The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, 2LT Frank Hamon King Jr, O-2204693, who died in the service of his country on March 21st, 1952 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Frank was 22 years of age. He was from Pochahontas, Mississippi. Frank's Military Occupation Specialty was 1542.
The decorations earned by 2LT Frank Hamon King Jr include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, 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.
Second Lieutenant King was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on March 21, 1952. Second Lieutenant King was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.
Lt. King was a native of Jackson, MS. He was a graduate of Clinton, HS and a 1950 graduate of Mississippi State College. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He went into the service upon completion of ROTC work and after summer training was employed in Jackson for a time. He re-entered the service on a call for infantry officers and was sent to Fort Benning, GA for refresher training. Lt. King was then assigned to the 35th Infantry at Fort Jackson, SC. He spent last Christmas at home and flew to Korea in January. He is survived by his parents Frank H and Margaret King and was their only child. His father is Postmaster at Pocahontas.
(Following by Richard Boulware)
I didnt know lt. king to well as he was fairly new in our company but I was the lead man on the patrol that we were on when him and lyman wilcox our medic was killed. Lyman was right behind me when a artillery shell exploded killing Lyman. I was 18 years old at the time and I just found out january 8 2008 that lt.king was 22 years old at the time we were on patrol. Lt king was about 100 yards on the hill toward our line when he was hit by chinese artillery. I am sorry I took so many years to get this information to lt. kings family so that what I know will help bring closure to his family. I dont know if the lt had a wife or children but my heart goes out for him knowing he and his family missed out on the joys of seeing his grandkids grow up. I was extremely fortunate to have raised three special boys and my little angel,my daughter. My four granddaughters and grandson are extra special to me. If any of Lt. kings family should read this rememberance please ease my mind and help put some closure on my korean war nightmares. GOD BLESS ALL OF LT. KINGS FAMILY BOTH FAR AND NEAR.