933rd Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion - Mobile


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Entry: 95609
Subject: EXPERIENCES WITH THE 933RD AA BN

Ben Raphel wrote on April 30, 2018


City and State: NEWARK DE

Unit: HQ BTRY & BTRY D, 933RD AAA AW BN

Service or Relationship: U.S. Army

Comments: I was assigned to the 933rd in late December, 1952 and became their Asst. S-4. (supply officer) for about one month. Due to a change in regulations, I was then reassigned to Battery D as a platoon leader. My platoon headquarters was inside Inchon's tidal basin, and I was responsible for (8) sections, each consisting of a 40 mm AA gun and an M-55 machine gun. These were located around the outer (uncompleted) tidal basin and within the city of Inchon. In February of 1953 I went by LST to Chodo, where our Battery A was stationed. I was still the battalion's Class A agent (paymaster) and carried a payroll of about $12,000 in script for our troops (no problem), as well as 15,000,000 won (big problem: [150,000] 100-won bills, but worth only about $2,300) for our civilian employees. The money was in a duffle bag, almost too heavy to lift. Before the troops could be paid, the won was devalued and I could not pay the Koreans. The LST that took me to Chodo was iced in for a while, but eventually I was able to lug my duffle bag to a bank to Seoul, exchanged the old won for the new, and return to Chodo. This time, though, a C-45 with a Turkish or Greek pilot was able to land on the beach. My platoon was in great shape, thanks to the expertise of my platoon sergeant, MSgt Tucker, who had served as a captain (I think) in WWII and took the demotion in order to stay in the army. Fortunately, I let him run the show, and by the time he rotated home a couple of months later, I knew what I was doing - at least I thought I did. I don't remember many names - there was a Lt. Flowers and a Lt. McAlvee. Another lieutenant - I don't remember his name - was an entomologist and forever swatting bugs. My best section leader was MSgt Plante. I was proud to promote him from SFC. The battery commander was Capt. Anderson. My jeep driver's name was Parker, but more often than not, I drove myself. I have lots of pictures and would love to hear from Battery D friends or their children.

Keywords: Battery D, Chodo



Entry: 94941
Subject: KOREAN WAR 1950

Fred Lott wrote on September 1, 2017


City and State: CHICAGO IL

Unit: A BTRY 933 AAA AW

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords:



Entry: 94524
Subject: MY DAD

Cecilia Broussard wrote on April 11, 2017


City and State: BAKERSFIELD CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for anyone with photos of my dad Stanley Broussard he served in the Army
933rd Antiaircraft Battalion / Korean War. My dad passed away in 2014...I'm
looking for any photos of him from the Army days in 1946. Please email or call me
if you knew my dad or have any photos with him in them. Thank you

Keywords:



Entry: 93293
Subject: UNIT PX ITEM

Ric Davis N/A wrote on June 4, 2016


City and State: SPRING T.

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Yesterday a Korean War Vets daughter came by the store, and sold me a Zippo Style Lighter, ..It has the Unit Crest, and HQ Btry , 933rd AAA BN. She had no other info but said was her dad's. Anyone interested in it please call.. It belongs to someone who was there with the unit.

Keywords:



Entry: 89878
Subject: APRIL 15TH 1953 BOMBIND CHODO ISLAND

Anthony Grisafe wrote on October 30, 2014


City and State: KENNEWICK WA

Unit: 361ST RCS

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: I'm looking for any pictures or personal stories from the bombing that killed Richard Tucker and William Walsh on Chodo island on April 15th 1953. It's a significant date in Air Force history, because it was that last time US service members where attacked by enemy aircraft.

Keywords: Chodo Island, Richard Tucker, William Walsh, April 15th 1953



Entry: 89773
Subject: ARMY

Elmer Stephenson wrote on October 10, 2014


City and State: EUDORA AR

Unit: BATTERY C 933 RD FIELD ART. BATTALLION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: this is on my grandpa he was in the army i was looking up to see if there was any pic. of him in anything. my name is brenda

Keywords:



Entry: 89488
Subject: CWO / 1LT NOBLE RICE

David Moeller wrote on August 11, 2014


City and State: LAS CRUCES NM

Unit: N/A

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Found the MPRJ of a MAJ Noble Rice in a trunk from a deceased wife. This Soldier served in 933d AAA in Korea. 1951-53. Would like to know more of unit and share file if interested.

