Volunteered to serve in the Army
Korean War soldier
paid ultimate price
Byline: By Samantha Brown
Cohasset sent 164 men off to battle during the Korean War and 163 came home.For the town and those who knew and loved CPL C. David Strout, his loss was one too many. Strout was born in Arlington, Mass., where he lived with his parents and his older brother, Stanley. His father, an executive at John Hancock Insurance, then moved the family to Weston where Stanley entered the service in World War II, and David attended Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania.David graduated from the school in 1947, and returned home to Massachusetts.
In June 1950, the Strout family moved again, this time to a home at 353 South Main St., in Cohasset. That November, David made the decision to follow in his brother's footsteps and enlist in the United States Army. David spent time in Camp Polk, La. from November 1950 through January 1951.
While there is no information regarding other assignments he had, he was ultimately deployed to Korea. History of the Korean War indicates the 279th Infantry, of which David was a member, was in the area about 10 miles west of the rubble piles of Chorwon - known as the "iron triangle," between Chorwon, Kumhwa, and Pyonggang, north of Seoul - at the time of David's death.
The 45th Division was the first National Guard Division to fight in Korea, and it arrived in Korea from Japan in the third week of December, 1951. Records indicate David was killed in action on Feb. 6, 1952 near Sungyang-ni, North Korea. He was just 23 years old.
David had been attached to the second platoon of Company L, 279th Infantry as a litter bearer. Differing records indicate his rank as either PFC or CPL. The second platoon was attacking hill "Old Baldy" when David was hit by mortar fragments in the back of his head and was killed instantly. His body was recovered and eventually shipped to the United States. When he was found, he was still wearing his Valley Forge Military Academy class ring.
David was buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston. However, in 1972, his remains were removed and sent to his mother in Sun City, Ariz., and inured with his father at Sunland Memorial Park and Crematory. Stanley Strout remembers being at the family home in Cohasset the day he was notified by the Department of Defense that his brother had sacrificed his life for his country. He and his brother had spent many fond days not only in Cohasset, but in nearby Duxbury, where the family had a summer home.
While Strout was not a lifelong resident of Cohasset, he will forever remain in the hearts of those who live here. A square has been dedicated in his honor, and is located at the intersection of Red Gate Lane and Jerusalem Road. Chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee Glenn Pratt provided the Mariner with the information for this article, some of which was taken from the Valley Forge Military Academy's 50th class reunion publication, published in 1997.