63rd Field Artillery Battalion (105MM)


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Entry: 96597
Subject: MY 13 MONTHS AS MEMBER OF 63RD FIELD ARTILLERY BATALLION, HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, FROM DECEMBER, 1946

James McFadden wrote on October 29, 2018


City and State: CARMEL IN

Unit: MEMBER OF 63RD FIELD ARTILLERY BATALLION, HEADQUAR

Service or Relationship: Member of 63rd Field Artillery Batallion, Headquar

Comments: I had 8 weeks basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in the tanks carrying 105 Howitzers. My MOS was Gunner.

We were to be shipped to either Japan or Germany as Occupation troops so military people serving during the War could be shipped home. I was sent To Japan.

I arrived in Yokahoma by ship (9 days at Sea) in early December, 1946.

I arrived as a PFC in December, 1946 by train from Yokohama directly inside the camp with many other 19 year old replacements to begin Occupation of Japan. We were greeted by hundreds of soldiers who had fought through WW-II and were waiting for us to arrive so they could finally go home.

Every soldier in the Camp had a number of "points" based on time in service, battles they had been in, etc. and the ones with the most points were the ones who next could go home.

About 5 soldiers could go home for every one soldier who arrived as a replacement. They cheered our arrival!!!

I was sent to Kokura 8-week code school to learn how to send & receive code messages to Camp Hakata from Tokio and Washington, D.C. After two months I was promoted to T-5.

I was also in charge of the voice radios used in Jeeps & trucks by the 63rd Headquarters Batallion.

Since everyone was going home, all of us were being trained and quickly promoted to fill all of the open positions.

Camp Hakata was a Japanese Army Camp that the U.S. Army Engineers converted into a livable U.S. Army Camp with American style & comforts such as hot showers, etc.

Since we had many more soldiers in Camp than the Japanese did, they erected many steel, round quonset huts and the 63rd was mainly in these huts.

The Headquarters Battery had about 111 people in it by June, 1947.

My close friends were LeRoy N. Mattes from Chicago, William Smalley from Uniontown, PA, and ? Lawley from Bald Mountain, OK.

I was from Detroit, MI.

We frequently went to town (Fukaokua) in 6 by 6 trucks from the motor pool.
We had "M.P. approved" bars and dance halls that we had to go to. The Japanese girls who worked in them was brought by 6 by 6 trucks from town to Camp Hakata every Wednesday and checked by the U.S. Military medical
team for sexual transmitted diseases.

One day in June, 1947, everyone in Camp Hakata at noon was sent to their Dining Room... the doors where shut for privacy... the highest ranking officer (Major Peters was the one we had) opened & read aloud a message taken from a sealed envelope.

The message was that we were to begin preparing for a possible move to South Korea... we were to begin having more Field operations... we were told where our outfit should travel to get on a transport ship when the time came.

All of us did our jobs much more seriously so we would be prepared.

My enlistment time was up in February, 1948 so I rode the train to Yokahoma in January, 1948... Was shipped to Seattle for discharge... took 29 days because we sailed to Corregador, Bataan, Manila, then finally Seattle.

I am now 90 years old, living in an Assisted Living apartment primarily for the meals as I can no longer go to restaurants for dinner if is is snowy or icy as I may fall.

I realize I was not in a War so I cannot compare with what all of the soldiers wrote about here... I wrote my simple message to let many of the readers know a little about what the outfit was like during the years I describe.

Our only hazard during my time of occupation was that the War had just ended... many of the Japanese older men were angry at us for killing their sons... many of the younger Japanese men were angry at us for killing their fathers... so we had to be careful outside of our Camp to never be alone.

Everyone was warned to stay in groups for safety. Naturally, everyone doesn't follow the rules and we had about two soldiers a month get quietly knifed to death in town.

