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Biography
James Volpone James - 1948
POW Recognition Day - Nellis AFB, Las Vegas,NV James Volpone, 1948
James and wife James - 1999
Jim & Dolores Volpone married 45 years. 1999 James J. Volpone, 1999
Last Name: 
VOLPONE
First Name Middle Initial:
JAMES J
Nick Name:
Street:  1939 WINTERWOOD BLVD City & State: LAS VEGAS, NV E-Mail:  jvolpone@cox.net
Zip: 89142 Phone:  702.431.4755 Spouse: DOLORES A.
Conflict: KOREAN WAR Service Branch: ARMY Unit: 5th Arm. Div. Band / 38th Infantry ,2nd Division K. CO
Theater: Where Captured: SAEMAL , SOUTH KOREA Date Captured: 02/12/51
Camps Held In: "BEAN CAMP" "MINING CAMP" CAMP 1 -CHANGSONG  NORTH KOREA,----- (YALU RIVER) How Long Interned: 921 days
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 08/21/53 Age at Capture: 21
Medals Received: UNITED NATIONS MEDAL ,KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL ,GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL ,NATIONAL DEFENSE MEDAL AND PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL
Military Job: 1948 -1950 Musician/ 1950-1953 Rifleman Company: Hughes Missile and Radar Systems
Occupation after War:  Illustrator / Sign Painter / Musician

 

Bio:

Mr. Volpone served in the U.S. Army Band from Feb.12th 1948 to Feb. 12th 1950, and was discharged and later drafted into the Army in November after the Korean War started, he was sent to Korea and served with the 38th Inf. 2nd. Division as a rifleman.

James Volpone was captured by the Chinese on Feb. 12th 1951 exactly one year from his discharge from the Army. He spent 30 months as a POW in Korea,(10 months as a M.I.A.).  He was captured in the vicinity of Saemal, South Korea with another G.I. from the Tank Corp. and a South Korean soldier was sent to the "Bean Camp" and then on to a forced march where he escaped with two other Americans, a Sgt. Kenneth Heitkemp and another American "Red" Morgan. they were later recaptured and turned over to the North Koreans and sent to the "Mining Camp". The conditions in both camps were deplorable; there was very little food and water. Many Americans died at both camps from dysentery, Beriberi, Starvation, cold injuries, worms, and maggots ,and lung problems with no medical attention .

Mr. Volpone was later sent North which turned out to be a Death March, They finally reached the Yalu River with his two good buddies who he knew only as "Woody" and "Speedie" who carried him most of the way as he had contacted frozen feet, Beriberi, and acute dysentery . They were later separated and he was sent to Camp 1 and they were sent to Camp 5 as the Chinese separated the blacks from the rest of them. Mr. Volpone was finally released on Aug. 21st 1953 at Pamunjon (Freedom City) and later Discharged at Valley Forge Army Hospital, Pa. Where they had learned that he came home with tuberculosis . He went home and was later married to his wife Dolores of 45 years and they now have 4 sons Michael, James Jr. Gregory & Franco & 5 grandchildren. James went to work as a Illustrator at Hughes Missile & Radar Systems in Ca. and moved to Las Vegas. He also worked as a musician playing the Night club circuit around Orange Co. area in California .He now spends his time working in his yard ,searching the internet with his computer along as creating graphics , also drawing and writing about his POW experiences in Korea . He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars , Disabled American Veterans , The American Legion , American Prisoner of War , 2nd. Division Association, Inc. Korean War Veterans Alliance Inc., Korean War Veterans Association Inc. , Ex-POW Association Inc., the Korean War branch and "K" Co of 38th Inf.

 

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