THE IRISH IN KOREA

Irish Men and Women Who Gave Their Lives in the Korean War

 

NAME RANK 
& BRANCH OF SERVICE & UNIT

DATE, 
PLACE OF BIRTH,
& U.S. HOME OF RECORD

DATE, CIRCUMSTANCE
& PLACE OF DEATH

MAURICE ANGLAND

PFC U.S. ARMY 
8th Engineer Combat Battalion  
1st Cavalry Division

JUL 22, 1928

MEENTINNA, ROCKCHAPEL,
CO. CORK

Chicago, Illinois

OCT 4, 1951

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in Clonfert Cemetery, Newmarket, Co. Cork

MARK JAMES BRENNAN 

SGT, U.S. Army 
78th AAA Battalion

JUL 10, 1929 

BALLINAMORE, KILTIMAGH,
CO. MAYO 

Greenwich, Connecticut

JUN 18, 1953 

Non-Hostile Death, Air Crash while returning from R&R to his unit at Suwon  Air Base, Korea.

Buried in St. Mary's RC Cemetery, North St., Greenwich, CT

JOHN CANTY

PFC, U.S. Army
13th Engineer Combat Battalion
7th Infantry Division

SEP 6, 1926

AHABEG, LIXNAW, 
CO. KERRY

Chicago, Illinois

AUG 26, 1951

Non-Hostile Death, Accident North Korea

Buried in Kiltomey Cemetery, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry 
(gravesite photo)

WILLIAM (BILLY) COLLINS

PFC, U.S. Army 
23rd Infantry Regiment 
2nd Infantry Division

DEC 14, 1928

TULLIG SOUTH, TEMPLEGLANTINE, 
CO. LIMERICK

Queens, New York

MAY 18, 1951

Killed in Action South Korea

Buried in Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York

JOHN CORCORAN

PFC, U.S. Army 
32nd Infantry Regiment 
7th Infantry Division

SEP 3, 1929

COOLIKERANE, MILLSTREET, CO. CORK

Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

SEP 24, 1950
Wounded in Action South Korea 

OCT 2, 1950: Died of Wounds Osaka Hospital, Japan

Buried in Calvary Cemetery, Lafayette Parish, LA (gravesite photo)

JOHN FRANCIS DILLON 

PVT E-2, U.S. Army 
32nd Infantry Regiment 
7th Infantry Division

JUL 24, 1930

COOLE, KILTEELY. 
CO. LIMERICK

Born Hartford, Connecticut to Irish parents. Raised in Co. Limerick, ages 4 through 17.

FEB 09, 1953

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in Kilteely Cemetery, Co. Limerick
(gravesite photo)

WILLIAM SHARMAN DOUGLAS

PFC, U.S. Army
21st Intantry Regiment
24th Infantry Division

William Sharman Douglas

JAN 20, 1926

PORTAFERRY RD
NEWTOWNARDS
CO. DOWN

Erie County, New York

JULY 11, 1950

Killed in Action near Chochiwon, South Korea

Buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY

MICHAEL FITZPATRICK

PFC, U.S. Army 
23rd Infantry Regiment 
2nd Infantry Division

MAY 8, 1928

CAPPAGH, CLAREMORRIS, CO. MAYO

Whiting, Indiana

AUG 18, 1951

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Worth, IL

Also remembered by fellow medic PFC Vernon S. Fields

BARTHOLOMEW GALVIN

CPL, U.S. Army 
23rd Infantry Regiment 
2nd Infantry Division

AUG 16, 1923

GORTICURRANE, ANNASCAUL, 
CO. KERRY

Weymouth, Massachusetts

SEP 01, 1950

Killed in Action South Korea

Buried in Aglish Cemetery, Annascaul, Co. Kerry
(gravesite photo)