Keywords:



Entry: 89399
Subject: COMRAR

Frederick E. Johnson SR. wrote on July 28, 2014


City and State: WILMINGTON NC

Unit: HQ BTRY 933RD AAA AW BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: LOOKING FOR SINCLAIR DAVIS THAT WAS STATIONED WITH ME IN KOREA 1915-- 1952 WE HAD BEEN IN THE SAME TENT ON A OUT POST NEAR THE DMZ HILL UNKNOWN WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO SPEAK TO HIM IF POSSIBLE ON A ISSUE WE HAD WHILE IN KOREA
SO IF ANYONE, KNOWS HIS LOCATION, PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP

THANKS FRED JOHNSON

Keywords: EDWARD GREEN A MEMBER OF MY//OUR UNIT EDWARD LIVES IN NEW JERSEY



Entry: 88816
Subject: JOSEPH L. JACKSON

Bernetta Claiborne wrote on April 29, 2014


City and State:

Unit: 933RD AW BN

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for information on my father, such as photo of entire unit

Keywords:



Entry: 88577
Subject: I HAVE SOME OF YOUR GEAR!

Jason McPeak wrote on March 19, 2014


City and State: WEBSTER TX

Unit: NONE

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Hello members of the 933rd I recently acquired an old EE-8 field telephone in pretty good condition, when it arrived, it was marked 933rd CSS COMM, I had to do a little repair on the ringer (needed adjustment) but it works great, and is apart of my friends and family's own personal survival gear for use in establishing local communications after a major disaster. I just wanted to let you all know that it's still serving a useful purpose, and will be well cared for.

Keywords: 933rd, ee-8, field, phone, equipment, gear, comm



Entry: 87785
Subject: JOHNNY C. LOPEZ SR. BTRY CLERK HQ BTRY 933D AAA BN (AW) (MBL) APO 971

Johnny Lopez JR. wrote on November 24, 2013


City and State: ELOY AZ

Unit: HQ BTRY 933D AAA BN (AW) (MBL) APO 971

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Im Looking For Info On My Dad Johnny C. Lopez He past Away A couple of weeks ago and I would greatly appreciate any info on Hq Btry 933d AAA Bn (AW) (MBL) APO 971 between the years 1952-1953 feel free to email me and share storys or pics. i also have pic that i would like to share. Thank You

Keywords: Johnny C. Lopez - Eloy, AZ
Hq Btry 933d AAA Bn (AW) (MBL) APO 971



Entry: 85720
Subject: JUNIOR URIE BRAMEL

Kenneth Williams wrote on March 16, 2013


City and State: ROBERTSVILLE MO

Unit: 1438 ENGINEERING CO. MONG

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for anyone that knew my uncle Cpl Junior
Bramel who served in Korea in I think 1953 and 1954.
His grave stone says he was in CPL BTRY B 933 AAA AW
BN. He unfortunately died in Feb. of 1956; I am a Vietnam
veteran born in 1951 so I barely remember uncle Junior.
I would so much like to hear from a fellow veteran that
served with and knew him.

Keywords: Junior Urie Bramel



Entry: 80509
Subject: 933RD AAA - A BATTERY

Andrew Ruby wrote on September 26, 2011


City and State: SAN ANTONIO TEXAS

Unit: 933 AAA ARMY

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Father Henry Ruby just passed away in Colorado ,
at the age of 81 ,he was stationed in Korea as a
gunner, during late 52 to about Nov 53. Didn't talk
much about what happened there . Don't know if he was
there when they were bombed in Apr 15th 1953 . Have
some photo's if interested .

