Dad in Korea 1952

First, I'll offer up this bonus photo. Walking beside General Pershing is my grandfather Zeno who was an enlisted man in an American artillery unit in WWI. 

I have discovered the few photos dad had from when he was in Korea and I thought they would be of interest, so, here they are:

  In this  pic, dad is inspecting the .45 auto of the Marine in front of him. Truman had largely completed the integration of the military by this time and the back of a  "Dark Marine" can be seen at the far left. The tents in the upper part of the photo were terraced in the hope that enemy artillery fired from the opposite side of the hill would not have a trajectory shallow enough to hit the tents.

In the above photo is dad's radioman. I wish I could enlarge the pics, but anyway, for the younger ones, the soldier on the far right is holding a beer can. In those days the cans were steel and you needed a can opener to open them. They are also enjoying some Coke.

This photo is of Outpost Detroit, which dad noted was about 800 yards away.

This next picture is kind of interesting in that dad is holding a pheasant. In those days, soldiers usually ate canned rations. Relatives could also send cookies and snacks, which is what the guys were enjoying in a previous photo. Back to the pheasant...
There were mines in Korea, napalm was also widely used and I can recall dad mentioning walking past a "clump" of 20 or 30 fried Chinese soldiers who suffered a direct napalm hit. Anyway, the anti-personnel land mines used by both sides were calibrated for the weight of a human. Pheasants were too light to detonate the mines. The mined areas became overgrown with vegetation and the pheasants got quite big and fat. The birds that wandered close to the edge of the mine fields were shot and made a tasty meal supplement.

  Dad's corpsman.

 The fun of filling sand bags. Note that the officer doing the shoveling is sporting a revolver instead of the issued .45 auto.

Dad taking a rest. His .30 cal. M1 carbine is to his left as is his flak vest. Effective body armor was still a couple of decades away, but the flak vests could stop some shrapnal.

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Comment by Arthur James on December 13, 2013 at 4:01am


Theres is a time for every season . . .

a time to speak and a time to refrain

from speech

a time to be born and a time to die

a time for peace and a time for war

a time to sow tears and a time to

reap ...


Thanks . . .

Comment by Mike Shields on December 13, 2013 at 7:03am
Comment by Mike Shields on December 13, 2013 at 7:04am

Arthur and Veronica, thanks for commenting.

Comment by Mike Shields on December 13, 2013 at 7:13am

Oh, and for those of you who remember me from Open Salon, (I still have a benign blog over there but my other blog got canned) I'll stay away from my more vitriolic stuff here.

Comment by alsoknownas on December 13, 2013 at 8:18am

"20 or 30 fried Chinese soldiers"

I'd say stick to the scrapbooking hobby and give up on writing.

Comment by Mike Shields on December 13, 2013 at 6:32pm

Thanks for the comment Steel Breeze. Nobody seems to know much or care much about the Korean conflict. I thought the photos were worth sharing.

Alsoknownas, yeah, my writing is basically brief and to the point, for the most part. I might try poetry someday though.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 14, 2013 at 6:19pm

Bless him, and you for sharing him w us. 

Comment by Mike Shields on December 14, 2013 at 6:40pm

Thanks Jonathan. My father was a fine gentleman and all around swell guy. I didn't turn out too well, but that was all on me. Also, while our politics are at opposite ends of the spectrum, your heart always seems to be in the right place.


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