We were never allowed to wear civilian clothing. There were many Hawaiian young soldiers at the Camp as they lived and enlisted in Hawaii and this was the Hawaiian outfit! Many of them were of Japanese Ancestry... and Japanese was spoken in their homes by the old folks. Most of these soldiers secretly had civilian clothes and mingled freely in town as Japanese.

Can't think of anything else to write about.

I'm very glad I enlisted in the Army... I think it made me a better person.

Everything in my life has gone well... I have four children, 15 grandchildren... 15 Great-Grandchildren so far (expect it to end up about 40 after all grandchildren are married).

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Entry: 95844
Subject: DO ANY ONE HAVE ANY INFORMATION.

James Boykin JR wrote on June 18, 2018


City and State: COLUMBIA SC

Unit: A BTRY 63RD AAA BN APO 46

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: I would like to get information on my Dad (James Boykin) that was in the above unit. His records were burned in 1975 in the fire and records could not be reconstructed. The dates of his enlistment is 02/16/1951-01/26/1954. He received a Nat'l Defense Service Medal.

Could you please help.

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Entry: 95843
Subject: DO ANY ONE HAVE ANY INFORMATION.

James Boykin JR wrote on June 18, 2018


City and State: COLUMBIA SC

Unit: A BTRY 63RD AAA BN APO 46

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: I would like to get information on my Dad (James Boykin) that was in the above unit. His records were burned in 1975 in the fire and records could not be reconstructed. The dates of his enlistment is 02/16/1951-01/26/1954. He received a Nat'l Defense Service Medal.

Could you please help.

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Entry: 94804
Subject: 1954-55ANYBODY WHO SERVED BATT.C

Michael g Bonito SEIOR wrote on July 16, 2017


City and State: DAVIE FL

Unit: BATT. C 63RD FIELD ARTILLARY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Looking for anyone who might have served with me during the time1954 -1955 call me at phone number954 472 4570 lets talk.

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Entry: 90832
Subject: KOREA 1954

Gary Seraydarian wrote on March 21, 2015


City and State: CANTON GA

Unit: HQ CO.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 90800
Subject: SEEKING INFORMATION

Jennifer Bouchard Lavigne wrote on March 17, 2015


City and State: PLATTSBURGH NY

Unit: 63RD FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My uncle SFC Rolland Bouchard went missing on July 20th 1950 from the 63RD Field Artillery Battalion, Taejon. I have recently found out that his name may have been mentioned by a POW at Camp 5 in a debriefing. If anyone has any information on my uncle or the circumstances surrounding this date please contact me, our family has had no communication with anyone who served or knew him and it is very sad that a man that served his country through WW2 and into Korea has no records or information available. my father has submitted a DNA sample and I plan on contacting the army regarding this debriefing report. Always remembered never forgotten. Please help if you can.....Jennifer Bouchard Lavigne

Keywords: SFC, Taejon, 63rd FAB, 24TH Infantry, 7/20/1950



Entry: 89756
Subject: MY GRANDFATHER MARION P. KOPANSKI

Nicholas Kopanski wrote on October 6, 2014


City and State: GOOSE CREEK SC

Unit: 63RD ARTILLERY DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am about to watch my grandfather be buried and it makes me feel so distant of his military experience in WW2. He did not talk about his travels while serving in WW2 that much. I am pretty much the only family member to have seen war in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving in the USMC and I can tell he isn't telling me everything. I have seen war, not like WW2, and cam tell when a veteran gets choked up and hides. I do it myself when I am asked what I experienced... all I know is he was a radio technician in the 63rd artillery division in WW2. Can someone please help me find out what my grandfather went through. It would be great to know.

thanks,

Sgt. Kopanski
USMC

Keywords: 63rd artillery division, WW2, radio technician, Kopanski



Entry: 88950
Subject: ON THIS DAY WE REMEMBER OUR BROTHER

James W. Bolt wrote on May 23, 2014


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: With each passing day I remember every one of you and the good time and the bad ones..From our good times at Camp Hakata to those bad day from 7 July to the 21 July 1950.To those that gave all that they had to give in those 21 days. Rest easy brothers you are remembered sign 40 yards