Keywords: A battery , gunner ,



Entry: 76916
Subject: LLANDED IN INCHON 04 1951 VIA LST FROM JAPAN

Frederick E. Johnson SR. wrote on November 25, 2010


City and State: WILMINGTON NC

Unit: 933RD AAA AW BN COPANY B

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: WILL BE HAPPY TO FIND ANY OF MY OLD BUDDIES

Keywords: RETURNED TO THE USA ON A TROOP CARRIER [GORDON OR MIGS]
WAS STATIONE AR SUWON AFB THEN TO CHINCON NEAR THE DMZ



Entry: 76915
Subject: LLANDED IN INCHON 04 1951 VIA LST FROM JAPAN

Frederick E. Johnson SR. wrote on November 25, 2010


City and State: WILMINGTON NC

Unit: 933RD AAA AW BN COPANY B

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: WILL BE HAPPY TO FIND ANY OF MY OLD BUDDIES

Keywords: RETURNED TO THE USA ON A TROOP CARRIER [GORDON OR MIGS]
WAS STATIONE AR SUWON AFB THEN TO CHINCON NEAR THE DMZ



Entry: 76219
Subject: 933RD AAA AW BN C BATT. INCHON

Richard B. Fobar wrote on September 21, 2010

Email Update Needed



City and State: BROWNSTOWN TWP MI

Unit: 933RD AAA AW BN BATT C WALMDO IS.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I arrived in Korea at the end of March 1953. I was assigned to Wamedo Island Motor Pool. Upon reaching my location I was given the job of parts man/Dispatched and lead mechanic. I was Placed in charge of the motor pool. This job required me to be the last light out when an air raid occurred. During my assignmant through July of 1954 my position was bombed twice for which I received two Battle Stars.
Fo
One of these Battle Stars I earned was from the bombing of our P.O.L.(fuel depot). the evening that this occurred I received an urgent call that the air raid resulted in this bombing. The Caller requested that I bring a Vehicle to the P.O.L. to remove a gun from the exploding area so that it would not be damaged from the exploding barrels around. Upon arriving to remove the gun several drums of fuel exploded around me. shortly, thereafter, a drum of fuel exploded a few feet from me and this is when I received the perforated eardrum.

Keywords: 75956



Entry: 74103
Subject: INCHON AND 933AAA

Gayle Gamblin wrote on March 27, 2010


City and State: SULPHUR SPRINGS TX

Unit: 933AAA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was stationed on the seawall on Walmi Do for awhile. Was between Inchon and Seoul when "bed check charlie' threw the hand grenades out of the little puddle jumper of a plane. Charlie flew right over our OP. We could see his blue exaust. Couldn't fire because Teagu or someone would not permit such. Some time about July/August some of us were sent to the front lines with new vehicles which we picked up in Seoul. Best to all of you and GOD bless AMERICA!!!

Keywords: Walmi Do and Inchon:

I served from late 1952 to late 1953. Was always around Inchon or toward Seoul. I was in a radar unit.

Never went to Chodo, but was always hearing about the pounding they took from the mainland. I know people were happy when the USS Missouria visited!



Entry: 74100
Subject: SUPPLIED CHODO ABOARD USS LST 836 1953

Raymond (Ray) Gibson SR. wrote on March 27, 2010


City and State: FLORENCE SC

Unit: USS LST 836

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served aboard the USS LST 836 in Korea, 1951 and 1953. Remembering the many time that we were fired at supplying Chodo, and retrieving the CIA fighters before the Armistice was signed, near Chodo.

Keywords: Battles at Chodo



Entry: 72670
Subject: GREGORIO

Rolando Calanchi wrote on December 7, 2009


City and State:

Unit: BTRY D 933D AAABN (AW) (MBL)

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for anyone who served in btry d with my father Gregorio "Greg" Calanchi or can give a history of Btry d during the time he was there. My father died nov 2006

Keywords: Father served in army april 1953 to march 1955. 1 year 5 months in Korea



Entry: 67940
Subject: PLEASE HELP NEED ASAP

C.J. Williams wrote on November 19, 2008


City and State: MAPLE HTS OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: HEllo
My uncle Mancey was in the Korean War 1951.
He was injured alone with other soldiers,they were evacuated out to Tokyo Japan Hospital where they were treated.My uncle stayed in the hospital 4 months.There was an article written on him at that time,and he also recieved a medal because he was injured.If anyone can help me obtain this article I would greatly appreciate it,it means alot to me to have this.
Thank-You

Keywords: James B. Murrell "Mancey"
Company B or Barry
933rd Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion



Entry: 64765
Subject: LOOKING FOR BUDDIES.

Becky Easterly wrote on March 17, 2008


City and State: OXFORD KS

Unit: 933RD AAA BATTALLION HEADQUARTERS UNIT

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I'm looking for some of my Dad's old buddies that he might have served with in Inchon Korea from 1953-55. His name is Lee H. Stoner and he is from Kansas. He is always telling us about a 'house boy' name Chey/Chay. He drove the jeep for Colonel Ball.

