Friday, July 4, 2008

John Herschel White, Home from Korea

Nearly 58 years ago, John Herschel White, a young man of 17, went missing in action in Korea. This afternoon, as I left for work, Mother saw an announcement that there would be a story on the news about a soldier, missing in action for 58 years, who was "coming home" to Sand Mountain. When I got back home, she said, "Do you know who that soldier was? Herschel White!" Mother remembered when Herschel went missing, all those years ago. "He was Carl's cousin," she said. (Carl Wallers was my uncle). She had gone to school with the Whites, and actually was doubly related to Herschel, without knowing it (being descended from the Cooper family and the Wigley family). She saw Herschel's sisters, Nina Ruth and Faye on the news, and remembered them from school. "And Faye married a Cooper," she said. "I don't know which one."
"Probably one of ours," I said.
Sgt. John Herschel White, missing in action in Korea all those years, will be buried in Bryant, Alabama, on July 15, 2008.

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