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Message from Lynnita

In 1996 I started an oral history project to document the memoirs of Korean War veterans.  Considering the lack of readily accessible, centralized veterans' stories about their Korean War experiences, there seemed to be little public interest in this war from its veterans' viewpoint, even though its battles, fatalities, wounded casualties, emotional trauma, financial cost, anguish to individual families, and place in world history are extremely (extremely!) significant.  The response to the Korean War Educator is proof that there is, indeed, public interest in the Korean War.  Educators, scholars, news reporters, veterans, and veterans' families daily seek an understanding of the Korean War through this important website.  The most popular page of the Korean War Educator is Memoirs.

This project began in conjunction with a Korean War exhibit in the Douglas County Museum in Tuscola, Illinois.  I am the director of that museum and I have always been its exhibit coordinator.  In 1996, veterans' requests for a short-term Korean War exhibit were granted by the museum's board of trustees.  As the exhibit coordinator it was my duty to help create an exhibit that would educate the public about the Korean War, yet I personally knew nothing about it.  In order to understand this war that I knew zero about, I began to talk with Korean War veterans and interview them via cassette recordings.  Even after the exhibit ended, I continued to do the taped interviews because by that time every aspect of the Korean War fascinated me.  I am still fascinated.

The recordings have amassed through the years until now there are well over 300 tapes loaded with first-hand accounts of personal experiences and commentary on Korean War history from the mouths of the veterans who served in it and family members who were impacted by it.  For the most part, these tapes are yet to be transcribed because transcribing them has proved to be a difficult task.  It isn't an "impossible" job since I know how to transcribe.  My niece, Buffy Toppy in Jonesboro, Arkansas, has also lovingly helped me with some of the transcribing.  However, it is a task that two people working in their "free time" absolutely cannot accomplish in a timely manner. The memoirs are more accurate if the veterans are still alive to edit their completed memoirs.  Equally important, the veterans who participated in this project truly deserve to see how their memoir contribution, and that of so many other Korean War veterans, have collectively formed one of the most historic first-hand accounts of an American-fought war.  Unfortunately, with Korean War veterans now all over 70 years of age, time is running out for them to see the end result of this massive oral history project.

The KWE does not have the financial means to hire someone to transcribe all of these full length taped interviews (three to seven hours in length each).  It is a dilemma not yet resolved by the Korean War Educator.

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Transcription Price Quote

(1) The following is a price quote for tape transcription from a professional transcribing service based in Nebraska.  The quote is comparable to prices charged by other transcribing services across the United States.

"We charge an hourly rate for the time it takes us to do a given job.  In the case of transcription, we charge $30 per hour for our time and use published industry standards as guidelines in billing.  Tapes such as you describe can take from four and a half times the length of the tape to six times the length of the tape to transcribe, resulting in a charge of $135 to $180 per tape-recorded hour.  (On rare occasions it can be slightly more.)  So, for 200 tapes at one hour each at $135, the low end of the entire project would be $27,000 or the high end (200 x 90 min x $180) $54,000, with the reality probably being somewhere in the middle of that range, say $40,000."

(2) The following is a price quote for tape transcription from a freelance transcriber who contacted the KWE in January 2008:

"I could do it for $90/per audio tape... so a 90-100 minute tape is $90.00. I cannot remember how many recordings you have, or when you would need them by, but if it is something that you do not need a quick turnaround on, but rather a rolling turnaround of tapes over the course of a couple of months, then maybe I could give you a flat rate for the whole project."

The following section shows the magnitude of the KWE oral history project.  Note the vast number of tapes (over 375--175 more than mentioned in the first price quote above--and the KWE tapes are each 90-100 minutes, not 60 minutes in length) waiting to be transcribed.

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Tapes Not Yet Transcribed

The following taped interviews conducted by Lynnita Brown are waiting to be transcribed.  Reading the synopsis about each veteran, it is easy to see the historic significance of the tape recordings and to realize the great loss that it would be to recorded history if the tapes are not transcribed before time destroys the integrity of the tape recordings.

Albert, John, Waterville, ME - one 90-minute tape

1/4/1941 joined Air Corps.  449th Ordnance Aviation.  Cook & Baker's School 1942.  OCS - engineers, 838th Engineer Aviation Battalion.  Detached to several outfits.  Naples, Italy, Africa.  Discharged 1945.  Army Reserves 1945-1950.  Recalled in 1950.  12/50 sent to Ft. Dix.  Ft. Belvoir & Ft. Dix during Korean War.  Reserves 1951-54.  Reserve commissioned officer.  1st Lieutenant, Army reserves

Alexander, Grant Richard, Swartz Creek, MI - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 9/19/50 US Marine Corps.  Korea 1/26/51-12/51.  B-1-5, 1st Platoon, 1st squad, fire team.  Rifleman & assistant BARman.  Guerilla hunt, Operations Killer & Ripper, guarding the Kansas Line, Massacre Valley, Inje area.  Wounded 5/30, 9/19, and 6/15.  Has pictures of the horses that B-1-5 used to race with.  Discharged 9/53.

Amati, Sal, Chicago, IL - one 90-minute tape

Co. C, 62nd Engineers. Korea December 1950-November 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Ashwill, Lloyd, Tuscola, IL - one 90-minute tape

Mr. Ashwill is now deceased.) 45th Division, 279th Reg., King Co. 4th squad leader in charge of machine guns. Hill 865, Heartbreak, Sandbag Castle, Christmas Hill. Korea October 1952-August 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum) Lloyd is now deceased.

Badke, Kenneth Karl, Augusta, GA - two 90-minute tapes

POW. Drafted March 1943 into Army. Army of Occupation in Europe 1945-1949. 1949 officer in a medical unit. July 1950 – 2nd Division, 9th Infantry Reg., Medical co. Sent to Korea July 19, 1950. Field 1st sgt. Of the medical co. Moved up north to the central valley and up towards the Yalu. Captured Dec. 1, 1950 at Kunuri. Taken to mining camp. Stayed there until Dec. 15-20, 1950. Sent to Camp 5 January 1, 1951-June 1952. Sent to Camp 4. All Sgts. Were moved out of Camp 5 and into 4 from June 1952-August 1953. Discharged Nov. 1953. Enlisted in reserves. Retired in 1965.

Baker, Joan, Mattoon, IL - one 100-minute tape

Gold Star family member.  Sister to Donald Roberts, KIA 1/13/1951 Korea. Donnie was with the 2nd Division, 38th Infantry. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Bakula, Louis C., West Poland, ME - one 90-minute tape

1932-33 to 1935 Naval Reserves.  1935-38 US Coast Guard.  1945-50 Naval Reserves.  Recalled 7/50.  USS Rochester 9/50-12/50.  Discharged 1/51.

Balek, John J., Joliet, IL - two 90-minute tapes

5th RCT, 555th FAB, Baker Battery. Korea December 21, 1952-January 7, 1954. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Ballance, Richard B., Beardstown, IL - one 90-minute tape

US Navy. Then transferred to 5th Marines, 1st Div., amphibious assault unit. 3rd wave at Inchon. Diesel engineer on LCVP.

Barcella, Benito "Ben", Midlothian, IL - one 90-minute tape

2nd Division, 9th Reg., 2nd Battalion, Easy Co. Bloody Ridge, Heartbreak, Punchbowl. Stepped on a landmine. Korea July 1951-October 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Barfield, Robert Charles, Newport, TN - three 90-minute tapes

Korea 3/52.  5th RCT, 60th Med. Base Depot, Pusan fire department, 187th Airborne, Japan boxing team, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Co. F, Battle of Boomerang 6/14-15/1953; 187th Airborne to front line 7/3-7/15 (Co. B); Navy 7/55-10/59

Barnes, Bill,

Barsotti, James Daniel, Fresno, CA - one 90-minute tape

Merchant marine, 1944.  Ship William Ellery.  Took cargo to Okinawa.  Then to ship Kings Port Victory.  Entered USMC 8/1946.  Center for Camp Pendleton football team 7/47-11/47.  Discharged 8/48.  Inactive reserves.  Recalled 8/50.  DI at Camp Pendleton 8/50-12/50.  Korea 2/51.  A-1-5, squad leader, 2nd squad, 2nd platoon.  Guerilla hunt.  Hill 680.  6/3/51 concussion from mortar shell

Barrett, Richard Allan, Urbana, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Joined Massachusetts National Guard 1947.  "Yankee Division" in Milford.  26th Infantry Division, USAF October 1948.  Nagoya, HQ 5th Air Force, Safety Office, clerk typist.  He was there when the Korean War broke out. Reassigned to Mosquitoes, 6147th Tactical Control Squadron (T-6 reconnaissance planes) at Taegu.  Then to Seoul after Inchon Invasion (Seoul City airport).  Then to HQ, 5th AF, Advanced as Information Services in Pusan.  To Korea July 1950.  Keeping 5th AF informed about what was going on. Interview incomplete.

