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Korean DMZ 1953 to 1959


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Entry: 13857
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
CRISTOBAL RIVERA

KIRA LINFERNAL wrote on December 26, 2000


City and State: MACON GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 13849
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
BASE COMMUNICATIONS

ROBERT NIEDERSCHMIDT wrote on December 26, 2000


City and State: CINCINNATI OH

Unit: 2710 ABW, 6170 ABG DET.2

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: We were just the "horse holders" until the USAF could turn everything over to the ROK. In 56, K-9 was used by (CAT) Civil Air Transport. This was an airline owned by the CIA. During 50-53, K-9 was home of the 452nd Bombardment Group. Their B-26s flew night missions out of K-9 and other fields. According to ORR KELLY in his book" From a Dark Sky", the 21st Troop Carrier Sqd.(C-47) of the 315 Air Div. flew 5 to 6 hr. missions to insert personnel(rabbits) behind the lines( Operation Aviary). Henry Aderholt of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. would have a lot of information about these flights. Mr. Aderholt may have the only remaining flight records of det. 2, 21st TCSq. K-9 was an unusual base. In 56, I burned the contents of the safe in the comm. center before turning the center over to ROK. Most were stamped SECRET.

Keywords: K-9 Pusan East in '55 and '56. 2710 ABW became 6170 ABG det.2 in 2/56 when base was turned over to ROK.


Entry: 13782
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
KENNETH SPRINKLE

ARTHUR BARNETT wrote on December 22, 2000


City and State: KANSAS CITY MO

Unit: 8TH ARMY/UN HONOR GUARD

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Trying to locate Kenneth Sprinkle. Veteran of army serving in ASA unit located west side of Yong Dong Po in 1956 to 1958. Kenny married a lovely Korean woman, fathered two children. The wife refused to leave her family and homeland, and marriage latter disolved. Info. received that Kenny pursuded an army career, later obtainning a German spouse. He was Sgt. E-5 in the time span shown. Reported to have taken his son, "Jimmie" from Korea to USA, at some unknown later time period.
I also married a Korean woman whom is still my one and only after 43+ years. My wife and Kenny's Korean wife were related; the later is now deceased.
Myself, I was a member of the 8th Army/UN Honor Guard at 8th Army headquarters (SAC command) at Yong-San from Sept. 1955 to Jan. 1959, and would enjoying hearing from any fellow "elite" bastards out there if you happen to brouse through this entry.


Keywords: sgt. Kenny, ASA unit, Yong Dong Po area, Korean wife "Linda", spoke korean lang. fluently


Entry: 13573
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LOOKING FOR FRIENDS 58-59 51ST SIG BN

MARCELLA BRAZELTON wrote on December 10, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for friends of my Dad's, John Bailey, who served in Korea from 1958-1959. He
has mentioned Ed Gonzales, Jerry Marx, Dave Gutarez (please excuse spelling), and Rudy
Venges (also, excuse spelling). Please e-mail me if you knew my Dad, are one of these
men, or know where to locate one of these men. Thank you.


Keywords:


Entry: 13535
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
ADRIAN ''EDDIE'' SIGLER

PAM BLACKWELL wrote on December 9, 2000


City and State: KY

Unit: UNKNOWN ... WAS ON A TANK ....

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father was KIA in Vietnam 3 weeks before i was born.I know he served in Korea but am unsure of the dates and don't know about the unit. He was from Philmont,N.Y. and was single at the time.He went to the Armoured school for 10 weeks in 1956.If anyone thinks they might remember him ... i have a photo i can send.Under last duty assignment it says H/H CO 2d MED BN 68th ARMD APO 35........

Keywords: Armour...


Entry: 13365
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
24TH SIGNAL CO.{VOICE OF VICTORY}

SOREN DYREMOSE JR. wrote on November 29, 2000


City and State: GLENDALE AZ

Unit: 24TH SIGNAL CO.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Was trained? as a com-center clerk at Camp Gordon and shipped to Korea Christmas Eve on the Good ship "Marine Adder" arrived at the 24th Sig Co late January 1956. I was assign to supply and soon after attended NCO supply school for two weeks at Camp Jecelin (near Suwan), I remember the bitter cold and was damn lucky to bunk in supply(a steel prefab) we put in a shower that summer, a plywood structure with a discarded belly tank and a submerged water heater. {"We had it made in supply") I am looking for any and all who might remember me and or supply, can't remember all the names so I will not list them. I purchase a Savage shotgun at PX in Munsan and hunted the back woods( still have the division hunting license from provost marshal) most of my buddies figure I was hunting something else, but although I knew all girls in village, it was only because they spoke some? English. I returned home on the Good ship Breckingridge(spelling) and docked in Seattle the day before Easter 1957 and was re-assigned to Fort Meade in Maryland....




