nephews, Jerry Head and Ruby (Duffield, VA), Jack Head and friend, Lori Frazier (Largo, FL), Roy Head and wife, Delores (Church Hill, TN); his great nieces, Rachel Alger (Brooklyn, MI), Katarina Head (Church Hill, TN); a great nephew, Zachary Alger (Brooklyn, MI).
A funeral service will be conducted on Friday (June 4, 2010) at 7 p.m. at Morrison City Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Capps officiating. Music will be provided by Two Disciples and Penny Capps.
A military graveside service will be conducted on Saturday (June 5, 2010) at 1 p.m. at the Head-Benton Cemetery in Duffield, VA. The United States Army Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.
John Catron Head (1905 - 1969)
Mary Lawson Head (1904 - 1988)
Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: Jun 04, 2010
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