Keywords: Battle at Chonan the Kum River and Teajon



Entry: 88739
Subject: CHARLES E,FERRELL POW

James W. Bolt wrote on April 16, 2014


City and State:

Unit: BRAVO BATTERY 63RD FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Graveside service will be conducted for Charles F Ferrell age 84 at 1400 hour Saturday April 19 2014 at the Richardson Cemetery in Monroe Tennessee with burial to follow. Charlie was with Headquarters Battery 63rd Field Artillery Battalion at the Kum River on the 14 July 1950 when the battalion was overrun with the loss of 11 Officers 125 enlisted men. Charlie was captured and remain a prisoner until his return to military control on August 29 1953.Rest easy brother you will all way be remembered .sign 40 yards

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Entry: 88681
Subject: ROBERT K,MARTIN 14 JULY 1950

James W. Bolt wrote on April 5, 2014


City and State:

Unit: BRAVO BATTERY 63RD FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Robert K Martin Ra 23407695 was assign to Alpha Battery 63rd Field Artillery Battalion on the 11 or 12 July 1950 and he came from Headquarter Battery 57th Field Artillery Battalion 7th Infantry Division . The 63rd was east of the Kum River three miles southwest of Kongju . On the 14 July the Battalion was attack at 1300 hours and Robert was one of the first to be wounded in Alpha Battery. He was evacuated to the Taejon air strip and left on the last flight out of Taejon on the 14 July.. He was evacuated to the 11th Station Hospital at Camp Hakata near Fukuoka Japan this was where we were station before going to Korea.He is being carried on the KWP as being in the 57th Field Artillery Battalion. This unit did not arrive in Korea till the Inchon Landing in September He has no PC so he ask me if I would try to get his wounded info changed sign 40 yards

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Entry: 88378
Subject: FRIENDS OR AQUAINTANCES OF PVT2 ARY GARNETT

Sandra Sanchez wrote on February 23, 2014


City and State: DORADO PR

Unit: C BATTERY 63RD FA BN APO 24

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am the sister-in-law of PVT-2 Ary Garnett who served in the Korean War. Garnett duty assigment was Btry C 63 FA BB APO 24. His children recently received his service data and are eagered to know more about their dad during his early years in the miltary. If you knew PVT-2 Ary Garnett or could put us in contact with someone who does, it would be a pleasure to hear from you or them.

Thank you for your service.

Sandra Sanchez
(787) 642-8060
duecemom@yahoo.com

Keywords: Birth Place: Statesboro, Georgia
Place of entry: Newark, New Jersey
Medals: National Defencse Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal



Entry: 87764
Subject: HUGH QUINLAN

James W. Bolt wrote on November 20, 2013


City and State:

Unit: BRAVO BATTERY 63RD FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Hugh Quinlan Daughter Robin Mooney reported he pass away on November 16 2013..Hugh is being buried today 20 November 2013..Hugh served in the communication section in Bravo Battery 63rd Field Artillery Battalion in Japan and enter Korea on the 6 July 1950 . Hugh was declared missing in action on the 14 July1950 when Bravo Battery was overrun on Kum River in the village of Chum-ri.After eluding the enemy he rejoin Bravo Battery late in the afternoon of the 15 July 1950 and when Bravo Battery became Charley Battery 52nd on the 26 August 1950 Hugh finished his tour in Korea with Charley Battery 52nd Field Artillery Battalion.REMBUAR sign 40 yards

Keywords: Battle at Chonan Defense Kum River Line The Pusan Perimeter The Naktong Bulge The Breakout and Pursuit of the North Korean Army The Chinese Enter The War The Withdrawal out of North Korea Operation Roundup The Chinese Spring Offensive The Advance back in to North Korea



Entry: 86770
Subject: 13 DAYS OF COMBAT

James W. Bolt wrote on July 21, 2013


City and State:

Unit: BRAVO 63D CHARLEY 52ND

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Today 63 Years ago today 21 July 1950 after 13 days in combat
Yates and I were the last of the beach bums and we were headed
to Taegu for a rest after 13 days of combat sign 40 yards

Keywords: Chonan Kum River Taejon 5 beach bums James Bolt Joe Duran Ryoal
Tiner James Thomas Olien Yates.Thomas kill and Duran Tiner
wounded at the Kum River.



