Korean War POW Shares What It Was Like to Be Reported Dead — and What Happened When He Came Home Two Years Later

Recorded July 29, 2019 Archived July 29, 2019 03:34 minutes
Id: APP650497


Ninety-year-old Walter Dixon, of Waynesville, Missouri, is a veteran of three wars. He joined the Army at age 16 to serve during World War II. He came back from that war and got married, just before shipping off to join the Army’s 38th Infantry in Korea.

While there, he was declared dead on the battlefield — only to return home alive two years later.

He came to StoryCorps with his son, Russ Dixon, to share his story.

There’s a little bit more to the story.

When Walter was declared dead in Korea, a woman named Aldine May Fenton wrote his obituary for the local paper.


  • Walter Dixon
  • Russ Dixon

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