Basquin, Edwin, Peoria, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Anglico-Air platoon, Korea 5/52 and 1/53-6/53.  Punchbowl, Panmunjom, Bronze Star with V

Bateman, Dale, Mansfield, IL - one 90-minute tape

Supply clerk with the 1343rd Engineering Combat Battalion. His unit helped build Freedom Bridge. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Baughman, Richard, Decatur, IL - one 90-minute tape

44th Division, National Guard. 7th Division, 17th Infantry Regiment, K Co.  Tank Hill and Pork Chop Hill, Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Beck, Eugene Cameron, Smyrna, TN - one 90-minute tape

Radioman, 19th Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Squadron

Behrns, Lyle, Dieterich, IL -  one 90-minute tape

196th Field Artillery Div., HQ Co., 10th Corps. Fire direction control. Korea August 1952-August 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Bentele, Norbert, Quincy, IL - one 90-minute tape

4th Signal, 10th Corps, T& T (telephone & teletype) & platoon Sgt. of I&M platoon (insulation & maintenance). Korea January 1953-May 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Berkley, William "Bill" Henry Jr., Nashville, TN - two 90-minute tapes

Civilian Military Training Corps.  2nd Cav, Ft Oglethorpe, 7/1941 enlisted in Army.  Transferred to Army Air Corps.  Honolulu, flight engineer on B17.  Discharged 11/45.  Reenlisted 11/46 US Army Air Corps.  Berlin Air Lift.  8/24/50 ordered to Japan.  28 combat drops in Korea, troop & re-supply drops, 187th RCT.  9/50-7/52 - Korean service.  Reenlisted 1956, 1960, 1954.  Retired 7/66.

Bishop, Paul, Lady Lake, FL - one 90-minute tape

Originally from White Co., IL. 25th Division, 35th Regiment, D Co. Heavy weapons. Mortar operator, radio operator, and re-locator. Korea March 1951-February 1952.

Bivin, Ernest Warren "Ernie", Louisville, KY - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC 8/2/48.  Dog-2-5. 8/2/50 Korea.  Brigade.  BARman.  8/17/50 shot in knee in 1st Naktong campaign.  Stayed 2 months recuperating in Yokosuka, Japan.  Returned to Korea 1/51.  D-2-5 rifleman.  3/5/51 left Korea.  Discharged 8/2/52.

Blacker, Jerald, Monticello, IL - one 90-minute tape

2nd Division, 9th Infantry Reg., Heavy mortar co. Communications section. Korea 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Block, Roy, Sidney, IL - one 90-minute tape

Stationed in Europe. USAF. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Bode, Henry William, Champaign, IL - one 90-minute tape

Drafted 1/15/51.  Discharged 10/22/52.  Korea early 7/51-12/7/51.  1st Cavalry Division, 5th Regiment, Co. A, 8th Engineers, company demolition.

Brasfield, Charles Lee "Chuck", Lubbock, TX - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted US Army age 16, January 1948.  82nd Airborne, Operations Swarmer & Portrex.  Yucca Flats Atomic Bomb Site, Spring 1950.  A Battery, 57th FAB, 7th Infantry Division in support of 31st Infantry Regiment.  Korea Sept. 15, 1950.  Fusen Reservoir, then east side of Chosin.  Battlefield commission age 19 years old.  Took over 3rd platoon, I Co., 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.  POW December 1-5, 1950.  Wounded four times.  Frostbite.  Hospitalized in Japan.  After recovery back to I Co., 3rd Btn., 3rd Platoon.  Then 7th Division HQ until 5/15/51.  Silver Star.  South Korean Distinguished Service Cross (1999).  Stayed in Army until 1967.  In civilian life was a Texas Ranger 1970-82.

Brazelton, Elmer, Paris, IL - two 90-minute tapes

25th Div., 27th Wolfhounds Reg. Heavy weapons. Squad leader on a 4.2 mortar. Korea December 1952-September 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Brazinski, Frank, Coulterville, IL - one 90-minute tape

45th Infantry Division, Oklahoma National Guard, Signal Co. Radio operator. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Britt, William "Bill", Neoga, IL - one 100-minute tape

US Army 532nd Amphibious unit. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Brown, Avery, Hammond, LA - one 90-minute tape

532nd Engineer Battalion. Crane operator. Korea Sept. 15, 1950-Nov. 1951.

Bryan, Frederick Norman, Louisville, KY - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 1/1948, US Navy.  Newport Naval Hospital, Newport, RI 2 years.  Corpsman.  1st Marine Brigade, HQ Co., 5th Marines, assault platoon, Weapons Co., 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.  Inchon Landing, Kimpo (assigned to Able Co. for the day), Seoul, Chosin.  Frostbitten at Chosin.  Dec. 7 or 8 was evacuated out of Korea.  Discharged 1/52.

Burgess, Regnard Addison "Rab", Joyce, LA - three 90-minute tapes

HQ Battery, 39 FAB, 3rd Division.  Assigned to liaison section, Greek battalion, running telephone lines.  Seige of Outpost Harry, 1953.  Rab Burgess is now deceased.

Burton, Charles Alfred, Wimauma, FL - one 90-minute tape

POW. Enlisted in Air Force 1947-1949. Joined the Army July 1950. Arrived in Korea Sept. 14, 1950, day before Inchon landing as pathfinder with 8th Army Signal Corps. Attached to 2nd Division about 3 weeks. Attached to 24th Infantry Division. Radio operator 7th Cavalry. KMAG March 1951. 7th ROK Division. Captured April 13, 1951 at Inju. Sent to Camp 12 Oct-December 7, 1951. Then to Camp 5 – December 7, 1951-August 11, 1953. Re-enlisted in Army in 1961. Went to Far East with Missile System. Then to calibration of instruments. Retired in 1975.

Cacciola, Tom - two 90-minute tapes

Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Medic, 955 Field Artillery Battalion, Battery A. Korea 1951-1952.

Cardenas, Rich, Lockford, CA - one 90-minute tape

This tape is a joint interview between Rich Cardenas and Myrll Coleman of Kramar, IA.  See Coleman, Myrll.

Carlson, Russell Wayne, Ottawa, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Three interviews on same tape, Wayne plus Gordon Lowery and Dean Mulligan.  3rd Division, 15th Reg., 1st Battalion. Medics. Korea – Survivor, Siege of Outpost Harry. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Carone, Michael Joseph, Village of Lakewood, IL - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 4/23/50 USMC.  Korea 1/27/51-1/3/52.  A-1-5 machine gun platoon.  Punchbowl, Hills 610, 680, 692, 132.  Med Cruise 1952-53.  Discharged 4/54.

Carroll, James W., Cumming, GA - three 90-minute tapes

7th Infantry Div., 32nd Inf. Reg., 3rd Battalion. Received battlefield commission. Korea Sept. 15, 1950-Oct. 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Cearlock, Edgar, Springfield, IL  - one 90-minute tape

1st Cavalry, King Co. Ammo bearer for machine guns. Wounded by machine gun shells in both legs. Korea late July 1951-September 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Chambers, Jack, Champaign, IL - one 90-minute tape

25th Division, 27th Infantry Regiment, Baker Co. Platoon Sgt. Korea December 1951-October 1952. Two months on Koji-do. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Chase, Dayton, Charleston, IL - one 90-minute tape

MP, 622nd MP Battalion, Co. D. 728th MP Battalion, Co. B. Korea January 1952-September 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Chicami, Akira "Chic", Winter Park, FL - two 90-minute tapes

Drafted 7/1945, Army.  Short discharge.  Enlisted 1945.  Sent to Germany.  Won Berlin Boxing Championship (lightweight) 1946.  Discharged 1947.  Reenlisted 11/50.  Korea 1/51.  2nd Division, 38th Infantry Regt., George Co., mortar man 60mm weapons platoon.  5/16-5/18, May Massacre.  8/27/51 captured near Piari.  Wounded.  Camp 12 - 8/51-12/51; Camp 5 - 12/51-Fall 52; Camp 4 - Fall 1952-8/53.  Reenlisted for three years.  Sent to Japan.  3 years assistant manager of Yurakau Officers Open Mess in downtown Tokyo.  Reenlisted.  Advisor to Reserve Infantry Unit, Presidio, San Francisco, CA.  1st Cavalry Division, DMZ, Korea 1963, mobile communications.  Transferred out of DMZ to 3110th Signal in Seul.  Discharged circa 1966.  Enlisted in USAF Strategic Division Command.  Became missile maintenance superintendent.  Retired late 1960s or early 1970s.

Clifton, David Dean, Deering, NH - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted in the Army 1948-49.  Recalled 8/50.  Truck mechanic, HQ platoon, 3rd Division, 7th Regiment, heavy mortar, Korea 11/15/50-10/15/51.  Discharged 1951.

Coan, Tom, San Dimas, CA - two 90-minute tapes

Army Medic, Korea Aug. 1952-Nov. 1953.  1st assigned to Royal Australians, then Able Co., 159th FAB, then HQ Co.  Discharged 12/53.

Coleman, Myrll, Kramar, IA - one 90-minute tape

This tape is a joint interview with Myrll Coleman and Rich Cardenas of Lockford, CA.  532nd Eng. Battalion. Korea. Also served in WW2 with 42nd combat engineers. Interview incomplete. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Cotter, Terrence John "T.J.", Winter Springs, FL - two 90-minute tapes

7/31/50 enlisted.  12/50 to Korea.  3-5 Marines Weapons Co. leader & gunner 3.5 bazooka.  Left Korea 12/51.  Discharged 7/54.

