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Entry: 32862
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
DMZ 1983-1984

RALPH DARROW JR. wrote on March 17, 2003


City and State: PIONEER CA

Unit: CO B 1/9 INF

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: want to know more info. about firefight in dec. 1983 near guard post oullette.

Keywords:


Entry: 32655
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
LOOKING FOR ANY THIRD PLATOON 1989-1990

MICHAEL BROWN wrote on March 10, 2003


City and State:

Unit: JSA- JSF CO.

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I'LL NEVER FORGET THE YEAR I WAS THERE OR THE FAMILY I MADE. I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE.

Keywords: LOOKING FOR ANY RENEGADE OF THAT YEAR.


Entry: 32459
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
5/5 ADA 88-89 CAMP STANTON

JOHN ROSS wrote on March 3, 2003


City and State:

Unit: 5/5 ADA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: We will never forget all of you who are currently serving our country.You Are not alone!! May god bless you and your families.Brian k Wilson where did you go?You were my best friend and helped me get through the hardest year of my life! A great experience,but I still have nightmares of leaving my daughter behind.You helped me along with the support of others as well and I will never forget you for it. We attended a rally sunday in Cleveland over 10,000 people came to say we support our troops! You can see the pics by going to www.glennbeck.com

Keywords: Do you want to go downrange???????????


Entry: 32445
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
RAISE UP MANCHU!

DENNIS MARTIN wrote on March 2, 2003


City and State: DENVER CO

Unit: HHC/ACO 1/9TH 85-86

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Things to remember: the morning of the Challenger disaster there was an Alert woohoo, had to be below 0, Mickey Mouse Boots, Weapons, Snow, and a nice LOOOOOOOOONG road march going in circles. Tequila Slammers @ the Heavy Metal Club and not making the Bridge in time so we broke into a bus at the Munson bus stop and slept there. Watching the Super Bowl @ 5am (Bears and Pats) at the Rec center at Greaves. The Halloween morning run from Liberty Bell to the Bridge and Back then Dressing up like KISS and getting really trashed at the NCO club then sneaking booze back to the Barracks (can I throw up here?)The Mission in Snow up to your A%S, Standing in the back of a dump truck watching over the guys as they shoveled sand to the road between Liberty Bell and the GP's.
Anyone else got any?
KEEP UP THE FIRE MANCHU!!


Keywords: Camps Greaves/Liberty Bell, Itawon, The Heavy Metal Club, Challanger Disaster


Entry: 32171
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
B-BATTERY 2/17 FA CAMP PELLHAM

KENNETH NEGAARD II wrote on February 19, 2003


City and State: CALDWELL ID

Unit: BRAVO BATTERY 2/17 2ND INF DIV KOREA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Bravo Battery 2/17 was the sacraficial gun battery for the JSA. I was on the special weapons team that handled the "Special Rounds" for our 155mm towed guns, if you know what I mean.
It means, if we have to fire those, no one goes home.

I am looking for Gordon / family, he commited suicide a few months after entering country, we never knew what ever became of him, they just told us to mind our own business. In fact several soldiers commited suicide during my tour, but each time the higher ranks would just hush it up, I guess to keep moral high, but I don't think it worked very well.
I witnissed many cover ups while I was there from 84-85. We killed a family of farmers working in their field when they mis-layed our artillery pieces. One time we shelled the hell out of bunch of defecting NK civilions that were up against the DMZ fence, only to push them back away from the DMZ to their death by the NK army. We went on many night missions to clear areas for our towed guns, only to find cut fences, then sneeking around to find and dispose of the NK. Some of us were at camp Pellham that thanksgiving day 84 when we got the alert, we were dropped in by BlackHawk to 4P1 to find all of our serious ammo broke open and loaded because a defector was crossing the DMZ. I find it all disheartening that none of this ever made the news and that those farmers families were paid off to keep quiet. But, I am not running the show here. Was or is there still a special reason for all the secrecy behind the many deaths and covered suicides that have happened on the DMZ? Looking for answers and a word from anyone that remembers this. I loved the Korean people, they seemed so grateful to have us there, and I always felt safe walking the street at night which didn't happen often as we were always in the field.
Thank God I got to serve under Reagan my entire time in service, but most of all, Pray for our Brothers on the DMZ holding the line each and every day, God Bless them and Keep them Safe.


Keywords: Guns of the DMZ


Entry: 32160
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
RANGER BUSHWACKERS

SHAWN SMITH wrote on February 18, 2003


City and State: BRADENTON FL

Unit: B CO, 2/503 INF, 2ND INF DIV

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Hello to any of the Ranger Bushwackers out there. The 1st SGT worked our asses till we dropped, but we came through it fine. I can still remember my days in Korea to this day. Especially the night trips to Tongduchon and Tokori. I bet you guys are still sweating out that soju and kimchi. I'll never forget the smell when the honey wagons would make their rounds. Talk about disgusting.

I don't think any of us will forget the mission during Christmas in 87 when we froze our asses off on that hill. We had to put our feet directly into the fires we built to keep from freezing when they didn't bring our cold weather gear or sleeping bags up.

