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31 RCT Connections


Missing In Action, Killed In Action, POW's, Looking For veterans of the 31st RCT
I Co Cooks
l-r, Donald Lindgren(NY), Burk(KY), Robert Stafford, James T. Mainhart(KIA Chosin), Haskel


When I set out to make the I Co site, I wanted people to know what had happened to the men of the 31st RCT at Chosin. Maybe, tell them my Father's tale and any other I Co men that we may find. Within just 2 months of time of being on the internet, the positive feedback on the pictures and site was unbelieveable!
The something happened that has pushed me even further to keep pursuring this site. A lady was looking at my Father's pictures. She shows her Father, Mac, who was also in I Co. Mac not only recognizes William (my Father), which he said he knows very well, but sees one of his Army buddies -- James T. Mainhart (KIA Chosin). Both James and Mac were cooks in I Co, Mac spoke to James on a daily basis!
Tom Mainhart (named after James T. Mainhart), and Tom's Father (who is James' brother) have been trying for over a year to find someone who might of known James. I asked my Dad, William, about James and showed him his pictures - Dad could not recall James. Finally, after searching, a connection to James has been made. All because of the I Co. site and the pictures!
I dedicate the "Connections" page for the family members looking for their loved ones and for the Army buddies looking for their long lost friends from Chosin. E-Mail me the information. I'll post it here.

15th AAA AW
My Grandfather, Neil Hanley, was in the 15th AAA AW in RCT31. He passed away today, January 14th, 2011. I know he kept a photo album with names listed in it, but I haven't made the trip back East yet to look through his personal effects. My parents have his things, and I hope that there will be enough info in his album to piece together a little more about his time in Korea. Does anyone from the 15th remember him? Please email me if you do. andmhenr@indiana.edu

15th AAA AW Batalion
Hi, I'm looking for any information regarding my Uncle, Sgt Walter Torres, MIA on December 2, 1950. I have a clear understanding as to what had happened at that time according to the historical documents available. What I and my family would like is any specific information, pictures, stories about my Uncle from those he serve with. Please contact me at this email address: Waltertorres1981@msn.com. Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter, it is greatly appreciated. Yours truly Walter Torres

57th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm) A BTRY, Hi from Carolyn Higgins
I have found out so much on your website! My uncle was killed at Chosin Reservoir on November 28, 1950. His name was Alfred Leroy Johnson. As far as I know there is just the one army picture of him. I have been looking for more pictures of him but havenít come across any yet.

My Brother Sgt George mcdivit was Col Faith driver. He was killed at Chosin. Wonder if any one has information about him John McDivitt

31st Infantry I Co 3rd Battalion Dennis Kibbey wrote 2/7/09 My Uncle Earl Kibbey was MIA on 3 December 1950 during that horrible time at the reservoir. Does anyone remember him?Pictures of Earl Kibbey
31st Infantry I Co 3rd Battalion 1/29/07
CAO Michael Giangregorio is looking for anyone who knew PFC Jimmie Dorser, he was MIA at Chosin on December 3rd, 1950. His sisters would like to have any information, stories or pictures that you may know of. Please write to Michael.A picture of Jimmie can be found on 31st I Co Korea

Company Unknown
John P. Sheppard is looking for anyone who knew his father, John Henry Sheppard.E-Mail John at John Sheppard.
John wrote on 4/28/03.
My father, John Henry Sheppard, fought at Chosin. I didn't know his rank at the time, but I know when he retired after Vietnam he was an E-8. I remember the stories of his company being over run and the other 8 men that made it out like my father being behind enemy lines for upwards of 30 days eating nothing but the few buried Kemshi stashes they found. I am trying to find anyone who knew my father. I wish I had a picture of him to rattle any bells. I remember one story he told me about after they made it out. They were on board a medical ship. Him and another wounded GI were sharing a room together, both were severly frost bitten. To pass the time away they played chess, but not in the traditional sense. They played chess in their heads, no boards, just two guy keeping track in their minds. My father showed me an Army Echo's story that he had about it when some reporters sat outside their room and played the game on a board. Thank you for much for your time, and God Bless all the soldiers who have fought and are fighting to keep our country free.

Combat Engineer
Mark Ross is looking for anyone who knew his Father or his Uncle. Mark wrote on January 17, 2003. Please e-mail Mark at MarkR@zion.il.us
HELLO MY NAME IS MARK ROSS. MY FATHER CHARLES J. ROSS [BOSTON MASS.] WAS AT CHOSIN WITH THE U.S. ARMY IT WASN'T UNTIL RECENTLY THAT HE BEGAN TO SPEAK OF IT HE WAS WITH THE COMBAT ENG. MY UNCLE, WILLIAM "BUD" DAVIS {BUFFALO NEW YORK} WAS ALSO THERE HE PASSED AWAY A FEW YEARS BACK AND NEVER SPOKE OF THE WAR. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MY DAD OR UNCLE. MY UNCLE PASSED AWAY A FEW YEARS AGO AND NEVER REALLY SPOKE OF THE WAR LET ALONE THE CHOSIN RESERVOIR. MY DAD IS STILL ALIVE AND DOING GOOD FOR A MAN OF 71 YEARS. THANK YOU MARK ROSS

15th AAA AW Battalion
Harlan Hill is looking for any information on his Uncle, Charlie Hill, MIA on December 2, 1950. Harlan wrote on January 7, 2003, My family doesn't know very much of anything about it and that is why I am wanting to get some information about what happened there and maybe about him. If there is anyone out there that knows of anything or maybe have a picture or just any information that may be useful to me please don't hestitate to email me at: Harlan Hill.