Coy, Alex - two 90-minute tapes

San Antonio, TX. Joined Texas National Guard circa 1945. Joined USMC 11/02/1948. Was in the beach scenes in the movie Sands of Iwo Jima. Then to provost marshal’s in Hawaii as an M.O. Korea June 1950 with the Brigade. Supply jeep driver. F-2-5 rifleman. Chosin.

Crawford, Don, Macomb, IL - two 90-minute tapes

300th Armored Field Artillery, HQ Battery. Machine gun sgt. Korea January 1953-November 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Culbertson, Ralph, Eagle, ID - one 90-minute tape

World War II, 741 Railway Operating Battalion, wire chief of signal platoon.  Assigned to Brooklyn Army Base as a security officer, 21st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Co. L., platoon leader Korea 7/3/50

Curtain, Larry, Stonington, IL - one 90-minute tape

3rd Div., 3rd Signal Co. Division forward. Korea July 1951-April 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Datz, Philip, Beaufort, SC - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 10/27/50 USMC.  Korea 4/51-4/52.  8th Replacement Draft.  F-2-5.  Chunchon, Inje.  Rifleman, 2nd squad, 2nd platoon.  Later BARman, 2nd squad, 2nd platoon.  Punchbowl.  Helped build the Kansas Line.  Discharged 10/20/53.

Davis, James H., Mountain View, OK - one 90-minute tape

Korea 5/53.  Wounded 6/11/53.  15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Charlie Co.  Infantryman.  Arrived in Korea 5/12 at Outpost Harry.  Left the hill.  Unit was called back to OP Harry on 6/10.

Dean, Donald M., Knoxville, IL - three 90-minute tapes

Korea May 1951-April 1952.  24th Division, 21st Regiment, Fox co.  Ammo bearer with 4th machinegun squad.  Became squad leader.  Hill 1050, Hill 1170, 1919A6 air-cooled crew operated belt-fed .30 caliber machinegun.

Dearing, Jake, Mingus, TX - two 90-minute tapes

USMC Air Reserves 2 mo.  Joined USMC 8/23/51.  23rd replacement draft, Korea 8/21/52.  F-2-5, 3rd section, machineguns, squad leader.  Ester, Hook, Outpost Jill.  27 shrapnel wounds 1/21/53.

Dickey, Gerald, Champaign, IL - one 90-minute tape

1st Marine Div., Fleet Marine Force. Electrician on the Point Cruz CVE 119. Land-based in Korea 1953-54. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Diericks, Lt. Col. Ret. Phil, Jacksonville, NC - three 90-minute tapes

USMC 1939-1969.  6th Marines to Panama Canal & then Iceland 1940-41.  Korea - Brigade personnel Sgt Major & then 1st Sergeant of B-1-5.  Inchon, 2nd wave.  Chosin.  Hill 1040. Guerilla hunt.  Left Korea 3/5/51.  Vietnam 1967-68.  Victim of Agent Orange, Vietnam.  Now deceased.

Donaldson, Harold L., Ooltewah, TN - two 90-minute tapes

H-3-5 Marines Korea 1/51-1/52.  60mm mortar squad, 3rd ammo carrier.  Mortar section 1/51-3/51.  Basic Co. Clerk for 3rd Btn, 5th Marines, H & S co.

Doyle, George W., Fayetteville, NC - two 90-minute tapes

WW2 veteran. Then Korea 10/1950-5/1951. 15th Infantry regiment, 3rd Div., HQ , S-4 (logistics).

Duncan, Clifton Bancroft "Cliff", Encinitas, CA - two 90-minute tapes

Sept. 1948 USMCR, activated 7/29.50.  Korea 9/7/50.  Brigade after Naktong.  B-1-5 fire team leader, 1st squad, 1st platoon, 1st fire team.  Inchon, 3rd wave.  Hill 1240.  Wounded 11/29/50 by three concussion grenades.  Shrapnel in face, right hand, and arm.  Left Korea on 12/4/50.  1/15/52 released from active duty.

Dunkle, Ronald, Milton, West Virginia - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC Reserves along with his twin brother Donald 4/1949.  14th Engineer Marine Co.  Was a "Junior Marine" in high school.  He and his twin were called to active duty when the war broke out.  To Korea 11/11/50.  Brother Donald was KIA 12/1/50 in the Chosin Reservoir.  Ronald was radio operator and runner, Punchbowl.  Left Korea 11/27/51.

DuVal, Ronald Richard, Canton, OH - three 90-minute tapes

Joined USMC Reserves June 1949. Korea – November 1950-November 1951. 2nd Replacement Battalion. F-2-5, 2nd squad, 2nd platoon. Chosin. Koto-ri and Yudam-ni. November 27 – hit by shrapnel. Early February 1951 rejoined his company in Korea. Participated in Operation Killer. Discharged from USMC 1953.

Eberle, Bob, East Stroudsburg, PA - two 90-minute tapes

4.2 mortars, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Korea 11/50-6/51.  Seriously wounded by incoming.  Evacuated by helicopter.

Ecker, Richard, Hinsdale, IL - two 90-minute tapes

7th Division, I&R Platoon, 31st Inf. Reg. On front line by Hill 598. Observed the taking of Triangle Hill. Korea Aug. 25, 1952-June 20, 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Elbert, Bob, Shelbyville, IL - one 90-minute tape

This tape is a joint interview with Bob Elbert of Shelbyville and Harold Holthaus of Pana, IL.  Bob was in the 45th Division, 180th Infantry Regiment. Co. L. Mail Clerk. Korea June 1952-May 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Enloe, Harold, Morganton, NC - two 90-minute tapes

7th Division, 32nd Inf. Reg., L Co. Rifleman. Korea April 1951-March 1952. Assistant platoon leader.

Fair, Eugene, Mahomet, IL - one 90-minute tape

7th Division, 32nd Infantry Reg. Fox Co. Infantryman. Then to Medical Co., 32nd Regiment, 7th Div. As medic. 16 months in Korea starting August 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Fargo, Douglas, Charles Town, West Virginia - two 90-minute tapes

7th Division, 32nd Inf. Reg., Love Co. Platoon Sgt. Korea Nov. 1951-March 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Ferry, Richard Timothy, Vero Beach, FL - two 90-minute tapes

Joined USMC Reserves 947.  Platoon 67, 8/1949.  9/50 landed by plane at Kimpo just before liberation of Seoul.  5th Marines, 3rd Battalion, H&S Co.  Cook, Chosin.  12/2/50 Wounded in Achilles heel and concussion.  In service 16 years until 1964 discharge.  Officer's school at Quantico as instructor of scouting patrol, missions, demolition, and military law.

Fleak, Bob, Rohnert Park, CA - one 90-minute tape

7th Infantry Division, 32nd Inf. Reg., L Co. Assistant gunner on light 30 caliber machine gun. Also BAR man. Korea May 1951-April 1952. Punch Bowl, Old Baldy, Heartbreak Ridge, Santa Rae Valley. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Ford, Myron & Kitzi Tiek, Brockton & Paris, IL - one 90-minute tape

Gold Star family members.  Brother and sister of Henry Edsel Ford, killed in Korea. Myron is a Korean War vet with the 24th Infantry Division, serving in Korea 1954-55. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Frazier, Raymond "Doc", Paris, TN - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted Nov. 9, 1948, Army.  Sent to Guam.  22nd General Hospital, ambulance driver.  Hospital closed April 1950.  Stayed on Guam until February 1951.  Korea Feb. 7, 1951.  2nd Division, 38th Regiment, D Co., medic to machine gun platoon.  May Massacre.  Captured May 19, 1951 5:15 a.m.  Taken to an old Japanese mining camp early July-mid September 1951.  Camp 1 (Camp 3), Changsong, October 1951-December 1952.  Camp 2, Reactionary camp annex, December 4, 1952-April 15, 1953.  April 1953-August 1953, Oboul (near "Lost Camp" a place for pilots) holding area.  December 7, 1965, Vietnam, 1st Sgt. of a field hospital 523rd.  2 tours in Vietnam.  Retired June 1, 1970 from Army.

Friedman, John, Chatsworth, IL - one 90-minute tape

2nd Division, 9th Infantry HQ Co. Pioneer & Ammunition Platoon. Led carrying parties with supplies up to the front line. 1st Sgt. Pork Chop, Heart Break, Bloody Ridge, Hill 1092. Korea June 4, 1951-March 9, 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Frost, Jack, Prescott Valley, AZ - three 90-minute tapes

In training, USMC during end of WWII.  Had seabags packed when war ended.  7th Marine Regt., 1st Marine Division, 4.2 mortars.  Senior Sgt. gun squad.  Korea Sept. 1950-Aug. 1951.  Also served in Vietnam.  Provisional rifle platoon leader & administrative when not platoon leader.

Furr, Clark, Shelbyville, IL - one 90-minute tape

2nd Division, 72nd Armored Tank Battalion. Mechanic. Korea January 1953-October 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Gann, Helen Obertance, Nashville, TN - one 90-minute tape

Enlisted July 1950 as an ensign, US Navy Nurse Corps.  Sept. 1952 assigned to USS Haven AH12, hospital auxiliary, hospital crew.  RN in surgery.  Operating room did not close for 80 hours during the battle for Pork Chop Hill.

