|Thousands of trucks carried personnel, weapons and ammunition, equipment,
the deceased, and
food supplies during the Korean War. World War II-era Dodge 2
1/2-ton 6x6 trucks (known as "deuce and a half") were used, and the
Dodge M37 3/4 ton 4x4 was also used extensively. At the
outbreak of the war, the closest nation to Korea that could produce
trucks quickly was Japan. On July 10, 1950, Toyota received a
request for 1,000 Model BM trucks--200 to be delivered in August
1950 and 400 each in September and October. Toyota later
received an order for 2,329 trucks on August 29, 1950 and an
additional 1,350 trucks on March 1, 1951, for a total of 4,679 trucks.
Korea was a backward country during the war. With narrow dirt (often
muddy) roads located on lowlands and mountainous terrain, trucks overturned due to crowded conditions on the road, poor
weather conditions, and enemy attacks.
Trucks crashed into other vehicles, struck landmines, rolled over
into rivers, and caught fire.
This page of the Korean War Educator is
names found here were researched on the Internet and are listed in
alpha order, but there were likely many more truck accidents during
the Korean War. Our readers are invited to help the KWE give
proper honor to those members of the US military who died as the
result of truck accidents in Korea. To add information to this
page, contact Lynnita.
Most recent addition to this page: April 09,
- Begley, Pfc. Julius - August 11, 1953
- Blythe, Cpl. Milton - August 22, 1951
- Bruster, Pvt. John Lee - August 1, 1951
- Cook, Sgt. Alfred - August 22, 1951
- Dixon, Pfc. Willie Harris - June 28, 1951
- Dowleyne, Pvt. Alvin - June 28, 1951
- Gooding, Pfc. Luther Ormond Jr. - October 06, 1952
- Hill, Cpl. James Oliver - December 02, 1952
- Johnson, Pfc. James - January 1, 1952
- Kellner, Pvt. Leo Harrison - January 29, 1951
- King, Sgt. Tom - August 22, 1951
- Larson, Cpl. Jack Charles - June 02, 1951
- Libby, Sgt. George Dalton - July 20, 1950
- Marzloff, Cpl. Fred - December 16, 1950
- McGeoch, Cpl. Malcolm I. - January 04, 1952
- Morrison, Pvt. John W. - June 28, 1951
- Murrell, Cpl. Haywood - March 7, 1951
- Nicolai, Sgt. Roy Julius - August 13, 1951
- Olson, Pvt. Robert Henry - September 19, 1953
- Pickens, Cpl. James Glennon - March 07, 1951
- Shepperson, Sgt. Joseph Douglas
- Sloan, Pfc. Charles - April 04, 1952
- Taylor, Pvt. Dunbar - August 13, 1951
Bios of the Fatalities
Julius was born September 26, 1927, son of Oakley Begley
(1899-1980) and Sally Napier Begley (1900-1966). He was
from Leslie County, Kentucky. On August 11, 1953, he was
killed in a truck accident near Chunchon, South Korea. He
is buried in John North Cemetery, Dryhill, Kentucky.
Milton was born July 2, 1932. He was serving with the
58th Field Artillery Battalion (105MM), B Battery, 3rd Infantry
Division. On August 22, 1951, the truck in which he was
riding fell off a cliff near Uijonbu, South Korea, killing him.
He is buried in Peaceful Valley Cemetery, Mayfield, Kentucky.
John Lee Bruster
John was born January 10, 1928. He was a member of
Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion
24th Infantry Division. On August 1, 1951, he was driving a
truck near Hupyong, North Korea, when the road under his vehicle
failed causing it to overturn and killing him. John was
originally from Girard, Louisiana. John was the son of Mrs.
Queen Bruster of Rayville, Louisiana.