MICHAEL GANNON

CPL, U.S. Army 
15th Field Artillery Battalion 
2nd Infantry Division

AUG 14, 1927

DOONIVER, ACHILL, 
CO. MAYO

Cleveland, Ohio

FEB 13, 1951

Killed in Action South Korea

Buried in Bunnacurry Cemetery, Achill, Co. Mayo

MICHAEL PATRICK HARDIMAN

PVT E-2, U.S. Army 
17th Infantry Regiment 
7th Infantry Division

SEP 22, 1926

MOYNE, BALLAGHADERREEN, 
CO. ROSCOMMON

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MAR 06, 1951

Killed in Action South Korea

Buried in Fairymount Cemetery (nr. Loughglynn), Co. Roscommon

DANIEL CHRISTOPHER (DONAL) HARRINGTON

PVT E-2, U.S. Army 
35th Infantry Regiment 
25th Infantry Division

JAN 22, 1926

ARDNACLUGGAN, EYERIES, CO. CORK

Brooklyn, New York

JUN 06, 1951

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in Old Cemetery, Castletownbere, Co. Cork (gravesite photo)

MICHAEL HERLIHY

PFC, U.S. Army 
38th Infantry Regiment 
2nd Infantry Division

OCT 1, 1929

MOUNT FALVEY, SCARTAGLEN, 
CO. KERRY

San Francisco, California

SEP 12, 1951

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in Ballydesmond Cemetery, Co. Cork

DANIEL JOSEPH (DANNY) KEOGH

PVT E-2, U.S. Army 
9th Infantry Regiment 
2nd Infantry Division

SEP 13, 1928

CARTRON UPPER, DRUMLISH, 
CO. LONGFORD

Sparks, Nevada

MAR 17, 1953

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in Drumlish Cemetery, Co. Longford

MICHAEL THOMAS KING

PFC, U.S. Army 
38th Infantry Regiment 
2nd Infantry Division

NOV 25, 1924

ATTIAGHYGRANA, ELPHIN, CO. ROSCOMMON

U.S. at large

FEB 13, 1951

Killed in Action South Korea

Buried in Shankill Cemetery (nr. Elphin), Co. Roscommon

PATRICK JOSEPH LAVIN

PVT E-2, U.S. Army 
17th Infantry Regiment 
7th Infantry Division



Citation

MAR 5, 1932

GLACKAUN, DRUMKEERAN, CO. LEITRIM

Bronx, New York

JUL 10, 1953

Killed in Action South Korea

Buried in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, New York

PHILIP  COLUMBA LYNCH

PVT E-2, U.S. Army 
38th Infantry Regiment 
2nd Infantry Division

JUL 12, 1929

BROOKLAWN, KILCONLY, 
CO. GALWAY

San Francisco, California

AUG 27, 1951

Killed in Action South Korea

Buried in Kilconly Parish Cemetery, Tuam, Co. Galway (gravesite photo)

MICHAEL A. McCORMACK

PFC, U.S. Army
 Quartermaster Corps

MAY 7, 1927

CHURCH PARK, TAUGHMACONNELL, 
CO. ROSCOMMON

Boston, Massachusetts

JUL 22, 1952

Non-Hostile Death, Drowned Chunchon, South Korea

Buried in Taughmaconnell Cemetery, Co. Roscommon (gravesite photo)

PATRICK McENERY

PFC, U.S. Army
19th Infantry Regiment
24th Infantry Division

OCT 12, 1927

TURAREE LOWER, GLIN, 
CO. LIMERICK

Chicago, Illinois

NOV 13, 1951

Killed in Action North Korea

(Body Not Recovered)

WILLIAM JOHN MILLS

PVT E-2, U.S. ARMY 
 7th Cavalry Regiment 
1st Cavalry Division

DEC 14, 1929

ENNISKILLEN STREET, BELFAST, 
CO. ANTRIM

Jersey City, New Jersey

NOV 05, 1951

Missing in Action North Korea 
DEC 31, 1953: Declared Died while Missing

(Body Not Recovered)

WILLIAM FRANCIS MURPHY

PFC, U.S. Army 
38th Infantry Regiment 
2nd Infantry Division

OCT 11, 1922

SHANDON STREET, CORK CITY, 
CO. CORK

New York City, New York

FEB 12, 1951

Taken POW While in Action South Korea

MAY 18, 1951:  Died in Captivity North Korea

(Body Not Recovered)

William Murphy's fellow POWs Henry Contreras and Billy Joe Harris return the Corkman's watch to the Murphy family a half-century after his death.  

