PFC Frederick William Lankford was born on February 17, 1930 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was the youngest son of Leo LANKFARD / LANKFORD Sr. and Mary Anna (ALLEN) LANKFARD/ LANKFORD. He was the first child to pass.
He graduated from Bartlett High School. He worked for Noma Electric Corp before entering the service. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Frederick enlisted in to the army on April 26, 1951. He was a member of the battery A 17th Field Artillery Battalion. He had been overseas since October 10, 1951.
On July 19, 1952, his “company was fording a river during a torrential rain in Korea.” …. near Komipo, North Korea. Tragically, he was swept downstream and his lost his life by drowning. On July 19, 1952, he was declared missing in action.
His body was recovered in August of 1952. And later returned from Korea to San Francisco, California in Sept of 1952. The body was escorted by the military all the way to St. Joseph, Missouri.
Fred was due to return home from the service in August of 1952.
His body was returned to St. Joseph, Missouri on Sept 21, 1952.
He was honored with a Military Service Funeral on Sept 23, 1952 at New Hope Baptist Church. The Rev. A. J. Johnson officiated the funeral . Fred was buried at Ashland Cemetery.
Sources of info
St. Joseph, Newspress/ Gazette
Korean War Project
Bio by S.A. Blakley
19 July 2019