The Pelham Sun, Week of July 20th 1952
1st Lieut. Eugene Evans is Reported as Missing in Action at Korea Front
Official Notification dates on July 19: Wife received letter written July 17 saying that he did
not expect to get to Front until August 1: Was outstanding High School and College
Official notification that 1st Lieut. Eugene Evans, USA is missing in action in Korea, was
received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Mack N. Evans of 430 6th Ave. on Friday. The
report has caused concern among his many friends here who knew him well as a popular
all-county and all-metropolitan athlete at PMHS, and as a star of the undergraduate
Morgan State College football team in Maryland.
Lieut. Evans has been in Korea since last April with the 7th Inf., Regiment of the 32nd
Division. The report states that he has been missing since July 17th. His wife, Mrs.
Mildred Onley Evans of 11 Winyah Terrace, New Rochelle, told the Pelham Sun that she
received a letter from her husband dated July 17. In it he wrote that he was stationed
some distance away from the scene of action and didn’t expect to get up to the front until
Lieut Evans who was a four letter athlete during his years at PMHS, served as a student
assistant in the Physical Education department of his old school for the last three months
of his senior year at Morgan State College in 1951. His effort there was praised by Supt.
Of schools W.W. Fairclough and Principal F. Hamilton Whipple. At his graduation at
Morgan State in June 1951, he received his commission as a 2nd Lieut.
While at PMHS, Lieut. Evans acquired the nickname of “Dippy”. He played three years of
varsity football and was captain of the 1944 team. He was selected as All-County and All-
Metropolitan end. In basketball he was All-County center. He led the baseball team with a
batting average of .444, and was the star high jumper of the school track team. He was
also chosen a member of the Student Council and was elected Secretary of his class in
During his four years at Morgan State, Evans was a member of the undefeated football
team which won 19 games and the National and CIAA championships in 1949. He was a
member of the Student Council; vice president of the Physical Education Majors club;
commissioner of the intramural athletics, and student representative to the Committee on
He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, and at Morgan State he held the rank
of major in the ROTC battalion. He reported for duty with the army in June 15, 1951.
First Lieutenant Eugene L. Evans, U.S. Army; Service Number O-2203322, a member of
the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was killed in action providing service to
his country in Korea on July 19th, 1952. First Lieutenant Evans was awarded the Purple
Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations
Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation
and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. (American Battle Monuments Commission
Research Conducted By:
Mrs. Maria Thompson and AP European History class
Pelham Memorial High School
Social Studies Department Chair (6-12)
Assisted by Mrs. Debbie Cestone - Info. Center chair
Story of a Pelham Memorial High School Graduate Killed in Korean War
American Legion Post 50 SAL 50 New York USA
Lt. Eugene Lee Evans
Lt. Evans in Korea 1952
Cpl. Merrill Frost "Platoon Runner", Lt.
Evans, and Sgt. Howard Sutton from Florida
Capt. Leon Sparks 1962 - 1964
Sgt. Leon Sparks, Lt. Evans, SGT. Nicholette Zaza
Pri. Fuchs (KIA), Pri. Feney, and
Richard Trembley (KIA) from
Unk, Cpl. Fuchs, Cpl Fenyea, Cpl. Richard Trembley (KIA July 23, 1952), and
unidentified soldier. John Rogers from Massachusetts who was on patrol night
Lt. Evans was killed and was himself captured. He was a POW for balance of
war until released by North Koreans.
Photos on this page graciously provided courtesy of Mr. Leon Sparks,
of Nashville, TN who served with Lt. Evans in Korea during 1952.