His nephew, Stephen Murphy, is on a quest to photograph all the graves in Ireland of the soldiers pictured here.

THOMAS JOSEPH O'BRIEN 

SGT, U.S. Army 
90th Field Artillery Battalion 
25th Infantry Division 


MAY 13, 1927 

BALLYVISTEA, EMLY, 
CO. TIPPERARY 

New York City, New York

OCT 26, 1950 

Killed in Action North Korea

(Body Not Recovered)

 

ALPHONSUS O'CONNELL

CPL, U.S. Army 
 8th Engineer Combat Battalion  
1st Cavalry Division

JUNE 29, 1927

SARSFIELD AVENUE, GARRYOWEN, LIMERICK CITY

New York City, New York

OCT 29, 1951

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York  (gravesite photo)

OWEN PRIOR

PFC, U.S. Army

DEC 10, 1928

DERRADDA, BALLINAMORE, CO. LEITRIM

Providence, Rhode Island

JUL 21, 1952

Non-Hostile Death, Drowned
Korea

Buried in Coraleehan Graveyard (nr. Derradda), Co. Leitrim (gravesite photo)

THOMAS STEPHEN QUINN

PFC, U.S. ARMY
5th Cavalry Regiment
1st Cavalry Division

DEC 25th, 1928

CLOONINSLA, BALLINLOUGH, CO. ROSCOMMON

Toledo, Ohio

OCT 6, 1951

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in Calvary Cemetery (military section), Toledo, Ohio  (gravesite photo)

WILLIAM (BILLY) SCULLY

PFC, U.S. Army 
31st Infantry Regiment 
7th Infantry Division

FEB 9, 1924

KILGRENA, GALBALLY, 
CO. LIMERICK

Manhasset, Nassau County, New York

JAN 14, 1951

Killed in Action South Korea

Buried in Galbally Cemetery, Co. Limerick  
(gravesite photo)

PATRICK SHEAHAN  

CPL, U.S. Army 
7th Infantry Regiment 
3rd Infantry Division 




Citations

A Last Letter

MAR 3, 1928

LEITRIM MIDDLE, NEWTOWN SANDES, 
CO. KERRY

New York City, New York

OCT 4, 1951

Killed in Action Chungse-ri, North Korea

Buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry  
(gravesite photo)

THOMAS JOHN WARD

PFC, U.S. Army
 35th Infantry Regiment 
25th Infantry Division

OCT 20, 1926

OSMAN STREET (off FALLS ROAD)
BELFAST, 
CO. ANTRIM
(raised in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan)

U.S. at Large

AUG 22, 1950

Killed in Action South Korea

Condolence letter from 
General MacArthur

Buried in Donaghmoyne Cemetery, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan (gravesite photo)

JOHN PATRICK WHITE

PFC, U.S. Marine Corps 
7th Marine Regiment 
1st Marine Division

APR 14, 1930

CAHERDANIEL, 
CO. KERRY

New York City, New York

SEP 24, 1952

Taken POW While in Action North Korea 

(Body Not Recovered)

PATRICK AUGUSTINE WHITE

PFC, U.S. Army 
14th Infantry Regiment 
25th Infantry Division

OCT 19, 1927

LISDOO, DUNDALK, 
CO. LOUTH

Moline, Illinois

OCT 06, 1951

Killed in Action North Korea

Buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Dundalk, Co. Louth 

Additions, corrections and comments will be gratefully received

Current as of  September 11, 2003 
(Please copy with this date)

November 2nd, 2002:  Posthumous Citizenship Bill becomes Law

2004 Commemoration of Posthumous Citizenship Ceremony "Remembering Again Their Sacrifice

Stephen Murphy is on a quest to photograph the graves of the Irish soldiers killed in Korea and interred in Ireland

1952 photo of an American base camp in Korea showing  the primitive living conditions endured by U.S. troops, and the brutal, mountainous terrain over which they fought.

"Forever young: Never forgotten by kin, 29 now embraced by nation"
READ a Last Letter from one of the soldiers listed above
Posthumous Citizenship Ceremony for Irish Soldiers
Read about the search for the Irish in Korea . . .


