Pvt. Billy Meadors Is Missing In ActionPvt. Billy W. Meadors, 21, previously twice wounded in the Korean war, has been reported missing in action since September 14. He represents Dickens County's first soldier to be reported missing or killed in the recent overseas fighting.
Word was received Saturday night in a telegram from the War Department. Pvt. Meadors is the son of Levi Meadors, Spur and Mrs. W.V. Washington of Los Angeles, California. He was a member of the 9th Regimental Combat Team, serving with the U.S. Second Infantry Division in Korea.
A veteran of almost five years in the Army, Pvt. Meadors would have begun the last year of his second three-year hitch in the armed forces this Christmas. He had been overseas since June of this year.
He has a brother, Levi, Jr., who resides at Brownfield, and two sisters, Jimmie Sue, Los Angeles, and Mrs. J.B. Dean of Spur.
©The Texas Spur, October 26, 1950Transcribed June 19, 2005 by DCHC members
Missing in ActionPvt. Billy W. Meador, 21, previously twice wounded in the Korean war, has been reported missing in action since Sept. 14. He represents Dickens county´s first soldier to be reported missing or killed in the recent fighting.
©The Texas Spur Thursday, November 2, 1950
Cpl. Billie Meador Is Killed In Action
The War department notified Levi Meador on Jan. 19 through an official department telegram that his son, Cpl. Billie Warren Meador, was killed in action in Korea on Sept. 14, 1950, the date he previously was reported missing in action.
Cpl. Meador represented Dickens County´s first serviceman to be reported killed in action in the Korea war. He was twice wounded while serving with the U.S. Second Infantry Division in Korea, and each time recovered from wounds and was sent back into action. Cpl. Meador, 21, had been overseas since June, 1950.
Mother of Cpl. Meador is Mrs. W.V. Washington of Los Angeles, CA. A brother, Levi, Jr. resides at Brownfield, and two sisters, Jimmie Sue, of Los Angeles, and Mrs. J.B. Dean of Spur.
©The Texas Spur Thursday, January 25, 1951
Military Services For Cpl. Billie Meadors To Be Held Friday At Baptist Church
Military Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Friday, August 3, at 4:00 p.m. for Cpl. Billie Warren Meadors, son of Levi Meadors, Spur and Mrs. Eula Washington, Plains, Texas.
Cpl. Meadors was killed in action in Korea on September 14, 1950. After being reported missing in action for some time, it was learned that the Spur boy was killed near Seoul.
Cpl. Meadors is the first and allegedly only dickens county boy to be killed in action in the Korea conflict.
He was born in Spur on March 19, 1929 and lived here all of his life.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Spur with Rev. C. Melvin Ratheal officiating. Graveside military tires will be under the direction of the Spur V.F.W. and American Legion.
Pallbearers will be H.A. Dement, Bob Thompson, Orland Adcock, Lynn Cherry, Troy Smith and Jack Horton.
Other than his parents, Meadors is survived by one brother, Levi, Jr. of Brownfield and two sisters, Jimmie Sue Meadors and Mrs. Jean Dean, both of Spur.
The body of Cpl. Meadors will be brought to Spur from Lubbock by the Chandler Funeral Home, states C.B. Chandler, undertaker in charge.
©The Texas Spur, Thursday, August 2, 1951Transcribed by Becky Hodges