Friday, June 19, 2015

CPL. DARDEN GOES HOME TO AKRON

On March 7, 1951, U.S. Marines came upon a chilling scene in the narrow valley north of Hoengsong, Korea.

Frozen temperatures had preserved the bodies of nearly 500 American soldiers that lay scattered on the field of a battle that had played out three weeks earlier. Marines marked the spot with a sign that read: “Massacre Valley.”

Presumed to be a casualty of one of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War was an 18-year-old Army corporal from Akron named Kenneth P. Darden.

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