Keywords: supply room, signal supply, Capt. Hampsen CO 1st Lt. Bruhy exceutive officer 1956


Entry: 13351
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
867TH FABN 55-58

TONY BASTEK wrote on November 29, 2000


City and State: MT. PROSPECT IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING MANY WEB SITES LOOKING FOR SOME MENTION OF MY FATHER'S OLD UNITS.DAD'S MEMORY
IS NOT REAL GOOD THESE DAYS. I THINK HE WAS IN BASIC TRAINING AROUND 55 AND WAS WITH THE SEVENTH ARMORED DIVISION. HE WAS SENT OVERSEA'S NEAR THE DMZ AND ATTACHED TO THE THIRD INF. DIV. DAD CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE HIS HOME BASE WAS LOCATED. HE WAS A RADIO MAN WITH THE 867 TH FABN. CO A.HE WAS THERE FOR 36 MONTHS AND DOES REMEMBER GOING TO JAPAN FOR B AND B ON OCASSION. HE ALSO MENTIONED HIS UNIT HAD WON A CITATION DURING THIS TIME 55 THRU 58 ?.DAD RETURNED HOME AND WAS IN THE
RESERVES TILL 61 AS REQUIRED AT THE TIME. ANY INFO
ON HIS UNIT IS APPRECIATED. CPL.STANLEY BASTEK


Keywords:


Entry: 13318
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LOOKING FOR COMRADS CAMP ST BARBARA 02/1955-06/1956

STANLEY W. (STAN) TOMPKINS wrote on November 28, 2000


City and State: HERNADO FL

Unit: HQ -HQ BTRY 1ST FOB

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Where did everyone go? Is the 1st Fob still active? Is ST Barbara still there? Basic was at ft Dix N.J. 2nd 8 At Ft Sill Okal. Ship out at Ft Lewis Wash.A long ride for a New Hampshire Boy,Would like to hear from anyone who was there at my time frame.

Have an address book with lots of names from that time frame--54-56 Fort DIX NJ- FORT SILL OK and on to Korea.

Its difficult to put faces with the names after 45 years.Will try to make the reunon this yr in Oct.It should be exciting.


Keywords: Pete Whiting "C"co-- Lt Devero Motor Pool-- Uss Gen Man Trans to Korea Uss Gen Patrick To Home


Entry: 13230
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
BOMB DUMP AT K-9

ROBERT NIEDERSCHMIDT wrote on November 24, 2000


City and State: CINCINNATI OH

Unit: K-9 BASE OPERATION

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was at K-9 in 1955 and 56. That bomb dump caused us a lot of problems. In 54 or 55 the dump was emptied except for minor ammo that was left. The South Koreans would get into the dump and get brass. In the summer of 56 the little village between Haeundae and K-9 went up in an explosion due to someone taking a 105 apart with a hammer. Small ammunition went off for about 30 minutes. You could see it from the south end of the runway.

I'm interested in how the air force was able to get these air fields built from grass strips to concrete. As an engineer I am interested in the aviation construction groups. As a veteran I am interested in the CIA operation that took place out of K-9. At the time I did not understand what they were doing. I was part of it but did not know it.


Keywords: Bomb dump at K-9


Entry: 13198
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
1ST BPO, INCHON AND YONGDUNGPO

JIM LYNCH wrote on November 23, 2000


City and State: MANCOS CO

Unit: 1ST BPO, INCHON AND YONGDUNGPO

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: 1ST BPO, INCHON AND YONGDUNGPO

Keywords:


Entry: 13184
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
15TH AAA, C CO. AND 3RD.AAA BAT 54-55

FRANKLIN ORESTA wrote on November 23, 2000


City and State: BLUEFIELD WV

Unit: 15TH AAA, C CO. ALSO THE 3RD.AAA BAT.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I would like to make contact with anyone who served in the above AAA groups in Korea during
1954-55

I appreciate any help given.
Thanks!


Keywords: Looking for those who were in the 15th. AAA and also the 3rd. AAA during 1954-1955


Entry: 13085
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LOOKING

CASSIE MILAM wrote on November 18, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Im trying to find out about my grandfather who resently died and i never found out about a saber i have of his from the war. Ifany one knows anything about Prestom Milam please email me.

thanks Cassie


Keywords:


Entry: 12993
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
ARGYL W. HOOD, JR.

