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Sgt Robert Hugh Botkin
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1930
Death: Jan. 8, 1953

Robert Botkin Killed in Action In Korea Jan. 8
Mother Awaits Futher Details On Son's Death

Sergeant Robert Hugh Botkin, US 55158031, was killed in action in Korea on January 8, according to a message to his mother from the army. Mrs. E. L. T. Griffith, 307 E. Jackson st., received the message late Thursday from Washington. It gave no further details of the young Mexicoan's death, but said a confirming letter would follow. The Ledger was unable to secure further details Friday from Washington, with the adjutant-general's office there advising that the information sent by telegram was all the information yet available. "The secretary of the army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son, Sgt. Botkin, Robert. H., was killed in action in Korea 8 January 1953. Confirming letter follows. William E. Bergin, major-general USA, the adjutant-general of the army" was the notification received by Mrs. Griffith. Bobby, as the 23-year-old Mexicoan was widely known, had been in Korea for ten months. He was with the supply section of the headquarters of the 999th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. His brother, Master Sergeant Edgar H. Botkin, himself a veteran of the Korean war with the Silver Star for gallantry in action, said Bobby had never written as to where in Korea he was stationed, although members of the family had asked. He was a daily letter-writer, Mrs. Griffith said, and a letter came to her from him just the day before the official telegram. It was dated January 7, the day before he was killed, and was written on stationery of the 999th, bearing its unit motto "Neverdie". "Dear Mother," it began, "A few lines to let you know I am all right and feeling fine." Then Bobby wrote of the "fine weather" and said he had enjoyed the Korean winter season "so far." "You asked when I expected to arrive home," he wrote. "I should arrive home the latter part of March or the first of April." His letter also included details about his income tax return, on which he wanted help here in filling out, and asked about his two brothers and said "tell them hello from me". "I'll close now," the letter concluded, "and I'll write more tomorrow." Bobby was born June 14, 1930, in Centralia, and attended the Mexico public schools, graduating from Mexico High School in 1948. He was employed at the Missouri Printing Co. before entering the army in August, 1951. His mother and stepfather survive, as do two brothers, Master Sergeant Edgar H. Botkin, now stationed at the Missouri Military Academy as assistant to the professor of military science and tactics, and T. J. Botkin of Mobile, Ala. Many friends called at the Griffith home Thursday evening and Friday, as word spread of the army telegram. Mrs. Griffith is awaiting further word on her son's death, and she hopes she will have news soon. (Mexico Evening Ledger, Mexico, MO, Friday Afternoon, January 16, 1953, p. 1, Col. 1)

Military Rites For Sgt. Botkin

Military services for Sgt. Robert H. Botkin, who was killed in Korea on January 8, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Mexico Methodist church of which he was a member. Services will be conducted by the Rev. David K. Pegues, and interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Park. Howard Summers will serve as acting commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the Rev. M. Pegues as chaplain. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Master Sgt. Leslie Dunavant, Master Sgt. Bill Langston and Master Sgt. Don Phillips of the ROTC Detachment in the military Departmetn of the Missouri Military Academy, and Herndon Crews, George Bennett and Billy D. Potts of the VFW. Acting pallbearers will be Norris Sterner, Marion Page, Charles Cockelreas, Joe Enslen, Warren O. McIntyre and James Hubbard. Harold D. Williams and Clarence Haworth will serve as color guards, and C. L. Creed and Clyde A. Kotsenburg will be color bearers. Buglers will be from the ROTC unit in Columbia with the firing squard from the 128th Field Artillery. Sergeant Botkin's body arrived here at noon Friday, and was taken the Precht Funeral Home to remain until the services. (Mexico Evening Ledger, Mexico, MO, Saturday Afternoon, March 21, 1953, p. 1, Col. 7) 
JUNE 14 1930 - JAN 8 1953
East Lawn Memorial Park
Audrain County
Missouri, USA
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