I'll especially never forget the time the butter bar insisted I drive down the "road" that turned out to be a dry stream bed and we ended up driving through a ROK artillery base with all those round blue protective mask signs on the bunkers. You never saw 3 people as scared as us.

That damn tower at the DMZ was about the coldest I have ever been in my life. I've never been cold since. And Sgt Ruckelman did you ever come down from the coffee high that Rouse gave you? See what happens when those who don't know how, make coffee for you?

I'd never repeat that part of my life, but I am glad I met the people I did. Maldonado and Rouse drop me a line. And any of you other Bushwackers that survived.


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Entry: 32111
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
FREEDOM BRIDGE INCIDENT

RAYMOND SIMPSON wrote on February 17, 2003


City and State: ROPER NC

Unit: CO/1ST 9INF BCO 1/9INF

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: during my 15 months in korea i was all i could be until my trauma in korea the life style was different. Are there anyone that remember the freedom bridge incident when there was five military soilder and one katusa where held at gun point that late evening .the year wasi believe it during the month or may or early june 1983.the guy that held us gun point name was pfc bufford its was avery stressplaceforme over there north korean infitator across there was a ssg shaffer was my sqad leader remember my brother from ohio i believe he was lead by the across the end of the bridgewithus .pfc only wanted to see his girlfriend down range.ihave night mare of the trauma .I came hear the north korean tellling us to go back home satying on alert alltjhe time no freedom no justice for dmz veternans its just like we donot assists we comew back to the state with no support from the veternans affairs . sirens going off all the time in korea its was avery bad experience for me.plane shot down while i was over there when they run truck and kill those marine .stonewall get tough or die

Keywords: freedom bridge trauma cco1/9inf bco 1/9inf
get tough or die
stonewall



Entry: 31781
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
102 MI BN ON THE DMZ 82-83

KEITH FINK wrote on February 6, 2003


City and State: INDIANAPOLIS IN

Unit: B CO 102ND MI BN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: KC 39 radio check

Keywords: gsr radar operator served on both guard post radar site 1 and 8


Entry: 31723
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
CAMP LIBERTY BELL - 89' 90' - A CO. 1/506

DANIEL ELLCEY wrote on February 4, 2003


City and State: MI

Unit: A CO 1/506

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: LOOKING FOR ANYONE I SERVED WITH IN ALPHA COMPANY 1/506 AT CAMP LIBERTY BELL IN 1989 TO 1990. ESPECIALLY 1ST PLATOON.

Keywords:


Entry: 31657
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
A 2/61 ADA MOST FORWARD DEPLOYED SOJURI ,MUNSAN 84-88

ANDY FLOOD wrote on February 1, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: LOOKING FOR OLD BUDDYS FROM A261 ADA 84-88 TIME FRAME. SGT CLARK,SSG POWELL,SSG LUMBY,SPC. EDDIE EDMISTEN, REMEMBER FIRST SGT BRAZOS? SSG NICH KNUTH FROM WISCONSIN,NATHAN MCQUIRT,DUANE PRITCHET. A GUY NAMED JAROS FROM K.C.,OR ANY BODY THAT SERVED AT RC 4 DURING THAT TIME IS THE UNIT STILL THERE? WARRIOR !

Keywords: STINGER SECTION RATRATROL 84-88


Entry: 31398
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
BRAVO COMPANY 'HARDROCK' 1/9INF

IRWIN WILLIAMS wrote on January 20, 2003


City and State: BRONX NY

Unit: WEAPONS PLATOON

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Being stationed on the DMZ I met some toughest soldiers in the military. The "Z" was the place to be in Korea. remember our Manchu Belt buckle. Camp greaves was toughest post in Korea.......everybody south of the Bridge was "SOFT"....1985 was the year....someone "Russian" ran across the Dmz my first day there.Remember the 80% personel at all times at Camp greaves......Hey Craig Jordan I'm on the same page in our Manchu Book.......remember "ACE"...he was killed on the Last Day of Desert Storm...They name a Park after him in New York

Keywords: Camp Greaves


Entry: 31340
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
PLANET HQ HQ BATTERY 6/37 FA 81-82

DENNIS EDWARDS wrote on January 18, 2003


City and State: CHENEY WA

Unit: HQ HQ BATTERY 6/37 FA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I too Sivived the planet. I served with the 6/37 in 1981-82 We had a great team of soldiers at that time I realy miss the Wild Bunch.

Keywords: HQ Battary 6/37 FA


Entry: 31014
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
MEDIC D CO 2ND MED 87-88

WILLIAM POQUETTE wrote on January 6, 2003


City and State: OAK GROVE KY

Unit: MEDIC, DCO/2NDMEDBN/2ND I.D.03/87-03/88,DUSTOFFNOR

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I myself have had many nightmares sinse my first tour of duty in korea. The only thing that seemed to stop them was my return 3 1/2 years later, as a flight medic. It seemed like my return had helped put a ghost to rest but I would find that to be a temporary thing. One that lasted the year of my return, now I live with it forever.

