On October 7, 1951, Second Lieutenant Arthur Donald DeLacy was flying an F4-U Corsair on a road-cut mission in the area known as Heartbreak Ridge.
to observers, the aircraft was hit by friendly artillery firing in support of the Second Infantry Division. A wing came off the aircraft, a parachute opened, and DeLacy hit the ridge in enemy territory.
helicopter was dispatched from Marine Observation Squadron Six located at X-83, a 1st Marine Air Wing field located southeast of the Punchbowl.
DeLacy was apparently captured by enemy ground troops, and was never seen or heard from again.
The first contribution establishing the Korean War Veterans Memorial Trust Fund was made by Hal Barker in memory of the
late Lieutenant DeLacy, of Chicago, Illinois. After 16 years, attempts to find
next of kin of Lt. DeLacy were successful, and the
published a story about the search.
The pilot flying the rescue helicopter was Major Edward L. Barker, U.S.M.C., of Crockett, Texas. Crew chief on the mission was Sgt. W.A. Readington. An L-19
observation aircraft piloted by Captain Samuel F. Martin, U.S.M.C., of Beaufort, South Carolina, repeatedly drew fire during the rescue attempt. Additional aircraft from Marine Air Group 12 flew fire suppression.
Both Barker and Martin were awarded the
Silver Star medal for their attempts to save Lt. DeLacy.