Entry: 85107
Subject: CPL JOSEPH F. SCHMITZ (KIA)

Kevin Dudley wrote on January 1, 2013


City and State: LONG BEACH CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for anybody that served with my Grandpa.
Never met him because he was killed in action. His
name is CPL JOSEPH F SCHMITZ and was in the 63rd
Field Artillery Battalion and was killed when over
run July 14 1950. Looking for anybody that may have
run into him and can tell me what he was like,etc.
thank you.

Keywords: Looking for people that served with my Grandpa.



Entry: 84169
Subject: GERALD HOWARD DEFFENBAUGH

James W. Bolt wrote on September 15, 2012


City and State:

Unit: BRAVO BATTERY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Gerald Howard Deffenbaugh was with Bravo Battery 63d
Field Artillery Battalion when the unit first went to
Korea on the 5 July 1950 He was 82 years old and
died Friday September 7 2012.He had graveside service
on 11 September 2012 at 1300 hour in Fort Mitchell
National Cemetery sign 40 yards

Keywords: Battle at Chonan Kum River Taejon Pusan Perimeter
First battle at the Naktong Bulge Task Foece Jackson
battle in the Kigye Valley west of Pohangdong on the
east coast. Breakout of the Pusan Perimeter Long
march north. the bridge head at Anju.The long march
south.Operation Roundup the Chinese offensive 22 -30
April 1951



Entry: 83624
Subject: TODAY 62 YEARS TODAY KUM RIVER

James W. Bolt wrote on July 14, 2012


City and State:

Unit: BRAVO BATTERY 63D FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Another year has pass and this is the day that the
Battalion was overrun .Just wanted to remember those
that gave all that they had to give and to say thank
you for all those wonderful memoir that we
shared.REMBUAR sign 40 yards

Keywords: 40 Yards Chonan Kum River Taejon Bloody Pusan
Perimiter Naktong Bulge On 26 August Bravo Battery
Became Charlie Battery 52nd Field Artillery
Battalion Task Force Jackson Kigye Valley Pohangdong
Break out of the Pusan Perimiter and the crossing the
Naktong River



Entry: 83007
Subject: MIA JULY 50

Sharon R. Bertrang wrote on May 13, 2012


City and State: ALTOONA WI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I'm looking for anyone who was in that battle on that
date and on the 14th july 1950 who was in the 63rd .
I'm the sister of Fredrick, and when he was listed as
MIA I was only 4 yrs old. I've found one man who was
there and knew my brother, but want some more to tell
me more

Keywords: Fredrick W. Bertrang, Jr was with the 63rd HQ's
barttery at Taejon on the Kum River on July 20, 1950



Entry: 82181
Subject: HQ BTRY 63 FA BN 24 INF DIV

John Eldridge JR. wrote on February 19, 2012

Email Update Needed



City and State: BOSTON GA

Unit: HQ BTRY 63 FA BN 24 INFR DIV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Looking for Thomas D Forchette Same Unit



Entry: 79573
Subject: 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

James W. Bolt wrote on July 8, 2011


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: B BATTERY 63D FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Today 61 years ago was in direct support of the 34th Infantry Regiment as they fought to hold the Road and the Railroad junction at Chonan.Took heavy shelling from NKPA artillery.First Sergeant Nunnery was wounded and was replaced by Master Sergeant Sluder as first sergeant sign 40 yards

Keywords: Chonan, Kum River, Taejon, First Battle of the Naktong Bulge, 26 August 1950 Became C Battery 52nd Fa Bn.Move 55 miles to the Kigye Valley West of the port city of Pohongdong. 



