Community Hard Hit by Korean War in 1950

(05/17/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/28/1950.

War Comes Home to Apple Farm

Only a few weeks ago gloom began to spread over the Apple Farm community when they heard of Cpl. Hale Vannoy of Euclid being missing in Korea since July 10.  The good people recalled Hale being born and having spent his earlier years in their midst.  He had many friends and relatives grieved to hear of his fate.

On August 22, Mr. and Mrs. George S. Wilson received a telegram saying that their son, First Sgt. Henry C. Wilson was missing in action in Korea since July 16.  Henry served in World War II in the Pacific area and was honorably discharged, later enlisting two years ago and serving in the same parts of the country he had before.  He left Japan July 3 for Korea.  Henry was well known and highly respected.

Mr. and Mrs. Myrrh Wilson received a letter from their son, Pfc. Ernest Wilson on September 18, saying he had been wounded in the knee, and on September 21, they received a telegram saying their son Pfc. Bernard O. Wilson had been killed in action on September 6.

"Boonie" as Bernard was known to his many friends was loved by all who knew him.  His grandfather and Henry's father were brothers. All three of the Wilson boys were born and spent their entire lives at Apple Farm.

NOTE:  By the end of the war, all three of the Wilson boys had been killed in Korea.  Hale Vannoy survived the war, and was returned to the U.S. after having been held as a prisoner of war for an extended period of time. - NKS


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