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Entry: 88651
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
27TH WOLFHOUNDS

MICHAEL WATKINS wrote on March 31, 2014


City and State: NORTH ROYALTON OH

Unit: 27TH WOLFHOUNDS

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: From pictures I know my father served with the 27th Wolfhounds on Koje-do circa 1951-1952. I know they had interactions with prisoners of war. I was wondering if any one had any specific information about the Wolfhounds role of memories of my father, Wes Watkins from Norwalk ,Ohio.

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Entry: 86905
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
5TH RCT 1951-1953

WALTER J. SIMMONS wrote on August 3, 2013


City and State: ANNAPOLIS MD

Unit: 2ND BN MEDICS, 5TH RCT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: NEVER SEE ANYTHING ABOUT THE 5TH RCT AT KO JE

Keywords: KO JE DO, PUNCHBOWL 1951-52


Entry: 86811
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
165TH MP CO. KOREA

JAMES L. OWENS wrote on July 24, 2013


City and State: ROCKVILLE MD

Unit: USMC

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am trying to put together,for a family history, some
information on Captain Charles W Rodgers, Jr., USAR. He was my
uncle. I have found photographic slides that make me think he
served, at one time, in the 165th MP Company at Koje Do. I have
sent several request to St. Louis asking for any history they
might have but no reply. He is buried in Section 8,site 465 at
Arlington Cemetery. Any help or info would be greatly
appreciated.

I am a retired Marine.


Keywords: 165th MP COmpany


Entry: 85040
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
224TH INFANTRY COMPANY K

ROBERT MERCK wrote on December 24, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Comments: My father Erwin (Sonny) Merck was a
Lieutenant in 224th infantry company K. He was in Korea
from spring of 52 to spring 53. His battalion was
called to Cheju Island from the front lines in June
1952 because of the uprising involving General Dodd.
They served there until August, when they were assigned
to the front line again near Haso-ri. He was awarded a
Silver Star (11/21/52) and Bronze Star.


Keywords: 224th Infantry Company K


Entry: 84649
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
CHARLES LARUE

LISA BLANKENSHIP wrote on November 11, 2012


City and State: FRIES VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

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Entry: 83850
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
FATHERS RECORDS JUST FOUND - OFFICE?

TIFFANY BURCH REGAN wrote on August 9, 2012


City and State:

Unit: HQ DET MP GP 8137TH AU

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: After years of trying to track down information, just
found discharge papers and a letter of commendation
for my (deceased) father PFC Arthur R Burch. Looks
like he served in the 8137th as Adjunct General
Publicatinos Section Chief' from Jul 51-Nov 15, 1952.
We had no clue he was awarded the bronze star? He
would not talk very much about his time there and we
thought he served on a british ship. Looking for any
information on whst his duties might have been.


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Entry: 82987
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
KOJE-DO POW CAMP

MACK WALKER III wrote on May 10, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: looking for information about my father Mack Walker
who served in korea in july 52 , at koje-do POW
camp , i believe he was assigned to the 7th cav. regt


Keywords: koje-do POW camp


Entry: 82880
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
SON OF VETERAN

JIM KRAMP wrote on April 26, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I have few details, but my father, Donald Eugene
Kramp, served as an MP at the Koje Do POW camp and
also served in the motor pool. He is taking an Honor
Flight to Washington DC in June and I'm sure this will
rekindle his memories of the war. I don't have
specific dates of his service, but I'm sure he would
like to hear from anyone who remembers him.


Keywords: Koje Do POW camp


Entry: 81575
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
THE MYSTERY OF KOJE-DO

