24th Recon Company Lost Patrol, July 19, 1950
by Thomas F. Kilfoyle
In going through the list of 24th Division's MIA/POW, and noticed that some members of the 24th Recons are not listed.
I was a member of the Recon. Co. from May 1948 until June 1951 and am providing the full list of MIA/POW from the lost patrol of the 24th Recon, which I have constructed from Company and other Recon MIAs.
On the evening July 19, 1950, a patrol from the 2nd platoon was sent out from Taejon. I was a member of this platoon, but by the grace of God and the kindness of Lt. Kristanoff, was not picked to go on this ill-fated patrol. The patrol was ambushed, and the members were either killed or captured.
This patrol was made up of the following members and their fates, unless otherwise noted. I have listed them alphabetically.
|PFC Robert C. Agard, Jr.||MIA, Declared Dead (Listed)|
|PFC Albert Bellucci||MIA, (Not Listed) MIA Same Day as PFC Lesley|
|PFC Robert R. Blair||MIA, (Not Listed)|
|PFC William T. Boyd||MIA, (Not Listed)|
|SGT Norman R. Fontaine||MIA, (Not Listed)|
|1st LT George Kristanoff||Captured/Died in Chinese Prison (Patrol Leader, Listed)|
|PV2 Robert C. Lacy||MIA, Declared Dead Nov.1, 1950 (not with patrol, Listed)|
|PFC James R. Lesley||MIA Aug, 11, 1950 (not with Patrol, Not Listed)|
|SGT Robert L. Martin||MIA, (Not Listed)|
|PVT David P. Mompher||Captured/Died in Chinese Prison (Listed)|
|CPL Hershell E. Newell||MIA/KIA body recovered returned to the US. (Not Listed)|
|PV2 Frank L. Penwell||MIA 09/23/1950 (not Listed, Not with the Patrol)|
|PFC Clyde D. Steele||Captured/Died in Chinese Prison. (Listed)|
|SGT Hugh A. Townsley||MIA, (Not Listed)|
All of the above were with Lt. Kristanoff’s Patrol on July 19, 1950 unless otherwise noted.
Thomas F. Kilfoyle, Life # 369
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