George Worth passed away in 1954

George Is presumed dead after being seen in a POW Camp in Pyongyang in Feb 1951

SSgt George Warren Worth, Jr. was born in Vancouver, Washington on December 20, 1927. He served as a U.S. Navy radioman 3rd Class from November 1, 1947 until January 30, 1948 when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at Hamilton AFB, California. Worth was a member of the 6132nd AC&W Squadron, participating in radio jeep team operations as a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) under the auspices of 502nd Tactical Control Group, calling air strikes in aerial support missions over North Korea. On March 31, 1951 when the team did not return to base, he was declared MIA. Lt. Colonel Donald MacDonald states he saw Worth in a North Korean POW camp. Worth was last seen by Captain J. B. Smith (USAF) at Pyongyang in February, 1951. SSgt Worth was later (March 31, 1954) declared Presumed Dead. NOTE: At the time of the Korean War, the existing doctrine was that the tactical air force unit would furnish Tactical Air Control Parties (TACPs) to act as the forward element to control air strikes from forward observation posts. Accordingly, the 502nd Tactical Control Group established radio jeep teams. These teams usually consisted of, in accordance with World War II doctrine, an experienced pilot as controller, an enlisted radio maintenance technician, and an enlisted driver who could be either vehicle maintenance or radio operator. There was no set number of allocations, so 502nd assigned one team to each U.S. Infantry Regiment and higher headquarters. One team was assigned to each Republic of Korea (ROK) division or corps. Problems became apparent immediately. The AN/ARC-1 radio units were jolted out of alignment and working order by the terrain traversed. In addition, the only way to see the enemy and the target was to expose the jeep and personnel to hostile fire as the radio units had no capability of remote operations. With limitations imposed on the radio jeep teams such as equipment failure and hostile fire, the use of airborne Forward Air Controllers (FACs) became the standard for air strike support. He was a member of Detachment A, 6132nd Tactical Control Squadron. SPECIAL NOTE: Partial service records were received from National Records Center on September 20, 2010. Cover letter states his records were located in the area mostly destroyed by fire on July 12, 1973. The partial record, although badly damaged, was recovered. These fragments allowed updating of service time, previous service, and awards and decorations. (except from togetherweserved.com)