|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1929|
|Death: ||Dec. 1, 1950, North Korea|
Sergeant Barksdale was a member of Battery B, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy near Kunu-ri, North Korea on December 1, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His nickname was "Sugar Boy." Family members reported to the Korean War Project that his remains have been identified through forensic analysis. Army Times August 1, 2012. MACON, Ga.
Sugar Boy came home Tuesday morning. His flag-draped casket made the eight-hour flight from Honolulu. It arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport shortly after dawn. The black hearse was escorted down Interstate 75 by the Georgia State Patrol, Bibb County Sheriff's deputies, the Macon Police Department and 87 Georgia Patriot Guard Riders on motorcycles. Sgt. Thomas Jefferson "Sugar Boy" Barksdale returned home in the arms of a half-mile long motorcade on an interstate that wasn't built when he died in a foxhole in Korea in 1950.
View his Memorial on the Korean War Walk
He was Awarded
Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Note: Son of Ben & Vilena Barksdale
Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 01, 2013
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