DAVID SCHEMBER wrote on November 15, 2000


City and State: AKRON OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Airman 2/c Argyl W. Hood, Jr. was killed in Korea in July 1956. I am interested in any details regarding his death. I am working on a memorial to all of the guys from my high school that were killed in the wars. Part of that memorial is finding out what happened to each guy. Any info or suggestions where to find some would be appreciated.

Keywords:


Entry: 12968
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LONGLINES SIG. YOUNG DONG PO KOREA 1959/60

RONALD (GOOCH) GOCHAKOWSKI wrote on November 14, 2000


City and State: CHARLESTOWN MA

Unit: LONGLINES SIG. YOUNG DONG PO KOREA 1959/60

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: MY NICKNAME WAS GOOCH

Keywords: AM INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM ANYONE SERVING IN YOUNG DONG PO IN KOREA AROUND MID 1959-MID60;S


Entry: 12934
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
BUDDIES FROM YOUNGDONGPO 1959/60

RONALD (GOOCH) GOCHAKOWSKI wrote on November 13, 2000


City and State: CHARLESTOWN MA

Unit: LONGLINES SIG.(DEVIL DOG CO.)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: trying to locate friends from young dong po compound mid 1959/1960

Keywords: Remember The Four J's


Entry: 12910
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
MEMORIES OF THE FIFTIES A CO 51ST SIG BN

THOMAS GILL wrote on November 11, 2000


City and State: WAYCROSS GA

Unit: COMPANY C, 51ST SIGNAL BN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to share memories of the fifties time
period


Keywords: 51st Sign Bn from Nov 56-Apr 58


Entry: 12890
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
JOHN JOESPH WARDEN

WARREN WARDEN SR. wrote on November 11, 2000


City and State: SUCCESS MO

Unit: NONE KNOWN FOR DAD

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I have his scrap book of him that shows pictures of him in korea. If you have any imformation please email me.One of his Buddies was Frank Slwinskin My dad passed back in Dec 1989 I never got to meet John I finally located him in Buffalo NY may of this year. So any information would be greatly appreciated thank you and God Bless!

Keywords: John Warden was in the KOrean war from 1948-1957
I know he was at camp Galahad CP. I beleive he was also in 75d armored. My dad came from Buffalo NY. Nick name was Petie. He was also a Staff Sargeant.



Entry: 12852
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
MACNAB COMPOUND

CHARLES (CHUCK) FAU wrote on November 10, 2000


City and State: ALVIN TX

Unit: DET 2 502D TAC CON GP APO75

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: ANYONE AROUND FROM THAT TIME???

Keywords: MACNAB COMPOUND 1956


Entry: 12838
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
WWW.DMZA.ORG

RICK GRAHAM wrote on November 9, 2000


City and State: PAHRUMP NV

Unit: 1/23 INF RGT. SCOUT PLT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: new website for dmz-mp vets, membership info, dmz-mp shirts, hats and etc, dmz news and photo gallery.... show your pride!!!!!

Keywords: dmz-mp assn. imjin scouts


Entry: 12743
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
VET FROM MISSISSIPPI

SHELIA SPICER DEBLAEY wrote on November 5, 2000


City and State: MEMPHIS TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Anyone who knew my Father John Henry Spicer.
He was only 15 or 16 when he entered the Army and was in the Korean War. He is from Pascagoula, MS


Keywords:


Entry: 12417
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
WHO KNOW CAMILLE SIVRET

BELLEMARE ELISE wrote on October 18, 2000


City and State: CHARLESBOURG, QUEBEC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I WANT TO HAVE MORE INFORMATIONS ABOUT MY FATHER CAMILLE SIVRET, A CANADIAN COMING (22E REGIMENT CANADA) COMING FROM MISCOU ISLAND NEW-BRUNSWICH.
HE LEFT KOREAN IN 1953 BECAUSE HE WAS BLESSED TO THE HAND. HE WAS HOSPITALISED IN JAPAN AND CAME BACK TO MISCOU.
THANKS A LOT


Keywords: ELISE


Entry: 12384
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
G CO 11/53-4/55 19TH INF RGT

PAUL S. BARBOUR wrote on October 16, 2000


City and State: OAK ISLAND NC

Unit: 24TH DIV., 19TH INF. REG., G CO

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone in my outfit during that time frame.