Alfred was born December 17, 1930. Sergeant Cook was a
member of Battery A, 58th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd
Infantry Division. On August 22, 1951, he was en route to the
3rd Replacement Company to take rest and recuperation in Japan,
when the truck he was riding in went over a cliff near Uijongbu,
South Korea. Alfred is buried in Bushy Prairie Cemetery,
Willie Harris Dixon
Willie was born April 15, 1930 in Mulga, Alabama. He
was serving with the 619th Ordnance Ammunition Company, 67th
Ordnance Battalion at the time of his death. On June 28,
1951, he was riding on a truck on the Yoju Road seven miles west
of Wonju, South Korea, when the truck overturned, killing him.
He had at least one sister. Willie is buried in Mount
Olive Church Cemetery, Goodwater, Coosa County, Alabama.
Alvin was born on August 15, 1928. He is buried in
Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, King County
(Brooklyn), New York. He died in the same accident as
Willie Harris Dixon.
Luther Ormond Gooding Jr.
Born November 13, 1929, Gooding was a member of the 74th
Transportation Truck Company, 55th Transportation Truck
Battalion. On October 6, 1952, while driving a truck near
Hwachon, North Korea, he struck another vehicle sending both
over an embankment. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, New
York, New York.
James Oliver Hill
James was born October 9, 1927 and was from the Cookeville,
Tennesse area. On December 2, 1952, the truck he was driving ran into a
guard rail of a bridge one mile east of Chunchon, South Korea
and fell into the river drowning him. He is buried next to his
parents in Buck Cemetery, Cookeville.
James was born June 5, 1930. He was from the Atlanta,
Georgia area. A member of Battery B, 196th Field Artillery
Battalion, X Corps, was driving a truck near Pia-ri, North
Korea, when it collided with another vehicle, killing him.
James is buried in Marietta National Cemetery.
Leo Harrison Kellner
Leo Kellner was born November 24, 1927. He was a member
of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry
Division. On January 29, 1951, he was riding in a truck that
rolled down a cliff five miles north of Chunju, South Korea,
killing him. He is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Warsaw,
Benton County, Missouri.
Tom was born on April 8, 1920 and was from Texas.
Sergeant King was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a
member of Battery C, 58th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd
Infantry Division. On August 22, 1951, he was in a truck
accident near Uijongbu, South Korea and was killed. He is buried
in Cameron Rest Cemetery, Cameron, Milam County, Texas.
Jack Charles Larson
Jack was born March 3, 1928. He was from Wisconsin.
Corporal Larson was a member of the 430th Engineer Construction
Battalion, U.S. Army. On June 2, 1951, he was riding in the bed
of a dump truck near Wonju, South Korea, when it hit a soft
section in the road throwing him from the truck causing him to
strike a rock with his head. He is buried in West Lawn Memorial
Park, Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.
George Dalton Libby
George was born December 4, 1919, in Bridgton, Maine, son of
Benjamin F. Libby and Blanche May Seavey Libby. His
siblings were Gladys Libby Hillertz (1916-1979) and Madeline
Libby (1921-2006). George enlisted in the Army on November
13, 1945, and served in the European Theatre during World War
II. In Korea he was serving with C Company, 3rd
Engineering Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, when his
heroism resulted in the Medal of Honor. He is buried in
Arlington National Cemetery.
Medal of Honor Citation: Citation:
Sgt. Libby distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While
breaking through an enemy encirclement, the vehicle in which he
was riding approached an enemy roadblock and encountered
devastating fire which disabled the truck, killing or wounding
all the passengers except Sgt. Libby. Taking cover in a ditch
Sgt. Libby engaged the enemy and despite the heavy fire crossed
the road twice to administer aid to his wounded comrades. He
then hailed a passing M-5 artillery tractor and helped the
wounded aboard. The enemy directed intense small-arms fire at
the driver, and Sgt. Libby, realizing that no one else could
operate the vehicle, placed himself between the driver and the
enemy thereby shielding him while he returned the fire. During
this action he received several wounds in the arms and body.