Gaunt, Ralph Arnold, Saginaw, MI - one 90-minute tape

Drafted 10/5/52, US Army, Korea 4/53-6/54.  204th FAB, C Battery, cannoneer, 155 self-propelled long tom supporting the 25th & 7th Divisions.  Discharged 7/14/54.

Gaylor, Elijah Gordon "Lige", Denver, CO - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 11/48 USMC.  Korea 8/2/50/.  Brigade.  Able Co., 1st Engineers, 5th Marines, 2nd platoon, ammo bearer.  Inchon, Chosin.  Left Korea 5/9/51.  Discharged 8/52.

Gentry, Isaac Fletcher "Ike" Jr., Nashville, TN - two 90-minute tapes

A-1-7 Marines. 60 mm mortar platoon squad leader. Also 1st Signal Company.

Gilfillan, Bill, Tolono, IL - two 90-minute tapes

8240th Army Unit (later United Nations PIR—Special Forces) Regiment. Korea. Also WW2 vet who served on a B-17. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Glass, James William, Sun City Center, FL - two 90-minute tapes

Marines. Regimental S-2 clerk typist. Korea 1951-52.

Goodwin, Jack, Waco, TX - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 1948 Army.  24th Infantry Division, Co C, 21st Infantry.  Occupation duty, Japan 1948-50.  Korea 7/15/50.  Captured 7/6/50-8/29/53.  Tiger Survivor.

Gorton, Richard, Woburn, MI - one 90-minute tape

7th Inf. Div., 32nd Inf. Reg., Love Co. 2nd platoon. Rifleman. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Gracco, Tony, Eastlake, OH - two 90-minute tapes TRANSCRIBED

Enlisted Army Age 15, 1946.  1/7/47 to Korea, occupation troops, 6th Infantry Division, Fox Co., 2nd, 63rd Infantry Regiment.  9/47 sent home from Korea due to underage.  Discharged 10/47.  Enlisted USMC 8/23/50.  To Korea 5/52.  H-3-5 machine gunner light 30 (air-cooled).

Graham, James S., Overland Park, KS - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted January 12, 1950. Sent to Guam. Arrived in Korea September 1950 (after Inchon). F-2-5 rifleman, 1st fire team, 1st squad, 1st platoon. Wounded December 2, 1950. Walking wounded at Chosin. Evacuated December 6. 90 days in hospital in Japan. USS Worcester Med Cruise 2 years after Korea. Discharged January 27, 1954.

Gray, Billy, Okawville, IL - one 90-minute tape

Guard with 293rd Graves Registration Co. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Greenwood, Barley J., Pensacola, FL  - two 90-minute tapes

2nd Infantry Division. Also UNCREG (United Nations Command Repatriation Group). (For the Douglas County Museum)

Greenwood, Richard, Springfield, IL - one 90-minute tape

H Co., 5th Cav Reg., 1st Cav Division. Water-cooled 30 mm machine gun, heavy weapons Co. Korea Spring 1951-Fall 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Gregory, Arthur, Tempe, AZ  two 90-minute tapes

Originally from Mt. Vernon, IL. 1st Marine Division, A Co., 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. February 1952-April 1953. Wounded twice. POW of the Chinese. 1st Illinoisan to be repatriated. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Halevan, Alfred, Loveland, CO - four 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 7/21/50 USMC.  Korea 1/11/51-1/18/52.  E-2-7.  Wounded 3/7/51 (twice in same day).  Machinegunner, section 3, platoon 3.  Marine Corps Recruiting Sergeant.  Discharged 7/20/54.

Hamilton, Robert Allen "Bob", Estero, FL - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 8/8/1948, USMC.  Guam.  1st Provisional Marine Platoon, USS Juneau Show Unit 4/50-6/25/50.  Korea 6/26/50 (one of two Marines to be involved with the origins of the Korean War).  Landed on Korean soil to make contact with South Koreans to tell them the Juneau was at their disposal when US government gave the okay.  George-3-5 mortar platoon, 3rd squad in Korea.  Chosin, ammo carrier, platoon leader.  Left Korea 10/51 after 18 month tour of duty.  Discharged 8/1/52.

Hammer, Earl, St. Joseph, IL - one 90-minute tape

USS Union AKA 106. Machinist mate 3rd class. On board March 1951-October 1954. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Hangartner, Hans, Rochester, WA - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC 4/51.  15th Replacement Draft, Korea 12/5/51.  C Co., 1st Amtracs.  Made into a machinegun platoon.  Transferred to A Company.  Later transferred to B Company.

Hansen, Robert John, Granite City, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Joined US Army Reserve 30 June 1949.  Enlisted Regular Army 3 mo, 26 days later.  Korea Oct. 1950-Aug. 1952.  50th Engineer Port Construction Co., 2nd platoon, 4th squad.  Jeep driver, dump truck driver, crane operator.  Pusan, Inchon.  Discharged 1952.  Re-enlisted 1954.  1 1/2 years on Guam with SCARWAF.  Germany 1957-61 with 7th Army 237th Combat Engineers.  Korea 3/62-3/63, 11th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Group.  Vietnam 1969-70 with 517th Engineer Light Equipment, 35th Engineer Battalion.  Germany 1972-74.  Retired as M/Sgt in 1977.

Harris, James Griffith, Lebanon, TN - four 90-minute tapes

Enlisted Nov. 6, 1948 age 17.  Re-enlisted 7/50.  Korea 8/7/50.  71st Heavy Tank Battalion, Co. B, HQ section.  Driver, Pershing M26 tank.  1st tank battalion to cross 38th parallel at Pyongyang.  Became tank commander 1/51 of B23.  June 6, 1951 wounded near Yonchon.  Left Korea July 15, 1951.  Discharged 7/17/52.

Hartwell, Wyeth "Slim", Nashville, TN - two 90-minute tapes

WW2 Iwo Jima Amtracs. Korea A Battery, 99th Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Cavalry

Harwood, Jerry, Dunedin, FL - three 90-minute tapes

Joined Marine Corps Reserves 1950.  Korea 2/15/51-2/20/52.  H-3-5, 60mm mortars.  Ammo carrier one month.  Chunchon, Hwachon, Punchbowl.  Transferred to rifle platoon (1st platoon),  Became BARman.  Wounded 4/4 by shrapnel in right shoulder.  Returned to front lines after recovery.  May-July 1st platoon.  After that to mortars, assistant gunner.  Later squad leader.  Active reserves 1954-55.  Augmented into regular Marine Corps.  1959 to Northern Borneo during 15 mo. in Okinawa.  Bay of Pigs 1961.  DI 1962-65 Parris Island.  Vietnam February 1966.  Platoon sergeant.  Amtracs, A Co., 1st Amtrac attached to 3rd Marine Division.  1966 commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.  Vietnam 1966-67.  Regimental scheduling officer, P.I.  1967-71.  Reverted back to M/Sgt.  Back to Amtracs at Lajeune.  Retired June 1973.  Fleet Marine Corps Reserves 1973-1980.  Retired as Captain.

Hart, Robert, Fairmount, IL - one 90-minute tape

5th RCT, B Battery, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, gunnery. Captured 4/25/51. Released 5/15/51. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Hatcher, Alfred Earl Jr., Hendersonville, TN - two 90-minute tapes

Drafted 12/1/52 US Army.  7th Division, 17th Regt., Baker Co., 2nd platoon, rifleman & radioman.  Arrived Korea 1st part of June 1953.  Arsenal, Erie, Pork Chop.  Wounded 7/16/53.  Left Korea 9/53.  Discharged 11/53.

Hausman, Marcian, Tuscola, IL - one 90-minute tape

Platoon leader with the 65th Regiment, 3rd Division. Korea. (For the Douglas Coiunty Museum)

Healy, Emmett, Darien, IL - one 90-minute tape

927th Field Artillery Battalion, Battery C. Self-propelled long tom. Also attached to 2nd Division, 9th & 10th Corps. Iron Triangle and Hongchon. Korea February 1951-February 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Hebert, Clifford Edwin, Waterville, ME - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 5/1949 Army.  Worked as MP at Squire Laboratory, Ft. Monmouth, NJ.  Discharged 3/50.  Stayed in reserves.  Recalled 10/20/50.  8th Army, 1st MP Escort Guard Co., HQ & HQ 92nd MP Btn.  Korea 12/22/50.  Guard at two POW camps in North & South Korea.  Transferred to Wonju to direct traffic.  Worked in military intelligence.  On Koje-do compound 74.  Kojo 2/14-10/20/51.  Active reserves 1955.  Active duty 302nd MP Btn, 2nd Armored Division in Germany 1955-56.  1956-57 active reserves.  1957 - inactive reserves.  1969 - joined Maine State Guard.  1972 - commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Heckleman, Shirley Oberg, Bellingham, WA - one 90-minute tape

Enlisted US Air Force 12/50.  Electronics fundamentals.  Radar mechanic.  Radar camera mechanics.  Stationed at Keesler AFB, then Denver, CO.