Keywords: Paul S. Barbour 24th Div 19th Inf Regt Co G. Served in Korea Nov. of 53 to April of 55


Entry: 12201
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
B BTRY ,31ST ARTY, 7TH DIVARTY

WAYNE MILOCK wrote on October 8, 2000


City and State: INTERLACHEN FL

Unit: B BTRY ,31ST ARTY, 7TH DIVARTY

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: A former member of this unit is looking for this
veteran whose Father was also a General.
HOWARD COOK was assigned to this unit from
1958-1959 and has been trying over the years to
locate this officer.


Keywords: Looking for Lt. Robert E. Camp former Commander
B Btry, 31st Arty, 7th DivArty.





Entry: 12179
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
B BTRY, 31ST ARTY, 7THDIVARTY 58-59

WAYNE MILOCK wrote on October 6, 2000


City and State: INTERLACHEN FL

Unit: B BTRY, 31ST ARTY, 7THDIVARTY

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: My name is Wayne B. Milock and I am doing this search for a friend of mine who has been trying to locate the following person:

Lt. Ralph L. Offey, Btry Exec. Assigned there in 1958-1959

I was not personally assigned to your unit so I told him I would give it a try on the net.

I was assigned to the 14th USASA field sta. on Kyushu Island (camp Hakata) Japan from Sep. 1957- sep1960

The veteran I am doing this for is:

Howard Cook
Assigned: B Btry, 31st Arty, 7th DivArty from
1957-1958

Howard will be getting his own computer soon and can contact you himself soon.

To reply to this msg. please send response to:

Wayne B. Milock, Maj.(USAR)Ret.
P.O. Box 1706 Interlachen, Fl. 32148
OR
Kwamil@aol.com


Keywords: None


Entry: 12153
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
BAKER CO. 13TH ENGRS 1955-56

JOHN E. KING wrote on October 4, 2000


City and State: CHESTER VA

Unit: BAKER CO

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking for any old pals from that period 55-56

Keywords: Per son: John died in March of 2004 -RIP


Entry: 12048
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW WILLIAM TWILLEY

KIMBERLY TAPLEY wrote on September 29, 2000


City and State: BYRON GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: I'm looking for anyone who knew William Twilley. He was stationed in Seoul Korea between 1968-1969. Anyone who may know anything about him please let me know!

Keywords: Friend of his was Harvey Childres


Entry: 11990
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
HQSCO 3RDBN 5 MAR

STUART STEIN wrote on September 26, 2000


City and State: MARYVILLE TN

Unit: HQSCO, 3RDBN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MAR DIV

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking to find anyone that was in Headquarters Company, 3Bn, 5th Marines during late 1953 and all of 1954. Especially remember a Bill Leuci (Lueci)from Brooklyn, NY

Keywords: Stein, 1954-1955 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines North of the Imjin River


Entry: 11907
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
DID YOU SERVE WITH MY FATHER HARVEY BEKIS

TERESA LONE WOLF wrote on September 22, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Please respond if you knew him and would like to know more about his service in the military. I only meet him twice and he passed away.

Keywords: My father was Navajo Indian from Tawoac, Colorado, he was a purple heart and a sharp shooter I don't know the unit or anything else. He had a RT prosthese in right eye, was in Korean conflict. Did you know him.


Entry: 11817
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
304TH SIGNAL BN ('56-'57)

WALTER (MOUSE) ENGLERT wrote on September 18, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Worked 8th Army Hq CommCenter until transfer to
1st Cav at Hardy Barracks in Tokyo. What a
contrast? Then went from the big lst Cav patch
to the tiny Fuji patch when 1st Cav moved...talk
about tell tale marks.


Keywords: 304th Sig Bn Cp Coiner Yongsan


Entry: 11766
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LOOKING FOR MY GRANDFATHERS UNIT

MATTHEW MCDONALD wrote on September 16, 2000


City and State: CHARLESTON SC

Unit: 5TH SPECIAL FORCESGROUP AIRBORNE,1994 - 1999 AND F

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: He died when i was 5 and i really can not remember to much of him. But i served in korea from march of 99 to feb of 2000 and didnt learn that he was in the korean war till now. im really trying to find out as much as possible about him

Keywords: my grandfather's name was Francis(Pete) Randall, he served in the korean war but noone is sure when or where. To be honest my family isnt even sure what branch he was in. He would of said that he was from Maine, Bangor or Old Town or Stillwater.


Entry: 11635
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LOOKING FOR AL MARTINEZ 100 AIR REFUEL SQDN

VINCENT D. (VINCE) CERRETO wrote on September 11, 2000


City and State: WILLIMANTIC CT

Unit: 308TH B.W. (PMS) /100TH AIR REFUELING SQD.

