American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, June 20th in honor of Sgt. Paul Gordon. Sgt. Gordon died while a prisoner of war during the Korean War and his remains were recently positively identified.
According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Sgt. Gordon, 20, of Dry Ridge, was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. In 1951, Gordon was deployed in the vicinity of Wonju, South Korea. On Jan. 7, 1951, following a battle against enemy forces, Gordon was listed as missing in action. In September 1953, as part of a prisoner exchange, known as Operation Big Switch, returning U.S. service members reported that Gordon had been captured by the Chinese during that battle and taken to a prisoner of war camp, where he died in June 1951.