Any information would be appreciated.

Keywords:



Entry: 63014
Subject: FIVE YEAR UP-DATE

Albert Villanueva SR. wrote on November 14, 2007

Deceased

City and State: SACRAMENTO CA

Unit: 933RD. AAA BATTALION(MBL), BATTERY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: On 2002-05-04(Entry 25214), I described my experiences on Chodo
Island, with the 933rd. AAA Battalion, Battery "A", where I was wounded
by a 500 pound bomb. Two of my buddies were killed that night:Richard
Tucker of Ocean County, N.J., and william R. Walsh of Queens County, NY.
I was severely wounded, and I will always remember the help that was
given to me by Cpl. Leroy D. Simmons. Sometime after I posted that
message, I was able to find "Dil" Simmons living with his wife in
Huntsville, Alabama. I am now living in Sacramento, California, with my
wife of 27 years, Nancy. And Nancy's daughter, Jenny, has just presented
me with my 11th. grand child.

Keywords: CHODO ISLAND, NORTH KOREA. BOMBING OF APRIL 15, 1953



Entry: 58134
Subject: 933 AAA

Barry Gann wrote on July 17, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: ROBINSON TX

Unit: 933 AAA

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad served in the Korean War and all I can get out of him is he served with the 933 AAA fired a 40 mm and it was "cold as hell". His name is Billy Virgil Gann from Meridian, Texas. Looking for anyone who may have served with him. He is 75 years old and will be celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary on July 27th.

Keywords:



Entry: 53912
Subject: SON OF BATTERY C, 933D AAA AW BN (M) VETERAN

Robert Rainwater wrote on November 4, 2005


City and State: SWEETWATER TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, Walter Lee Rainwater, served in Btry C 933d AAA AW Bn (M) unit in Korea. He talked of "Bedcheck Charlie" many times. He talked about a Black soldier, named Johnson, he served with several times. And a little Korean boy named Mike. Daddy passed away in Lubbock, Texas, on March 29, 2004 at age 72. In his later years, he tried to prove to the VA that he was wounded when an artillery gun rolled over his foot. But he didn't have any "right" evidence to convence the VA.

Keywords: "Bedcheck Charlie", Johnson, Mike



Entry: 45457
Subject: 933RD AAA AW BN DOG 4

Vance Wilkins wrote on August 26, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Brother Veterans, I regret to inform you that
SSG Marshel Wilkins, 933rd AAA AW BN(Dog-4)Inchon
3/53 to 8/54 past away this year on Easter Sunday
at the age of 73.He was a proud veteran of a forgotten war and it is ashame that our country has waited until the last 5to10 years to start remembering.I am proud to say that I have truly walked in the footsteps of my father having served in Korea in the late 80,s,I stood on the exact point,on the concrete he helped poor,that at that time still had the names of those who where their.I am also proud of the fact that I have walked a mile in his shoe's, Panama 89, First Iraq War, and I am currently due to deploy again to Iraq in November 04,on my 36th birthday no less,(Happy Birthday to Me).Gentlemen I salute you ALL and may God Bless You All.

Keywords: 933rd AAA AW BN Dog 4



Entry: 43755
Subject: CHO'DO FIRING QUAD 50 AT BEDCHECK CHARLIE

Bruce Pennington wrote on June 12, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: GALLATIN TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Dad was SFC Millard Pennington who was stationed at Chodo during the Korean War. He would have been in his early 30's then. He had served on Okinawa in WWII. He would tell me of Bedcheck Charlie gliding in with engine off but he could hear the sound of the wind over the wings and ran outside and fired a quad 50 at the biplane. He said that a Marine colonel was commanding officer of the place at the time he was there. He said the place was shelled hard after he left the island.