IRISH CIVILIANS WHO DIED IN KOREA, 1950-1953

NAME, OCCUPATION

DATE, 
PLACE OF BIRTH

DATE, CIRCUMSTANCE
& PLACE OF DEATH

FRANCIS (FRANK) CANAVAN

Missionary Priest (Roman Catholic) Columban Fathers

 

1915

KILLURSA, HEADFORD, CO. GALWAY

DEC 6, 1950

Date of Capture: JUL 2, 1950

Died in Captivity  Hanjang-ni, North Korea

SR. MARY CLARE, CSP
née Clare Emma Witty

Missionary Nun (Anglican) Society of the Holy Cross
Mother Superior, SHC Seoul, South Korea

MAY 30, 1883

ENNISKERRY, CO. WICKLOW

NOV 6, 1950

Date of Capture: JUL 2, 1950

Died in Captivity on 'Death March' Chung'gang-jin, North Korea

ANTHONY (TONY) COLLIER

Missionary Priest (Roman Catholic) Columban Fathers

 

1913 

CLOGHERHEAD, CO. LOUTH

JUN 27, 1950

Executed Chunchon, South Korea

Buried in Chunchon, South Korea
(graveside photo)

THOMAS (TOM) CUSACK 

Missionary Priest (Roman Catholic) Columban Fathers
Pastor, Sanjong-Dong Parish Mokpo, South Korea

 

1910 

BALLYCOTTON, LISCANNOR, CO. CLARE

SEP 24, 1950 (Probable Date of Death)

Executed Franciscan Monastery, Taejon, South Korea (Probable Place of Death: remains not recovered)

Sent to Korea in 1936, interned by the Japanese 1940-1945

JAMES MAGINN

Missionary Priest (Roman Catholic) Columban Fathers

BORN BUTTE, MONTANA; RAISED NEWCASTLE, CO. DOWN  JULY 1950

Buried in Chunchon, South Korea (graveside photo)

JOHN (JACK) O'BRIEN 

Missionary Priest (Roman Catholic) Columban Fathers
Asst. Pastor, Sanjong-Dong Parish Mokpo, South Korea

 

1918 

DUNAMON, CO. ROSCOMMON

SEP 24, 1950 (Probable Date of Death)

Executed Franciscan Monastery, Taejon, South Korea (Probable Place of Death: remains not recovered)

PATRICK REILLY 

Missionary Priest (Roman Catholic) Columban Fathers

 

1915 

DUNRANEY, CO. WESTMEATH

AUG 29, 1950

Shot after evading capture for a month Mukho, South Korea

Buried in Chunchon, South Korea (graveside photo)

 

Sgt John Leahy
82nd AAA Bn., 2nd Inf. Div

PFC Patrick Maguire
35th Inf. Regt. 25th Inf. Div.

           
  Read about the 
Memorial Mass 50 Years Later

DEDICATION


This site owes its existence to the dedication of John Leahy from Lixnaw, Co. Kerry and Pat Maguire from Mullaghdun, Co. Fermanagh, two decorated Irish-born veterans of the Korean War who have kept alive the memory of their fallen comrades and compatriots through half a century of public forgetfulness
 

Danny Doyle sings "Rose of Saigon" and "Let Them In, St. Peter"
(Buy the CD "Under Connemara Moon" with these songs from Amazon

IRELAND AND KOREA -- LINKS

NOTE ON SOURCES

"We owe it to the dead to get the details right." While all information presented above has been compiled under this guiding motto, variations in records and the vagaries of human memory prevent us from providing any absolute guarantee of accuracy and completeness.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Thanks to

Special thanks to

Thanks also to

--Brian McGinn Alexandria, Virginia Sept. 10, 2001

Heartfelt thanks also to

--Brian McGinn, Alexandria, Virginia, April 5th, 2002


IRELAND AND KOREA -- LINKS

Patrick Quinn
Former POW, Spoke on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the End of the Korean War.  His very powerful speech is presented here In honor of . . . National POW/MIA Recognition Day 
(Observed each year on the third Friday of September)

The Korean War Educator
Veterans' Memoirs, History, Reference Desk and U.S. Memorials on Lynnita Brown's Comprehensive Site Honoring Those Who Served.

