Becker, James Lee, MTSgt

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Master Technical Sergeant (Grade 1)
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 7598, Sub Unit 1, VMR-152
Service Years
1942 - 1951

Master Technical Sergeant (Grade 1)

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Home Town
Last Address
Kalamazoo, MI

Casualty Date
May 30, 1951
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Riverside Cemetery - Kalamazoo, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Block TT Lot 34

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Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)RS Chicago, ILMWSS-171VMR-152
  1949-1950, 6700, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1950-1950, 6700, RS Chicago, IL
  1950-1950, 6700, MWSS-171
  1950-1951, 7598, Sub Unit 1, VMR-152
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
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Last Known Activity

Died four (4) miles North West, Pusan, South Korea at 1620, 30 May 1951 of injuries, multiple, extreme as result of aircraft accident. Buried 3 June 1951 at UN, Military Cemetary, Tanggok, Korea. Character Excellent.


The Korean War has often been referred to as the "forgotten war" because it came on the heels of World War II and was overshadowed by the Vietnam War. Korea like Vietnam, was part of the Cold War to stop the advancement of Communism in Southeast Asia. When the Communist troops of North Korea invaded the democratic Republic of South Korea, the United States became involved through a promise of support given to the president of South Korea. It was feared that this tiny peninsula would be the setting for the eruption of World War Three. When the United Nations joined forces with the United States and the Republic of South Korea to stop the invasion, this fear was justified. North Korea not only had the support of the Soviet Union government, but also the military support of China. The stage was set for a bloody three years.

In 1945 the United Nations established the 38th parallel as the boundary dividing North and South Korea. It was the 38th that the North Koreans crossed to invade and unite South Korea under a Communist government. The United States entered the conflict under an assumption that this would be like a police action to drive the North Koreans back across the 38th. The two armies criss-crossed the dividing line several times. When the Chinese feared that their own borders were threatened, they became involved on the side of the North Koreans. The conflict then escalated further into war.

Because the Korean War only lasted three years (1950 - 1953) it is not thought of as significant, and often not even mentioned. However, if one compares the statistics of the Korean War (54,246) to those of Vietnam (58,226) which lasted over sixteen years, by ratio the Korean War was far bloodier than Vietnam.
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