Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Two North Carolina Soldiers Missing In Action in Korean War, 1951


“Sgt. Branton Is A Prisoner of War In Korea,” from the Feb. 5, 1951 issue of the Statesville Landmark

Mrs. W.A. Branton who lives at 694 Drake Street, had a message Saturday afternoon from the War Department stating that her son, Sergeant J.W. Branton is a prisoner of war in Korea.

A news item appearing in a State paper under date line of California listed Sgt. Branton as a prisoner of war. The item, in a category of Red propaganda, was to the effect that American Prisoners of War had written home urging that pressure be put upon congressmen to get the American soldiers out of Korea. Sgt. Branton was listed as having written to that effect to his mother, Mrs. W.A. Branton of Drake Street. All names and addresses were correct in the item, regarding Branton, but Mrs. Branton said she has received no such letter.

Sgt. Branton was reported missing in action in Korea since December 1, the message reaching his mother on January 8. He is a member of the 2nd Division and has been in Korea since July 1950.


“A Taylorsville Soldier Missing,” from the Feb. 5, 1951 issue of the Statesville Landmark

The Department of the Army today announced that a Taylorsville soldier is listed as missing in action in the Korean Theater of Operations. He is Sgt. Casey Jones Robinette, husband of Mrs. Mildred L. Robinette.

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