Williams, Olen Berry, M/Sgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-2013, 1745, POW/MIA
Service Years
1940 - 1950

Master Sergeant

Three Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Autauga County
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Unknown, Not Reported
Korean War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Verbena, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord 7th Infantry Division 4th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
8th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 31st Infantry RegimentPOW/MIA
  1942-1946, 745, 8th Infantry Regiment
  1948-1950, 1745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment
  1950-2013, 1745, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Master Sgt. Olen Berry Williams

March 20, 1913 - May 23, 2013

WILLIAMS, Olen Berry, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, was born on March 20, 1913, in Autauga County, Alabama. MSgt Williams was declared Missing in Action (MIA) on December 12, 1950, during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. He did not return as a prisoner of war nor were his remains recovered at War’s end; therefore, he was declared Killed in Action (KIA) on December 31, 1953. MSgt Williams was the son of Louis B. and Elizabeth Williams of Chilton County, AL, and the brother of several siblings who have all passed: Alonzo, Lavada (Bowles), Lorenza, Leona (Headley), Leroy, Lynn, John, Alexander, Alice (Chavers), Allen, Estella (Cawthon), Louella (Taylor), Owen, Robert, and one nameless Sister who passed shortly after birth. MSgt Williams was a highly decorated non-commissioned officer who served 10 years in the military and saw combat action during World War II and the Korean War. As a member of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, he went ashore as a member of the first unit to land in Normandy at Utah Beach during D-Day on June 6, 1944. He was subsequently wounded a month later in France, but soon rejoined his unit in fighting across Europe until war’s end. MSgt Williams served with numerous units between WW II and the Korean War to include many stateside assignments and an assignment with the U.S. occupying force in Japan. During the Korean War, he was a member of the 31 Infantry Regiment, 7 Infantry Division which went ashore during the famous Inchon Landing to repel the North Korean invasion into South Korea. His unit reformed after halting the North Korean advance and was later inserted in North Korea with orders to hold at the Chosin Reservoir while preparing for a major offensive. On the night of November 27, 1950, several Chinese Divisions overran U.S. Army positions on the eastern shore of the reservoir. Of the 3288 U.S. Army soldiers who were attacked, MSgt Williams and 2504 others were listed as MIA. His unidentified remains were discovered on the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir and were repatriated by the Chinese government on September 15, 1954. His remains were buried alongside many other unidentified servicemen at the National Military Cemetery in Hawaii. In 2012 his case was reopened, and on April 2, 2013, a positive match was made confirming the remains were those of MSgt Williams. After 63 years this highly decorated combat veteran has been returned home to his native Alabama. He is survived by many loving nephews and nieces who are proud to welcome him home. His brave and exemplary duty to his country is now complete – may he rest in peace.

Visitation will be from 12:30 – 2:00PM, with the service at 2:00PM, June 9, 2013, at Martin Funeral Home, Clanton, Alabama with Bro. Aubrey Wallace and Bob Williams officiating and full military honors. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Verbena, Alabama.

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