Keywords: MEDIC 2id (Warrior Base) 03/87-03/88, Flightmedic Dustoff North 10/91-10/92.
William E. Poquette. 91B2FY1(Goat Killer)



Entry: 31009
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
C 1/38 FA 1982-83

ROLAND R. (RAY) HENSLEY wrote on January 6, 2003


City and State:

Unit: C BTRY 1/38 FA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Happy to hear from any Steel Battalion vets.

Keywords: C 1/38 FA 1982-83


Entry: 31001
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
C BTRY 1/38 FA....CHARLIE STEEL

ROLAND R. (RAY) HENSLEY wrote on January 6, 2003


City and State: BRODHEAD KY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking for anyone who remembers or was assigned to 1/38 FA (Steel Behind the ROK or Steel Battalion) on Camp Stanley before the unit was de-activated and the guidon went to the Hall of Colors in Sept. 1983. The unit then became 8/8 FA. I was there from 82-83. Capt.John Houston was the battery commander, but I can't remember Top's name. I do remember that Smoke's name was Voorhees, and I think he was from New York state. The Motor Sgt was an E6 name of Santo Domingo (my section chief in the motor hole), we called him "Sto" I remember what a great time that year was (though memories are a bit fuzzy).

We had this one young private in the motor pool who was gullible as hell. I would always send him looking for shit like skyhooks, lanyard grease, bolt stretchers or a five-gallon bucket of muzzle blast! What made it so funny was the poor guy would fall for it every time for about the first 3 months in country.

I remember another guy, his last name was Rossi. When we were in the field for Op Team Spirit, me and Billy Thompson cut all of the numbers off the bottom of a DD314 (equipment maint. record), put them in a plastic bag, stapled it shut and put a tag on it with a bogus stock number written on it. It looked just like any other thing from the log center. Me and Billy went down to the gun line and I hollered to SSG Barber, gun 3 section chief, that his new collomator numbers had just came in from the rear. At first he just kind of gave us this "Who the fuck you guys think you're messin' with" kind of look, then it hit him what we were doing. He yelled at Rossi (an E4 over 6!) to get his ass ovwer there and secure those collomator numbers untill we got back to garrison. He carried those with him until we got back to the rear after the FTX. What made it even funnier, though, was when we got back to the motor pool for recovery, another private actually tried to take the collomator apart to replace the numbers!

Firebase 4P1 was a hell of a lot of fun. Nothing like a speedball at 0330 during a monsoon.

I would like to hear from anyone from 1/38 FA, especially Bailey, Woody, Pierce (Everyone called him "Hawkeye" until he gained about 20 pounds from too much beer and Yaki Mo Du...Then we called him "Hogbody"), Billy T., Nienhuiser, Bachman, Spider and all the rest of the 'viile rats that hung at The Nice Club (Nice? What a fuckin' dump!)


Keywords: Charlie Steel, Ko San Dong, Mon Ga Da, Ouijongbu, Song San Ni


Entry: 30857
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
A CO 1/9 INF; ACO 1/506INF AND HHC 1/506 INF(SCOUTS)

JOHN MILLS wrote on January 1, 2003


City and State:

Unit: A CO 1/9 INF; ACO 1/506INF - HHC 1/506 INF(SCOUTS)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: THE DAYS IN THE "Z" ARE THE BEST DAYS IN THE MILITARY FOR ME. I MET SOME OF THE FINEST AND FOCUSED SOLDIERS IN THE US ARMY WHILE CONDUCTING THE DMZ MISSIONS.

Keywords: I WAS A PATROL LEADER/SQD LDR IN A CO 1/9INF(MANCHU) 84-86, PATROL LEADER/PSG A CO 1/506 INF and HHC 1/506INF(SCOUTS) 88-90


Entry: 30636
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
LOOKING FOR OLD FRIENDS

TONY HUGHES wrote on December 25, 2002


City and State:

Unit: HHC 2/72 ARMOR SCOUT PLATOON 1987-1982 AND HHC 1/5

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: I served in the Scout Platoon of HHC 2/72 from 1986 to 1987. 15 months later I was on my way back to Korea to serve 2 years with HHC 1/5th Infantry scout platoon under the command of Captain Dave Harbison from 1989 to 1991. I remember the good times of DMZ patrol, the cold nights on ambush getting rained on, the batallion pt after a night of drinking ob and soju while being conducted by LTC David Hunt. I have kept in touch with a few friends who served there and ran across a couple from the Batallion while I was stationed in the 3rd ID in Germany and the Desert Storm. Hope to hear from anyone who was there, still have the batallion yearbooks, retired now and living in Nevada.