CLAYTON BARBEAU wrote on January 1, 2012


City and State: SAN JOSE CA

Unit: 224TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: The 224th was called the Galahad Regiment, since we were
shifted from place to place, ostensibly to save a situation. I was
a rifleman in Baker Company when we were in the Iron Triangle
area and to my surprise I was one day ordered to leave the line
and report to the command post. There I was greeted by a
lieutenant who informed me that I was no longer a rifleman, but
would be attached to the Regimental Headquarters Company in
the Counterfire Platoon. I did not know what the Counterfire
Platoon was and informed the Lieutenant that I simply preferred
to stay on line. His reply was that the needs of the service came
first, and that he had looked at my Area 1 scores and figured I
would learn rapidly how to handle the job, and that I would find
myself online more than any rifleman in the regiment. For, while
battalions would be pulled back from time to time, Counterfire
stayed online until the entire regiment was pulled back. It seems
counterfire had lost some personnel through injury and rotation
and so I was to get my belongings and get in his jeep.
So, back at Regimental Headquarters, I was introduced
to some of the men who would teach me what I needed to know.
They had learned from the army manuals, though there was a
school at Fort Benning, apparently, that taught the routines.
Basically. the equipment was a metal box about three feet long
and 4 inches square with a wire recorder in it and an oscilloscope
and three microphones properly placed on a hilltop. With this
one could capture an azimuth on an enemy weapon going off,
with a second location providing another azimuth, one had an
accurate target point and the authority to call an appropriate
response which never failed to silence the weapons.
As I recall, I returned to the line now as a Countefire
member for only a few weeks, before the entire regiment was
pulled off the line, to be replaced by another unit. Under cover of
darkness we left the line turning our positions over to the
incoming unit. We were instructed to remove our insignia, and at
Chunchon we were put aboard a train with wooden seats with
straight backs and a smelly hole in the floor...and which made
stops for no apparent reason and then jerked ahead...
Eventually, in darkness, we arrived in what we
found out was Pusan, and rapidly were trucked to a replacement
location just outside the city, where we were put through
calesthentics and I was to say good-bye to my teachers, who
were rotating home. It seems I was now the acting platoon
sergeant for the Counterfire Platoon. We were not allowed to
leave the camp, nor to wear any insignia.
Then, one evening the order came to pack our
gear for departure. We boarded the trucks, which took us to the
Pusan docks and we filed aboard Landing craft. Guesswork and
hunches were rampant: we were going to have a landing up North
being the most common one.
It was at dawn that the ranking officer on the
Landing craft opened an envelope and read the news. Because of
the still ongoing problems at the Koje-do Prison camps we were
to relieve the paratroopers and reduce the compound sizes. It
appears that some of the compounds held thousand of prisoners,
who ran their own kangaroo courts inside, killing any of their
brethren who seemed too friendly with the guards and dumping
their bodies or dismembered bodies in the honey-buckets (the
oil drums that had been cut in half and used as latrines, and
which we had to--once a day--oversee the prisoners take to the
ocean's edge and dump.)
It was not long before we saw the island
emerge on the horizon. And as we drew closer we saw that the
large troop carrying trucks were awaiting us. We filed directly fro
the landing craft and up onto the trucks. As we proceeded down
the road, the prison tents became more visible, large barbed-wire
fenced enclosures...and inside of each, white sheets had been
sewn together to form a huge banner, and on each banner was
painted the words Welcome to the 224th Infantry Regiment.
It takes little imagination to picture our
reaction to this: we who had to remove our insignia before
boarding a train in Chunchon, having no contact with anyone in
Pusan when we did, finally arrive, and then still unaware of where
we were going, departing Pusan under cover of darkness, again in
full ignorance of a destination to find that while we didn't know
where we were going the prisoners knew we were coming!
It was shortly after our arrival we were
told to replace our insignia and I was invited to the Hq @ Hq
Company of the regiment, for the Counterfire Platoon was, like
the Intel and Recon Platoon and the Anti-tank platoon, a part of
the HQ and HQ Co. The Captain informed me that I was no longer
just the Platoon Seargent of the Counterfire Platoon, but that,
while keeping that position and training the replacements to
Counterfire, I was now to be the Field First Sergeant of the HQ and
HQ company.
We were on Koje-do about two or three
weeks when we got a new Regimental Commander. His first act
was to call a meeting of all the non-commissioned officers( the
Corporals, Sargents). He did this, he announced, because he
wanted us to know that our situation was unprecedented.
Because casualties in Korea, killed and wounded, were so high,
the Pentagon had frozen rank. The TO@E (Table of Organization
and Efficiency) was to be maintained. So, if a sergeant in our
regiment had been sent home wounded, his replacement would
not be paid for that rank, since the wounded man was getting it.
This situation , the Colonel said, meant that of the hundreds of
men in the group to whom he was speaking, only eight were
being paid for their rank. He wanted to assure us that though we
would be wearing red stripes on our helmets instead of yellow,
we could expect his full backing in carrying out our role.
It had been determined that the situation required
that we reduce the compounds to five hundred prisoners. This
meant that a work force would be taken from the larger
compounds and marched to the construction project where the
new camp was being built. This was a daily task and as each new
compound was complete, a contingent of prisoners was sent to
populate it.
My acting rank then, as Field First Sergeant , was
ten Sergeant First Class. I read the orders to the company each
morning. One morning I received the order to read the
proceedings of a courtmartial to all the company. These
proceedings had taken place only a month before. It seemed that
a new replacement had come into a company and, when an acting
sergeant, had ordered him to put some garbage cans on a truck,
he had refused on the grounds that the redstripes said he was
not a real sergeant. As they were arguing this point, a lieutenant
came up and asked what was going on. The acting sergeant
explained and the lieutenent, turning to the private said, Obey
his order.
The private insisted he did not have to obey the order.
The lieutenant said:Arrest this man.
The court-martial was swiftly held. The private was sentenced to
tweny years in Leavenworth for disobeying a direct order from a
superior in a combat zone. ( Koje-do was considered a three
point zone, our time on line and pulling patrols, was a four point
zone.)
The document I read made plain this judgement was upheld at
the Corps level and at the highest level of the Far Eastern
Command.
Of course, the soldier might appeal to the Commander in Chief,
but is doubtful that then President (former General of the Army)
Dwight D. Eisenhower was going to overturn a ruling which he
could readily see would undermine all authority in the Army.
We had a horrendous gale one week, sheets of galvinized metal
were whirling through our area and many of our squad tents had
their tent poles snapped....
It was just after the gale that I was called into the Company
Headquarters to be told that I was now to wear a Master
Sergeants stripes, and take over as Administrative First Sergeant
for the Company, which I did.
We accomplished what we set out to do on Koje do. There were
civilians on the island who demonstrated because the prisoners
were better dressed and better fed and got better health care
than they did. It was a legitimate gripe. They would
occassionally be given the cast off garments of the prisoners.
Before we left Koje do, we had to remove all division
or regimental insignia again. I had told my Captain that I no
longer wished to be Administrative First Sergeant, but to again be
Counterfire Platoon Sergeant of the men I had trained. Arriving in
Pusan we were immediately put on trucks and taken to a railroad
station where we boarded a train for Chunchon where, again, we
were trucked, first to one area, then another, and finally , under
cover of darkness, not know where we were, we were unloaded
and given our orders.
I'll never forget the odd feelings of such a
midnight transfer...a bare nod of hello-goodbye, a few gestures
about the equipment and their figures descendind into the
darkness.
The next morning a loudspeaker on the opposing
hillside bellow out a greeting: "Welcome members of the 224th
Infantry Regiment! We will be holding you responsible for the
war crimes you committed on Koje-do. However, if you
surrender now, we will treat you kindly."
I