Keywords: "Old Sarge"



Entry: 43461
Subject: 933 AAA AW BN

Leo Butler JR. wrote on June 2, 2004


City and State: SMITHFIELD RI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I am looking for anyone that served with my father- leo butler- 1946-1948. He was stationed in Yokohama. He also played in a band as well. Or knows the history of the 933rd AAA Aw Bn

Keywords: 1946-1948 : separation center- Fort Lawton or Collins



Entry: 39845
Subject: FORMER KOREAN BUDDIES

Richard King wrote on January 8, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: 933RD AAA BATALION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: 933rd aaa batalion

Keywords:



Entry: 39724
Subject: 933RD DOG 4

Vance Wilkins wrote on January 4, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for anyone who might have served with my father Marshel J. Wilkins, Sgt Dog 4 3/53 to 8/54
My father would dearly love to here from you if you served with him. Thank You!

Keywords:



Entry: 38472
Subject: LOOKING FOR FATHER'S ARMY BUDDIES

Donna Cleveland wrote on November 18, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I'm looking for anyone who may have served with my father, Sgt. Lyle "Sonny" Cleveland. He was the squad leader for the 933rd AAA BN Mobile. According to an old photo that I have, he served with a Sgt. Traban who was the Section Chief along with someone by the name of Sullivan, Reed and Harris. I believe my father served in 1952 and 1953. Any help would be appreciated.

Keywords: Sgt. Lyle "Sonny" Cleveland - Squad Leader



Entry: 37492
Subject: SERGEANT MORRIS POINDEXTER - UNIT PHOTO

Michael Poindexter wrote on October 11, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: GARLAND TX

Unit: DETACHMENT 1, 433 ACCS

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Dad served with the unit in the 1950's. His name was Sergeant Morris Poindexter. He told me he was with the unit shortly after it intergrated from a all black unit. He recently mailed me a unit picture of all the members in the unit. If you are looking for a copy of the picture contact me. I have it! myke59@earthlink.net. My dad is still alive and lives in San Bernardino near the old March AFB. where you unit was intergrated!!!!

Keywords:



Entry: 34832
Subject: CHO-DO A BATTERY 52-53

Johnnie Hyson wrote on June 12, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: OAKLAND MD

Unit: A BTRY. 933RD. AAA MOBILE

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: remember the night bed check charlie visited and hit the section on top of the hill. my section was the 40 mm above the radar section on the beach. call if you want to communicate in ref. to that period on cho-do.

Keywords: cho-do island, a btry 933 aaa 1952-1953



Entry: 34266
Subject: CHO ISLAND

Susan Steeves wrote on May 19, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for anyone who may have served with my father, Tom Steeves. He was on Ch'o Island from 1952-1953.

Keywords: Cho Island, 933rd AWBN, battalion A, 38th battalion



Entry: 32940
Subject: ANYONE IN 933RD IN CHODO AND IN BAKER 1952-1953

Delphino Vega wrote on March 20, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: CAMBRIA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: 933rd in Chodo and in Incho POL Baker...
Anyone familiar with these names or this time period and remembrance please email if you like to correspond.

Keywords: Names I remember; Manshrek from Chicago, Haley from Wyoming, Goodall from Los Angeles, Start from New York, Bronx.



Entry: 32891
Subject: BAKER 933RD 1952-1953

Delphino Vega wrote on March 18, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: CAMBRIA CA

Unit: 933RD BAKER AND BATT A

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for Goodall and Stuart from New York.

Keywords:



Entry: 32219
Subject: 933RD ANTI AIRCRAFT-1946

Stanley Broussard wrote on February 20, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: LOOKING FOR ANY ONE OR ANY INFORMATION REGARDING 933RD ANTI AIRCRAFT. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH ANYONE WHO SERVED AT THE SAME TIME. THANKS

Keywords:



Entry: 30498
Subject: PROTECTION OF THE 'COLONIALS' ON CHODO

Hedley Murton wrote on December 19, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: EX- ROYAL NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My radio watches were spent with 'split-phone' setup....a Korean marine..in Morse on one ear, and US personnel .... in voice on the other ear.
Chodo callsign was "Chorus" and our ship was "Lancewood six"[as I recall]. The US contact was supposed to call every half hour for a check, as the island had to be kept secure for the radar station to direct bombers from Japan, to stop them crossing the Yalu river and starting WWIII.
things were OK until the operator on the island got a little apprehensive, as the tide receded and the mud-flat became exposed [possible incursion from the mainland] and his calls went down to just a few minutes apart. The noram check was "How do you read?"...reply... Five by Five.. when he go over active I had to stop the rot by replying "I read you two by two by two".. when he queried this I explained "I read you too loud, too clear, and too cotton-picking often".. he went back to the scheduled half-hour intervals, and all was well again. Good luck you vets, may your days be long in the land of your retirement.
From a "Limey swabbie"

Keywords: Served onboard HMS Whitesand Bay [CTU 95:1:5]
Lying off Chodo to bombard mainland and protect radar installations on the island from incusions across the mud-flats at low tide.