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Entry: 30581
DMZ 1980 TO 1989

TIM DRISCOLL wrote on December 22, 2002


City and State: HAZELTON ID

Unit: RETIRED

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Anyone from the tomahawks out there? remember the horn-runs while sweating out the soju? I remember Diaz Tribianti, Mark Podel, Jhonson, Green, Hammond, Morgan,Dan Sanchez, PLT SFC Johnson, Squad Leader Sgt Pettigrew, i will never forget messing with the KATUSAs daily! and the runs in BJA. Of course i was an alley rat from hell. E-mail me you guys! i am still alive in Idaho and miss the Army! Tim Driscoll

Keywords: Aco 1-23rd Infantry Rgt Scalp hunters 1983-84


Entry: 30567
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
B CO 44TH ECB (HV) 1988

JOHN GUIDONI wrote on December 22, 2002


City and State: COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Unit: B CO 44TH ECB HV

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: arrived in korea jan 1988 assigned to b co spent 3 months ops sgt then took over as plt sgt went to munsan worked on 4p3 for 9 months wanted to extend but i was getting a divorce form my wife CO said no, 1sg devente was 1sg the whole time i was there any out there that remembers me email me please 44th engineers was the best assignment i had in my 21 years of service

Keywords: 4p3 project in 1988, sgt keith heydt sqd ldr camp nimble


Entry: 30443
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
GP COLLIER / FP 4-P-1, 1ST BN, 15TH FA, 1982

JEFF CONNER wrote on December 17, 2002


City and State:

Unit: 1ST BN, 15TH FA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was a FIST Chief with the 15th FA in support of the 23rd Infantry (Tomahawks) at CP Liberty Bell and at GP Collier. Later, I was assigned to B Battery, 1-15th FA when they were at FB 4-P-1 in October.

At "0-dark thirty" one cold night in late October, a flock of pheasants running straight toward a US patrol, caused the quick reaction force from Warrior Base to roll and we at 4-P-1 brokeout our combat load. Until the birds were properly identified we were ready to start an international incident! Personally, I think we could have taken that flock of pheasants without artillery support - though an accurate body count may have needed illumination rounds!

Does anyone remember the UFO incidents in the DMZ during the spring of 1982?

Does anyone know the whereabouts of LT Frank Randon, assigned to the Engeneer Battalion at CP Pelham 1982-1983,(now probably an Engineer LTC)?

"FIRST TO FIRE"


Keywords: GP Collier, FB 4-P-1, CP Liberty Bell, CP Kitty Hawk, CP Stanley, Uijongbu, OP 5, Storey Impact Area


Entry: 30110
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
CCO 1/31[M]INF

KEVIN PAPINEAU wrote on December 3, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:
Looking for anyone who served 1981-1982 Cco1/31[m]inf camp howze.if any of you guys have come out of your soju coma send me an email.looking for pfc pete keene,pfc charlie jackson,sgt hicks,ssg rivera,ssg charles,ssg taylor.I was asst.armorer and c13 track driver.Lots of good and bad times,Remember guard post ouellett May 1981?bunker#5 honcho


Keywords: camp howze, guard post ouellette,


Entry: 29909
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
1/23 INF AND 1/38TH INF.

ROBERT MORLEY wrote on November 26, 2002


City and State: YELM WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I spent four tours of duty on Camp Hovey first as a Tomahawk in C Company and then in HHC back in 1976-1977 and 1979-1980. When I went back in 1982-1984 I was in B co 1/38th Infantry and then back in A Company 2/503 Infantry from 1986-1988. My times in Korea are all good ones. I remember the times in Toko-Ri and TDC, the DMZ, the sobering PT runs, the hill that came crashing down that evening as we walked by on our way to catch a cab to TDC, and more. As I have since retired from the Army I was just thinking back to those times as I scanned through this web site.

Keywords:


Entry: 29856
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
USMC CSSD-35

HYLE CAMPBELL wrote on November 24, 2002


City and State: HAYWARD CA

Unit: 3RD FSSG, ELMACO, CSSD-35

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Spent time on detachment in Korea in 84. We built what
I think is now called Marine Expeditionary Camp,
Pohang. We lived in the in the field for months, GP
tents, no real showers or toilets. We had to be given
occasional Cinderella Liberty just to take a shower. We
tried bathing in the rivers between the rice paddies until
we were told they were full of shit. They would truck us
to the nearest location with a bath house. It seems dumb
now that we would get our boots shined, because one
good rain and we would be painted with mud, and it
rained a little every day.

Strangest place to see machine gun turrets in the city
streets and to be required to wear cammies even in town
on leave. The girls would steal our covers and run into
the clubs. They knew Marines would not be outdoors
without a cover. (thats another story)

We worked with the ROK marines on patrols and
excercises. Most of the time I had no idea where we
were at. We were trucked all over the place. We always
had ammo and rifles and would hear gunfire
occasionally at night. We were never directly involved in
any firefights and im glad. It was scary to be out with the
ROK Marines because I never exaclty knew where we
were.

My summary is that Ive never met a people so greatfull
for the american sacrifice to keep them free, and Ive
never been to a place so ready to explode into war.

