Private First Class James Cletuis Williams, 19, was killed in action July 20, 1950, in the vicinity of Taejon, Republic of Korea.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. July 19 with a full military honors burial service at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville. Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The community is invited.
A native of Alton, Illinois, he was born on August 19, 1930, the son of the late Ward and Mary Williams.
He enlisted into the United States Army on Aug. 29, 1947, and served honorably with the Medical Company, 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division. He Williams was killed in action while transporting patients from the Taejon Air Strip. Due to a large-scale enemy attack, the 24th Infantry Division was ordered to withdraw before PFC Williams could be medically processed and evacuated.
His remains, although unidentified at the time, were transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, and buried with full military honors as a Korean War Unknown in Section U, Grave 675. Through exhaustive, investigative efforts, PFC Williams was successfully identified in 2018. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart (posthumous), Army Good Conduct Medal (posthumous), Army Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal (with 1 bronze service star), United Nations Service Medal and the Combat Medical Badge.