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I AM LOOKING FOR AL MARTINEZ WHO WAS WITH THE 100 AIR REFUELING SQD. 1954 TO 1956. OR IF ANYONE KNOWS OF HIS WHERE ABOUTS. FROM HIS BEST MAN AND BUDDY VINCE CERRETO E-MAIL OR CALL ME

Keywords: 308TH B.W. (pms) /100th Air Refueling sqd.


Entry: 11568
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
COA,728 MP BN-D/W 19QMCO 57-58

DENA (BAILEY) HOUSTON wrote on September 8, 2000


City and State:

Unit: ARMY-

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Just looking to hear from you if you can share what was happening in your life in Korea at specific time and also, if you may have know my father- Elmer Marshall Bailey. He was in Taejon, not sure what other areas in Korea. Thank you for any information.

Keywords: 20 months in Korea between 3Apr.57 and 16Dec.58, CoA,728 MP BN-D/W 19QMCo, Korea


Entry: 11566
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
JAPAN CENTRAL EXCHANGE INCHON DISTRIBUTION DEPOT

GARY COOK wrote on September 8, 2000


City and State: OMAHA NE

Unit: JAPAN CENTRAL EXCHANGE INCHON DISTRIBUTION DEPOT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to know if there are any guys out there that served in my outfit during March of 1953 to August of 1954. Can't remember all of my buddies names but we had a sign on our mess hall that said " You are now eating in the cleanest mess hall in Korea". This all happened in Inchon. Sure would like to hear from someone that was there , seems we have been lost , just can't find any information on our outfit. Been looking along time. Thanks.

Keywords: Billy Phillips, Sqt. Cassel, Warehouse BZA, Ham Shotner,


Entry: 11373
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
THOSE WHO SERVED IN HDQ 51ST SIG '55-'57

RON (MICK) WILSON wrote on August 30, 2000


City and State: INDEPENDENCE KY

Unit: HDQ COMPANY 51ST SIGNAL BATTALION

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to contact anyone in my unit. Stationed in Ouijungbu 1955-1957.

Keywords: Friends: R. Lazorchak, K.Mogensen, R. Tomczyk, J.Fries


Entry: 11255
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
FIRST PROVISIONAL PLATOON'53-'55

JOHN HENSON wrote on August 24, 2000


City and State: WILLITS CA

Unit: D-2-11 1ST PROVISIONAL PLATOON

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Still looking for other members of the 1st Provisional platoon. Made up of elements of the 7th Marines, 11th Marines, and Amtracs.Looking fo Don Hendricks, Joe Leyden and other Arillery Forward Observers that I served with. Anyone recall the story of the horse'Blaze of Glory"?

Keywords: Outpost Martini, Cherry Herring, Boston.


Entry: 11103
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
7TH ARMED ARTILLEY 54 ALSO THE 6TH DIV

JIMMY C. SMITH wrote on August 18, 2000


City and State: MOMDESTO CA

Unit: 7TH ARMED ARTILLEY 54 ALSO THE 6TH DIV

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: 7TH ARMED ARTILLEY 54 ALSO THE 6TH DIV

Keywords:


Entry: 11041
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
HG CO 280 M GUN BN | 801ST

ROBERT E. (BOB) BRINK wrote on August 15, 2000


City and State: RACINE WI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Hg Co 280 M Gun Bn, also Hq 8th Army Soul

Looking for 801st members


Keywords: 53 /54 57/58 62/63


Entry: 11037
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
1ST PROVISIONAL DEMILITERIZED ZONE POLICE COMPANY, USMC

ROBERT CAULKINS wrote on August 15, 2000


City and State: BRUNSWICK GA

Unit: 1ST PROV. DMZ POLICE CO., 1ST MARINE DIVISION

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I served with the 1st Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company, 1st Marine Division, October 1953 - August 1954

I don’t know if you have any background on the Marine Corps’ contribution to the defense of the Korean DMZ. If not, this is a summing up of the establishment of the outfit and the duties of the members. I am unclear as to whether the service of the 1st
ov. DMZ Police Co., extended to the eventual departure of the Marine Division in 1955.

A stipulation set by the Korean armistice agreement in 1953, was that both the Communist and United Nations Command police their respective sections of the DMZ with “civil police,” not to exceed 1,000 in the zone at any one time across the entire 155-mi
front. Since no civilian police were available to either side, requirements were modified so that a specially designated military unit, in lieu of civil police, could be employed and the original quota enlarged if this became feasible.

