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Entry: 70820
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY
COMMENTS--WILLIAM STRINGER

JOHN RAUSCHER wrote on July 6, 2009


City and State: FORT PIERCE FL

Unit: HQ CO 5TH FA GROUP

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Sent up to the 5th from Chunchon repl depot early May of 53 with 4 other radio ops. Only 3 were needed at that time, so one (named Ravitz) was made a field wireman and I wound up in Group hq as a clerk. While there I typed up Silver Star awards for a couple of radio ops. One got overrun by Chinese and the other gave his own coordinates and called for continuous fire because the chinks were going right over his bunker. Sorry I don't remember their names. After we got run out I transferred to an engineer co. where a buddy that I had enlisted with was stationed. Had a gravy job and a good time there. Went back to U.S late in Sept.54.

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Entry: 66736
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY
EDWIN JEROME CALLAHAN

TERESA CALLAHAN wrote on July 31, 2008


City and State: PALM BAY FL

Unit: 40TH DIVISION, 5TH REGIMENT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father served in the United States Army from 1951 until 1954.He currently has Alzheimer's so verifying information about his service in the Army during the Korean war is quite difficult. His DD-214 is quite old and has some damage but clearly shows that before his service in Korea, he was stationed in Germany (Army of Occupation). It also states that he received an UN Service Medal Combat Infantry and an National Defense service medal.

He talked very briefly about his service in Korea with my brother about 12 years ago before any Alzheimer's symptoms started to show. He talked about some of the horrors he saw while in Korea. He told my brother about Pork Chop Hill and Sandbag Castle and he told my brother he carried a BAR -- a very heavy piece of artillery that another person to carry the ammunition. He said he was the last man out of the trenches and talked about running backwards carrying the BAR.

I am seeking veterans benefits for my dad -- at the very least medical benefits. I have been back and forth with the Veterans' Administration now for over a year. They repeatedly deny benefits and then ask for more information.

I believe the real problem with approving any benefits for Dad is that his DD-214 is damaged and the original was lost in the fire in Missouri. The VA needs clear proof that he served during a war.

Dad had been diagnosed with PTSD a while back and the doctor indicated it was from his war time service. He used to thrash around at night and even threw himself out of bed and caused injury to himself! He refused the medication because it had other side effects.

I am just wondering if anyone remembers him or if I can find a list of who may have served in the same division and regiment as he served.


Keywords: Ed Callahan
Pork Chop Hill
Sandbag Castle
BAR



Entry: 61860
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY
PILT 5TH ARTY GROUP

WESLEY CHITTY SR. wrote on August 3, 2007

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City and State: BARNWELL SC

Unit: 5TH ARTY AVIATION SECTION

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: flew combat missions from jan 1952 til aug 1952 looking for old friends

Keywords: l 19 bird dog


Entry: 39672
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY
5TH FA GROUP

WILLIAM STRINGER wrote on January 3, 2004

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City and State: FT. MYERS FL

Unit: HQ BATTERY 5TH FA GROUP

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was with the HQ of 5th Group from January 53 till May 54 approx. Worked in the FSCC as radio and Telephone operator. We were acting Corp artillery for 2nd ROK Corp. Had 3 US firing battalions and, I believe, 6 ROK battalions. In June or July, the ROK troops were over-run and we had to bug out and fall back below the current demarcation line. Unit initially was about 60 miles north of Chunchon.
Would like to hear from anyone that served this unit during that time period.


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Entry: 38872
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY

MARC MASTROMARINO wrote on December 1, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: He was from Brooklyn,NY

Keywords: VITO


Entry: 38871
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY
KOREAN WAR

MARC MASTROMARINO wrote on December 1, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: He worked with artillery,has 2 brothers John and
Frank.

Frank recently passed away,he served as infantry
He was in D-Day and Battle of the Bulge.
Im not really sure what John did ,though.
Plus, my grandpa was an excellent rifleman


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Entry: 36165
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY
GEORGE A HENDERSON - 5TH ARMY DIVISION

NORMA MCBRIDE wrote on August 10, 2003


City and State: SARASOTA FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: George served 50 to 52 I believe. He was
from New Kensington, PA. I have tried for years
to find out if he came home okay.


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Entry: 34029
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY
LOOKING FOR MOTOR POOL MECHANIC OF HQ BTRY 5TH FA GROUP

KAREN CLARK wrote on May 6, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Mr. Curtics E. McDaniel,

I was surfing the net for information on my Grandfather and ran across your letter. I am the niece of Richard A. Patrilla. His rank was PFC, and assigned unit was the 5th Inf. Regt.-5th RCT and survived in S. Korea back in the 50's. I am sorry to inform you that my uncle has recently passed away. He had married and had two son's, a daughter and two grandchildren. He finally settled down in Bluffton, S.C. My uncle died on April 15th, 2003 of heart troubles and lung cancer. Just wanted you to know what happened to Patrilla. I am sure that was my uncle. Good luck on finding others.

Love and Light,

Karen R. Clark



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Entry: 4738
5TH FIELD ARTILLERY HQ HQ BATTERY
LOOKING FOR MOTOR POOL MECHANIC OF HQ BTRY 5TH FA GROUP

CURTIS E. MCDANIEL wrote on November 11, 1999

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City and State: MEMPHIS TN

Unit: HQ BTRY 5TH FA GROUP, IX CORP, 8TH ARMY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I served in HQ and HQ Btry, 5th FA Group, IX Corp, 8th USAKorea, APO 301 from April-December, 1952. When I was there the Unit was located east of the Iron Triangle and north of Kumwha in the Kumsong Salient.

I was one of the mechanics in the motor pool under SFC Ragland of Lynchburg, VA. I did the daily vehicle dispatching from a small wooden building at the entrance to the motor pool. I also drove Jeep No. 19 (Captain's Jeep) back to Hwachon Reservior area to pick up parts from our ordance support Unit based there. Captain Robert S. Sweeney was Battery Commander. I remember as co-mechanic Pvts. Brewer and Patrilla (probably not spelled right). One was from Brooklyn and the other Chicago. My hometown then was Jackson, MS. I remember another mechanic, a Corporal from SC whose name I no longer remember. Another older mechanic joined us we called Pap.

I left the Unit in early December 1952 to rotate to the USA as my term of service was up on January 10, 1953.

I would be pleased to hear from fellow members of HQ Btry, 5th FA Group, especially any of the motor pool folks. Where is SFC Ragland?

Curtis E. McDaniel
(PFC at the time)


Keywords: SFC Ragland



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