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Milam County, Texas: List of Honor --
Individuals Who Have Given Their Lives in the
Defense of Their Country from World War I through Vietnam

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Robert Denson King [1] [2]

Corporal (CPL), U.S. Army, Korean War


Service No.: 54036832

Social Security Number: 451-44-0164

Born: 7 Feb 1929 at Milam Co., Texas [3]

Died: 19 June 1952, " while on patrol near Kahyon-ni, North Korea" [4]

Age at time of loss: 23 years, 4 months, 12 days

Home of Record: Rockdale, Milam County, Texas

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Clerk, Prewitt Drug Store

Attended: Class of 1946, Rockdale High School, Rockdale, Texas

Religion: Protestant, Church of Christ

Nickname: Denny

Physical Description: Height-6'2"; weight-220 lbs; eyes-blue; hair-blond

Prior Service: None

Entered Service: 18 Jan 1951

Overseas Duty:

Military Occupational Speciality (MOS): 4745

Ship/Unit: Co. K, 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division

Awards: Combat Infantryman's Badge, Purple Heart

Casualty Type: Hostile, killed-in-action (ground casualty)

Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds

Casualty Location: Map Coordinates - CT 710460

Soundex Code: K-520

Census: None available

Parents: Rufus Elizondo "Buck" King, Sr. and Alice Mae Hunt King

Brothers: Rufus Elizondo King, Jr. (1901-1980)

Sisters: Opal Mae King Irwin (1925-___)

Paternal Grandparents: Rufus Luther King (1873-1946) [5] and Ida Mae Stephens King (1878-1960) (Salty Cemetery) [6]

Maternal Grandparents: ________ Hunt and __________ Hunt

Wife: None

Children: None

Military Escort: Sergeant First Class Joseph Novak (Service No.: none found)

Burial: 23 Aug 1952 at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Rockdale, Texas [7]

Arrangements: Philips & Luckey Co., Rockdale, Texas

Milam County War Memorial:

CPL King was killed-in-action at approximately 2100 hours on 19 Jun 1952, while on patrol on the OPLR [8], near Kahyou-Ni, North Korea. According to the report written by First Lieutenant William Treiger, Medical Corps and the Report of Interment, CPL King was mortally wounded by enemy grenade fragments to both legs and left arm.

His body was recovered and evacuated to the mortuary in Kokura, Japan where he was temporarily interned in the Mausoleum with a "general religious ceremony" performed by Captain Sidney W. Cowles, Chaplains Corps.

Army records reflect the witnesses to the incident which resulted in CPL King's death were: Private First Class Thomas Dubuis (Service No.: 18383097) and Private Celmon Britt, Jr. (Service No.: 53103771)

According to Charles I. Shade (A.B., M.A. - Member of the American Anthropological Association) in the Identification Data report: [9]

These are the remains (CPL King) of a tall man of well developed muscularity. The head is medium in size and ellipsoidal (oval) in shape, with a rounded sagittal (triangular) contour. The forehead is of medium height and presents a slight sloping profile. The orbital (eye) openings are angular. The nose is average in size, average in width, and straight. The mandible (jaw) is average in size, of normal width, and moderately heavy structure forming a square, slightly protruding chin. These flesh covered remains were determined to be those of the White race. Evidence of perforating gun shot wounds of neck, right hand and left leg.

"Denny King, Killed in Korea, Praised by C-O in Letter to Parents Here" [10]

Details on the death of Cpl. Robert Denson (Denny) King, received the past week, reveal that he was killed in action by enemy grenade fragments while on a patrol near Kahyon-ni, North Korea, on June 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Rufus King, parents, received a letter concerning their son from Lt. Col. Clifford L. Woodliff, commanding officer in which he extended his sympathy and paid tribute to the Rockdale Soldier.

"As a member of this command," the officer wrote, "Robert was like by all his associates. He was an excellent soldier, performing all tasks assigned to him in a cheerful and efficient manner, thereby winning the commendation of his immediate superiors and the respect of his comrades. I sincerely hope the knowledge that your son made the supreme sacrifice in one of the darkest hours known to freedom loving people will be of ever sustaining comfort to you."

Denny King, as he was known to everyone in Rockdale, entered the U.S. Service in January, 1941, and left for overseas in June, 1951, as a member of Company K, 223 Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. He left Japan for front line duty in Korea in January 1952. Word of the death of this fine young man has been received by all of his friends and the citizens of Rockdale with a feeling of sincere regret.

Denny King graduated from Rockdale High School in 1946. Before going into the service he was a popular employee of the Prewitt Drug Store and also for a time with Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Lee Bankston business. He was always greatly admired for his friendly personality and character. He was a member of the Church of Christ and an active member of the local church up until his leaving for duty.

Besides his parents he leaves a brother, Rufus King Jr. and a sister, Mrs. Opal Irwin.

"Cpl. R. D. King Buried Here Last Saturday" [11]

The body of Cpl. Robert Denson King, killed in action June 19th in Korea, arrived here Thursday midnight under escort of officer Joseph Novak, U.S. Army, Oakland, California, and was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus King parents, to remain until Saturday morning.

Final rites were held from Philips & Luckey Chapel at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon when a proclamation was ordered by the mayor of Rockdale that all places of business remain closed during the hour of services.

The flag-draped casket rested before a towering background of beautiful flowers, sent by friends and relatives as silent tributes to the memory of this fine young soldier. There was no military ritual. Minister H. I. Taylor from the Church of Christ at Austin, conducted the consoling and impressive service and a group of singers, also of Austin, offered the songs.

Burial was made in Oak Lawn cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: H. H. Darden of Texas City, Bill Breen, John M. Weed, Sr., Ed Prewitt, B. Regenbrecht, Albert Timmerman, Alex McLeod and A. A. Goehler.

Cpl. King, a 1946 graduate of Rockdale High School, met death while on patrol duty near Kahyon-ni in North Korea, by an enemy grenade fragment as he made an effort to save his buddy, Sgt. Quenton Miller, who also met death at this spot. Cpl. King was a member of Company K, 223 Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. More complete accounts have appeared in recent issues of this paper.

Besides the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus King, there survives a brother Rufus King, Jr., of Temple; and a sister Mrs. Lewis Irwin of Pennsylvania, who due to health conditions was unable to be present for the final rites.

Among the many persons from out of town here for the service Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Dave Miller of Carlsbad, New Mexico, parents of Sgt. Miller; also the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hauser of Brownwood, Mrs. Willye Dean Reynolds, the sister, and Miss Marvanell Snodgress of Carlsbad. The body of Sgt. Miller was returned to Brownwood, his former home, and burial was made there last Wednesday, when Mr. and Mrs. King went from Rockdale for the services.


[1] Casey, p. 209.

[2] Individual Deceased Personnel 293 File, U.S. Army Total Personnel Command Center, Alexandria, VA

[3] Birth Certificate No. 6919, Milam Co., TX, born 7 Jan 1929

[4] Death Certificate: Vol. 8, No. 945, Milam County Clerk's Office

[5] Some Central Texas Obituaries, p. 283-284.

[6] Some Central Texas Obituaries, p. 283.

[7] Holder, p. 373.

[8] OPLR = outpost line of resistance

[9] Item #21, QMC Form 1044, Identification Data, prepared on 23 Jun 1952 by First Lieutenant Robert C. Johnson.

[10] Rockdale Reporter, 10 Jul 1952, p. 1.

[11] Rockdale Reporter, 28 Aug 1952, p. 8.

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