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1st Lt. Ward Orville Neville - Fallen

Ward Orville Neville
Zap, ND
County: Mercer
Korea - Fallen
Date of Loss: August 11, 1950 / Age: 32
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry Division

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for actions near the Naktong River while on a search and destroy patrol. In this mission, Neville and his 13 men were attacked by an estimated 200 enemy rifleman. In a desperate move, he led his men 1000 feet further into enemy territory to the east bank of the Hoechon River, without casualties. There, an estimated 100 enemy rifleman fired on them from the north and the south, killing three of his men and leaving Neville wounded and immobilized. He insisted his men continue on in an attempt to escape while he covered them; only five survived.

Neville was last seen lying in a rice paddy with a hand grenade and was subsequently listed as Missing in Action. At war's end, he was presumed dead and listed as killed in action. 

Neville's body was returned by the Chinese Communist government in October 1955, leading to the conclusion that Neville was taken prisoner and survived long enough to reach the northern reach of North Korea, where the Chinese later were in charge of the prison camps.

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