Keywords: Iron Triangle, Chunchon, Koje-do


Entry: 80223
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
JAMES ELWOOD GATCHEL INQUIRY

LYLE GATCHEL wrote on September 1, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I'm inquiring to gather any information into the daily life,friends and fellow soldiers, thoughts and remembrances of my Uncle PFC James Elwood Gatchel and the circumstances of his death while he served in Korea.He was assigned to Lco,38 Inf,Rgt.,Inf Div.He may have been assigned to Koo-ge-do or Koje-do POW camp.
Thank You


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Entry: 80027
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
IRVIN ELKIN

MEGAN ELKIN wrote on August 18, 2011


City and State: WI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My grandfather was at Koji-do between 51 and 52. He served as a prison guard and rarely talks about his time there. Recently I have been able to learn a little about his experience and he mentioned a few names he remembered- nicknames: Gumps, Sumpter. If anyone remembers an Irvin Elkin, he would love to hear from you.

Keywords: Sumpter, Gumps, Elkin, Koji-do  


Entry: 79994
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
PRISON RIOTS AMERICANS KILLED?

RANDY DEKOTER wrote on August 15, 2011


City and State: PERRY IA

Unit: 19TH INF REGT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Comments: I am trying to find out any information that
someone may have about a prison riot that occurred on
Koje Do island. My father was with the first groups of
19th Infantry Regiment soldiers to relieve the ROK
soldiers from guarding enemy POW's. He was with a heavy
weapons platoon manning a heavy 50 cal. He indicated
that there was an incident that an individual opened up
the gates of the prison and he attempted to save the
individual because the prisoners were rushing out to
harm the individual and remembers falling on top of the
individual fixed bayonet on his M-1 up. He said he came
to 7 days later in a hospital.
Does anyone recall an incident like this? My father
recently passed away. During the course of his
treatment he received an MRI of the head. I asked the
attending physician about any wounds to the back of his
head(because he had indicated something had happened to
the back of his head during the prison incident)the MRI
revealed a significant amount of scarring indicating
shrapnel to the back of the head.
He never received a purple heart for wounds but as
evidenced by his MRI he obviously was. Does anyone
recall an incident that resembles what I have
described?
If anyone has any knowledge of this type of incident or
knew Pete DeKoter during his duty on Chejedo please let
me know.
Keep up the good work!


