Chester Ray Rackley enlisted in the Army in 1946 and trained at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Between 1948 and 1950, Chester served in South Korea.
Following the outbreak of the Korean War, Rackley returned to Korea with the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. There, he and his fellow soldiers spent much of their deployment in the front lines. For spending over 30 consecutive days in combat with the enemy, Rackley received the Combat Infantry Badge.
Following the end of the Korean War, Rackley spent time stationed in South Korea, Hawaii and Germany.
While stationed in Germany, Rackley rescued three soldiers from a tank which had caught fire following an accident during a training exercise. For this, he received a Soldier’s Medal.
Rackley retired from the Army in 1966 after 20 years of service. Upon returning to his home state of Texas, he began a career as a carpenter. In 2002, Rackley received a Purple Heart in recognition of injuries he sustained in Korea.
More of his story can be found at: https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.15891
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