Heckleman, Theodore Henry, Bellingham, WA - four 90-minute tapes TRANSCRIBED

1st Marine Brigade. Weapons Co., 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. Demolition specialist. Both Naktong campaigns. Inchon Invasion, 1st wave. Chosin-Yudam-ni. Korea 8/2/50-3/51.

Hilsenhoff, Robert, Peotone, IL - one 90-minute tape

Sgt. Major, 3rd Infantry Div., 65th Infantry Reg., HQ Co. 1st Battalion. Korea March 1953-June 1954. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Hogan, Gerald (Jerry), Kingsland, TX - three 90-minute tapes

USMC 3/1948-3/1952.  Guam 1948-50.  Korea B-1-7, 2nd rifle platoon commanded by 1st Lt. Chew Een Lee, fire team leader, corporal.  Chosin Reservoir campaign survivor.

Holthaus, Harold, Pana, IL - one 90-minute tape

This tape is a joint interview with Harold Holthaus and Bob Elbert of Shelbyville.  Harold was with the 45th Division, 180th Infantry Regiment, Co. K. Rifleman. Korea June 1952-May 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Hooks, Robert H., Collinsville, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted Aug. 1948, 187th Airborne, HQ Co., 1st Btn, Ammunition pioneer.  9/26/50 Korea.  Two jumps - Sukchon 10/20/50 & Munsan-ni 3/23/51.  Returned to Japan 1951.

Hoyt, Edward Eugene II, Benton, ME - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC 2/14/50.  Korea 6 or 7/52.  1st Combat Service Group, 1st Marine Division, LST Service Command FMF.  Stationed at Masan as a heavy equipment operator.  Discharged 3/54.  Enlisted 9/1955 US Air Force.  Medic, senior medical technician. Vietnam 12/68-12/69.  Ton Sonnuit Air Vac Unit & 11th Casualty Staging Unit, Vietnam. Discharged 8/31/71.

Huff, John W. "Bill", Naperville, IL - one 90-minute tape

HQ 60th General Depot under the 8th. Evacuated from Chinnampo on west coast. Then to HQ MP Group 8137th Army in supply to set up POW camp at Koji-Do. Korea October 15, 1950-January 30, 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Hunter, Gilbert, Ogden, IL - one 90-minute tape

21st Transportation Car Co. Mechanic and driver for 8th Army. Also drove reporters to peace talks. Korea November 1951-February 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Irwin, William Glenn Jr., Walsenburg, CO.  - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted US Marine Corps 10/48.  B-1-5.  In movie, "Sands of Iwo Jima" as Marine extra.  Brigade, Korea 7/50.  Inchon.  Yongdongpo Railroad Station, Seoul, Chosin (Yudam-ni).  Frostbitten.  Contracted malaria.  Left Korea 3/51.  Joined reserves.  Volunteered for Yucca Flats atomic bomb test.  Discharged 8/52.

Jacoby, Charles, Branson, MO - two 90-minute tapes

Forward observer, 1st Marine Division, 11th Marine Regiment, 4th battalion (155 Howitzers).  Reno, Vegas, Hook, Bunker Hill.

Jepsen, David, Maywood, IL - two 90-minute tapes

3rd Platoon, Able Co., 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Reg., 1st Marine Div. Platoon guide. Chosin Reservoir. Korea September 1950 to March 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Johnson, Harold Alvin, Clearlake, MN - two 90-minute tapes

Sgt., Marine Reserves 1948.  Officers Basic School, Quantico.  6 months in Mediterranean.  Korea February 1953.  H-3-5.  Ungok, Vegas (March 25-31).  Became regular officer April 1953.  July 10 wounded by shrapnel.  July 24 & 25 - wounded by shrapnel and then by grenade.  Evacuated from Korea.  50% disabled.  (For the Douglas County Museum)

Johnson, Robert, Beatrice, NE - one 90-minute tape

62nd Construction Engineers, B Co., 3rd platoon. Korea December 1951-December 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Johnson, Wayne Archer, Phoenix, AZ - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted Feb. 2, 1949.  Occupation forces, Japan.  21st Regt., 24th Division, L Co.  Korea July 4, 1950.  Scout, Task Force Smith.  Captured July 11.  Tiger Survivor.  Hangjani, Camp #7, Camp 3.  Released Aug. 28, 1953.  Discharged Oct. 29, 1953.  Silver Star for hiding names of POWs who died in the camps.  Hide names in toothpaste tube.

Jones, Jack E., Emporium, PA - one 90-minute tape

Co. C, 5th Engineer Combat Battalion, 36th Eng. Combat Group attached to 2nd Division. Stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA.

Jones, Col. Robert Ellis, Clarksville, TN - two 90-minute tapes

1935-36 served in 111th Cavalry, New Mexico National Guard. Entered US Army Reserves. Volunteered for active duty 1940. WW2 – Co. F, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Div. Injured 1945. Then to 511 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Div. In Japan with occupation forces. S-3, 3rd battalion. Reassigned to 32nd Inf. Reg., 7th Infantry Division. Became company commander, C Co, 32nd Inf. Regiment during the Korean War. Inchon Invasion. Wounded in campaign to liberate Seoul. Became S-1, 1st battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment. Senior officer who took over command when Col. Don Faith was KIA at Chosin. Received Distinguished Service Cross & Silver Star. 1968-1970 Deputy Chief of the Phoenix Program, Vietnam War.

Jordan, Aubrey (Al) Lespy, Brentwood, TN - one 90-minute tape

Enlisted 5/52.  Korea 1/53-11/53.  Love Co., 32nd Regt, 7th Division, 3rd platoon, 3rd squad.  Transferred to heavy weapons.  Ammo carrier, forward observer.  Circa 3/53 to heavy 81mm mortar and then forward observer.  Discharged 5/54.

Judy, Bill, Lawrenceville, IL - one 90-minute tape

25th Div., 27th Reg., HQ co. Mechanic in motor pool. Korea December 18, 1952-September 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Kalil, Raymond George, Nashville, TN - two 90-minute tapes

Drafted March 13, 1951, Army.  AAA & Guided Missile OCS School, 4th Inf Div, 145th AAA Btn.  Korea March 19, 1953.  2nd Lt. Platoon leader.  Later 1st Lt. Platoon Leader.  Hill 1220.  Discharged 12/23/53.

Kenney, Mark Myles, Virginia Beach, VA - three 90-minute tapes

1st Marine Brigade. Able Co., lst Mortar Transport Battalion, section leader, 5th Marines. Inchon Invasion. Then Maintenance Co., 1st Motor Transport Battalion, 1st Marine Division, driver, following Division HQ. Truck section. Korea 8/8/50-5/51. Remained in the Marine Corps from 1948-1978. 2 tours of duty in Vietnam War. Also Gulf War.

Kimball, Alvin, Paris, IL - one 90-minute tape

44th National Guard, then 2nd Division, 38th Infantry Reg., Item Co. and 3rd Division, 65th Regiment, Item Co. Kumwha, Betty Grable, near Dagmar, Tom-Dick-Harry, Arrowhead, next to Old Baldy. Purple Heart. Korea October 1952-June 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Koertge, Glenn Ernest, Alton, IL - two 90-minute tapes

209th FAB, 44th Infantry Division, National Guard 1948, Battery A (105 Artillery Battalion).  Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in National Guard 1951.  Field Artillery Observation, Battalion Survey and Recon Officer, Korea, HQ Battery, Topographical Survey Officer, 235th.  Korea 12/52-1/53.

LaChance, Emile Joseph, Augusta, ME - one 90-minute tape

Enlisted 2/50 USMC Reserve, AAA Gun Btn, 1st 90mm, D Battery7, attached to 1st Marine Airwing.  Activated 6/50.  Korea 8/51-3/52.  Discharged 2/4/54.

LaChance, Joseph Wilfred Maurice, Winslow, ME - one 90-minute tape

Drafted 11/52.  Arrived in Korea 4/53.  25th Infantry Division, 35th Infantry Regiment, L Co., 3rd squad leader.  Dagmar, Pork Chop, Old Baldy.  7/27/53 dislocated knee.  4/54 left Korea.  11/54, discharged.

Larson, Keith, Springfield, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Engineman 1st Class, LST 1077. November 1950-July 1952. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Larson, Richard, Charleston, IL - one 90-minute tape

On USS President Jackson at Inchon during invasion. Surgical team #6. Then to Yokosuka US Naval Hospital until June 1951. Took care of frostbitten men from Chosin. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Lassere, Donald Joseph, New Orleans, LA - one 90-minute tape

USMCR 6/4/50.  Activated 8/50.  7th Replacement draft to Korea.  Korea 4/1/51.  B-1-5 machinegun platoon.  Hill 907.  Massacre Valley.  Wounded 9/24/51 at Punchbowl by artillery shell.  Released from active duty 2/8/52.

Lavin, Tom "Tot", Sevierville, TN - three 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC December 1950. 15th Replacement Draft. Korea November 18 or 19, 1951 to December 6, 1952. F-2-5. Assistant BAR man & later radioman. Hill 884, 812, Outpost X-Ray, Outpost Yoke, the Hook (Aug. 17, 1952).