Forgotten Soldiers of a Forgotten War--No Longer Forgotten!
In online edition of his book, courtesy of the Korean War Educator web site, Marty O'Brien of Augusta, ME Deciphers the Conflicting Data Concerning Korean War Casualties

Korean War Non-Battle Casualties (pdf file)
Korean-War Veteran Marty O'Brien's Pioneering and Comprehensive Effort to List all Army Non-Combat Deaths in Korea. Three Irish-born Casualties (Canty, McCormack and Prior) are documented.

Civilian POW Deaths
Irish-born Fr. Frank Canavan and Sr. Mary Clare, and Irish-American Bishop Patrick Byrne.

Eligibility for Headstones or Markers
Available To commemorate those whose remains have not been recovered or identified; or for those graves of veterans that are unmarked.

Courage in the Blood
Antarctic Heroism of Bart Galvin's Great-Uncle Tom Crean

The Korean War: A Fresh Perspective
Historical Significance of Korean War Sacrifices

U.S. Citizenship for Irish Dead
Korean War veteran John Leahy's quarter-century campaign to gain posthumous U.S. citizenship for the Irish soldiers who died serving with U.S. Forces in Korea.

Senate Moves on Korean War Citizenship Bill
Sen. Schumer (NY) and Sen. Chafee (RI) Sponsor Companion Bill to H.R. 2623

Hibernian Leader Supports Citizenship Bill
Ancient Order of Hibernians Join Campaign for H.R. 2623

Kerryman John Leahy Discusses the Posthumous Citizenship Bill
Hear Leahy speak in this audio file

Oct. 23rd: Congress Sends Korea Bill to President
"Anyone who fights for America should officially be called an American"

Nov. 2nd: Posthumous Citizenship Bill becomes Law
President Bush's Signature Enables Families to Gain Honor for Kin

Korea Vets Aim for Citizenship by March 17 
We are trying to fill out and send the necessary applications in by March 17

Fallen Korean War heroes get recognition, at last

Hometown newspaper pays tribute to John Leahy's half century effort

And 5 more.....
Additional names added to Korean War honor roll

Remembering Korean War Dead
Letter to Editor clarifying the citizenship status and burial places of Irish-born casualties

Korea - The Film
Based on a short story by the the Dublin-born writer John McGahern, who grew up in the rural town of Cootehill, Co. Cavan; Cathal Black's 1995 film uses the death of an Irish-born U.S. soldier in Korea to frame his haunting and stunningly photographed portrait of life and love in 1950s Ireland.

"Johnson's List"
How PFC Wayne A. 'Johnnie' Johnson's list of fellow POWs who died in North Korea came to light, decades after his own release from captivity.

MARYKNOLL'S IMPRISONED BISHOP 
Baltimore Sun staffer Eileen Ryan relates the inspirational story of her great-uncle Patrick James Byrne's captivity and death as a civilian prisoner in North Korea. The future bishop was born in Washington, D.C. to Irish-immigrant parents from Co. Cork. Story originally appeared in The (Baltimore) Sun, June 11, 2000, pp. 1, 22A, & 23A. 
(Note: Fee involved to download online version.)

 

Irish on the Wall

The Irish in WWII

Irish in Other Wars and Armies

Brian McGinn - a partial online Bibliography

Who are those guys doing this website?

My Vietnam Related Websites:
The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
button Women in Vietnam ~ Read about ALL the women who served . . .
button Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet

button Emily's Poetry ~ By a Red Cross Donut Dolly
button All About Vietnam    ~ An annotated bibliography of books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!

Brian McGinn died July 20 after a long illness . . .

He was the editor for the Irish sites and provided much of the content.

His many friends and his family are truly bereft at his passing.  I have seldom met anyone with more integrity.  Brian was a rare combination of intellect, common sense, sweetness and fairness.   His hard work helped many, not least those families who finally saw their soldiers made posthumous citizens.  


Page last updated 18-Dec-2008