Biography

Hitchner, Omar Turner [Maj CO HqCo2ndBn7thCR]

       

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MAJ Omar Turner Hitchner

Distinguished Service Cross
7th Cavalry Regiment
HQ CO 2 BN CO
Army
Hostile, Died (KIA)
Date Of Loss: September 6, 1950
Service Number: O-0291851
Born: July 21, 1910
Home Or Place Of Enlistment
Salem, New Jersey
Salem County
Location Or Battle Zone: Taegu Area
Town Or Area: Singi
Burial Location
Arlington National Cemetery
Comments: Major (Lt. Col. posthumous) Hitchner was a member of Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea on July 31, 1950 and returned to duty on August 8, 1950. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 6, 1950. 2nd Battalion Commander. Originally from New Jersey.

Korean War Project Key No: 13378

 

The 2d Battalion disengaged from the enemy and began its withdrawal at 0300, 6 September. The battalion abandoned two tanks, one because of mechanical failure and the other because it was stuck in the mud. The battalion moved to the rear in two main groups: G Company to attack Hill 464 and the rest of the battalion to seize Hill 380, half a mile farther south. The North Koreans quickly discovered that the 2d Battalion was withdrawing and attacked it. The battalion commander, Maj. Omar T. Hitchner, and his S-3, Capt. James T. Milam, were killed.