Entry: 79321
Subject: CAMP HAKATA SUMMER 1950

Ron Tully wrote on June 16, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: As an Army Brat I remember the 63rd FA Bn @ Hakata in the summer of 1950. We lived in Dependent housing on base. Our "almost-neighbor" was then- Col Perry of the 52nd FA Bn. His son David was a classmate of my brother. Read the Stars and Stripes report of those horrible first 30 days in Korea for the 24th Inf Div. Photos of murdered GIs on the front pages had our family worrying about our dad- SFC Robert Tully of Hq Co. He was actually w/ Army Aviation @ Brady Field when he left for Korea.The front was so fluid, we never knew if he was ok until his letters arrived.He lived to talk about Tajeon, thank the Living Lord.

Keywords: Camp Hakata Kyushu Japan July 1950 63rd FA Col Perry Brady Field 



Entry: 79111
Subject: TO MY FALLEN BROTHER

James W. Bolt wrote on May 30, 2011


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: B BTRY 63D C BTRY 52ND FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: To day is your day and I just wanted to let all of you that gave all that you had to give I remember your faces with those smiles that were cut short 7 -20 July 1950 as you traded your body for the time that allowed help to arrive REMBUAR [THANK YOU] sign 40 yards

Keywords: Battle at Chonan, Kum River ,Taejon ,First Battle at the Naktong Bulge  



Entry: 77401
Subject: PAT TUCKER ROBBINS

Carl Lastella wrote on January 9, 2011


City and State: FRESNO CA

Unit: 63RD FABN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: i hope what i give you helps. entered army nov '50-entered and shipped out camp stoneman 1951 to japan on the Nelson m walker a troop transport (largest and fastes). i think it took 9 days and nights.

feel free to e-mail me.



Entry: 76702
Subject: ANYONE STILL OUT THERE

Carl Lastella wrote on November 11, 2010


City and State: FRESNO CA

Unit: 63RD FABN B BTRY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: pusan masan camp stoneman ,ca - ft. ord,ca -camp zama japan -camp fugi 1950-1953



Entry: 75454
Subject: 60 YEARS AGO TODAY

James W. Bolt wrote on July 14, 2010


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: B BATTERY 63D FA BN C BATTERY 52ND FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: 60 Years ago today the 63d Field Artillery Battalion was three miles south west of Kongju east of the Kum River on a 23 miles secondary road that ran from Kongju to Nonsan.On a Korean Map 1:50,000 map sheet 6623.111 Headquarters Battery was at Taebong-ni[CR 303-139]A Battery was at Samgyo-ri [CR306-323]and B Battery was at Chumi-ri [CR 309-327].On the morning of the 14 July 1950 between 0800 0900 a light liaison reported that NK unit were crossing the Kum River by barge and the 11th Fa Bn [155mm Howitzer]began to adjust fire on the crossing.The L19 that was adjusting the fire was attack by a Yak 9 driven from the crossing site.At 1300 hour the 63d was attacked by a force of 500 men from the NKPA 4th Infantry Division and by 1500 hour the 63d was overrun.We lost 11 Officer 125 enlisted men and most of our equipment [10 105mm Howitzer 60 to 80 jeeps and trucks]sign 40 yards

Keywords: Chonan, Kum River,Taejon,First Battle at the Naktong Bulge,Task Force Jackson at Kigye Valley[Pohang-dong east coast]



Entry: 74790
Subject: 63RD FA HDQ BATT. . 24 DIV. 34TH INF,REG

Gary Seraydarian wrote on May 24, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Radio sec. Chief HQ. Batt. 63rd FA stationed at Munsan NI took over marine position with the 34th reg. combat team. winter 54



Entry: 74180
Subject: EMMETT L. WALSH; PRIEST 63RD

Michelle Hamilton wrote on April 1, 2010


City and State: MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for anyone who served with my great uncle Emmett L. Walsh. He was with the 65th during the Korean War and he was a priest. I have many letters that he wrote home during 1950-1952. I would love to find someone who actually served with him during this period of time. Thank you. I loved him dearly.