Keywords: 19th Inf Regt
Riots
People killed
Pete DeKoter 



Entry: 79853
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
HVY MORT. CO. 21ST. INF. REG. APO 24TH

PAUL ANDERSON wrote on August 3, 2011


City and State: KITSAP WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: My dad served in the army during dec.52-nov54.He never talked about korea but did mention about pows after I brought a book home from school.After reading about the 21st co. 24th div. I found that they went to koje-do in july 53.Can anyone tell me if he would have been assigned there. His name was Charles J. Anderson. I'm trying to put together all the info I can for my daughter who is serving in the Army. He was in the hvy mort. co. 21st Inf. Reg. APO 24th. According to a letter that came with his DD214 most records were destroyed in 1973 fire. Any info will be helpful. Thanks 


Entry: 78857
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
CHAPLAIN ROONEY

ANN MCPARLAND wrote on May 8, 2011


City and State: CO ARMAGH NORTHERN IRELAND

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: ANYONE REMEMBER FR ROONEY A CHAPLAIN WITH AN IRISH ACCENT KNOWN AS DANNY OR DENIS ,, A GREAT UNCLE KNOW HE RECIEVED SILVER STAR,, ANYONE RECALL HIM ,,, THANKYOU ANN

Keywords: koje prison camp ,, fr rooney winter 1951 i believe,, then 1953 pork chop hill 


Entry: 78800
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
MY FATHER WAS WITH PARATROOPERS WHO RESUCED COMMANDEER

SEAN MANNION wrote on May 1, 2011


City and State: LYNN MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: My father was with the paratroopers who where sent in to put down a riot on koje do after the commander of the POW camp was capture..I believe he was with the 11th airborne rangers.

Keywords: koje do 


Entry: 77581
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
I AM A SURVIVED THE BATTLE OF HEARTBREAK RIDGE I951

JOHN GREENE SR. wrote on January 24, 2011


City and State: CHULA VISTA CA

Unit: COMPANY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: IN OCTOBER 1951 CO."C". WITH HELP FROM FRENCH TROOPS
TOOK HILL 851.AT END OF OCT.WERE SENT TO KOJE-DO,TO
GUARD CHINESE POWS APPOX 200.000.NOV 0F 51 WE RETURN TO
KUM-WA VALLEY "the iron triangle.".

TOOK BASIC TRAINING IN HAWAII(HITC) SCHOFIELD BARRACKS,
ARRIVED IN KOREA AND ASSIGNED TO CO. "C" 4TH PLT. 23D
INF.REGT.1951,RIFILEMAN.ITS A LONG STORY I SHALL NEVER
FORGET,OUR THIRD PLATOON GOT PIN DOWN,PFC MURPHY AND I
VOLUNTEER TO TAKE AMMO TO THEM,MURPHY CARRIED A CASE OF
30 CAL. AMMO AND I TOOK A CASE OF HAND GRENADES,THAT
DAY
HOWEVER,WE HAD NO SUCCESS IN TAKING THE 851.WE WERE
TOLD
THAT WE WOULD BE PUT IN FOR THE BRONZ STAR MEDAL.THATS
ALMOST 60 YRS AGO, NEVER HEARD ANYTHING YET.


Keywords: HILL 931 AND 851 WEAPONS PLATOON (rifleman).


Entry: 77388
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
GEOJE-DO

ROBERT AREND wrote on January 8, 2011


City and State: KANARRAVILLE UT

Unit: 8137 AU

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I served on Koje-Do(now called Geoje-Do) in late 1952 and 1953. My Wife and I visited there in June 2010.
What a change!! Totally built up. However they have re-built a section of the camp, added displays and have a nice museum. It was really worth the trip to see how they have tried to preserve the history.


Keywords:


Entry: 76666
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
ENCLOSURE #12 COMMANDER

KENNETH SEPERSKY wrote on November 8, 2010


City and State: SALIANS CA

Unit: PW SVC UNIT 13-ENCLOSURE #12 COMMNDER 1953

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Pictures of prisoners, enclosures, trips to Pamunjon
for prisoner exchange


Keywords: PW SVC Unit 13-Enclosure #12 commnder 1953


Entry: 76002
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
SONGU-RI,KOJE-DO AND YONCHO-DO

DICK MARTIN wrote on September 1, 2010


City and State: MOULTRIE GA

Unit: 3228TH MASH AND 8TH MPSC

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I was sent to Korea in 1952 as a 1123 (MOS) Chief Medical Technician and served as such with the 3228th MASH , a special MASH unit whose mission was to try and find out the etiology of a newly discovered disease called Hemorrhagic Fever.
When the hostilities broke out on Koje-Do I was sent there. When I arrived on Koje-Do I was reclassified as a 1666 Military Police Supervisor and assigned to the 8th Military Police Service Co. After Airbone broke up the large POW compounds on Koje our unit received small 500 man groups of POW's in newly constructed compounds. When this operation finished we were sent to Yoncho-Do (with the 41st MP Escort Guard Co) where new compounds were being constructed to receive 8000 POW's from Koje.
I am 78 now and for the life of me remember very few names but I do remember, I beleive, fairly accurately some of the events. I would be happy to discuss my service in the Army and the Air Force.