Due to the delicate aspect of the DMZ, as well as the non-repatriated POWs in the custody of Indian forces, security measures were of the utmost importance. The 1st Marine Division activated a new unit, the 1st Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Comp
y at 0800 on 4 September. The new unit, charged with maintaining security throughout the 1st Marine Division sector, became operational three days later. Commanding officer was Captain Samuel G. Goich, formerly of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Re
ment. Each regiment from the division furnished 25 enlisted men and 1 officer to form the company, including standby personnel. On 21 September, the DMZ Police Company was attached to the 5th Marine Regiment which was the regiment deployed on the new ML
The 1st and 7th Marine Regiments were in reserve. During the period of its existence, the 1st Provisional DMZ Police Company became attached to whichever regiment rotated into the front line position. These three regiments interchangeably bore the gene
c designation of, “Northern Regiment.”

DMZ Police personnel were required to have at least three months’ Korean service, a General Classification Test score of at least 95, a minimum height of 5 feet 10 inches, and were selected for physical stature and mental capacity required in coping wit
the delicate situation existing within the Demilitarized Zone. The average DMZ Company member was said to know map-reading on an officer level, first aid, radio and, understand the fine print of the cease-fire like a striped-trouser diplomat.

The mission of the Marine provisional police company as set up by the truce agreement was to furnish military police escort for special personnel visiting the DMZ and to apprehend truce violators or enemy line-crossers. Visitors who rated a military esc
t were members of the Military Armistice Commission, Joint Observer teams, Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) inspection teams [NNSC teams consisted of personnel from Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and Czechoslovakia], or other VIPs authorized t
enter the UN southern sector of the DMZ by the Military Armistice Commission.

Six Marine DMZ military policemen, each armed with a .45 caliber pistol; and M-1 rifle, would accompany UN joint observer teams up to the demarcation line, midpoint between enemy and friendly boundaries, but they would not cross the DML. I Corps orders
irected that military police were to be “responsible for the safety of the United Nations members of the team and, when meetings were held south of the demarcation line, responsible for the safety of the CCF members of the team as well.”

Major tasks performed by the 104-man company operating within the 2,000-yard wide, 28-mile long zone were:

To maintain surveillance within the UN half of the zone.

To apprehend and deliver to the Division Provost Marshal any line crossers encountered who did not possess an authorized pass, regardless of the direction from which such persons entered the DMZ; and:

To provide check points and observation posts on known routes through the zone , especially during the hours of darkness and reduced visibility, and report all suspicious incidents to the Regimental S-2.

DMZ Police Company personnel operated in motorized patrol teams and traveled the entire division sector in radio or cargo jeeps. One platoon was kept in a standby basis at camp to serve as a mobile reserve in the event of an emergency. The roving patrol
submitted reports of all incident, which were then compiled in a company report. A copy was submitted to the S-2, the Northern regiment, and 1st Marine Division G-2.

UNC security measures at all times were strict and uncompromising in the Korean DMZ buffer zone. This included the salvage period, the BIG SWITCH prisoner exchange that took place within the division sector at Freedom Village from 5 August-6 September,
d the lengthy nonrepatriate POW settlement that extended through January 1954. In places where the military demarcation line was not marked on the ground or clearly recognizable, the conservative ruling was to stay at least 500 yards south of its estima
d location. This applied both to body recovery and salvage operations. The No-Fly line was scrupulously verified.

Commitments for the DMZ Police Company increased substantially with the arrival of the nonrepatriated POWs (22,000 CCF and NKPA) at their camp in the DMZ corridor west of the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines area. A railroad track ran through the middle camp a
a and a steam locomotive which had been riddled by strafing sat on the track as a grim reminder of American air power. The Communist “explainers,” as well as Polish and Czech members of the Neutral Nations Commission, had to be escorted while in the UN
lf of the DMZ. The required a 24-hour checkpoint and escort cadre be established.

This check point, consisting of a guard post and a squad tent, was situated on a road in the narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Military Demarcation (No-Pass) Line and the barbed wire fence of the POW camp. The post was manned by an NCO and 4 m
. Often, while travelling from base camp to this isolated post, DMZ policemen would find the bodies of POWs who had been murdered by their mates and thrown over the barbed wire fence. Since the POWs had divided themselves into Communist and non-Communis
factions, those who did not toe the line on either side were eliminated. From the top of Hill 155 DMZ Marines could sit and watch the various POW compounds putting on stage shows, it was especially eerie at night to hear the Chinese music.

