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Milam County, Texas

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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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Frank Meek, Jr. [1] [2]

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

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Service No.: 18314458

Born: 27 Sep 1928 [3]

Died: 26 Nov 1950 at North Korea

Age at time of loss: 22 years, 1 month, 29 days

Home of Record: Cameron, Texas

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Farmer

Attended:

Religion:

Physical Description: Eyes-Blue, Hair-Brown, Height-5'11", Weight-185 lbs

Prior Service: U. S. Army - Entered Service: 5 Oct 1946 - Discharged: 25 Mar 1948 --- Overseas Duty: 4 Jan 1947 to 13 Mar 1948 --- Unit: Headquarters & Service Co., 13th Engineers Construction Battalion [4]

Entered Service: 25 Jul 1949

Overseas Duty:

Ship/Unit: Co. M, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division

Awards: World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal-Japan, Marksman M-1 Rifle

Missing-in-Action (MIA): 26 Nov 1950

Casualty Type: Hostile, killed-in-action/died while missing (MIA)

Cause of Death: Unknown

Casualty Location: Somin-Dong, North Korea near 3953'N x 12610'E

Soundex Code: M-200

Census: None available

Parents: Frank Meek, Sr. and Annie Larza (Laza) Meek at Cameron, Texas

Brother: Dalma Meek (veteran, U.S. Army, World War II) [5]

Sisters: None

Paternal Grandparents: Frank Meek and Julie Roznos Meek

Maternal Grandparents: Frank Larza (Laza) and Trussia Kohut Larza (Laza)

Wife: None

Children: None

Burial: Body not recovered

Arrangements: None

Milam County War Memorial:



CPL Meek became missing-in-action during an attack by the opposing forces in the vicinity of Somin-Dong, North Korea. [6]



"Milam Boy Lost Life in Action in Korea; Missing Since 1950" [7]

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meek, Sr. received a letter from the Department of Army on Saturday, January 2, 1954. In the letter, Wm. E. Bergin, Adjutant General of the Army, stated that due to the fact that their son, Cpl. Frank Meek, Jr. has been missing in action in Korea since November 26, 1950, the Army has officially pronounced him dead.

Bergin said that the Army has presumed that Cpl. Meek lost his life in action near the Little Village of Somin-Doug in North Korea.

Cpl. Meek was born Spetember 27, 1928, and reared in Milam County. He enlisted in the Army in October of 1946 and was on his tour of duty until March of 1948. Cpl. Meek reenlisted in June of 1949. After receiving his training at Fort Hood, he was sent to Korea in August of 1950.

He served with the Co. M, 48th (sic) Infantry Regiment, 2nd. Division.

Cpl. Meek is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meek, Sr. and one brother, Delma Meek, all of Cameron.



"Three Cen-Texans Among Those Listed Officially Dead" [8]

Three Central Texas men were among 100 Texans pronounced officially dead by the army and air force Wednesday. They were formerly listed as missing in action in Korea.

The army said letters have been sent to next of kin. Among the three listed include Cpl. Frank Meek, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meek, Sr., of Route 1, Cameron.

Also listed were Cpl. Clinton D. Raplee, husband of Mrs. Marianne I. Raplee, 313 12 North Main Street, Temple.

And Sgt. Charlie L. Jackson, son of Mrs. Alneter Shaw, 421 Bennett Stree, Marlin, and father of young Charlie L. Jackson, Jr., of Temple.



"Last Letter Home" by Frank Meek, Jr. [9]

Dear Mom & Dad

I will drop you a few lines to let you'll know I am still ok and hope you all are the same.

Well I haven't had time to write as often as I wanted to any way if I would write a letter I have to carry it around with me for a few days because we are moving around so much and we are not near a army post office to mail it so that is why you don't hear from me too often.

I just had brekfast (sic) had 4 pan cakes some luke warm coffee and ceral (sic) we are about 5 miles from the mess tent so every thing is cold when it gets to us. We are on a small hill and the rest of the guys are just at the foot of the hill the gooks sliped (sic) in on us the first night we moved in here they know that we didn't have any fox holes dug but "K" Co. stopped most of them me and the other drivers were on this little hill the gooks were between us and "K" Co. but they didn't know we were on this hill that was pertty (sic) close to the Manchurian border I think it is about 20 more miles. We moved 250 miles north from Seoul that was one long dusty ride. I also passed through the North Korean capital which is Pyongyang. It is about the same size of Seoul. The country up here is a lot better the people don't raise no rice most of it is cotton corn millet soy beans and mazie, well I gess (sic) I will close. Jr. - over -

p.s. I have to tell you about the chow I had just before we left Seoul two of my buddies and me went to a doctor's house he had rice & fried eggs, dried fish some thing that he called (kim chie) and some other stuff we drank red star whisky & Brandy and rice wine. I was feeling pertty (sic) good when I left his house. This is all I can think of write soon.



Footnotes

[1] Casey, p. 260.

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

[3] No Texas Birth Certificate found

[4] Honorable Discharge, U.S. Army dated 25 Mar 1948 filed with Milam County Clerk's Office on 7 Apr 1948.

[5] Interview with Dalma Meek on 9 Dec 1997.

[6] Memorandum for Record re: Review and Determination of Status Under the Missing Persons Act, by M. Oliver, LTC R. W. Prior and COL C. H. Bennett, dated 27 Nov 1951.

[7] Undated (c. 1954) newspaper article provided by Delma Meek.

[8] Undated (c. 1954) newspaper article provided by Delma Meek.

[9] Undated letter with postmark 15 Nov 1950, U.S. Army Postal Service A.P.O., return address: PFC Frank Meek, Jr., Co. M, 38th Inf. Regt., APO #248, San Francisco, CA.

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