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Jack Robert Hyre

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Jack Robert Hyre

"His death . . . has left a vacant space in our hearts."

Eddie Hyre, brother

Jack Robert Hyre was born January 24, 1928, at Frenchton, West Virginia, the eldest of four children born to Herbert Paul and Agnes McClain Hyre. Herbert and Agnes Hyre with son Jack
Herbert and Agnes Hyre with son Jack

Hyre family
Hyre family: Agnes, Herbert, Herbert Jr., Jack, Eddie, and Ethel

School group
School picture with Jack Hyre in the second row, fourth from the right.
Jack attended Frenchton and Macedonia Grade schools and Buckhannon-Upshur High School, then located where the Academy Intermediate School now stands. According to his sister, Ethel, he made really good grades but never had to study. Jack loved baseball and played on a community team at Frenchton. He also worked on nearby farms, using a tractor to plow gardens.

He enlisted in the army on February 3, 1947, and attended Officers Candidate School, where he was commissioned a lieutenant on December 19. In 1948, Jack was sent to Korea, where he served an eleven-month tour of duty. He was a member of 555th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, referred to as the triple nickel. Purple Heart certificate
Purple Heart certificate

Truman letter
Harry Truman letter
Jack began his second tour in August of 1950. On April 17, 1951, Lt. Col. Clarence E. Stuart wrote the Hyre family, informing them that Jack was killed on the morning of March 29, 1951, five miles west of Chunchon, when a jeep in which he was a passenger struck a land mine.

The body of Jack Hyre was returned to the United States and on January 6, 1952, was buried in the Heavner Cemetery, Buckhannon.


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