As the number of enemy sightings, a daily occurrence in the DMZ, continued to increase, the size of the police patrols increased correspondingly. A typical example was related by a member of the police company:

It was common practice of the Communists to have a group of their men, supposedly their DMZ Police, walk up to the Military Demarcation (No-Pass) Line and either stand close to it or step across. When one of our patrols approached in superior numbers t
attempt to apprehend them, the Communists would immediately reinforce with more men. This made it necessary to have our patrols at sufficient strength that they could protect themselves from being kidnapped.

As these requirements for security increased, the original complement of approximately 5 officers and 99 men became inadequate to patrol the DMZ. By late October 1953, the T/O strength of the 1st Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company has been i
reased to 6 officers and 314 men. Authorization for the number of police personnel on duty in the DMZ had similarly augmented from 50 to 175.


Some of the observation posts manned by the DMZ policemen along the 28-mile sector were, from east to west: The Hook, Boulder City, Hedy, Hills 181, 225 and 155. A squad of DMZ Marines were based at the base of each of these hills and would, at non-set
mes, day and night, patrol up the hills and set up an OP or LP (listening post). These positions were always set up in different locations on the hills.

Hazards at the time were the aggressive actions of the CCF in the zone which led to many tense face-to-face confrontations.

Unexploded ordnance laying all over the ground and in the old trench lines was another danger. At the Hook, overlooking the Sami-chon River, a large brush fire, started on the CCF side of the DML and which spread over to the Marine side of the DML trapp
a DMZ Police patrol (I was the patrol leader) on a hill top for several hours while unexploded ordnance (much small arms stuff, mines and mortar rounds, etc) cooked off. The patrol was forced to take cover in an old bunker.

On another occasion, one DMZ policeman tripped a mine and was evacuated with serious injuries to his lower extremities. During my time with the unit, several other Marines were injured by mines, vehicle accidents and structure collapses.



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Entry: 10912
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
MY FATHERS UNIT AND FRIENDS

JAKE LAVERGNE JR. wrote on August 8, 2000


City and State: SCOTT LA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: trying to find out my fathers unit and friends.my fathers name was jake lavergne.he died in 1997

Keywords: d btry 68 aaa gune bn apo 76


Entry: 10744
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
USS IMPERVIOUS (AM-449) 1956

HERMAN O. CROWELL wrote on July 31, 2000


City and State: GARLAND TX

Unit: U.S.NAVY

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: ANY ONE WHO SERVED ON THE USS IMPERVES DURING THE KOREAN WAR AT THAT TIME

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Entry: 10735
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LOOKING FOR DENNY

SUSAN WILLIAMS wrote on July 31, 2000


City and State: KAILUA-KONA HI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Looking for man named Denny who worked at the train station in Young Dong Po. Met a girl who you knew as Peggy. Real Name Jae Soon Kim. You dated and left for U.S. She realized she was pregnant with me and kept me to remember you by. Thank you for giving me life. Please allow me the chance to meet you. Anybody knowing any other information, please help me fulfill my lifelong dream to meet my father before I die. Thank you,
Sue Williams


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Entry: 10698
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
LOOKING FOR FRANK GIVENS SERVED USS MANSFEILD

WILLIAM LORTZ wrote on July 30, 2000


City and State:

Unit: SERVED ON THE USS MANSFEILD DD728

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I would like to find a navy buddy His name is Frank R. Givens and we both served on the USS Mansfeild DD728 togeather back in 1950 If you are this Frank R. Givens or you know this Frank R. Givens please Email me at Lortz@pepperlink.net Before he inlisted in the navy he lived in Alabama I don't know where he went after he left the navy So please if you are this Frank R. Givens or you know this Frank R. Givens please let me know at my Email address. Thank You So very much


Keywords:
Served on the USS Mansfeild DD728 In 1950
During Korea War



Entry: 10682
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
44TH ENGINEERS 56-59

CLYDE B. KEENE SR. wrote on July 29, 2000


City and State: SALT LAKE CITY UT

Unit: 54TH F M, CO. MAY 56/FEB.59

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: As a Dept. of Army Civilan I served with the 54th Engineer Field Maintenance Company at the 565 Engr. Depot, at ASCOM City, I was incharge of the High Bay Shop where the heavy equipment was repaired/mini-overhaul. We always had on going work from the 44th, lots of short cuts, in return the HE/Motor Officer would have chirt aggregate hauled in on Saturdays which got our outside parking and storage areas out of a foot of mud on rainey days. Re-payment! I would acquire new clutch disks for FWD 20 ton cranes to be installed in 5 ton dump trucks, especlly those that the KATUSA'S drove. One of my best friends was Sgt. Weire, (not shure of spelling)he was H and S CO. Supply Sgt. 1958/59 I think he came from CT. If an one can tell me anything about him or where I can get intouch with him please let me know.