Keywords: 3228th MASH @Songu-Ri Spring Offensive 1953??, POW insurection on Koje-Do, POW breakup camp on Yoncho-Do


Entry: 74487
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
KOJE IN SEPT-OCT 1952

HUBERT DAME wrote on April 25, 2010


City and State: LIBERTY LAKE WA

Unit: 224TH RCT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: My unit was at Koje for about 2 months in the late summer-fall of 1952 guarding POW's.
My memory of the time was that of daily outbreaks of hostility, daily finding dead prisoners in "honey-buckets" with their feet sticking up allegedly killed in kangaroo courts of their own people. We also transferred prisoners from one compound to a newer one to keep down their development of weapons and escape plots.
I remember at least one typhoon, perhaps two.


Keywords: Papa-San, Jane Russell, Heartbreak ridge, Hill 770, Hill 1062, Koje-Do, C-Ration hill


Entry: 72280
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
KOJE-DO PRISON CAMP --

BRENDA JESSE wrote on November 10, 2009


City and State: OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: Hello, My father was in the Army Military Police unit stationed at Koje-Do from 1951 - May of 1952 -- does anyone have any pictures from this time frame?

Thank you!



Entry: 72237
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
QUESTIONS ABOUT PHOTOS

SARAH GRESS wrote on November 7, 2009


City and State: TRENTON NE

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I have pictures that my husbands grandfather took while he was in Korea. One of them is of the AE Yuk Orphanage at the Koje-Do prison. The name he had written on the back of the photo was Chief Kim Sam Kim. I am interested in any information about the pictures or of anyone who may have know his grandfather. His name was Vernon Wheeler.

Keywords:


Entry: 72199
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
64TH TANK BATTALION AT KOJE-DO

TED STOCKMAN wrote on November 3, 2009


City and State: FEDERAL WAY WA

Unit: 64TH TANK BATTALION

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Tanks from my company of the 64th were pulled from reserve to go to Koje-do when the prisoners rebelled. I was an interesting few weeks that is for sure. I am always interested in hearing from others who were there or who were in the 64th.

Keywords:


Entry: 66439
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
JOHNNY KENDRICK

JOAN BYERS wrote on July 10, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Was at Koje-do from January 1952 until December 1953. Drove jeep for one of the Lts.

Keywords: Johnny Kendrick


Entry: 66355
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
TRANSPORTATION CORPS

MASAYOSHI OGATA wrote on July 5, 2008


City and State: PEARL CITY HI

Unit: 543RD MED CLR CO (SEP)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: The army Transportation Corps also had personnel on Koje-do.The
ship from Pusan was a Transportation corps ship, the harbor was run
by them and they provided an LCM from the main camp to two smaller
islands (yoncho=do? and ??? ) and ended at the pow camp on the far
side of Koje-do. This was a daily mail, ration, and pow transport (for
medical needs beyond our capability) run. One of the things that I
remember is the tear gas that drifted over to the messhall during the
lunch hour. Maybe the pows knew that we would also be gassed.



Entry: 66243
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
543RD MED CLR CO (SEP)

MASAYOSHI OGATA wrote on June 28, 2008


City and State: PEARL CITY HI

Unit: 543RD MED CLR CO (SEP)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: The 543rd provided medical aid to pows at an ouylying camp on Koje-do.
It participated in Operation Big Switch. After Big Switch, the unit was
relocated to themain camp and provided medical support to troops still
stationed there (elements of the 24th Div.)


Keywords:


Entry: 66205
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION AND PICTURES FOR 142ND MILITARY POLICE COMPANY

MICHAEL GILLISPIE wrote on June 25, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I am the current commander of the 142nd MP CO (and Yongsan Provost Marshal) stationed in Seoul. I've been searching for photographs or items from the 142nd's history but have found little other than our campaign credit and a few references for Koje-do. I am hoping that someone may have photographs they would be willing to scan for us (any period) or other historical information. I would like to start documenting our history.

Thanks.

CPT Gillispie


Keywords: 142nd Military Police Company


Entry: 65626
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
555 MP ESCORT GUARD

DON FREDELL wrote on May 16, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I was with the 555 MP escort guard unit across the road from compound 76. I remember this well. My unit was down at the new compound searching and processing the prisoners from 76. Have always wondered what happened when the troops when in to #76. Would like to know and also anyone who served in 555 during that time

Keywords: 555 MP Company.    

