2017-09-23 / Front Page

Military honors for Korean War vet

William Sadewasser, a World War II veteran who volunteered to serve in the Korean War, can finally rest in peace.

After more than 65 years, the U.S. Army corporal and Ulysses High School graduate is no longer missing. Military forensic analysts recently identified his remains, which were discovered on the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea during a joint recovery operation, according to the Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency.

Interment with full military honors will be held at Ulysses Cemetery at 11:30 am Saturday, Sept. 23. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will perform military rites, including a rifle salute, and present the U.S. flag to Sadewasser’s surviving family members. A separate private ceremony for the family took place earlier this week in Rochester, N.Y.

More than 20 family members are expected to make the trip to Ulysses, according to the serviceman’s niece Kim Huffer.

“We’re having the ceremony in Rochester because that’s the area where most of the remaining family is located and some of the family members aren’t able to make the long trip to Pennsylvania,” she explained. “My brothers and sisters and I, as well as a number of second cousins, will be there to honor him.” Sadewasser was a private first-class with the 180th Infantry Regiment during World War II before returning to the family farm. He later had a change of heart and re-enlisted in the Army.

Huffer, who never met her uncle, said economics may have played a part in his decision.

“I have letters he sent to my father where he writes about wanting to start a logging business on the farm,” Huffer recounted. “I think he wanted to earn money for the business and he thought the military was the best way to go about doing that.”

Cpl. Sadewasser was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950. In early November 1953, family members were notified that he had been confirmed as being killed in action. Sadewasser was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. Approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team were deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, when it was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces.

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