Keywords: Bud, Brother. Korea, WWII, Vietnam

Army Priest



Entry: 69414
Subject: SCHOOL CHUM AND SERVED WITH HIM

Jack Jakubal wrote on March 8, 2009


City and State: EAST WENATCHEE WA

Unit: 11TH FA BN -24 INF DIV

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Grew up in same Neighbood on the SW side of Chicago as Dick Tugman. We served together in Japan and Korea. His unit was HIt very hard in early stage of Korean WAr and they suffered heavy casutites. He was an average kid of guy.



Entry: 69316
Subject: LOOKING FOR MEN WHO SERVED WITH MY GRANDFATHER WILLIS F. WALTON FROM IOWA

Jamie Walton wrote on March 1, 2009


City and State: OMAHA NE

Unit: 1-168 INF.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: lOOKING FOR ANY ONE WHO MAY HAVE SEARVED WITH MY GRANDFATHER WILLIS F. WALTON HE IS FROM IOWA AND WAS WITH THE 63RD FEILD ARTILLERY BN IN SOUTH KOREA

Keywords:



Entry: 67858
Subject: LOOKING FOR BUDDIES BTTY C, 63RD FA BN

Richard Schwartz wrote on November 13, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: BTTY C, 63RD FA BN, 24TH DIV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was leader of the survey section for charlie Battery and would love to hear from anyone who served with me.

Keywords: Stationed outside of Munsan '56, '57 then in '58 was absorbed by 1st Cav and became Heavy Mortar Btty
LOOKING FRO HERMAN HEIGL, PETER SANTORO, LEROY STAGNI, JAMES MITCHELL or anyone that would remember me.



Entry: 66516
Subject: ON THE 58 ANNIVERSARY MADE CONTACT

James W. Bolt wrote on July 15, 2008


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: BATTERY [B] 63D FA BN C-BATTERY 52D FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: On the anniversary of the battalion over run have made contact with Major Charles Tracey Barter family.The Major became a prisoner of war during this battle on the 14 July 1950 and made the Tiger Death March to Camp 7[An-Dong]where he died from maluntrition on May 3 1951

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Entry: 66484
Subject: 58 YEARS AGO TODAY

James W. Bolt wrote on July 14, 2008


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: B BTRY 63 C BTRY 52

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Today at 1300 hour on the 14 July 1950 three miles south west of the city of Kong-ju east of the Kum River near the village of Samgyo-ri we paid the price for the neglect of the Army by those penny pincher in Wasington DC and a over blown ego of some of the Army Officer in Japan.Where we lost 11 Officer 125 Enlisted men and most of our equipment.We had 23 KIA 24 MIA 89 POW. We lost 10 105 mm Howitzer and 80 trucks and jeeps in a bloody two hour that saw the Battalion over run.This is for my fallen brother some may forget what we did 58 years ago today but we few lucky one will always remember as we stood our ground and some gave all that they had to give as we bought time for help to arrive.We the living will say to those that did not make it R I P M B U A R Sign 40 Yards

Keywords: Battle at Chonan Kun River Taejon Battles at the First and Second Naktong Bulge



Entry: 64689
Subject: I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT MY DAD MSG DAVID PAUL SLUDER

Mary Gail Smith (Sluder) wrote on March 11, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: PINE AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad was MIA on July 14, 1950, he was fighting the enemy along the Kum River, near Sinuiju. I would love to hear from anyone who knew my dad.