Layden, Richard, Hoopeston, IL - one 90-minute tape

USAF at K9 Air Strip (B26 Base) near Pusan. 37th Bomb Squadron, 17th Bomb Wing. Sent on bombing mission to French Indo-China. Korea January 1954-November 1954. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Lee, Hershall, Danville, IL - one 90-minute tape

5th Air Force.  Served 10 months in Korea.

Lefevre, Alan, Ritzville, WA - two 90-minute tapes

84th Engineers, 2nd Engineer Group. Surveyor. Korea December 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Leyva, Paul, Chicago, IL - one 90-minute tape

3rd Division, 64th Tank Battalion, Baker Co., 3rd Platoon. Loader. Korea June 1953-October 1954. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Lindorff, Robert, Galesburg, IL - two 90-minute tapes

187th ARCT, A Co., lst Platoon, platoon sgt. & platoon leader. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Little, John, Tolono, IL - one 90-minute tape

45th Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 179th Infantry. And 2nd Division, 38th Infantry Regiment, I&R. Korea March 1953-August 1954. Heartbreak Ridge and Christmas Hill. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Lomax, Charles, Oakwood, IL - one 90-minute tape

25th Infantry Division, 65th Combat Engineers, C Company. Radio operator. Korea June 1951-February 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Looney, Jack Edward, Fairfax, OK - one 90-minute tape

Joined USMC 11/10/47.  Called to active duty 1/51-12/53.  A Co., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Amtrack Brigade, platoon sergeant.  Commanding officer was Chesty Puller.  Discharged USMCR Fall 1957.

Lowery, Gordon, Sandwich, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Three interviews on same tape, Gordon plus Wayne Carlson & Dean Mulligan.  3rd Division, 15th Reg., 2nd Battalion, medics. Korea – Outpost Harry. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Lung, James Russell, Yardley, PA - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 11/51.  To Korea last week of July 1952.  Able-1-1, rifleman.  Left Korea 7/53.  Discharged 11/54.

Lutke, Jim, Chicago, IL - one 90-minute tape

1st Marine Div., 1st Marine Reg., 2nd Bat., Dog Co. BAR man. Korea May 2, 1952-Mary or June 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Mahaffy, Donald Lee, Armada, MI - two 90-minute tapes

Korea January 1953-October 1953. H-3-5 Marines. Rifleman. Ungok, Vegas, Esther, Ginger.

Manwaring, Fred, Spring Hill, FL - one 90-minute tape

Served on USS Cabot.

Marti, Thomas, Mattoon, IL - two 90-minute tapes

7th Marine Reg., D Co., 2nd Battalion. Korea. September 1950-December 1950. Wounded twice. Frostbitten. Chosin Reservoir campaign. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Martin, T.J., York, SC - three 90-minute tapes - TRANSCRIBED

Enlisted Army 8/10/48-8/49.  August 1949 went into inactive reserves.  Recalled 9/27/50.  Korea 12/1/50.  2nd Division, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, HQ Communications.  Captured 2/13/51.  April 1-April 25, 1951 Bean Camp.  May 18, 1951-8/16/52 Camp 1 - Changsong.  August 16, 1952-June 8, 1953 Camp 2.  June 8, 1953-Agusut 5, 1953 Camp 5.  Left Korea 8/53.  Discharged 10/9/53.

Martindale, Ralph, Carlisle, IN - one 90-minute tape

7th Division, 17th Infantry Regiment, Easy Co. Rifleman on Hill 347. Counter attack on Pork Chop. Wounded July 8, 1953. Korea May 1953-August 1954. (for the Douglas County Museum)

McAuliffe, Rhonda May Bradley, Plattsmouth, NE - two 90-minute tapes

Rhonda is from a Gold Star family.  Her father was Ronald George Bradley, missing in action during the Siege of Outpost Harry.

McCleary, Robert, Tolono, IL - one 90-minute tape

Lineman. 9th Corps Artillery Communications. Pusan perimeter January 1951-June 1951. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

McCormick, Laird, Highlandville, MO - two 90-minute tapes

1st Marine Division Band 1948.  Korea 8/2/50-5/51 1st Provisional Marine Brigade Band.  9/15/50, Inchon, 2nd assault wave, attached to Shore Party.  Got musical instruments back in the Central Front.

McGill, James, VanNuys, CA - two 90-minute tapes

USMC 1948-1952.  Guam.  USS Juneau.  Korea 11/11/50.  81mm mortar, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 3rd Ammo Carrier, gunner, squad leader.  3/5 supported Baker Co. at chosin.  1st Provisional Platoon aboard USS Juneau.

McGregory, Bobby J., Wallins, KY - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted in Army 1949.  Korea 8/50.  2nd Infantry Division, 38th Regiment, B Co.  Squad leader & rifleman.  POW captured 2/12/51.  Camp 3 10/51-8 or 9/53.  Discharged 12/17/53.

McPheeters, Samuel, Monticello, IL - one 90-minute tape

1st Marine Ordnance Battalion. 1st Marines, Howe Co. Korea November 6, 1951-November 10, 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Menke, Melvin, Rosebud, MO - one 90-minute tape

Contents of tape unidentified.

Metzger, John, Easton, IL - one 90-minute tape

3rd Div., 65th Regiment, HQ Co., 3rd Battalion. Field wireman. Korea March 1953-June 1954. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Millatti, Ross Anthony "Zoddi", Belleville, IL - two 90-minute tapes

E Co., 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Korea August 2, 1950-November 1950. Served with the Brigade. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Mulligan, Dean, Tuscola, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Three interviews on same tapes, Dean and Wayne Carlson & Gordon Lowery.  3rd Division, 15th Reg., 2nd Battalion, medics. Korea – Outpost Harry. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Munson, Rex, Decatur, IL - one 90-minute tape

7th Division, 31st Regiment, Item Co. Korea May 1951-Spring 1952. Bloody Ridge and Heartbreak Ridge. Purple Heart. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Murphy, Wayne F., Nashville, TN - two 90-minute tapes

Marine Reserve unit 1948.  Arrived Inchon Sept. 21, 1950.  E-2-7, 1st Platoon, BARman, Chosin, Hill 698, Hill 1282.  Wounded 11/27/50.  Discharged 2/1952.

Nicholson, Joseph E., Bedford, TX - two 90-minute tapes

Korea Sept. 1951-November 1952. Baker Co., 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion. Pohang, Munsan. His company was converted into a machine gun company. He served 2 months TDY as a 60 & 81 mm mortar man with the 1st Recon. Co. at Bunker Hill. After Korea, stationed in Hawaii. Discharged February 18, 1954.

Norako, Vincent Walter, Wilmington, NC - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC 7/25/42.  Guadalcanal, 29th Marines, 3rd Btn, wire chief, Signal Co., 6th Marine Division, Okinawa, OCS, Discharged 9/45.  14th Signal Co. (Marine Corps Reserve Unit).  Commissioned 2nd Lt.  Stayed in Reserves.  Korea Christmas Day 1951.  3/5 Battalion communications officer.  Left Korea 5/52.  Stayed in reserves until 1978.  Retired as a full colonel.

O'Conner, John, Champaign, IL - one 90-minute tape

Champaign, IL. US Air & Air Ways Communications Service, 1808th AACS Group. Korea November 1950-? Interview incomplete. (For the Douglas County Museum)

O'Mara, William John Delano, Albuquerque, NM - three 90-minute tapes

Korea 1/51-5/52, USMC, C-1-7, 1st Platoon, BARman.

Patrick, Charles Erwen, Louisville, KY - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC 1939.  Sent to Cuba when 1st Marine Division was forming 1940-41.  Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, Amphibious Reconnaissance Co. FMF Pacific 1942.  Alaska to train people & do pre-invasion work for invasion of Kiska.  Pearl Harbor.  Assigned to the Nautilus on way to Gilbert Island.  Mission to go to Tarawa and pick up flyers who were shot down.  Island of Abamama to knock out a radio station with 28 Japanese manning the station.  Pearl Harbor to regroup.  Marshall Island to reconnoiteur.  Then to Majoro to secure it.  Anowetok.  Landed on islands of the Atoll 1943.  Rifle Co. at Anowetok.  Perry Island.  Hand to hand combat.  Back to Pearl Island.  Formed Amphibious Recon Btn.  On to Saipan.  Tinian.  Iwo Jima.  Back to Saipan.  Okinawa.  Mogmog.  Drill instructor, Parris Island, 1946, platoon 350.  China Marine 12/46-9/47.  Provost Marshal's office in China.  Back to Parris Island, manager of Staff NCO Club 6-7 months.  Lajeune.  Korea, 1st Marine Division Recon Co., 4th platoon, platoon leader.  Inchon Invasion, Seoul, Sudong, Koto-ri.  Hwachon.  Left Korea 10/51.  Philippines.  1954 - Parris Island company commander of a recruit co.  Supply officer Lejeune.  Officer of the Day, Parris Island, April 18, 1956.  Marine rifle & pistol team supply officer 1956-58.  Retired 1960 at Hawaii, 4th Marine Regiment.

Pelley, Richard A., Rumford, RI - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC 3/52.  Floating Bridge training at Monfort, then engineers.  Korea 6/53-9/53.  H-3-5, 3rd platoon, 2nd squad, 2nd fire team.  Later platoon sergeant of the 3rd Platoon of H-3-5.  Outpost Esther, wounded 6 times July 24, 1953.  Released from duty 3/55.

