Roy Knox Culpepper

Male, #9883, (2 Apr 1934 - 7 Sep 1950)
Father*Clifford Roy Culpepper (13 Jul 1892 - 25 Jun 1974)
Mother*Alice Lucille Sullivan (c 1895 - 13 Sep 1979)
Birth*2 Apr 1934 Roy was born on 2 Apr 1934. Roy's military service records indicate that he was born in 1932. His tombstone in Culpepper Cemetery, while agreeing with the military's date of death (7 Sep 1950) indicates he was born on 2 Apr 1934. Likewise, news coverage in his local newspaper indicated that he was only 16 at the time of death. Thus, it appears he exagerated his age in order to enlist.1 
Korean War*1950 He served in the Korean War in 1950
(Roy K. Culpepper, Talbot, Georgia, Born 1932, Private First Class, U.S. Army, Service Number 14337740. He was a member of the 6th Medium Tank Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 27, 1950. Private First Class Culpepper was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.)2,3 
Death*7 Sep 1950 He died at Korea on 7 Sep 1950 at age 16.1 
Burial*9 Sep 1951 His body was interred on 9 Sep 1951 at Culpepper Cemetery, Talbot Co., Georgia.1,4 
Biography* The following appeared in the Columbus Ledger - Columbus, Georgia October 10, 1950:

3 FROM LOCAL AREA KILLED IN KOREA; ANOTHER WOUNDED, KIN NOTIFIED HERE
Two Columbus men and one in Talbotton men have been killed in action in Korea and another wounded, the Defense Department announced today. Reported killed were Sgt. 1-C Fred J. Daily, husband of Mrs. Dorothy Dailey, 3231 Ninth avenue; Sgt. 1-C Edward Jones, 21 husband of Mrs. Hazel Jones, 724 Benning Drive; Pvt. Ray (Roy) Knox Culpepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Culpepper Of Talbotton.
     Pvt. Culpepper received his basic training at Fort Jackson. S. C. and was attached to Company A. Sixth Med. Tank battalion at Camp Hood, Tex. He left the Texas camp July 18 for overseas duty. Survivors other than his parent are four sisters, Mrs. W. I. Dawkins, Mrs. J. M. Waller, Columbus; Mrs. Romeo Renaud, Talbotton and Mrs. Gilbert A. Olsen, Edenton, N. C; eight nieces and four nephews... (article gives biographical info on all)

The following appeared in the TALBOTTON NEW ERA newspaper Thursday September 13, 1951

PFC ROY K. CULPEPPER PAID HIGHEST TRIBUTE
"Home they brought our soldier dead", and on Sunday afternoon, September 9th 1951 after a year of suspense and waiting Pfc. Roy Knox Culpepper was honored, with all that a grateful country and loving hearts could bestow. Many flowers from the American Legion, Auxiliary, friends and loved ones added beauty and fragrance.
     Killed in action on the battlefield of Korea in September 1950. Roy Knox Culpepper gave his all for mother, home, his country and his God.
     Son of Clifford Roy and Lucile Sullivan formerly of Fort Valley; name sake of his father and an uncle Roy Knox, he was born in the ancestral home of his revered grandparents the late William Culpepper and Ellen Biggs.
     In April 1951, Roy Knox would have been seventeen. He attended the Talbot County School, where he made many friends among teachers and classmates. Fired with patriotism, young Roy Knox early began to plan enlistment in the service of the U. S. A. no persuasion influenced him and was allowed to go. He went, he saw, he conquered, for he was a lad but in the month that followed , he became a man.
     The remains arrived in Talbotton Saturday, Sept. 8th, under a military escort and was met by friends and loved ones and taken in charge by Talbotton Funeral Home. Grave side services were held in Culpepper Cemetery where rest generations of this well known family and by the side of the adored young brother Billy, whom Roy Knox grieved so much.
     A great crowd gathered to pay tribute to Pfc. Roy Knox Culpepper homage. There was Col. John McCarthy, allied member of the family; veteran of various wars, young and old, holding to memory some dearly remembered act of this high spirited loveable young lad.
     The "Vacant Chair" and "Asleep in Jesus" were sung with pathos and tenderness by a male quartette, composed of Messrs J. Hamp Mahone, R. H. Jordan, R. H. McRae and Dr. C. L. Watkins.
     Rev. E. G. Hutchings pastor of Talbotton Methodist Church read a number of comforting passages, several selected from Psalms and John. Never has anything more beautiful, more tenderly soothing, than the oration of Rev. Theo Pharr. Reading the U. S governments citation concerning Pfc. Roy Knox Culpepper service to his country, Rev. Pharr, with understanding heart and tear dimmed sympathy, led his hearers through and appreciation of courage, bravery and comfort that could come only from one in time with the Infinite; there was an eloquence powerful and convincing. It was from the heart to the heart Rev. Pharr's noble salute to one who "had fought the fight and finished his course", met response in every heart.
     
Following Rev. Pharr, military Escort, Sgt. J. Coniglie, Det. No. 5, B. A. B. of Fort Benning assisted Edward Smith, reverently folded the U. S. flag, draping the catafalque and presented it to the young hero's mother, Mrs. Clifford Culpepper as if to say:
     Soldier rest! thy warfare o'er
          Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking
     Dream of battlefields no more.
          Dream of danger, nights of walking.

A beautiful sentiment observed in the selection his schoolmates as pall bearers who were: Hamp Morgan, Bily Gibson, Merrill Calhoun, Buddy Taylor, Wayne Buchannan and Joe Hendricks of Woodland. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Culpepper and four sisters; Mrs Romeo Renaurd, Talbotton; Mrs William Dawkins and Mrs. Joe Waller of Columbus, Mrs. Allene Olson of Norfolk, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

On 15 Apr 2006, Raymond Bordner (e-mail address) wrote: "Roy was the driver of our tank that hit a mine near Taejon on 27 Sep 1950. Also KIA was George Damico. As far as I know, I was the only wounded crew member.5 
ChartsBenjamin (son of Robert) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited14 Mar 2011

Citations

  1. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ga/talbot/cemeteries/culpepper.txt
    Elisha Culpepper Family Cemetery, Talbot Co., GA
    + Roy Knox Culpepper, 2 Apr 1934 - 7 Sep 1950.
  2. Lynda Lee Bryan, There Was a Land, A story of Talbot County, Georgia and its People, Robert H. Jordon.
    p. 324.
  3. American Battle Monuments Online Database, American Battle Monuments Commission, 2005.
    http://www.abmc.gov/
  4. From news coverage of his burial, one year after his death. TALBOTTON NEW ERA newspaper Thursday September 13, 1951 .
  5. E-mail written 1999-2004 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Darrell C. 'Skip' Lassiter (#10518), Columbus, GA, e-mail address.