Continuing through the town the tractor made frequent stops and
Sgt. Libby helped more wounded aboard. Refusing first aid, he
continued to shield the driver and return the fire of the enemy
when another roadblock was encountered. Sgt. Libby received
additional wounds but held his position until he lost
consciousness. Sgt. Libby's sustained, heroic actions enabled
his comrades to reach friendly lines. His dauntless courage and
gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself
and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
Fred was born January 16, 1926, and was from New Jersey, son
of John and Anna Marzloff. He joined the Army on July 15,
1946 at Jersey City, New Jersey and was a veteran of World War
II. In Korea, he was a member of the Heavy Mortar Company, 7th
Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On December 16, 1950, he
was riding in a tank south of Pyongyang, North Korea, when it
struck a truck. Fred is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Newark, New
Malcolm I. McGeoch
Malcolm was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McGeoch of Argyle,
New York. He graduated from Argyle Central School in the class
of 1947. He received his basic training at Camp Rucker, Alabama,
and arrived in South Korea on September 9, 1951. He is buried in
Prospect Hill Cemetery in Argyle, New York, next to his friend
and classmate, Pfc. Baxter Betts (I Co., 23rd Inf. Reg., 2nd
Division) who was killed in action, September 21, 1951. Malcolm
was driving a truck when it struck an enemy land mine near
Sindae Dong, Korea.
John W. Morrison
Private Morrison was born October 15, 1928. Originally
from Louisiana, he later moved to California. His widow
was Claire Morrison of San Francisco, California. John is
buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.
On June 28, 1951, he was riding in a truck about seven miles
west of Wonju, Korea, when the truck was forced off the road and
overturned, killing him.
Roy Julius Nicolai
Roy was born July 06, 1925. He was serving with the
430th Engineer Construction Battalion, HQ Service Company.
On August 13, 1951, he was riding in a truck on the runway of
Chuchon Airfield (K-47), South Korea, when a C-54 cargo aircraft
was landing and struck the truck, killing him. He is buried in
Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.
Robert Henry Olson
Robert was born September 5, 1932 and was from Snohomish
County, Washington. He was serving in Company B, 14th
Engineer Combat Battalion. He was a passenger in the rear
of a truck and attempted to stand up. He was thrown off the
truck and seriously injured. He was evacuated to the 44th Mobile
Army Surgical Hospital where he died on September 19, 1953.
He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Everett, Washington.
James Glennon Pickens
James was born June 2, 1926, in Prichard, Alabama, son of
John Glennie Pickens (1904-1969) and Minnie Rose Flowers Pickens
(1912-1986). His siblings were Gloria Rose Pickens
(1933-1985) and Juanita "Nita" Pickens Andry (1936-1996).
Corporal Pickens was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was
a member of the 74th Transportation Truck Company, 55th
Transportation Truck Battalion. He was driving a truck near
Wonju, South Korea when it went over a cliff severely injuring
him. He died of those injuries on March 7, 1951. James is
buried in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens, Florence, Lauderdale
Joseph Douglas Shepperson
Joseph was born October 10, 1920. He was a member of
the 58th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. He
was driving a truck near Uijongbu, Korea, when it went over a
cliff. He was evacuated to the 8055th Mobile Army Surgical
Hospital where he died on August 22, 1951. Joseph is buried in
Fort Sill Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Charles was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, on April 15, 1933.
He was a member of the 619th Ordnance Ammunition Company, 67th
Ordnance Battalion. On April 4, 1952, his trucked rolled
over an embankment along route 29E, North Korea, and he was
killed. He is buried in New Canaan Baptist Church
Cemetery, Seneca, South Carolina.
Dunbar was born September 03, 1929. He was from Pennsylvania,
a son of Arthur Taylor Sr. (1904-1970) and Pauline T. Ebright
Taylor (1906-1984). His siblings were Arthur Taylor
(1926-1952), Hamilton Taylor, Richard Taylor, Letitia Taylor
Hull, Pauline Taylor Donnelly, Grace Taylor Rowe, and Elizabeth
Taylor. He was a member of the Army's 430th Engineering
Construction Battalion, HQ Company. On August 13, 1951, he was riding in a truck crossing the
runway at Chunchon Airfield (K-47), South Korea when the landing
gear of a C-54 Skymaster struck and killed him. Dunbar is
buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Aston, Pennsylvania.