CHAPTER CHATTER

The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Paul E. Bombardier, Editor
October, 2017
Commander Comments.

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They stripped him and his buddies of everything useful, even sat on Randolph and smoked cigarettes for a while. A Marine unit retook the outpost the following day, found him still alive and evacuated him to safety and medical treatment.

Randolph’s  story is quite amazing . He became infatuated with the Marine Corps when a neighbor, a Marine pilot was killed during WW II. When he turned twenty he tried to enlist but was told he wasn’t heavy enough and he didn’t have at least two years of high school. However with the event of the Korean War, he was drafted and given the option of going into the army or the marines. He was heavy enough and smart enough then. He certainly could account for himself well enough.

I visited with Randolph at his antique farm equipment and tools museum in Rectortown. He loves to demonstrate and talk about all the old equipment. It would be well worth your time to make a visit. He said Buck has worked on him for membership but felt he didn’t have the time to participate. I worked on him a little, we might still sign him up.

Oh, by the way, if you want to get the real scoop on Buck Thompson, go talk to Randolph.

Not Forgotten. POW/MIA--RIP
Captain Harry D. Moreland   (Pilot)
1st Lt. Jack C. Lowe   (Observer)

First Lieutenant Lowe was a member of the 159th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on October 27, 1952. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  

( ED. Note ) The pilot was in Korea 2 weeks and I was in the unit only 10 days when they were shot down only 15 minutes after being dispatched on a mission.

(Ed. Note.) Taken on my first Intro Flight.

Captain Moreland was a member of Headquarters Battery, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on October 27, 1952. He was presumed dead on March 30, 1954.