About the Book

Massacre at Hill 303  is the riveting story about James Melvin Rudd who was captured while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division during his first tour in the Korean War. He was one of five men who survived a massacre at Hill 303 near Waegwan where the American Prisoners of War were shot with their hands tied behind their backs. His story is a remarkable journey from bitterness and desire for revenge to a place of acceptance and forgiveness.

James currently resides in Paintsville, Kentucky.


Basil B. Clark is a retired associate professor from the University of Pikeville (KY) where he taught public speaking, theatre, oral interpretation, and interpersonal and health communication courses.

He served fourteen months as an Infantryman with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam where he received the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars (one for Valor), and a Purple Heart.

He currently serves as a  volunteer instructor at Walker State Prison in Rock Spring, Georgia, the state's first totally Faith and Character based prison program.

Basil and his wife Cora reside in Ooltewah (TN), a suburb of Chattanooga.