Entry: 28327
Subject: BATTERY A, 933RD AAA AW BN

Artemas Arnwine wrote on September 17, 2002


City and State: ASHBURN VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: In early July 1950 Battery A left the Battalion in Japan and went to Korea. On July 14, 1950 we were sailing aboard an LST toward an airstrip along the eastern coast of South Korea. We occupied numerous defense positions on Air Force major Airstrips during 1950/51. I am writing memoirs of my time in Battery A and I would like to contact people who served with me.

Keywords:



Entry: 27593
Subject: BATTERY C 933 AAA AW BN

Linda Turr wrote on August 15, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I would like to connect with anyone that served with my brother, Stephen J. Turr who died in Korea, Dec. 14, 1953. We would like to know the circumstances surrounding his death.Thank you for your time and effort.

Keywords: Lt. Dodgen, Cpl. Green



Entry: 25470
Subject: BATTERY CLERK

Elmer Brown wrote on May 14, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was battery clerk of Hq Btry from 5/9/50 through 24/7/50.

Keywords: Mrewb



Entry: 25214
Subject: MORE MEMORIES OF THE 933RD.AAA

Albert Villanueva wrote on May 4, 2002

Deceased

City and State: FAIRFAX CA

Unit: 'A' BATTERY, 933RD. AAA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Now that I have gotten over the shock of seeing
information about my old Army Unit, the 933rd.
on the web, I have decided to elaborate a little
on my previous message.
I will begin by including an excerpt from the
book "THE KOREAN WAR, History and Tactics"
Consultant Editor Davis Rees (Crescent Books,NY).
On page 115, paragraphs 5, 6, and 7:
"Another little-publicised naval operation was
the occupation of strategic offshore North Korean
islands by South Korean Marines, backed by
vessels of TF95, the Blockade Force. These
islands in included Nan-do off the North Korean
east coast near Kojo', and the Yang-do group near
songdjin. There was a similar operation in the
Yellow Sea where Cho-do and Sok-to in the Taedong
estuary were held for most of the period from 1951
to 1953. The UN navies also made sure that
Paengnyong-do and four other associated islands
off the North Korean coast were occupied for the
duration. This particular island group lay south
of the 38th. parallel near the Ongjin peninsula
and custody was retained by the UN Commander-in-
Chief by the armistice of July 1953.
The occupation of these offshore islands, which
was classified information at the time, gave
several important military advantages to the UN
Command. They were used as radar, radio, and
electronic intelligence stations, as well as
air-sea rescue bases. From these islands were
launched special operations againsst the North
Korean mainland. From here agents were systemati-
cally infiltrated from into communist territory.
The radio and electronic listening posts installed
on these islands played an important part in the
air war against North Korea. But it was the UN
navies which supplied and maintained these island
outpostsd. With the armistice of July 1953, the
islands were abandoned--but not before they had
been used for evacuating thousands of anti-
communist guerillas who had been operating
behind communist lines in North Korea.
In all these ways, the UN navies in Korea played
an indispensable part in eroding the communist
military effort for relatively little cost to the
UN forces. Control of the seas around Korea was
one of the cornerstones of the UN effort in the
Korean War."
. Thanks to that book, I now know why the
933rd. AAA Bn. had "A" Battery located up there
on Chodo Island, it was protecting those rescue
and spying stations.
. Now, back to my story: I arrived in Korea
sometime in the middle of the summer. Of the
members of my Basic Training Unit, and Radio and
Radar Repair schools, five of us were sent to
Korea. I can only remember two of them. They
were Harry Deneau, and Bob Smith. Harry quickly
became a sergeant. I think he married the sister
of one our classmates in Radio Repair School(Nat
Sales) and settled down in New York. Bob Smith
replaced me in "A" Battery when I was wounded. He
married his girl friend Judy, and settled down
in San Fernando, California.
. After a few weeks of moving around to a
number of locations north of seoul, I finally
wound up permanently at "D" Baterry of the 933rd
AAA in Inchon. At the time, the 933rd. was an
all-black unit, and I was among the groups of
non-black servicemen who were being sent there to
integrate it. The irony of that situation was