Semper Fi

Hyle Campbell
Vet USMC CSSD-35 Korea 1984


Keywords: CSSD-35, PoHang


Entry: 29804
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
2ND MP CO 1980

RAY (TESS) TESSICINI wrote on November 22, 2002


City and State: AGAWAM MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I remeber the rok just like it was yesterday. what an expeirance. remember the payroll escorts did a lot of those worked in 2nd plt jan/apr then got transfered to hq plt and worked at the pmo awol ap sectionunder ltc cole and brizee also was the serious incident report clerk (SIR) remember the story of maxwell and how about the armorer firing of the 45 in the arms room and landing in the bed of a 2nd plt mp

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Entry: 29534
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
CSC 1/9TH INFANTRY CAMP GREAVES KOREA 1982-1983

JAMES KARANIKOLAOU wrote on November 13, 2002


City and State:

Unit: 1/9TH INF. 2ID. CAMP GREAVES KOREA DMZ

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Pfc White ran across DMZ with an M16, some CEOI's,
Maps and other Military Information, He learned to speak Korean. I saw a Propaganda leaflet in a Korean Graveyard of White standing with Chinese and Soviet Officers his hands looked like they were handcuffed behind his back. I got a letter from my Mom with a newspaper article about White.
I talked to one guy who said he saw White and was not given permission to shoot him as he was defecting. He was on duty at a certain GP. The Chinese defector flew to Korea from China and was seeking Political Assylum from Communist China, some of us were visiting a village when we heard an Alert Siren and started running for the place our bus was parked at a military insyallation. The HQ commo guy had gotten a Venerial type infection and was not allowed to see his girlfriend in a nearby village south of Freedom Bridge--imJin River. So he freaked out and took a rifle / machine gun M16 and fired shots across the DMZ toward the North. I think he got 6 years for that. I have had many strange encounters while stationed at Camp Greaves. I am convinced that some of the Korean clubs and cathouses had Communist sympathizers and were performing light interrorgations as the GI was sleeping after a heavy night of drinking or whatever else. I saw quite a few good soldiers mess up while at Camp Greaves. There was just too many incidents with soldiers acting out and causing problems requiring Military Justice and a lot of counseling. Soldiers in positions of authority or in specialized operations were targeted and used as pawns. From girls getting pregnant and trying to get approval to live in the United States to making a Soldier worry because he cannot see his girlfriend from a Venerial Disease. Questions asked subtley while intoxicated or asleep. Civilians working in the Camp could relay info. to others about certain operations and events that compromise our security in the area. Some of the villages that were closer to the DMZ had Communist sympathizers and could have helped certain North Korean Agents that had infiltrated the south and were not caught.


Keywords: PFC WHITE American Defector---Chinese MIG Defector
HQ Commo Wireman fired shots over DMZ with M-16.



Entry: 29082
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
CAMP HOWZE 85-86 'SCOUTS'

MICHAEL BAUMAN wrote on October 27, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Hi all..i served from 85-86 at camp howze, 13 mths of fun...loved the ville at night but loved my patrols on the dmz during the summer better!! Was pointman, compass man on 42 patrols, day..and night ambush..sleeping on cots all summer.I remember putting camo on at midnight.. being drilled by officers for 3 inspections before we could do our patrol...i remember getting the map,memorizing the legs of my patrol..doing night patrols and looking behind me and seeing dark..remember being called by the towers saying we had 8 people on our patrol from there scopes but we had only 6!! happened twice!! they were maybe 40 meters behind according to our debriefings...remember wading through rice paddies..trying not to be seen by n.k...much more............i also went through rok ranger school..very good memories...duckwalks.pushups in water,,running the hills..and the slide for life at end...remember team spirit..froze my butt off for 45 days!!..many wakeups for guard duty as private...mickey mouse boots...trading mres for hot rice with some kids...feel like i remember every day there..if anyone knows me or others from this time be glad to hear from you!!

Keywords: dmz,howze,rok ranger,scouts,


Entry: 29060
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
PLEASE CONTACT HHC, 44TH ENGR BN (CBT)(HVY)

DANIEL (NICK) NICHOLSON SR. wrote on October 25, 2002


City and State: SAYRE PA

Unit: HHC, 44TH ENGR BN (CBT)(HVY)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was in contact once with Ken Cox, reference the 44th ENGINEER BATTALION ASSOCIATION -ALUMNI. I WOULD LIKE INFO FROM ANYONE THAT KNOWS OF THIS ORGANIZATION. I AM INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP.

Keywords: I was in charge of the Arms Room, Headquarters and Headquaters Company. Known by friends as SGT. Nick.(1981)


Entry: 28724
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 1/38 INF

JAMES STREBE wrote on October 8, 2002


City and State: APPLETON WI

Unit: 1/38 INF CSC REDEYE PLATOON

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Does anybody know what ever happened to 1/38 Inf and I think it was the 1/23 Inf that was stationed at Camp Hovey? in the 1970's and 80's. It appears that they are no long there??. Also is it really true that hey now have fast food in camp Casey (Taco Bell, Mc Donalds).. Wow must be nice. I can't beleive it has changed that much. I have even heard that the barracks are just as good as the one in CONUS.

