Cpl. Chester S. Hicks




Korean War Veterans Honor Roll


Chester Sims Hicks

World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas


Chester S Hicks

Inducted From:




Combat Organization:

53rd Field Artillery Battalion 24th Division

Death Date:

23 Dec 1950


Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Last Known Status:


Madisonville, Tennessee

Oct. 10, 1929 – Dec. 23, 1950

Sunset Cem., Monroe Co., Tn


Pvt. Chester S. Hicks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hicks of Madisonville, Route One, has been reported as the first casualty from Monroe County in the Korean War.

The parents of the 20-year old Monroe County soldier received word that their son had been “missing in action” since July 14.  The message was received July 21.  At the time of his disappearance the American forces were engaged in battle along the Kum River.

Pvt. Hicks was serving in an artillery unit.  He had been in the army for two years.  The last year had been spent in Tokyo from where he was transferred when the Korean War started.  Before entering the service he attended Madisonville High School.

One of Pvt. Hick’s brothers, Gene now living in Madisonville, served in armed forces in WWII.  He was wounded and decorated with the Purple Heart.  His other brother, James, is also living in Madisonville.  A sister, Mrs. Curtis Bernard, resides in Chattanooga.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Service Number 14298511
Died while Prisoner of War
Died December 23, 1950 in Korea

Corporal Hicks was a member of Headquarters Battery, 63rd Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy along the Kum River, South Korea on July 14, 1950, forced to march to North Korea on the "Tiger Death March", and died while a prisoner at Hanjang-ni, North Korea on December 23, 1950. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Corporal Hicks was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.



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Joy Locke & Joe Irons