Corporal Thomas Clarkson of Walton is thought to be the first casualty from Boone County in the Korean War. His registration papers for World War II have Samuel as his middle name, but it is reported as James in the newspapers. Thomas was the son of Anna M. and R. H. Clarkson on October 9, 1927.
He served in Germany in World War II before re-enlisting in the 1st Cavalry Division in the Korean War. He was initially sent to Japan before being sent to the battlefront. Clarkson was a machine gunner. He was killed in action in South Korea on September 1, 1950, when he was 22 years old.
He received the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Ancestry.com, WWI, WWII, and Korean Casualty Listings [database online]. Provo,UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2005.