Skilton, Rollin White, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1543, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry
Service Years
1943 - 1950
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First Lieutenant

Eight Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Camp Crawford, Japan

Casualty Date
Dec 06, 1950
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

7th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 17th Infantry 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry
  1947-1950, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
  1950-1950, 1543, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1943-1946, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

This battle from the Chosin Reservoir to the sea received much publicity at the time, but little has ever been said about the provisional Army unit of 490 men who were left from RCT 31. It was designated the 31st Regiment, 7th Division and formed into two provisional battalions. The 3/31st consisted of I Company commanded by Captain George A. Rasula; K Company commanded by Captain Robert J. Kitz; and L Company commanded by Lieutenant Robert Boyer. Rollin Skilton was a platoon leader in L Company. The breakout started at first light on 6 December 1950. In the early afternoon of the 6th, L Company engaged in a fierce battle with the Chinese and its commander, Lieutenant Boyer, was killed. Rollin Skilton was wounded in the same action. Colonel George A. Rasula (Ret), recalls that he didn't hear about Rollin being wounded until late on 6 December. The only certain facts are that Rollin was seriously wounded he placed himself on a litter and the litter was put on a vehicle. What happened after that will remain forever unknown. 

Subsequent events indicate that Rollin died on 6 December 1950 from his wounds and the effects of-the extreme cold. His body was taken to Koto-ri and placed in the mass grave dug by the Marines. At the time, however, Barbara was notified that Rollin was missing in action.  Barbara and her daughter returned to Connecticut. One of the provisions of the final treaty ending the Korean War was the return of the bodies from the two Marine mass graves at Yudam-ni (west of the Chosin) and at Koto-ri.

In March 1955, Barbara received a letter from Washington that Rollin's body had been received from the Communists and that he had been interred in the Marine mass grave at Koto-ri. Rollin's West Point ring had been with his body, bearing the inscription "West Point Class of 1946," his name and US Army. Rollin was buried in Morris, Connecticut on 16 April 1955, almost four and one-half years after he died. He was survived by his wife, Barbara, daughter Barbara Jo-Ann, his parents and two brothers. Rollin was always so proud of his daughter and would be pleased to know that she graduated from Wagner College, is a nurse and is married with three beautiful children.

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