I have a good friend who lives in Avalon, VA. who was in the 44th Engrs. in 1953, we go back to 1947 at 5th student Co. Ft Eustis,VA., Haevy Construction Carpenter School. I'll give his address by mail for those interested.

Lastly, when the 44th , after getting equipment and supples when at Camp Fuchanobe the Broken Heart with the RR Tracks running through the corners was painted inside some of the shop buildings on the walls, support beams, and celing. The 44th built Waewan supply depot, when I was at Taegu, I was in Korea 11 years, kept in touch with all my buddies of 9 years in the Corps of Engrs., made a lot of friends. The name of the game was SCROUNGE and MID NIGHT REQUESITION.


Keywords: 54th F M, Co. May 56/Feb.59


Entry: 10657
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
I-3-5 1ST MAR DIV. AND TYRO RIFLE AND PISTOL MATCHES POST JULY 27, 1953 WAS A TEAM MEMBER.

JAMES R. MITCHELL wrote on July 28, 2000


City and State: JEASTPORT ME

Unit: I CO. 3RD BN 1ST MARINE DIVISION

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I have been on line a very short time. It might have been a great thing a decade ago to find out about Buddies you knew for such a short time, but conditions and life in Korea during the War left a strong lasting impression on us.
Our BN baker was a SSGT Mangan, and MSGT Cunningham was jour BN Cook, both served in the Pacific in World War 2. (Great Guys). If your are out there and you remember please respond.


Keywords: Purple Heart Bunker Hill Out Post Sector 1952,
Nickname - MITCH. Out Posts Heddy, East Berlin,and
others. Went to IN C O School in Reserve 1953 Spring. Was on out post Bunker Hill on July 27th 1953.



Entry: 10640
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
M COMPANY 36TH REGIMENT 54-55

PEDRO MAYOL wrote on July 27, 2000


City and State:

Unit: M COMPANY 36TH REGIMENT

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Looking for those of us serve together

Keywords: "ugly" Burton 1954-55 M Co 36th Reg.


Entry: 10612
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
ASA,1ST PLATTON, CO. B, 301ST ASA BTLN

WILLIAM (BILL) CLYMER wrote on July 26, 2000


City and State: SEATTLE WA

Unit: CO. B, 301ST OF THE 501ST ASA GP

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: We had six Chinese Civilian employees from Taiwan working with us on the DMZ intercepting low level voice communications. We carried weapons most of the time. We may have been the most forward unit of any Americans in Korea.

Keywords: DMZ, ASA, First Platoon, Company B, 301st ASA Btln, 501st ASA Group, Necessary Compound, 26th ROK Division, Purcell, Lt. Landy, Mr. Hsu, Bob Ma, David Wey, Mr. Hwong, Sergeant Pak, SP5 Ramon Medero, SP4 Zaborski, SP4 Yasger.


Entry: 10488
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
SEARCH FOR BOB BELL, CORPSMAN

RODNEY GATES wrote on July 20, 2000


City and State: BRIDGETON NJ

Unit: FOX 2/1

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Bob, if you are out there, sound off.

I would also like to hear from any corpsman who
served at any station (FMF, hospital, shipboard)
during the Korean Wa


Keywords: Pendelton/ Korea/ Bethesda


Entry: 10454
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
HQ 1ST CAV 8TH CAV 1957

JOSEPH LANMAN wrote on July 19, 2000


City and State: CHAMBERSBURG PA

Unit: HQ CO 1ST BATTLE GROUP, 8TH CAV, 1ST CAV DIV.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was stationed North of the Imjin River across Libby Bridge from Nov. 1957 to Jan. 1959. I was the classified documents clerk most of the time under Sargent Major Russell. Colonel Kelly B Lemmon was our Commanding Officer. Anyone who was in the unit get in touch.

Keywords: libby bridge opcherry herring


Entry: 10453
DMZ 1953 TO 1959

JOSEPH LANMAN wrote on July 19, 2000


City and State: CHAMBERSBURG

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 10452
DMZ 1953 TO 1959
DMZ VET 1ST BATTLE GROUP 8TH CAV LSTCAV

JOSEPH LANMAN wrote on July 19, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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