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  •  I'm 84. Was in the area. (2+ / 0-)
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    mosesfreeman, leftykook

    Enlisted for three year at 17. Was extended a year because of Korea. We used to look up at the planes and envied, how the flyers could go to a safe place after a flight and sleep in a warm bed. I was a pfc and a first scout. We were on the real front line 24 hours a day, every day for many months without a break.

    War is costly. Peace is priceless!

    by frostbite on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:18:14 AM PDT

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    •  Little did you know at the time.... (2+ / 0-)
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      The Termite, frostbite

      The Marines were living in hootches (tents erected over a floor) so they weren't lying on frozen ground, but they lived in multiple layers of clothes all the time and hadda warm the oil sumps with blowtorches to get the helicopters running in the morning....

      (I assume the Anchor-Clanker Jet-Jocks went back to the carrier every night and the Wingnut F-86 and P-51 guys went back to Japan, but the helicopter and Corsair-drivers were living "in the mud" on the peninsula too...)

      I have a bunch of photos dad took in Korea, pictures of helos on the flight line, pictures of wrecked aircraft, and dad's guys standing in front of their hootch...The pictures are revealing, the guys are clearly filthy, wearing raggedy-assed uniforms, they all have three or four-day beards....One neat photo has my step-dad and his pal (our next-door neighbor at New River years later,) they're holding pump shotguns and holding up big fat pheasants....They must have borrowed the shotguns from the MPs....

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:46:13 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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        frostbite, leftykook

        My father was in Korea. From what I hear not by choice as he missed his college registration and was drafted. He says it was miserable, cold, and the army issued long underwear itched. It really affected him mentally and emotionally.

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