that I am a mixture of Black American and Mexican
American, but because I identified myself as
Mexican American when I entered the service, I
was sent there to help integrate the unit.
. I spent about six months in ""D" Battery
in Inchon. We had three batteries located in
Inchon. "D" was located a few miles east of
Wolmi-do island, right off the main road that
ran from the Wolmi-do to the Kimpo airport and
Seoul. "B" Battery was located a few miles east
of us on the same road, it was the Battalion
Headquarters. A few miles north of ""D" Battery
was a high hill..There was a battey located on
that hill. It must have been "C" Battery.
. I don't remember many names of the soldiers
with whom I served there. I remember Sgt. Jackie
Wynn who was in charge of our Radio Repair Group.
The fellow I replaced was Cpl. Crusar. There was
the "Hawk", Cpl. Hawkins, who was one of the
stronges people I have known. There was Cpl.
Crone from Pennsylvania, and Sam Dorf from New
York. In the beginning of my time there, we had
a South Korean electrician and handy-man working
for us. We called him "Slow-Gin" becaus that was
the way his real name sounded to us.
..................................................
. Sometime around the month of December, I
was painfully aware that I was going to be stuck
in that country for 18 months, and I was not going
to like it any better than I did. I heard about
"A" Battery up on Chodo Island, where you could
serve and go home in 12 months. When I learned
that they needed a Field Radio Repairman, I told
them that I would be glad to transfer there. Lo
and behold, by the month of January, 1953, I was
stationed on Chodo Island!
. Over the years, I have forgotten many of
the names of the servicemen there. Some who
shared the tent with me were Leroy D.Simmons,
Herbert Tucker, William Walsh, a fellow named
McCutcheon and his friend, Harry.
. Now, from January to April of 1953, things
were pretty quiet up there on Chodo Island. Our
tents were located of the slope of the hill,
facing away from the mainland of North Korea. A
few times we walked to the top of the hill and
watched the communistic forces shelling the
village that was located down on the beach. We
were reckless to stand there and watch the shells
land. The enemt never shelled us, though they
could have easily reised their sights and fired
away at us.
On the night of April 15, 1953, I was sitting
on a cot in the left-hand side of our tent, and
I was listening to PFC Herbert Tucker and his
pal, william Walsh loudly discussing baseball.
Just a few minutes before, I was right in the
thick of the fray with my own opinions, but I soon
tired of it all. I turned on a radio that was
located right next to the cot, and I was enjoying
hearing Jonie James sing "Purple Shades of
Eveningtide."
. The next events all happened at the same
time:
. There was a tremendous air pressure
. all around.
. Everything went completly black.
. All sound was immediately shut off.
. A powerful force picked me up like a
. rag doll and flung me forward and on to
. the floor.
. While lying face-down on the floor, there
was a loud ringing in my ear, and I could hear
the voices of the other occupants of the tent
excitely ask what had happened, and how was
everybody else? I realized that I was still
conscious, and began to use my left arm and hand
to see if all of my body was still in one piece.
I could not use my right arm and right leg, but
I was so relieved to know that they were still
attached to me.
. The gist of the matter was that Pfc.
Herbert Tucker, and William Walsh were both
instantly killed by the blast. I was seriously
wounded, and two others in the tent next to ours
were slightly wounded.
. I spent about 3 months in the hospital in
Japan.. In July of 1953, I was sent home to the
Letterman Army Hospital in the Presidion in San
Francisco. After that, I spent about six months
in the artillery Battalion in San Pedro, calif.
I was discharged from the service in March 1954.
I married my first wife in 1954, and we had five
children. (I now have seven grandchildren!)
After a divorce, I married

Keywords: Most significant duty was on Chodo Island, where I
was wounded. Most vivid memory that was not
dangerous was seeing Debbie Reynolds in pink long
Johns (in U.S.O. sho



Entry: 25158
Subject: CHODO ISLAND,15APR1953

Albert Villanueva wrote on May 1, 2002

Deceased

City and State: FAIRFAX CA

Unit: 'A' BATTERY, 933 AAA BN.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I arrived in "A" Battery sometime in January of
1953. I transferred from "D" Battery in Inchon.