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Entry: 28722
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
1/38 INF CSC REDEYE PLATOON 80-82

JAMES STREBE wrote on October 8, 2002


City and State: APPLETON WI

Unit: 1/38 INF CSC REDEYE PLATOON

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was in the ROK (Camp Hovey) from 1980 until 1982
Or village was Toko Ri I did two tours on the DMZ. I can still hear the thunder of the axe handles we used to beat on the bed of the deuce and a half as we rode to our patrol drop off point. I can remember when I pulled guard duty at the TOC at Camp Kitty Hawk, (Now called Camp Bonifas) the ground would freeze in the winter it would set off the land mines. Does anybody know what happened the the 1/38 Inf at Camp Hovey? It can't find it. I don't think it is in that camp anymore?


Keywords: Redeye CSC 1/38 Inf Toko Ri Camp Hovey Camp Kitty Hawk Camp Liberty Bell


Entry: 28614
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
B CO 1/9 AND 1/506 86-89

DAVID GRIGGS wrote on October 2, 2002


City and State: HI

Unit: MOBILE DIVING SALVAGE UNIT ONE

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Best memories from the Army.

Keywords: Keep Up the Fire


Entry: 28333
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
A CO 1/17TH INF (M) [OR 5/20 INF (M)] 1985/1986

MICHAEL STOUT wrote on September 18, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Comments? Not a lot to make here. Nice site. I was runnin' through all the comments and actually saw one I recognized...sorta. Lt. Cross down toward the bottom...I remember when he was our XO. I was just a run-of-the-mill PFC in A co, 1st squad. Did duty as an RTO for SGT. Mark Lopez when we patrolled the "z".

I remember some "head up the ass" SSG named Palatia that wandered us across the line about 75m into North Korea, then busted out his flashlight to read his map...scared the hell out of all of us.

I remember a buddy of mine named Reynolds that came up with some bright idea about reporting frogmen swimming in the "lake" (ok, more of a sewage receptacle pond) out by Oulette.

Not a lot happened to us there, except sweating our balls off in the summer and freezing them off in the winter. Well, we did do the whole "unit redesignation" thing from 1/17th to 5/20th....but everyone still called us the buffalos.


Keywords: Buffalos, Camp Casey


Entry: 28146
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
WHITE

JOHN DUNNE wrote on September 9, 2002


City and State: BATH ME

Unit: ACO.1/31ST WILD BUNCH 1ST PLT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was with Aco when white decided to take his vacation north what a pain in the ass. Also trying to reach our Bn chaplain at that time I think his name was Father Wade. Keep up the Fire.All so trying to reach SSg larry ollis was the plt daddy and SSG tony litle or lytle we three raised the devil in the ville.

Keywords: Joey White


Entry: 28142
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
OLD FRIENDS

PATRICK MERILLAT wrote on September 9, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking to hear from anyone that was in Cco 1/506th from 1987-1989

Keywords: C,1/506th,Curahee,Greaves


Entry: 27728
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
GUARD POST OUELETTE, B CO. 102 MI BN

JEFFREY MIDDLETON wrote on August 20, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was on Guard Post Ouelette from Dec 1985 until Feb 1987. B Co. 102 MI BN was at Camp Hovey. Anyone interested please contact me. It was very interesting to read the comments from others who had the Korea experience.

Keywords: Ouelette, 102 MI Bn


Entry: 27588
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
BOB SMITH - B COMPANY, 5/20TH INFANTRY 2ND ID 1987-88

BOB SMITH wrote on August 14, 2002


City and State: COLUMBUS GA

Unit: B COMPANY, 5/20TH INFANTRY 2ND ID 1987-88

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: To any man who fought in Korea during that time during the Korean Conflict:

You were brave men, unrecognized by history and I salute you. I spent a year there and the entire time was amazed at how you could have endured the conditions and temperatures of that region. You are #1 in my book.


Bob Smith USMA 1985



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Entry: 27512
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
44TH 1982-1983

ROB KEMPINSKI wrote on August 10, 2002


City and State: MELBOURNE FL

Unit: HHQ

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I found this site while doing some research on a book about my Father-in-law's experience during the Korean war. He had a much tougher time than I did.

I was the Assistant S-3 of the 44th from Sept 82 to Sept 83. The BN CDR was LTC Caggins. I worked for MAJ Robin Cababa (recently ran into him at the Huntsville, AL airport, now Bird Col.) He was a consummate officer.

Just like to say hi to some of the old guys - Don Curtis, Mike Lehman, Trent Keeble, Dean Meyer, Don Lynah. Hope all is well with you.



Keywords: Assistant S3


Entry: 27307
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
LOOKING FOR THOSE WHO SERVED FROM 70-71 DCO.2ND BN

JAMES CHAPMAN wrote on August 1, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: jchapman51@yahoo.com

Keywords: james chapman stationed at dmz korea 70-71 Dco.2nd.engr.Bn. on compound with A co.