31ST REG 3RD BAT
Sam Storms wrote on 10/27/01. I am looking for any information on my father, Major Harvey H. Storms,KIA at Chosin. (According to the book, East of Chosin, the Major became the Commander of the 3rd Battalion during the breakout convoy. Please write to Sam if you knew the Major from Chosin or from Camp Crawford.

31ST REG H&H CO-
Don Mayville wrote on 5/28/2000
Still looking for Bernie Swartz, Tommie Melborne and Bill Bressler.
E-Mail to DMAYVCHOSIN

NEW!!31ST REG E CO-
Paul Daniels wrote on 9/13/2003. I am our family historian, and I'm looking for anyone who may have known my 1st cousin, Jack E. Brooks, who was KIA at Chosin, Dec 2. 1950. Jack was a 1st LT. of the 31st, serial # 0-2204005, Speciality - 01542, out of Atlanta GA. I would love to hear from anyone who may have known him and known of his activities at and preceeding Chosin. E-Mail Paul.

31ST REG I CO-
William J. Smith wrote on 8/2/2001
Looking for Charles Mutter, Walter Minshall, Carl Pippin, Sgt Summers, Lt Webb, Posey Mcormick, Penstandtler,Billy Parker.
Also looking for Paul Valleria, who was transferred out of 31st to 2nd Infantry.
Any information, E-Mail

Leroy Creel wrote on 7/21/2000
I need help in locating members of the 31st, I Company members in Platoon 37 who fought at Tangyang, Korea (January 14, 1951).
Pvt First Class Mutter
Cpl Tippin (Pippin?)
Sgt Clemmie
Master Sgt Martinez

If I can find one of these individuals, or any other fellow-soldier who was there, then I would be eligible to receve the Congressional Medal of Honor. Any information, E-Mail faithpub@theshop.net

Robert Philben wrote on 4/1/2001
Robert is looking for any information on Dominik Cataldo,Missing In Action from Chosin. Dominik was from Lorain Ohio. Robert is hoping to retrieve enough information to put his mother and his family's mind to rest. Click to see picture of Dominick
E-Mail Robert at bbpleb@prodigy.net

31st Reg K Co
Horace Davis wrote on 7/1/2000
My brother, Sgt Howard Davis served in K Co of the 31st Reg, 7th Division. His unit, Co K (at Chosin) was devastated. There were only a few survivors. My brother died of wounds recieved on May 23, 1951, or May 26. I would like to get in touch wih any K Co survivors. E-Mail Horace at HDavis3536@aol.com

31ST REG L CO-
Lorenzo R. Valdez wrote on 6/6/2001
My Uncle's name was Cristobal Romo, 4th Pl, Co L, 3rd Bn, 57mm Recoilless Rifle operator. Listed as MIA on December 12, 1950. Last seen alive on the night of December 01, 1950, near the town of Hudong-ni when the 31st RCT truck convoy was shattered. E-Mail:
Picture of Cristobal Romo

31st Reg L Co
Charles Prettyman wrote on 6/6/2001
My dear friend Harland Wilcox, never came back or was found. I have searched long and hard for someone who has info about him. MIA 12/12/1950. I would appreciate any help.
Click to see picture of Harland
E-Mail Charles at carp43@juno.com

32nd Reg - Heavy Mortar
Dave T. Virgil wrote on 6/29/2000
I had a brother, Rudolph (Rudy) F. Virgil, MIA at Chosin, Dec 2, 1950 with Heavy Mortar Co, 3nd RCT, 7th Div. Did anyone know of him? He was from Monta Vista, Colorado. I plan to attend the Chosin Few Convention In San Diego, CA in Dec. Please reply. E-Mail Dave pv20327@alltel.net

LOOKING FOR POW'S FROM CHUNG SONG OR CHUNG SUNG
Looking for veterans that might know George Hook from Aiken, South Carolina 32nd Regiment, A Company. George was captured at Chosin on November 29th, 1950. He made the march to Death Valley, then on to Camp One called Chung Sung. George is now trying to receive his Purple Heart. Some names include:James Talbert, James Hargess, Roy Hardage, Ernest McLean, Thomas Sealey and Frank Kaiser. Please write to Judith at larue260@aol.com
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