Koje-do Prison POW Camp
Subject: KOJE-DO COMPOUND #76 1952



Entry: 65057
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
REMEMBER

BERNARD ( BERNIE) MARKEY SR. wrote on April 2, 2008


City and State: SUMMIT HILL PA

Unit: 24TH DIV ARTY HQ

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Does anyone remember Skip Lapolice? Skip would like to hear from anyone that knows him. THANKS

Keywords:


Entry: 61820
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
160TH REG HQ CO 1ST BAT

WILLIAM J. ( BILL) DALMER wrote on July 31, 2007


City and State: RHINEBECK NY

Unit: 160TH REG IST BAT HQ CO

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: anone remember the typhon that hit island

Keywords: spearhead red. como platoon monkey myres


Entry: 61605
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
8070 MP PW PROC CO

PIERRE L.R. DESJARDINS wrote on July 12, 2007


City and State: PALM HARBOR FL

Unit: 8070 MP PW PROC CO. KOREA 50/51

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 59534
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
193RD MP COMPANY, KOREAN WAR

DICK BURCH wrote on January 9, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: The 193rd Military Police Company was allotted to the Regular Army and assigned to the Eighth U.S. Army, Korea 23 February 1954. The 193rd MP Company was activated 27 March 1954 at Pusan, Korea with personnel from the 8th Army in Korea and assigned to operated the Stockade, assigned to the Korean Communication Zone (K-C-Z) in Pusan. The 193rd was later transferred to the Prisoner Of War (POW) Compound, Koje-Do Island and assigned the mission of guarding and repatriating both POW's and refugees. The 193rd MP Company would remain assigned to Koje-Do up to and after the cease-fire had ended, and the Prisoner of War exchanges were completed. Once all the POW's had been moved out of Koje-Do and the mission completed, the compounds was closed and on 28 March 1955, the 193rd MP Company was inactivated in Korea.

Keywords: POW Compound Koje-Do Island , 193rd MP Company,
Processing,repatriating of POW's Korean War



Entry: 57212
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
ORAL HISTORY - A CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS

DAVID BARNES wrote on May 17, 2006


City and State: COLUMBIA MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am a George Washington University student assembling an oral history of veterans of the UN POW camps. Please contact me if you are, know or knew a guard, prisoner, or other person connected to the prison camps on Koje, Pongam or Cheju and would like to contribute. Thanks!

Keywords: Koje, Pongam, Cheju, POW, prisoner, uprising, Breakup, Little Switch, Big Switch, Civil Information and Education, CIE


Entry: 54996
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
LIFE MAGAZINE/EISMAN

JENN BOLEEN wrote on January 3, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: Hi. My dad is John Eisman. He was in numerous units. He served in Korea and Vietnam. In 1952 he was in a photo in Life magazine with other guys from the 187 th Airborne at Koji-do. I am trying to find this issu and the picture.He was also in the 82 nd Airborne,101, 18th aircorp,1st infantry quarter horse, and more. any help would be helpful. Thanks


Entry: 54974
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
QUESTION ABOUT DEATH RATES OF POW DURING KOREA WAR

XINGYU LIU wrote on January 2, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: Question about death rates of POW during Korea war

Hi,

I am writing an article that involves the suffering of US POW in
Communist camps during Korea War.

Could You help me to answer these two questions?

1, About the food. How to translate words of "boiled cracked
corn,millet,kaoliang" into Chinese?

2,About the death rates. What is the death rates of Communist prisoners
in UN camps? Could you introduce relative online resource to me?
especially in detail about Chinese.

I have alrealy known the figure about US POW.


Keywords: death rate,pow,communist prisoners,korean war


Entry: 54841
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
FAMILY SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT STEPHEN LEWIS GRACE

MARJORIE GRACE-SAYERS wrote on December 26, 2005


City and State: LOS ANGELES CA

Unit: 8220TH

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: We are seeking any information available about our father, Stephen Lewis Grace, aka Lewis Grace aka Louis Grace from Worcester, Massachusetts. He passed away Nov 2005 and we know little about his service. He was a corporal in the 8220th MP PW Proc. Co. APO 59. He served from Jan. 1951 to Dec. 1952. Please email us any information. Thank you.