On the night of April 15, 1953 I was sitting
on a cot in my tent and listening to two of my
buddies talking about baseball. Thanks to the
message from John Costello, I know now that they
were William R. Walsh and Herbert Tucker.
I was trying to drown out their loud chatter by
listening to Joni James singing "Purple Shades of
Eveningtide" when all of a sudden everything went
dark, all sound stopped, and something picked me
up like a rag doll and flung me forward, on to the
ground. It was an explosion that instantly killed
soldiers Walsh and Tucker, and almost killed me.
For almost 50 years I thought that it was a 75mm
shell from the North Korea mainland, i didn't
know 'till now that it was actually a 500 lb.
bomb.
After so many years, I don't remember too many
names. I do remember Cpl. Leroy D. Simmons who
was very helpful to me that night, a Cpl.
Mccutcheon ; his buddy Harry, a Cpl. Kiser, and
the man who replaced me, Cpl. Bob Smith.
I still have some vivid memories to the
island, but to this day I don't know if we were
actually on Chodo Island, or Sokto Island. Maybe
someone can solve this proble

Keywords: Cpl. Albert Villanueva--RA 19397479
"A" Battery, 933AAA Bn.



Entry: 23859
Subject: LOOKING FOR OFFICER K.A. NEUDORFF

Scott Hoffman wrote on March 11, 2002


City and State: ST. JOSEPH MO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Hi I am trying to find out information on an old officer by the name of K.A. Neudorff. I have something that belonged to him during the war. thanks

Keywords: 933rd valiant and patient



Entry: 21639
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD SQUAD MATES

Frank Bianchi wrote on December 19, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: 7TH INFANTRY 8TH ARMY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: 993AA Unit and I served from Dec 1952 to 1954. I was a quad 50 cal gunner on a half track. I served near Osan and Suwon.

Keywords: Angelo D'Angelo,Joseph Andritto, Anthony Accappora(Unsure of the spelling of Tony's last name), Joe Mattera, Joe Pacifico.



Entry: 16009
Subject: 933RD AAA AW BN

Stanley Broussard wrote on April 17, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for information for my dad. Photots, Article, etc. Thanks

Keywords: 23 Jan 46 to 15 July 47. Place of Separation: Separation Center/Fort Lawton Washington



Entry: 15114
Subject: CHODO ISLAND

Richard C. Homan wrote on February 20, 2001


City and State: ST. LOUIS MO

Unit: 933RD AW.BN.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was on Chodo Oct.1952 to July 1953. I thought I
was in B Battery but a message John Costello said
A Battery was there.Oh well that was a long time
ago but we did get shelled from the mainland and
bed check chas did drop a few 500 lbs on us.I was
on the beach next to the Marine encampment, but we
had a bunker with a old radar, quad 50, single 50
and a search light. My Sarg. was Master Sarge
Petrov. I have a photo of 4 of us if anyone is
interested I`ll send it. Cpl. Rich

Keywords: Chodo Island Chodo 1952, Quad 50`s, 40`s Antpl Radar, Woody
Reynolds,Alonzo, Sgt Petrof,Oleg Efromof



Entry: 13861
Subject: 933 VETERAN

Andy (Joseph) Souliere SR. wrote on December 26, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: BIDDEFORD ME

Unit: 933 AAA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am writing for my father who is interested in his old unit. Please if you have anything to share, e-mail him.

Keywords:



Entry: 11588
Subject: QUESTIONS AND INFO

Johnnie Hyson wrote on September 10, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: OAKLAND MD

Unit: A BTRY 933RD. AAA BN MOBILE

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: interested in contact with any former members of
the 933rd.

Keywords:



Entry: 11137
Subject: C 933RD AAA

Don Grover wrote on August 19, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: ENUMCLAW WA

Unit: C 933RD AAA 7/52-9/53

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for Charlie Btry people.

Keywords: Inchon, Walmi do



Entry: 7809
Subject: 1951-52

Johnnie Hyson wrote on April 4, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: OAKLAND MD

Unit: 933RD.AAA BN. SP.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: jr

Keywords: anthony s.rakowski
933rd aaa bn. sp.
1951-1953






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