Kenneth R. Shadrick (1931–1950) was a private in the United States
Army who was widely, but incorrectly, reported as the first American
soldier killed in action in the Korean War. Shadrick was born in Harlan
County, Kentucky, one of 10 children. After dropping out of high school
in 1948, he joined the US Army, and spent a year of service in Japan
before being dispatched to South Korea at the onset of the Korean War in
1950 along with his unit, the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry
Division. During a patrol, Shadrick was killed by the machine gun of a
North Korean T-34 tank, and his body was taken to an outpost where
journalist Marguerite Higgins was covering the war. Higgins later
reported that he was the first soldier killed in the war, a claim that
was repeated in media across the United States. His life was widely
profiled, and his funeral drew hundreds of people. His death is now
believed to have occurred after the first American combat fatalities in
the Battle of Osan. Since the identities of other soldiers killed before
Shadrick remain unknown, he is still often incorrectly cited as the
first US soldier killed in the war.
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