Keywords: Lewis Grace, Louis Grace, Stephen Lewis Grace, Worcester, Massachusetts


Entry: 54507
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
142ND MP ESCORT GUARD COMPANY

DICK BURCH wrote on December 6, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: On 1 November 1951, during the Korean War, the 142nd MP Guard Company was activated in Korea and was consolidated with the 2nd Provisional Military Police Company, a unit that had been active on the peninsula since November of 1950. The "consolidated unit " was designated as the 142nd MP Escort Guard Company and its mission was transporting and guarding Prisoners of War (POW's). On 25 January 1953, the unit was re-designated as the 142nd Military Police Company. The 142nd Military Police Company was credited with Participation in eight (8) Korean Campaigns and was Awarded both the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. The 142nd MP Company was inactivated in Korea on 20 December 1954. After Serving again in Germany the 142nd MP Company is presently again on active duty in Korea.

Keywords: 142nd MP Escort Guard Company, Escorting and guarding POW's, Korean War
1951 activated in Korea, redesignated 25 Jan 1953 as the 142nd Military Police Company in Korea.



Entry: 53847
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
165TH MP COMPANY (ESCORT GUARD)

DICK BURCH wrote on October 31, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: The 165th was activated at Pusan, Korea 28 October 1951 and allotted five (5) Officers and 152 Enlisted men. It was attached to HQ and HQ Detachment, MP Group 8137th Army Unit, an organization that administered the POW Camp at Koje-Do Island, South of Pusan, Korea. There the 165th was assigned the task of both collecting prisoners of war (POW's) from front-line units and guarding and escorting them to the Koje - Do Island POW Compound. On 16 October 1952, the 165th was reassigned to the Korean Communication Zone and relocated to Mosulpo, Korea, another prisoner of war (POW) facility on the island of Cheju, Korea. There the 165th was re-designated as the 165th MP Company (Escort Guard), but continued the mission of guarding prisoners. The Company remained at Mosulpo until after the cease-fire, when it was transferred into the Prisoner Of War (POW) Command. The POW Command took over the control and repatriation of prisoners of war (POW's) and refugees. The 165th MP Company (Escort Guard) was inactivated in Korea on 25 April 1954.


Keywords: 165th MP CO (Escort Guard)
Koje Do POW Compound
Mosulpo POW Compound Cheju, Korea



Entry: 52707
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
LOOKING FOR ANY INFO ON

LESTER DEAN ROBINSON wrote on August 18, 2005


City and State: ROSEVILLE CA

Unit: WAS AIR BORNE NAVY OR USAF

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am 46 years old, have not seen or heard from my father in 40 years. He married my mom (Delsie Draper), twice once in Forcyth or Red Lodge, Montana and once in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. He drove a truck for the Empire Fish Company, between Washington and Texas and other states. My older Brother (Robbie Joe Robinson) was born in April 57, me in July 59. Two sisters, Anita Renee, in Dec 60, and Dee Ann in Aug of 64. We have no more info on him, dont know if he is alive or dead. This is disturbing if you can imagine. I have searched for many years but he is very low profile I guess. Can any one help me with any info? If you know a vet: would you ask him for me? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I was told there were twins in the family, either uncles or great uncles. Thanks for reading and any input you may offer.
Lester D. Robinson


Keywords: Looking for any information on Calvin Lester Robinson, I was told he was a Pilot flying from Aircraft Carriers in Korean war.From Texas, He maintained a pilot license after war. He was called Tex Or Robbie usualy, but was Calvin Lester. He was a country musician, playing with Hank Tompson and others.


Entry: 49905
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
PRISONER UPRISING

BILL FIKES JR. wrote on April 1, 2005


City and State: WASILLA AK

Unit: 702ND MSB 302ND FSB 3/67TH ADA, 707TH MSB

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: My Father, Bill Fikes, was a guard at the prison when the uprising started.He was on a hillside with a prisoner work detail and made them all sit and face away from the prison. Anyone remember the incident or Bill Fikes, he would have been a tall, skinny kid with glasses back then.
send me email at bill@webmusher.com


Keywords: prison, uprising,


Entry: 48670
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
24TH ID. 21ST INF REG 2ND BN. H CO.

NORMAN HARP SR. wrote on February 3, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for anyone that was in my outfit during these times.

Keywords: KOJE-DO, YANGGU VALLEY, CHORWON VALLEY, DMZ LIBBY BRIDGE AREA. end 53 to early 55.


Entry: 48147
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
KOJE-DO-

WILLIAM G. MAHAR wrote on January 14, 2005


City and State: WILTON NH

Unit: 8070 MPEG - 8220 POW PROC. CO.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Unit was the first unit on Koje-Do to handle POW's, early Jan-Feb 1951.
Duties were interrogating seriously ill and sick POWs. Had entry pass to all POW Compounds 24 7. Never had a problem with the POW's, Always alone and unarmed. Worked out of the last quonset hut, third down on the left from the 60th. General Hdqtrs. hut. Worked for a Lt.-Captain Robinson, with S/Sgt. Davis, Cpl. Broceous,where all individual POW records were kept.
8070 MPEG was initially made up of guys from the 8th. Army Stockade and Sugamo Prison in Tokyo, went into Korea late July early August 1950 to open original POW Camp #1 in Pusan.