Pentecost, Thomas J., Destin, FL - four 90-minute tapes

Joined under age in 1944.  Assigned to 22 Marines.  Landed 4/1/45 on Okinawa.  Recalled to USA, discharged due to underage.  Re-enlisted USMC July 1946.  Sea School.  CVE 115, USS Biaroko, USS Rendova CVE & Point Cruz.  Then Class 3-B Reserves.  Recalled 9/50.  B-1-7 Korea 3/51-4/52.  2nd platoon, 3rd squad.  Operation Mousetrap.  Worst day of combat = September 11/12, 1951.  Hills 673, 749, 1051.  2 Purple Hearts in Korea.  Re-enlisted 1953.  Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.  Vietnam 1969-70.  One Purple Heart in Vietnam.  Retired 1971.  Tom is a member of the group that sued the government for reneging on its promise of lifetime medical coverage to those who stay in the service for 20 years or more.

Phipps, Cecil E., Ft. Dodge, IA - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted, Army 2/50.  Shipped to Okinawa.  Korea 8/1/50.  K Company, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.  POW.  Discharged 2/54.

Phipps, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) John R., Mattoon, IL - one 90-minute tape

US Army KMAG. 9th ROK Div. Kumwha Valley, Sniper’s Ridge, Triangle Hill. Korea Nov. 1, 1952-October 1, 1953. Adjutant General of Illinois 1977-83.

Placko, Edward Charles, Oregon, OH - twp 90-minute tapes

H-3-7 Marines. Korea March 16, 1952 (18th Replacement Draft). Assistant gunner, mortar platoon. Hill 229, Outpost Frisco, Vegas, Reno, Bunker Hill. Wounded Oct. 27, 1952. Discharged Sept. 7, 1954.

Plasters, Joseph, Springfield, IL - one 90-minute tape

Wire chief. 13th Signal Company, 1st Cavalry with MacArthur’s unit. Korea July 1950-June 1951. Was 50 miles from the Yalu. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Prest, Clifford, Marissa, IL - two 90-minute tapes

7th Division, L Co., 32nd Infantry Reg., 2nd platoon, 1st squad. Old Baldy, Heartbreak, Santa Rae Valley. Korea June 23, 1951-April 1, 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Quandt, Robert Raymond, Roselle, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Marine Corps Reserves 1947.  9th Infantry Battalion.  Called up 1950.  Korea November 1950.  3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, Weapons Co., 81mm mortars, base plate man.  Chosin.  Left Korea 12/51.  Discharged 1952.

Quick, Wil - two 90-minute tapes

3rd Division, 15th Infantry, HQ Co., infantry platoon leader.  Left Korea 28 April 1952.  Mr. Quick is now deceased.

Quintin, George, Farmington, IL - one 90-minute tape

Enlisted Navy Nov/Dec 1951.  Assigned to USS Sarsi.  Seaman recruit (deck hand).  Discharged November 1955.

Randall, Roscoe, Urbana, IL - one 100-minute tape

2nd Recon Co., 2nd Division. October 1952-August 1953. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Rash, Roy L., Kansas City, MO - one 90-minute tape

532nd Engineer Battalion. Co. B. Korea Sept. 1950-January 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Reed, Darrel (D.A.), Branson, MO - two 90-minute tapes

Korea Spring 1951.  7th Infantry Division, 31st Infantry Regiment, King Co.  Wounded Hill 1073.  Hauled ammo, wounded & dead for the company commander.  9 1/2 months in combat.  100% disabled due to Korean War health problems.

Rice, Frank, Belton, MO - two 90-minute tapes

1st Provisional Battalion. Changed to M Co., 7th Cav. Reg., 1st Cav., 3rd Battalion. Machine gunner. Korea August 1950-Sept. 1951. Hill 518 & Hill 314.

Ridgeway, George, Cerro Gordon, IL - one 90-minute tape

7th Division, 31st Infantry Reg., Dog Co., Heavy Weapons. Machine gunner. Chosin. Korea September 1950-June 21, 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Riley, Nathan, Belton, MO - two 90-minute tapes

24th Div., 19th Reg., Able Co. 3rd platoon. BAR man. Han River Dam, Task Force Bailey. Korea Dec. 1950-May 1951. Wounded in Korea.

Rhoda, David, Chatham, IL - two 90-minute tapes

Korea July 1951-April 1952. 11th Marines, G Battery, 3rd Battalion. Field Artillery cannoneer 0811. 105mm. Korea.

Robinson, Charles "Robbie", Tuscola, IL - two 90-minute tapes

8th Army, 25th Division, 35th Regiment, H&F Companies. Chosin Reservoir. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Rose, Kenneth Gene, Covington, IN - one 90-minute tape

Gunner on a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun at Brady Field and Missawa AFB in Japan. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Ross, John, Schenectady, NY - one 90-minute tape

Korea April 1953-July 1954.  5th RCT, HQ HQ co., Security platoon (guard detail for regimental commander), Christmas Hill, OP Harry.

Rosser, Ronald, - three 90-minute tapes

Medal of Honor Recipient.

Ruff, Wilfred John, Algonquin, IL - two 90-minute tapes

POW. Enlisted Oct. 21, 1953 in the Navy. He was a pointer (armed guard) and gunner on a merchant ship. Made 6 runs (12 total) in the Atlantic to the European Theater. Discharged April 1946. Enlisted in the Army March 1950. Sent to Korea October 1950. 2nd Division, 38th Reg., D Company. Machine gunner. Captured May 18, 1951. Sent to Camp 1 (June 1951-June 1952). Then to Camp 3 (June 1952) stockade. In June or July 1952 he was sent to a small compound near the Yalu. Six prisoners were there, including himself. Then sent to a holding area near Panmunjon. Repatriated. Re-enlisted for 3 more years. Discharged in 1957.

Russo, John, Springfield, MO - one 90-minute tape

48th Field Artillery Battalion, 32nd Reg., 7th Infantry Div. Fire direction control. Korea August 1951-July 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Schild, Wayne A., Austin, TX - one 90-minute tape

84th Engineer Battalion. Korea May 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Schrader, Robert, Rochester, NY - one 90-minute tape

2nd Lt. In SCARWAF. Stationed at Taegu AFB the whole time. Korea October 1954-October 1955. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Scott, Bernard, Taylorville, IL - one 90-minute tape

USAF 45th Tactical Fighter Group. Radar operator at radar station near Kimpo. Korea April 1952-April 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Sharp, Richard - two 90-minute tapes

Sheperd, Clifton, Kokomo, IN - one 90-minute tape

532nd Engineer Battalion. Co. D. Korea Sept. 15, 1950-Nov. 1951

Siciliano, Richard Joseph, Burton, OH - four 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC 10/48.  Guam to B-1-5.  19 months on Guam as squad leader, machine gun squad.  Sept. 3, 1950 to Korea.  Brigade, 2nd Naktong campaign.  3rd wave Inchon.  Chosin, Yudam-ni.  Wounded 11/29/50 on Hill 1250.  Evacuated for care & recovery.  Sent back to Korea February 1951.  Guerilla hunt, Hill 313, Hwachon Reservoir, Punch Bowl, Hill 907.  Left Korea circa 7/10/51.  Drill instructor, Parris Island.  Discharged 8/52.

Smith, Edward, Gerard, IL - four 90-minute tapes

T-Bone, Pork Chop, Korea.  20 years in Army. Cadre at Camp Gordon.  Sr. Drill instructor Fall 1953-June 55.  Germany.  3 years in armored infantry unit.  Ft. Lewis, WA in a rifle company 1958-60.  Korea to DMZ 61-62, 1st Cav.  Ft. Ord, CA training recruits and as operations sgt. of battalion 62-63.  Arms control & disarmament agency stateside.  Germany.  Keeper of keys to atomic weapons & code books in a particular zone in Germany.  Vietnam winter 1968.  1st Sgt. of HQ & Easy Co., then 1st Sgt. of Charlie of 1st Btn., 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds) 1968-69.

Smith, Raymond, Danville, IL - one 90-minute tape

10th Combat Engineers, D Co., 3rd Inf. Div. Demolition 11/50-9/51. Chosin Reservoir. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Smith, Richard A., Fairfield, CA - one 90-minute tape

USN Reserves, March 6, 1947.  HN (hospital man).  1950 called to active duty.  No hospital corps school.  Field medical training class (did not take this class).  Korea October 1, 1950-December 15, 1950.  1st Replacement draft.  F-2-5.  Heavy weapons platoon.  Chosin, Yudam-ni.

Smith, Robert

Contents of tape unidentified.

Smith, W.W. - three 90-minute tapes

2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion, Korea and Japan, 1947-53.  US Army 1947-54.

Snider, Chester M., Bethalto, IL - one 90-minute tape

2nd Division, 9th Infantry, George Co. (2nd Battalion). Korea September 1952-1953. Old Baldy, 3 Sisters, and Schnooks Outpost. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Snoke, Charles Lee, Hammond, IL - one 100-minute tape

Sgt. Major with the 176th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Solomon, Preston Farish, Walnut Hill, FL - two 90-minute tapes

Korea Nov. 1950-Sept. 1951. 2nd Division, 38th Reg., K Co. rifleman, second squad. Haensong Pass near Wonju. Spent two months in Japan for frostbite. Then came back to Korea to serve with the 4th platoon. Gunner on 57 recoilless rifle. May Massacre.

