The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Homer Clyde Farley, RA15272154, who died in the service of his country on August 18th, 1950 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Homer was 21 years of age. He was from Greenbottom, West Virginia. Homer's Military Occupation Specialty was 4812-Heavy Weapons Infantryman.
The decorations earned by PFC Homer Clyde Farley include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Private First Class Farley was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 18, 1950. Private First Class Farley was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Parents: Okey Oliver Farley and Iris Fife. From Homer's soldier insurance, his family bought a tobacco farm. Homer is buried in Greenbottom Cemetery, Green Bottom, Cabell County, WV.
(Here is a letter home from Homer)
P.F.C. Homer C. Farley
HVY. MTR. CO. 35TH INF. REGT.
A.P.O. 25 UNIT 3 C/O P.M.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.
I haven't heard from Roy for 3 or 4 months now. Maybe he has forgotten my address and I haven't heard from Myrtle for about 6 months. Do you ever see her? I see my birthday is not far away next month. Will be 21. I will be almost 23 before you all will get to see me again. The said that I wouldn't leave Japan till August 24, 1951
Quiet a long time. But I don't mind it. I have to be somewhere. Has dad got him another job yet? Well mom I am getting sleepy so I will close for tonight.
Love Son Clyde
(Below are two letters from Harold Collins who served with Homer. Harold tells of the circumstances of Homer's death)
Dear Mrs. Farley,
I have been trying to get your address and I sure want to write to you or Peggy one or the other.
Well, I was one of the best buddies of your son; I guess is why I am writing to you. I have got it on my mind and it stays on my mind all the time. So the way my conscience is bothering me. Please Mrs. Farley let me introduce myself. My name is Harold Collins and I am from Williamson, West Virginia. You might have heard of me before when I was in Japan with your son. Then they sent us to Korea to fight. We didn't know what we were getting into. Then we fought the North Koreans from the east coast to the west coast till we got about seven miles out of Pusan. Then I had to fire all night the night that Homer got killed. I would rather not talk about it but if you insist of me telling how it happened, write and ask me and I will try to explain to you how it happen.
Well I am very sorry that I have writing you this letter, but I feel that it is my duty to write you.
Well I will close for now.
On the back of the letter the name Peggy Schneider is written.
6 June, 1951
Hello Mrs. Farley,
I sure was glad to hear from you and to hear that everyone is fine.
Well this is how your son got killed. When we first came to Korea as you knew they wasn't many troops in Korea only a few divisions so we were short of troops. So we went to the east coast and fought the North Koreans to the west coast. Then we went to the Masan front then we was having it rough there.
One night we got together and the platoon leader told me I had to fire the mortar all night and they sent out the guard posts and then men was on their post until dark when the guards came back to the platoon at dark and told the platoon leader that there were some Koreans changing white clothes into North Korean cloths. Then the platoon leader tried to make the guards go back on their post and the men wouldn't go back.
Well then I fired the mortar all night until almost about six in the morning. The fog was against the ground and when the fog went away it left these North Koreans right in our position and 11 of our men were killed and five were wounded. They took our mortars and we come right back and took them from them. When I looked for Farley he was killed in the truck, he was laying on a mortar box shot threw the head and neck
Well that is just about all I do know. Well Mrs. Farley I appreciate the stamps that you sent me but we can't use stamps over here so I will send it back to you OK. Miss Farley just to tell the truth that boy Worley (the writing here is difficult to read, Worley is my best guess) he got killed in the 24 division in Japan. Well Miss Farley I don't have any pictures of myself. There isn't any place over I can take one. But if you some pictures of a boy name same as mine, if it is a blond hair boy with
Blue eyes and light complexion that is me all right. Well I guess I better close because it is raining very hard out. Well good night everybody and good luck to you all.
Your Friend Harold
Peggy has a picture of me and one of her girl friends has one of me too. Her girl friends name is Beverly Beck.