Keywords: 63rd Field Artillery Battalion (105MM)
B BTRY
24th Infantry Division



Entry: 63521
Subject: FOR MY FATHER

Taylor Burgess JR. wrote on December 24, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: LEXINGTON PARK MD

Unit: 63RD FIELD ARTILLERY BN (105MM)

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Reviewing my father WWII record, he just turned 90, was with the 24th Inf, 63rd Field Artillery Bn from Aug 44 to Feb 46

Keywords: Asiatic-Pacific



Entry: 63495
Subject: 1954, YANGU VALLEY MEMBER OF HQ BTRY SEEKS PAST COMRADES

Floyd Durham JR. wrote on December 22, 2007


City and State: FORT WORTH TX

Unit: HQ BTRY, 63D FA BN, 24TH INF DIV AND HQ BTRY,24TH

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Yangu Valley, Yangu River



Entry: 63133
Subject: THE L T C DRESSLER CPL MCCALL R I P

James W. Bolt wrote on November 22, 2007


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: BATTERY [B] 63D FA BN C-BATTERY 52D FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: L T C Dressler along with his driver Cpl McCall were kill at the Kum River on the 14 July 1950 when the 63d was over run.Two years later they were found in a two man fox hole. They remains were never seperated by G R. Mrs Dressler told me that the McCall gave they permission so the two of them were reintered in the same plot in the family cemetery

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Entry: 61982
Subject: WE LAID A SOLDIER TO REST TODAY

James W. Bolt wrote on August 16, 2007


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: BATTERY [B] 63D FA BN C-BATTERY 52D FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: On the 12 August we laid a soldier to rest. The mournful sound of taps as we pay our last respect to Julius E Barefoot.He got us through those early days in Korea 6 July to the break out of the Pusan Perimeter North to Sinuiju South to the 38 parallel.You rest well for you will never be forgotten. From all of your troops from B Battery 63d Field Artillery Battalion.

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Entry: 61793
Subject: MSGT HAROLD FAWCETT

Taylor Fawcett JR. wrote on July 28, 2007


City and State: CAVE CREEK AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Uncle Brownie died on July 21, 1950, near Taejon. We were told that a
grenade was thrown in the jeep he was driving/riding in. Does anyone
have information on him. He was a member of the 63rd FA, 24th ID.

Thanks
Taylor Fawcett
MSGT USAF Retired

Keywords: Uncle Brownie



Entry: 61623
Subject: 57 YEARS AGO TODAY

James W. Bolt wrote on July 14, 2007


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: B BATTERY 63RD FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: To day 57 years ago the 63d Field Artillery Battalion was overrun on the 14 July by the North Korean Army 16th Regiment 4th Infantry Division.The Battalion was three miles South West of the city of Kongju East of the Kum River.The unit was near the Village of Samgyo Ri when it was attack at 1300 hour by a force of 500 man force that overran the outpost then with machine guns from the outpost and heavy fire they knock out all communication to other unit. With fires in the motor pool ammunition pits.Short on small ammunition [60 round per man] we were forced to retreat By 1500 hour the Battalion was over run and lost 11 Officers 125 Enlisted men 23 Kia 24 Mia 89 Pow To those that never return I say we know not where you rest tonight but you sleep well because we will not rest till your remains are return to you love ones,

Keywords: Vagabond Motto [Hanau Ia No Ke Kaua].Chonan Kum River Tajon Naktong River Tague James Thomas J R Duran Royal V Tiner Olin Yates Boyd Tucker whom I knew for just a short time had he lived we would have become friends and me Forty Yards



Entry: 61274
Subject: B BATTERY 63RD FIELD ARTILLERY

Alan Roberts wrote on June 10, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: HEMET CA

Unit: B BATTERY 63RD FA. 24TH DIV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was in Fire Direction Center, in the new 24th in Japan and later in Korea. The fall of 1951 until December 1953 when i rotated home and got out of the service.

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Entry: 60807
Subject: HAPPY BIRTHDAY

James W. Bolt wrote on April 26, 2007


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: BATTERY [B] 63D FA BN C-BATTERY 52D FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: The 21st Infantry Regiment Association will meet at the Drawbridige Inn for they renuion and all attached unit from the 12 through the 14 June.On the 13 of June we will be celebrating the 100 birthday of B G Miller O Perry. Please join us if you can to celebrate this great event.

