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2:00pm 07-08-2020
John F. Paster
After I sent my posting, I reviewed over a dozen pages in the guestbook and found no postings from troops stationed in Korea during the 1950s. As I turned 85 yesterday, I realize how many of us old-timers are gone. Many of the photos brought back memories of the 1955-1956 period when Korea was still a destitute war torn country. One of the photos showed the huge granite statues carved from a side of a mountain by Buddist monks well before the Korean War which we referred to as "Papa-san, Mama-san, and Baby-san" that was in close proximity to Camp Howse. As defense platoon members for the 24th ID Headquarters, we passed by this national monument frequently on patrol and were awed by its size and relevance. I also noted some references to weaponry on this website. Unlike state-side basic infantry school, our 9-man squads (there were no women allowed in Korea during my time there) were equipped with 2 to 3 BAR men, a 45-cal. grease gun and 45 Colt side-arm for the squad leader, and 5 guys with M-1 rifles, some riflemen serving as BAR ammo carriers. No one carried M-1 carbines, as they were considered inferior weapons for Korean fighting conditions - dust, mud, too light for close combat and subject to "jamming". As the war proved, it was all about fire power and occasional close combat against the Chinese hoards. Upon my arrival in Korea and for months afterwards, we lived in dirt-floored squad tents. Later, Quonset huts supplies were shipped to Camp Howse and the respective military units had to construct them. The problem: they were huts for tropical conditions - SNAFU. But somehow our guys assembled the huts on a flattened site on the mountainside and scrounged materials far-and-wide to make it suitable for Korean weather conditions. For the entire 16 months I was there, we utilized outhouses and piss-tubes. One did not linger in the outhouse, especially when temps were below zero. But as a member of Headquarters Co., we enjoyed much better conditions than the front-line infantry and artillery units of the 24th at Munsan'ni along the Imjin River.. R & R leaves to Japan was always a welcome trip to civility.
12:50pm 07-08-2020
John F. Paster
I was stationed at Camp Howse with the 24th Infantry Division from April 1955 through July 1956. At that time Camp Howse was Division Headquaters for the 24th ID. I was selected for the division Honor Guard and eventually became qualified for the Silent Drill Team. The drill team performed the 18-minute program before many dignitaries and at various locations. The alternate duty for the Honor Guard was to serve as the defense platoon for Division Headquarters. In later years after the 24th was relieved, Camp Howse was occupied by units of the 1st CavalrIy Division and the 2nd Infantry Division.
12:35pm 07-05-2020
MICHAEL BUTLER
I WASSTATIONED IN CAMP RED CLOUD AREA AND UP TO DMZ IN 1964 AND 65. HAS ANYONE CLAIMED AO FROM THAT TIME PERIOD.
THE VA SAYS NO TO MY AO CLAIM. ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS. THANKS, MICHAEL
12:27pm 07-05-2020
michael butler
51st Signal Battalion
12:25pm 07-05-2020
michael butler
i was all over SK in 1964 -66. Uijonbu, Hq and Hq company
5:05pm 07-01-2020
William Kenny
I served in Korea 1962to1963 with hdqs.4/76 field artillery next to the village of Kum-kok this was a great experience in my life and I have two great friends i still talk to from our time in korea.
11:08pm 06-28-2020
War Murals Project
Came across your site while doing research for the project and found pictures of the murals at LSA Anaconda in 2007. Very thorough and detailed- much appreciated. I will share with the facebook group soon!
9:33pm 06-17-2020
Thomas G Williams
Hello Stan Schwartz email me I was there same time as you
9:29pm 06-17-2020
Thomas G. Williams
I think a re- Union for all of us that was stationed at Camp Kaiser from 1960-to-1962 would be great and make arrangements to visit the now gone home where we all had fun and lots of work. I live in Hudson Florida. I was in Kaiser from 1961 - 1962. yes I remember General Park also, I meet him at Kaiser and DMZ for all 1960-1962 vets email me. We giroed to 7th Div from Fort Benning April 1961 2ID .I retired as CSM/SGM 1985 looking to visiting Kaiser soon and talking to honored soldiers of Camp Kaiser. Any one in Florida.
8:48pm 06-17-2020
Thomas G Williams
stationed in Camp Kaiser 3rd Inf 7th Div 1961-1962 as PFC we hired from Fort Benning as a battle group to(2ID) to replace (7TH) ID April 1961
now Retired US ARMY Sergeant Major Hudson Florida give me a shout
5:26pm 06-17-2020
Wally Suchyta
I was stationed at Camp St. Barbara from 13 December 1966 till 15 January 1968. The USS Pueblo was captured 23 January 1968. I wrote to my GI replacement and he said all St. Barbara GIs were extended 90 days due to the conflict. I was a PLL (Prescribed Load List) clerk in Headquarters battery and drove to Red Cloud for replacement M-110 Howitzer and truck parts. I always drove solo in a three quarter ton truck past the town of Pocheon and through the Chinese tunnel. During one trip I drove with another GI, and we were required to carry M14s and 45s due to infiltrators. As we entered Red Cloud, we didn't find anyone at the motor pool on that heavy monsoon rain day. We finally found Air Force personnel inside the base exchange and it got quiet when we entered. Maybe they thought a war started cause we were wet, muddy, and armed. That was the day that I wished I joined the Air Force because apparently the Air Force called it a day because of rain.
10:35pm 06-12-2020
Mike Yeksavich
I really appreciate the map--it brings back memories. I was a JAG assigned to Yongson but traveled a lot--especially to 4th Missile Command. I could not find 4th Missile Command-Camp Page on the map. My memory has faded about all the places all these years later. I and another Captain were a team and traveled together. One week after I left he was killed in a crash going to 4th Missile along with the pilot. We flew a lot in the Beavers and helicopters. His name was Cpt Ken Gray---He was a black officer handled defense and had an Afro that was just barely within tolerance. I would love to be able to talk to his family, if they are still alive, so if anyone has information about him and his family please let me know. This would have been in the 1969-1970 range--see my memory is going. I spent 10 years in the Army but grew up in an Air Force family. My father was a career NCO having been a tail gunner in in B-17 in WW2 and we live in the Phillipines and Japan and my family and I were stationed in Germany.
6:31pm 06-05-2020
Dorothy Korszeniewsk
My son, Michael Korszeniewski, was at Camp Stanley from 1991-1992. I always wondered what it looked like. Mike is no longer with us, passing away from a brain aneurysm, 11/28/2001, at 33 years old. We miss him greatly, and were always proud of him serving in the military. At the time I was working for the ARMY ROTC, at Syracuse University and he was given a Military Funeral - complete with a cadet playing TAPS.
Thank you for the pictures -
7:35pm 06-03-2020
George Magliocca
Was at camp Alex Williams- dec 1968–may 1970— also 696 ord. Would like to know others that were there at the time....
8:29pm 06-02-2020
Don
tnx
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