Terrilyn Cade Krieter reports her family received word yesterday that, after 68 years, her Uncle Albert F. “Buddy” Mills (20), who was Missing In Action in Korea is finally coming home. She says that a positive ID was made this past July and her family met with the Army yesterday for updated details. The family is expected to finalize the process for transporting his remains from Hawaii back to Dallas, Texas.
1950 Dallas Newspaper Details:
4 Dallas Men Hike Korea War-Dead Toll
Four more Dallas soldiers were included Friday in the Department of Defense list of soldiers missing in action in Korea who now are presumed dead.
Since the release fo the first list last week, the number of Dallas County soldiers previously listed as missing, but now presumed dead, has risen to 17.
Latest added to the list are: Pfc, Mathis O. Ball, Jr., son of Mrs. Gladys Ball, 1515 Holcomb.
Cpl. Walter R. Couch, husband of Mrs. Martha Mae Couch, 6208 Menger.
Sgt. Charlie H. Crutcher, son of Mrs. Mattie Crutcher, present Dallas not known, but formerly 2702 Taylor.
Cpl. Albert F. Mills, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Herman Mills, 5531 Dyer.
Cl. Mills, a graduate of Crozier Tech High School, enlisted in the Army in 1948. A member of a Signal Corp unit attached to the Fifth Calvary Regiment, First Cavalry Division. Cpl. Mills arrived in Korea shortly after the fighting broke out and was reported missing in action July 25, 1950.
The Dallas soldier’s last letter home, dated July 13, described his unit’s embarkation for the Korean mainland in support of the 24th Infantry Division, already under heavy attack.
Other survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Easter Naomi Waters of San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Romona Ruth Cade, Ora Evangeline and Mary Katharine Mills, all of Dallas.
Pvt. Mathis O. Bell, Jr., was declared missing in action July 12, 1950, while serving with the 24th Infantry Division. He entered the service at the age of 17.
Other survivors in addition to the parents include a brother, Raymond Bell and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Bell.
Cpl. Couch served on occupational duty in Japan in 1946-1947 and was recalled to duty following the outbreak of fighting in Korea. He was declared missing in action only three days after he arrived.
The Department of Defense in a message to his wife, said Cpl. Couch was fighting with the Second ?? Near Kunu-Ri when reported missing. Walter Ray Couch Jr. Was born after Cpl. Couch went overseas.
Other survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Couch and brother, Benny J. Couch, all of Dallas.
Mother of Sgt. Crutcher is believed to be living with relatives elsewhere since a fire destroyed her home at 2702 Taylor. Neighbors said she left no forwarding address.
Photo courtesy Terrilyn Cade Krieter. She also provided article from unknown Dallas newspaper. Transcribed by Jim Foster. Other Dallas history can be found here.