Virginia Heroes

Hugh Douglas Whitacre

Master Sergeant, Army

Born: July 27, 1923
Hometown: Frederick County, Virginia
Entered: April 28, 1943
Served In: Korea, World War II
Casualty Date: November 26, 1950
Died In: Republic of Korea
Awards: Purple Heart, Silver Star

Master Sergeant Whitacre served with Company C, 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion. On the night of November 25, the Chinese launched a counter-attack against MSG Whitacre and his platoon. Company C was surrounded from midnight till eight the next morning. With heavy fire raging down upon them, Hugh was mortally wounded but was listed as missing in action until his remains were found.

His name is memorialized Arlington National Cemetery and Ebeneezer Christian Church Cemetery, Frederick County, Virginia.

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