Entry: 27298
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
B CO. 102ND MI BN, 2D INF DIV

RICHARD FIELDS wrote on August 1, 2002


City and State: COLUMBUS GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I served in korea during 1978-79, and 1985-87. I was at Camp Stanley, and at Camp Hovey. I worked on Radar Site 13 and at Radar Site 6, these sites were located in or around the DMZ. I had some real good times over there, reading all the entries makes me think back to those times. Those hot summers with all the rain and the cold winters over there I can do without. The time I spent in the 2nd Inf Div was the best time I spent in the Army.

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Entry: 27135
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
JCIS/WWMCCS 85-86

JONPAT DOUGHTY wrote on July 26, 2002


City and State: BRONX NY

Unit: (YN1-E6/USN) JCIS/WWMCCS 85-86

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

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Entry: 27085
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
B BTRY 2/61 ADA 86-87

DAN PUSHMAN wrote on July 21, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Interesting web site, lots of info. My first impression of Korea after getting to Camp Hovey, was the natural beauty of the place.That was in summer. In winter I recall always running out of fuel for the barracks furnace, and once waking up to a nasty four-legged rat crawling on me while I was racked out.Fond memories, indeed.
I also remember being out on a field problem my last summer there, and after watching us sweat our tails off digging fighting holes, an old Korean man brought us a bowl of sliced tomatoes and sugar. I guess he remembered why we were there.
I served with some of the best people I ever met over there. It was a great experience.


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Entry: 27061
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
LOOKING FOR OLD FRIENDS AND BROTHERS

TONY KIRK wrote on July 20, 2002


City and State: OH

Unit: 8TH/8TH SERVICE BATTERY F.A. CAMP STANLEY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I served in service battery 8th/8th F.A. from 83 to 84. Like to talk to anybody who served there during that time, Remember the Mustang Club, and the night we beat the hell out of some Air Cav. LOL Those were the days!

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Entry: 26894
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
HELP ME

HEATHER SEAMAN wrote on July 12, 2002


City and State: CAPE CORAL FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the WAR OLIMPICS ARE? my boyfriend is over in camp casey and he mentioned that i have not heard from him in 2 weeks i am getting kinda scared. PLEASE LET ME KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THESE HOW LONG THEY LAST AND WHAT THEY ARE?? OR ANY OTHER INFO ABOUT CAMP CASEY THANK U HEATHER

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Entry: 26575
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
ECHO COMPANY, 2 ENGR BN, 2ND ID 802-83

NEIL SWANSON wrote on June 27, 2002


City and State:

Unit: ECHO COMPANY, 2 ENGR BN, 2ND ID

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking to get in touch with old buddies from camp pelham, 82-83. Was in first platoon, boat operator. Posssibly get a reunion rolling...

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Entry: 26155
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
E 1/31 (M) CAMP HOWZE 86-87

RICHARD HESTER wrote on June 10, 2002


City and State: FT. WALTON BEACH FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was stationed at Camp Howze from January 86 - January 87 as a TOW gunner. It was, undoubtedly the best time I had in the Army. I loved being at GP Collier with the missile launcher...which wasn't supposed to be there - crew served weapon - setting it up at dark and tearing it down just prior to stand to...watching what were beyond doubt tigers through the nightsite, and listening to the chatter and music from the North Korean loudspeakers. Going on MACE, ambush and evacuation patrols and missions...standing a pre-mission inspection with General Livsey and having him find my bayonet rusty (I hadn't really thought about it - I has carrying an M-203 !) Escorting Mike Wallace and the 60 Minutes crew through the DMZ when they came up...
Not to forget the good times back at Howze. Echo Company being fortunate enough to be billeted on the back side of the mountain from Bongilchon, crawling up "Heart Attack Hill" past the Aid Station and the gym after one too many sojus or pitchers of Jungle Juice, trying to avoid dropping off into a turtle ditch enroute. Our lovely little motor pool, directly adjacent to the Camp sewage treatment facility, and the empty barracks fuel drums when the Koreans went on strike in December which turned our happy green barracks an icy shade of blue.
I loved it all, and asked to extend...but was instead banished to Ft. Riley (A place NOBODY deserves to be sent, except as punishment.)
Anyone from 1/31 or 1/5 (Which cranked up right after I PCS'ed) give me a holler. ROK ON !


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Entry: 25507
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
2D MP CO CP. CASEY 79-80

RICHARD (RICH) WESTON wrote on May 16, 2002


City and State:

Unit: 2D MP CO., 1ST PLATOON CP. CASEY

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Stationed @ CP. Casey 1979/80, every month or so the sirens would go off calling everyone off-compund to get their asses back to their units, usually because of a firefight on the DMZ. I'd hear lots of stuff from 11b's coming back from their rotation. AND YOU NEVER READ ABOUT IT IN THE PAPERS! I'd escort finance up to Cp. Greaves with footlockers full of cash to pay the troops, everything North of the Imjin River looked pretty damned bleak to me!

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Entry: 25273
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
UPDATE OF EMAIL ADDRESS

SAMUEL (SAM) DOWNEY wrote on May 6, 2002


City and State: SPANAWAY WA

Unit: C, CO 1ST BN. 23RD IN. REGT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: This is to update my email address for any one who may want to contact me. Tomahawk from 1983 to 1986 At Ft Lewis and in Korea. You can see my other messages in this same area.