Spadafora, Alfred "Hal", Hollywood, FL - one 90-minute tape

Medic. 955 Field Artillery Battalion. Service Battery. 1951-52 Korea

Spencer, John H., Danville, IL - one 90-minute tape

Lt. Medical Corps. USNR. Ship’s doctor USS Askari ARL30. Ship was a repair ship making trips to Pusan harbor. January 1951-May 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Stair, Richard, Champaign, IL - one 100-minute tape

724th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion. Korea. Also World War II veteran. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Stenberg, William, Chicago, IL - two 90-minute tapes

1st Cavalry, 8th Cav. Reg., 2nd Battalion, Fox Co. Kansas and Wyoming lines. Korea mid-June 1951-December 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Storm, Aubrey, Neoga, IL - one 90-minute tape

Mechanic on a B-29 on Okinawa. US Air Force Strategic Air Command. June-December 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Stotts, Glenn E., Gary IN - two 90-minute tapes

Army 1/49.  1st Cavalry Division, 99th FAB 3/49.  Korea 7/50.  Communications, jeep driver, artillery liaison.  Captured 11/2/50, Pyoktong in original group that arrived there (Camp 5).  Held 33 months to 8/53.  Discharged 9/30/53.

Stumeier, Glen, Tuscola, IL - one 90-minute tape

Heavy equipment operator with Co. C, 841st Engineer Aviation Btn (SCARWAF) – Special Category, Army with Air Force. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Sullivan, Robert, West Burlington, IA - one 90-minute tape

532nd Engineer Battalion. Co. D. Pioneer platoon. Korea late May 1951-late September 1951.

Tichi, Sam Jr., Century, FL - one 90-minute tape

US Air Force 1948-1968. 15th Aero Medical Squad 1954. Radar calibration Unit, Anchorage, Alaska, 1952-54. 1st Engineer on a C124-1959. 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron 1961-62. 3rd Troop Carrier TDY Germany. 9th Troop Carrier – TDY Antartica 1960. Hawaii 1962-1965. 1962-1968 made 51 trips to Vietnam hauling supplies. He served in a "critical career field" and was not allowed to get out of the service until government allowed him to get out.

Thomas, Jack, Lansing, KS - two 90-minute tapes

7th Division, 32nd Inf. Reg., L. Co. Platoon leader. Also served in Vietnam. Korea Sept. 1950-Nov. 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Tindall, Rubie, Decatur, IL - one 90-minute tape

3rd class boatsman’s mate. 1st gunnery. USS Valley forge CV45. 1951-1954. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Trout, Charles "Chuck" Sr., Huntington Beach, CA - one 90-minute tape

Korea 2/53-3/54.  15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division, Co. A, rifleman, 3rd squad, 2nd platoon, BARman, 2 Bronze Stars.

Troutman, Bob, Urbana, IL  - one 90-minute tape

7th Fleet, Task Force 77, USS Toledo. Navy. 1951-54. Off east coast of Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Valentine, James Thomas Sr., West Lawn, PA - one 90-minute tape

Enlisted in the Army June 1948. Army of Occupation in Japan 1948-50. Sent to Korea in July 1950. 25th Division, A Co., 35th Reg., Cacti Regiment. Pusan Perimeter. Machine gunner with M-14 air-cooled gun. Wounded Sept. 1950 in the back from shrapnel. Sent to Japan for recovery. Then back to Korea. 2nd time wounded he was hit by shrapnel in the right forehead. Third time wounded in the backside. December 1950 – in perimeter at Seoul. Left Korea June 1951. Discharged Dec. 15, 1951. Re-enlisted Feb. 1952. Discharged December 1954. Also interviewed in connection with Mr. Valentine was Marian Tesheneck Wagman. Valentine gave his first Purple Heart to her while she was caring for him as a nurse in Korea.

VanSickle, Charles Franklin Sr., Newman, IL - one 90-minute tape

Enlisted 5/52, 1st Marine Air Wing VMR 253, electrician, boxcar division.  Attended Service School with the Lear Co.  Based at Itami AFB, Japan 1952-54.  Crew chief, aviation electrician mechanic.  After return to States, instructor on Fairchild aircraft at Cherry Point, NC 6 mo.  Discharged 5/5/55.

Venlos, William "Bill", Galena, IL - six 90-minute tapes

Enlisted in the Marine Corps 1947. Guam, 5th Marines, 81mm mortar baseplate carrier. 3 weeks in China late 1948. Back to Guam, then to US. Assigned to a Sherman flame thrower tank with Slope Plate McDonald. Participated in film "Sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne. 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, Tank A-42, A Co. tanks, 4th platoon, then 1st platoon, 1st section. Inchon Invasion. Retaking of Seoul. Chosin Reservoir. Later platoon leader for Anti-Tank Co., 3rd Marine Brigade, Tent Camp 3.

Walker, Richard, Tallahassee, FL - one 90-minute tape

On a frigate off of Korea April 1951-July 1952. Special Forces. Also Vietnam Vet. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Walter, Charles, Danville, IL - one 90-minute tape

USS Al Shain as an engineer during the Korean War. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Watson, Hillary Lee, Orange Park, FL - three 90-minute tapes

Joined the USMC May 28, 1951.  Korea summer 1952-June 1953.  H-3-7, lst platoon.  Vegas, Reno.  Reenlisted in Marine Corps Airwing, 1954-1971.  Vietnam 1966, 13 months, aircraft ordnance.  Vietnam 1969, 13 months.

Webb, George - three 90-minute tapes

Webb, Woodrow, Marion, IL - two 100-minute tapes

2nd Division, 38th Infantry, Co. E. Korea. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Wegner, Robert Wayne, Wayne City, IL - one 90-minute tape

US Navy 6/48-6/52.  18 months at Adak (12/48-6/50), USS Virgo AKA 20 "The Reluctant Virgin", replenished cruisers and destroyers.

Wells, Jack, Alton, IL - two 90-minute tapes

B Co., 15th Infantry, 3rd Division, 2nd platoon, rifleman, 1st squad, 15th Inf RCT for about two weeks 4/5/51.  Hill 717, Hill 266, Hill 487, Hill 477 (Bloody Angle), O.P. Kelly.  Squad leader after Hill 487.  Yucca Flats 1953 atomic bomb testing.

Whalen, Bob, Ivesdale, IL - one 90-minute tape

2nd Division, l82nd AAA HQ Battery, Battalion maintenance. Mechanic and wrecker recovery driver. Korea July 1951-May 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Whitlock, Clinton, Decatur, IL - one 90-minute tape

106th Finance Disbursing Section (FDS). Attached to 10th Corps. Korea October 7, 1950-February 2, 1952. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Wilke, Hugo, St. Rose, IL - one 90-minute tape

Cook with Co. A, 19th Reg., 24th Infantry. Severely injured by mortar fire on 1st day on front line. Korea October 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Wolf, Robert J., Springfield, IL - one 90-minute tape

5th RCT L Co. Radio operator & rifleman. Twin Knobs, Sand Bag Castle, Outpost Harry, Jane Russell, Punch Bowl. Korea 1952-1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Wolfgeher, Paul, Independence, MO - one 90-minute tape

1st Loudspeaker & Leaflet Co., Seoul. 1107 photo lithographer. Korea October 1952-February 1954.

Woodard, Preston Depree, Palatka, FL - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted Marine Corps June 1951. 18th Replacement draft to Korea. Hill 229 at Panmunjom. H-3-7. Korea March 1952. BAR man. Captured October 7, 1952. POW until release in August of 1953. Discharged March 31, 1954.

Wynn, Harley, St. Joseph, IL - one 90-minute tape

8th Army, 8069th Replacement Battalion. Driver/mechanic. Transported Grandpa Jones to USO Show. Korea January 1951-November 1951. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Wysocke, Dick, Stickney, IL - one 90-minute tape

1st Cavalry, 7th Reg., B Co. BAR man. Also 3 months with 187th RCT. Korea July 18, 1950-February 1953. (For the Douglas County Museum)

Yeasted, Vincent, New Hope, PA - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted 1949 Marines.  Discharged 1942.  Korea Sept. 1950.  Able Co., 7th Marines, 3rd Platoon, BARman.  Chosin.  Wounded 12/6.  Returned to Korea 3/51.  Home 7/51.

Young, Robert R., St. Louis, MO - two 90-minute tapes

Enlisted USMC March 1951. 14th Replacement Draft. Korea November 7, 1951-October 1952. C Co., 1st Amphibious Tractors, LUT3C. After Korea stationed in Hawaii May-October. Discharged March 1954.


Other Recordings

  • Nassar, Ray - Guest speaker at the Douglas County Museum, Tuscola, IL.  Member of 45th Infantry Division in Korea.  Resident of Danville, IL.
  • POW Wives - Pat Stotts, Mary Anne Burton, Joyce Phipps, Pat Ruff - one 90-minute tape
  • Tell America Program, 6/1999 - Missouri veterans discuss the Korean War. One 90-minute tape

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