Corporal James August Hoelscher was born on July 4, 1930, to Anna Parker and August F. Hoeslcher, who was himself a veteran in the 1st Pioneer Army in World War I. James fought in the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.
On September 24, 1951, seventeen days after he arrived in Korea, he was killed in action in the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. His funeral was held in his hometown, Walton, in January 1952, and he was buried in Saint John Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell. He was survived by his parents and three sisters.
He was awarded several medals, including: the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.
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