FIRST U.S. FATALITY IN THE KOREAN WAR

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Kenneth R.  “Kenny” Shadrick (August 4, 1931 – July 5, 1950)

Near Sojong, South Korea on this day in 1950, Private Kenneth Shadrick,
a 19-year-old infantryman from Skin Fork,
West Virginia, becomes the
first American
reported killed in the Korean War. Shadrick, a member of
a bazooka squad, had just fired the weapon at a Soviet-made tank when
he looked up to check his aim and was cut down by enemy machine-gun
fire.

Two soldiers standing in brush, one aiming a bazooka
A U.S. soldier with a 2.36-inch
bazooka prepares to take aim at a
North Korean tank during the
Battle of Pyongtaek. On the right
is Private Shadrick.
 

 


This picture was mailed home to Shcarick’s parents signed, the            
hard labor kid.

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