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Honor Mission
SFC Rufus Ketchum, Active Duty
USA – Korea
Superior, Wisconsin – 08-14-18


Army Sgt. 1st Class Rufus L. Ketchum, 38, of Superior, Wisconsin, accounted for on April 23, will be buried August 14 in his hometown. In late November 1950, Ketchum was a member of Medical Detachment, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division. Approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), which was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was attacked by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. As the Chinese attacks continued, American forces withdrew south. The U.S. Army evacuated approximately 1,500 service members; the remaining soldiers had been either captured, killed or missing in enemy territory. McKinney was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when he could not be accounted for after the withdrawal to Hagaru-ri.

Staging Time: 9:00 a.m.

Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church
1111 Belknap Street
Superior, Wisconsin.
FYI: Belknap Street is under construction, and you won’t be able to get to church from Belknap Street. Coming from Duluth, on the Blatnik Bridge, US 535, continue south on Hammond Ave., turn left (east) on North 14th Street, continue east after crossing Baxter Ave. Parking lot entrance will be on your right. This is where we will meet. We need to try to park on the street.

Ride Captain:

Bill & Dawn Midbrod

Special Instructions:

Staging 9:00 a.m.
Proceed to the church for service.When the Service gets started, we will stand down and we will reform the Flagline at Calvary Cemetery for the Internment,on HWY 105 in Superior.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: John Curran
Position: Wisconsin State Captain

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August 14, 2018
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SFC Rufus Ketchum Comment

  1. I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of SFC Rufus Ketchum, US Army MIA/KIA Korea. During this most difficult time, I pray you peace. I will forever be grateful for his service, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. Rest easy now, Sir…those you have left behind to carry on without you have the watch.

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