Keywords: Commanded 52d Fa Bn at the first battle [Task Force Smith]of the Korean War at Osan.



Entry: 59807
Subject: B BATTERY SOUTHCAMP/ KOREA

Don Page wrote on January 26, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: BURLINGTON WI

Unit: B BATTERY63RDFIELD 24TH DIV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: time of service from 1952 to 1954

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Entry: 59775
Subject: CHECK IT OUT

James W. Bolt wrote on January 23, 2007


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: B BTRY 63 C BTRY 52

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: You can soon find my memoir on the {Korean war educator home page ] Re live those day from a by gone era From Japan to August 1951 Forty Yards

Keywords: Forty Yards Chonan 8th July 1950 Kum Rive Hq battery at Taebong-ri cr303-139 A battery at Samgyo ri cr 306-323 B battery at Chum ri cr 309-323 Korean map 1:50.000 Map sheet6623.111.14 July 1950 Tajon air strip 17 18 19 July 1950. On the morning of the 20 fought our way out of Tajon.On august 20 1950 became C battery 52 fa bn



Entry: 59493
Subject: UP DATING MY E MAIL

James W. Bolt wrote on January 6, 2007


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: 63D FIELD ARTILLARY 24TH INF DIV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Just thought i would up dete my e mail and say Hanau Ia No KE Kaua to all those old Vagabond

Keywords:



Entry: 58453
Subject: SEARCH FOR INFO ON FREDRICK W.BERTRANG JR.

Sharon R. Bertrang wrote on August 12, 2006


City and State: ALTOONA WI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: MIA July 20-21,1950 battle at Kum River Line

Keywords: nickname Junior



Entry: 58061
Subject: WONDERING ABOUT COMRADES

James Cox wrote on July 11, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: TALLAHASSEE FL

Unit: HQ. BATTERY, 63RD FA BN, 24 DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Civilian occupation at the time was Florida Highway Patrolman. Retired from that position in 1971.

Keywords: Served in unit from May 1953 to September 1954. Joining at Camp Fuji in Japan, going to Korea Latter May.



Entry: 57991
Subject:

Calvin Langford wrote on July 6, 2006


City and State: KAUFMAN TX

Unit: 63RD FA BN. B BATTERY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I'm looking for anyone who served in my unit in 57 and 58. After the 24th Inf. Div. changed to 1st Cav. Div. We moved across the Imjim River, on the DMZ, to Heavy Mortor Battery 7th Cav. 4th Battle Group. After the winter of 57, we moved south of the river and occupied the old 7th Div. Compound.

Keywords: 36rd FA Bn.- Mortor Battery 4th Battle Group 7th Cav. 57 and 58



Entry: 57624
Subject: B BATTERY, SOUTH CAMP/KOREA

Alan Roberts wrote on June 11, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: HEMET CA

Unit: B BATTERY, 63RD FA 24TH DIV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I was in fire direction except when a drunken battery commander moved me to Sgt. Carpenters gun section.



Entry: 57605
Subject: B BATTERY

Alan Roberts wrote on June 10, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: HEMET CA

Unit: 63RD VA B BATTERY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Fire direction center



Entry: 57258
Subject: HQ BTRY, 63 ART BN

Diana Fessler wrote on May 21, 2006


City and State: NEW CARLISLE OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am writing the story of Elwood Lewis "Louie" Ditmer. Looking for early details concerning the 63rd FAB in Japan among other things.

Keywords: enlistment, Japan, arrived in Korea, attached to units, Tiger



Entry: 57078
Subject: E MAIL UP DATE

James W. Bolt wrote on May 9, 2006


City and State: LAURENS SC

Unit: B BTRY 63 FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: up date e mail also same for Royal Tiner

Keywords: first battle at chonan on the 8 july 14 july over run on the Kum river near village song yo ri fought way out Tajon on the 20 july






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