Keywords:


Entry: 47351
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
LOOKING FOR OLD FRIENDS

CHARLES MCELYEA JR. wrote on December 7, 2004


City and State: DANIA BEACH FL

Unit: 8137AU-8203AU ENGR. UTILITY DECH

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was an electric and power plant operator in East Valley. I am looking for soldiers who served in 1953-54 in Koje Island. I was later transfered to the 95th Chemical Company Pusan, Korea. I returned to the US in October 1954. I have resided in Dania Beach, FL since. I have many memories of my tour of Koje Island and very knowledgable with the history of the island. I served as a technician in Yoncho, Chogori, Out port 4, East Valley, Central Valley, and headquarters. I was under the direction of Major Rule, Major Hambough, Captain Fradey of the Out port 4, and Captain Carpenter of the 555 MPs escort guard. If I can be of any assistance please e-mail me.

Keywords: KOJEDO


Entry: 47320
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
LOOKING FOR BUDDIES

NORMAN HARP SR. wrote on December 5, 2004


City and State: SYRACUSE NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking for anyone that was in my CO. from dec 53/mar 55. Koje-do to Yanggu Valley To Chorwon Valley to Relieving the 1st marines above Munsani, Libby Bridge area.

Keywords: 24th ID 21st inf 2nd BN. H. CO. 81 mortars.


Entry: 47157
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
CHEJU-DO UPRISING OCT.01,1952

MARTY SCHNITZER wrote on November 29, 2004


City and State: BAYONNE NJ

Unit: CO.D 35TH INFANTRY, 25TH DIVISION

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Served in Korea from June'52 thru June'53.
Squad leader 81 mm mortars, Dog Co. 35th inf. 25th Div. Guarded Chinese POW'S Sep thru Oct. 1952
at Cheju-Do. Was not present at Oct. 01 prisoner rebellion. Had been flown to Pusan for Jewish High Holy Days for one week. Was subsequently informed that prisoners threw blankets on barbed wire attempting to scale and overpower our unit in guard towers and tent encampments. Approximately 50 prisoners were killed and 150 wounded. Rebellion was subdued.


Keywords: Mung Dung Ni... Chorwan... Kansas Line..Cheju-Do
Sgt. Bob Wommel, Sgt Macinich, Enzo Fabro,Doc Wilkes, John Neff, Nat Misiano,,Troop ships: Gen. Anderson, Gen Hersey



Entry: 47117
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
LOOKING FOR SHOEMAKER

HORACE WALLACE wrote on November 27, 2004


City and State: BOWDOINHAM ME

Unit: 24TH DIV, 21ST RG, 3RD BATTALION, I COMPANY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I served on Koje-do from April,1953 to August [?] 1953 guarding POWs in camp and also during prisoner exchange, transporting North Koreans to Inchon on LSTs. I am particularly trying to locate my buddy Shoemaker [Bernard Shoemaker] who was one of the older guys, married and from Pennsylvania. Would also be glad to hear from others from my company: Schremp, Sopchak, Nephew.

Keywords: Bernard Shoemaker[was from Pennsylvania],Frank Schremp, Lawrence Sopchak, ? ? Nephew [was from California]


Entry: 46449
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
KOJE DO

DON ORR wrote on October 24, 2004


City and State: TOKELAND WA

Unit: 164TH MP POW PROC CO (ATTACHED)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Get your facts straight. Hayden Boatner was a Brig. Gen. when he arrived at Koje Do. He was later promoted to Maj Gen and became the Provost Marshal Gen, US Army. I had close contact with him on Koje and met him personnaly in Berlin in 1957 or 58.

Keywords: April 52-Aug 54


Entry: 46168
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
MAJOR HAYDEN BOATNER

BILL NELKIN wrote on October 5, 2004


City and State: HOUSTON TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Does anyone remember Major Hayden "Bull" Boatner who was brought in to Koje-Do after the riots to clean up the situation? He thought of himself as the "toughest SOB" you'll ever meet and he sure proved it there. Please let me know if have any memories of this man and his action to correct the prison camp situation. Thank you

Keywords:


Entry: 44575
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP
8206 ANPIBION PORT ENG APO59

JOHN I. TAYLOR wrote on July 17, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Like to hear from friends

Keywords:


Entry: 44092
KOJE-DO PRISON POW CAMP

DAVID DEATHERAGE wrote on June 27, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

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