Keywords: Camp Hovey, Cpt Dochnal. Lt Hallock Rameriz, Miller, the Nose, Birdman, snake, baby Yoder, Kemp Conley, Degarmo.Janey, Bermudez


Entry: 25028
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
HQ, 1-9TH INF (MANCHU) 81-82

MARK OSTBLOOM wrote on April 27, 2002


City and State: MONTGOMERY AL

Unit: HQ, 1-9TH INF (MANCHU)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was assigned to HHC, 1-9th from Mar 81- Mar 82. I was in the Communications Platoon as a Commo Sergeant. I also was the COMSEC NCOIC delivering COMSEC to Guard Post's Oulette and Collier on a daily basis. Completed numerous missions earning the Imjin Scout Badge. I was back in 1998 for a year as a Apache Pilot and heading back to Korea in Sep 02 for another year. Won't miss it....

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Entry: 24831
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
MIKE DAVINO

MARK HEATHCO wrote on April 19, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: hey mike what's up?, are you still in?, I never knew you were in 1/38th, what company? and when?. I was there for about 2 years, I guess we did have somthing in common?, you were just the commander of HHC, but not the commander of the T.O.C, or the pesonnal in it, we all worked for HHC 2X and you really didn't know what we did beacuse you didn't have a need to know, I know the limits as to what to say and what not to say, you see that's the problem everyone on this site is looking for somthing, someone, or maybe a ansewer to there question. anyway I already protected myself, if you get a chance you can read my book about patroling the DMZ and how we operated in the (Z) my lawyers loved the manuscript,I got some high school friends that are script writers and readers who want me to send them a copy soon, but I think I going to wait for the book to come out. well got to go hope your doing fine and family is well. see ya

Keywords: ECO 38TH TOW company, CSC 1/31st, Bco 1/17th TOW PLT, CSC 1/38th, 3RD BDE Tactical Operation Center, HHC 2X,


Entry: 24715
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
SGT HEATHCO'S COMMENTS

MICHAEL F. (MIKE) DAVINO wrote on April 13, 2002


City and State: OLIVIA NC

Unit: 1-38 INF, 2-503 INF, HHC 3D BDE 2ID

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: SGT Heathco, you are right. You probably have already said too much. I don't know who monitors this website, but I do know that in the past, it has been blocked from .mil addresses from time-to-time.

Mike Davino, Commander HHC, 3d Bde, 2ID 1990-91


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Entry: 24650
DMZ 1980 TO 1989
CALL SIGN PURPLE#3

MARK HEATHCO wrote on April 9, 2002


City and State: MIDDLETOWN OH

Unit: ECO 38TH T.O.W. / CSC 1/31ST T.O.W/ BCO 1/17TH T.O

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: this is a great website. About PFC Joey White I can't recall the year but I think it was 1982, what he did was unlock the main gate at GP Ouellette and go in front of thr guard post cross the MDL and met someone from the north who led him back across the MDL down the access road to Ouellette to the main road, led him down that road to the JSA almost to CP1, then he walked the rest of the way pass CP4 across the bridge of no return where the north koreans opened the gate for him, they beat him up real good at the gate, he was in LBE, Steal pot, m16A1, and combat load of ammo, at the time he was the guard at the guard post, at the main gate. Now there is more to the report, White had met a girl in one of the clubs in Bongilchon the same day he defected she went missing she nver was seen again, the also found north korean propaganda in his foot locker, and some north korea uniforms in his wall lock, everyone knows he was in Cco 1/31st (M) inf stationed at camp howze. some people say that the woman he fell in love whit was a north korean spi, and some say she met him in north korea,I can't say it's a lie or ture, sometimes it's best to leave things just the way they are.

now somebody out there ask about tigers in the DMZ and I can tell yes there were the north koreans released them into the dmz to see if they would attack a ROK or U.S. patrols, I also watch this on video tape back at 3RD BDE TOC. They were at GP Ouellette atthe main gate and on the north ridge line by Ouellette, not 1 but 2 tigers and we think or at least the video my have showed a 3rd tiger, radar site 1 and 4 and the guard post turned in video to but we were told not to say anything about it, because they were not tigers according to my commander (06).

well hope that helps to put some light on things, feel free to e-mail or send a letter, I don't want to say to much you never know who's checking this website out, let's just say I know and have alot of stuff about the DMZ and their going to be in for a shock when I finish this book, it's not just for me but for all soldiers that served in the DMZ, people need to know what we did over in korea.


Keywords: I spent 10 years in the ROK from 78 to 91/ did about 8 DMZ tours. I worked at 3RD BDE Tactical operation center from 87 to 91. I have lots of answers to alot of your questions. Because everything and anything that happend in the DMZ and the U.S. sector came to 3RD TOC. everything from 1950 to 92 was kepted on file to include JSA incidents and CFA reports.



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