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THIS PAGE IS JUST A SHORT PAGE TO LET YOU KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF. A LEAST ABOUT MY MILITARY CAREER ANYHOW. TO BEGIN WITH I WAS IN THE NATIONAL GUARD WHEN THE WAR BROKE OUT IN KOREA. I WAS A RADIO LINEMAN WITH HQ COMPANY, 109TH REGT, 28th INF. DIV. PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL GUARD. THE DIVISION WAS ACTIVATED IN SEPT. 50. I WENT WITH THEM TO CAMP ATTERBURY, INDIANA. IN DEC.50 THEY RECEIVED THEIR ORDERS TO MOVE TO GERMANY. AT THAT TIME THEY FOUND OUT THAT I WAS ONLY 15 YEARS OLD AND I WAS DISCHARGED.

WHEN I TURNED 17 IN MARCH OF 52 I JOINED THE REGULAR ARMY. I WAS SENT TO FT.KNOX, KENTUCKY FOR BASIC TRAINING. AFTER BASIC I WENT TO CAMP BRECKINRIDGE, KENTUCKY FOR LEADERSHIP SCHOOL. FROM THERE I SHIPPED OUT TO KOREA. I ARRIVED IN KOREA IN THE EARLY SPRING OF 53. WAS ASSIGNED TO "C"COMPANY, 224th REGT, 40TH INF.DIV. WHEN THE WAR ENDED WE WERE ON SANDBAG CASTLE. WE PULLED BACK TO HEARTBREAK RIDGE AND SET UP POSITIONS. WE WERE IN KUMWHA VALLEY AND CHORWON FOR AWHILE.

WHEN THE DIVISION MOVED BACK TO THE STATES I WENT TO FINISH MY TOUR AS A FIRST SGT. WITH "A' Co. 35TH REGT.25th INF. DIV. WHEN I CAME BACK TO THE STATES I WENT TO FT.LEONARD WOOD, MO. I LEFT THE ARMY IN SEPT 55. IN JAN 56 I JOINED THE AIR FORCE. MOSTLY TO RECEIVE A EDUCATION AND MAKE A CAREER FOR MYSELF.(When I was in the ARMY I was trained to be a killer. I found out that there was no call for trained killers in civilian life.)(Humor?). I SERVED THE NEXT 17 YEARS IN THE AIR FORCE-SERVED ALL OVER THE WORLD AND RETIRED IN NOV. 72. WORKED FOR STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AS A EQUIPMENT MANAGER. NOW RETIRED FROM THAT POSITION ALSO.

WELL THAT JUST ABOUT SUMS UP MY WORKING CAREER. NOW I WILL SIT IN THE FRONT YARD AND WATCH THE GRASS GROW.

LIKE THE OLD SAYING GOES: I WOULD NOT TAKE A MILLION DOLLARS FOR MY EXPERIENCE OVER THOSE YEARS. BUT I WOULD NOT GIVE A DIME TO LIVE THEM OVER AGAIN.


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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED AT FT.KNOX, KY. TO START BASIC TRAINING. DAMM, THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO.


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DO YOU PEOPLE REMEMBER THE BREAK FROM THE MLR THAT WAS REFERRED TO AS THE MINI-R & R? THATS WHAT I WAS ON. GETTING DRUNK WITH 3.2 BEER, BEING SICK FOR THE TWO DAYS. THEN GOING BACK TO THE OUTFIT AND TELLING THEM I HAD A GOOD TIME. AS YOU CAN TELL I JUST MADE PFC AT THAT TIME. THOSE WERE THE DAYS.


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THESE TWO DESPERADOES ARE NAMELESS. I CAN NOT REMEMBER THEIR NAMES. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN JUST BEFORE THE CEASEFIRE.


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THIS IS A PICTURE OF ME AT THE TENDER AGE OF 18. THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN THE KUMWHA VALLEY AREA IN THE FALL OF 53. OH, TO BE YOUNG AND CARE FREE AGAIN.


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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ABOUT A WEEK AFTER THE WAR ENDED. IT WAS UP AROUND HEARTBREAK RIDGE. A FEW OF YOU PEOPLE OUGHT TO REMEMBER THE 357 RECOILESS THAT WE USED BACK THEN.


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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ON THE MORNING OF 28 JULY 53. WE WERE MOVING BACK OFF THE MLR AS PER THE TRUCE AGREEMENT. THE PERSON IN THE MIDDLE WAS THE PLATOON LEADER. HE CLIMBED ON TOP OF THE BUNKER TO TAKE OLD GLORY DOWN. THE FLAG SEEN BETTER DAYS. IT WAS FULL OF HOLES AND HELD TOGETHER WITH SOME TYPE OF CHICKEN WIRE OR COMMO WIRE. THE NORTH KOREANS AND THE CHINESE ALWAYS SHOT AT THE FLAG WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE AROUND.


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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN THE DAY AFTER THE CEASEFIRE. WE JUST GOT OFF THE TRUCKS AND WERE WALKING TO OUR NEW POSITIONS ON HEARTBREAK RIDGE. DON'T THEY LOOK LIKE A VERY ATTENTIVE GROUP?


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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ON THE DAY THAT I WAS SHIPPING OUT. BACK TO THE LAND OF THE BIG PX. THAT SMILE REFLECTED MY INNER FEELING KNOWING THAT I WAS FINALLY GOING HOME AND LEAVING KOREA


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WHEN WE PULLED BACK FROM HEARTBREAK RIDGE WE WENT TO KUMWHA VALLEY. WE HAD TO GET RID OF A LOT OF STUFF, SO IT WAS BURIED. THE KOREANS COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THE WASTE, SO THEY LIBERATED THE THINGS WE BURIED.


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THIS IS OUR CP AND MESSING AREA WHEN WE PULLED BACK TO KUMWHA VALLEY. FROM LOOKING AT IT I CAN NOT REMEMBER WHICH WAY WAS NORTH. BUT WE DID NOT STAY HERE LONG.


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