Two Lowell, MA Army Corporals, Francis Joseph Krygowski and Thomas Harding, Jr , members of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regimental Combat Team were sent to fight in Korea. They participated in one of the early battles near Hadong, South Korea. It did not end well for the Americans.
They were originally listed as "Captured but Not Accounted For" on July 27, 1950. Later they were listed as Prisoners of War and then Presumed Dead. Their bodies have not been found. Their names are inscribed on the Courts of the Missing in Honolulu.
The Lowell Sun, August, 30, 1950, p1.
Thomas Harding, Jr. was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Harding, 37 Bartlet Street. He enlisted in the Army on his 17th birthday October 5, 1946. He was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception grammar school and attended Lowell High School.
Lieut. Alexander Makarounis of 548 Fletcher Street, Lowell, MA, was the Company Commander and was taken a Prisoner of War. He ended up escaping the Death March from Seoul to Pyongyang and returned home to a grateful family. Only 33 men out of 376 men survived.
The Lowell Sun, November 15, 1950, p.1.
He testified before the U.S. Senate after the war about his experience in North Korea. His story was published in several magazines. He died July 30, 1994 in Lowell at the age of 71.
Testimony by Alexander Makarounis
At the end of the Korean War the dividing line of North and South Korea was settled at the 38th Parallel. The same place it was at the start of the War. The United States has maintained a strong military presence in South Korea and they are one of our strongest allies.
Thank you all for your service. You are not forgotten!