John Martin: From gunner to driver

2018-04-08T21:49:02+00:00

John Martin was a driver for a battalion commander and platoon leader during the Korean War. His brother served in WWII at the Battle of the Bulge.

John Martin: From gunner to driver 2018-04-08T21:49:02+00:00

Eugene Bylina: Diesel locomotive driver

2018-04-08T21:31:17+00:00

Gene’s job in South Korea was to drive diesel locomotives hauling train cars of ammunition, food, K rations and other supplies. The U.S. Army used the Korean rail system, but the train engines were diesel locomotives brought over from the United States.

Eugene Bylina: Diesel locomotive driver 2018-04-08T21:31:17+00:00

William Howland: A World War II POW

2018-04-11T22:32:39+00:00

Bill Howland was a POW during World War II. He estimates there were approximately 300 POWs in his group. About two weeks before the war ended, Bill escaped in part by hiding in a barn in a pile of hay.

William Howland: A World War II POW 2018-04-11T22:32:39+00:00

Jerome Adler: Enlisting for a friend

2018-04-05T07:26:33+00:00

Jerome Adler enlisted in the Army, much to the chagrin of his parents. Jerry remarked that his enlistment was motivated in part by the battlefield death of a childhood friend in Korea during the first year of that war.

Jerome Adler: Enlisting for a friend 2018-04-05T07:26:33+00:00

Jim Carroll: Suffering hard times

2018-04-03T21:40:18+00:00

Jim enlisted in September, 1946 with four buddies from his neighborhood gang, the “Parkside Maulers.” They all had the idea of using the GI Bill after their service.

Jim Carroll: Suffering hard times 2018-04-03T21:40:18+00:00

William Adams: Youthful work pays off

2018-04-03T10:42:50+00:00

When the Marine Corps asked for soldiers to volunteer to fight in Korea, Bill stepped forward. He and approximately 5,000 other Marines boarded a Merchant Marine vessel and headed to Korea.

William Adams: Youthful work pays off 2018-04-03T10:42:50+00:00

Gerald Crandall: Answering the call

2018-04-03T08:54:27+00:00

Gerald comes from a family deeply rooted in “answering the call for military duty.” Gerald’s father and uncles all fought in France during World War I and his older brother fought in Europe during WWII.

Gerald Crandall: Answering the call 2018-04-03T08:54:27+00:00

Donald Arseneau: A change in cap

2018-03-29T22:58:16+00:00

Don Arseneau was born in the small town of Beaverville, Illinois (pop. 368), near the beginning of the Depression. He was a Plane Captain and Parachute Rigger.

Donald Arseneau: A change in cap 2018-03-29T22:58:16+00:00

Carl Streng Jr.: A cook and a butcher

2017-09-08T13:04:49+00:00

Carl Streng served from 1943-1946 as a cook aboard the USS Kadashan Bay (escort carrier) in the Pacific. He worked as a cook and a 40-mm gun loader.

Carl Streng Jr.: A cook and a butcher 2017-09-08T13:04:49+00:00

Amon Reinhart: Royal Order of Blue Nose

2017-09-07T22:16:04+00:00

Amos Reinhart did 26 months of duty aboard the USS North Hampton. He traveled the world, from Norway to the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle.

Amon Reinhart: Royal Order of Blue Nose 2017-09-07T22:16:04+00:00

George E. Owen: MASH as it really was

2017-09-07T22:02:28+00:00

George Owen received a Purple Heart for his service in the Korean War, which included his involvement in combat battles at Pork Chop Hill and Triangle Hill.

George E. Owen: MASH as it really was 2017-09-07T22:02:28+00:00

Edward N. Murray: Two wars, nine medals

2017-09-07T21:45:42+00:00

Ed Murray served in the Navy during World War II as well as the Korean War. He received nine medals for his service, including one from the people of Korea.

Edward N. Murray: Two wars, nine medals 2017-09-07T21:45:42+00:00

Louis M. Megleo: The bomber and the screwdriver

2017-09-07T20:05:44+00:00

Louis Megleo served more than two years in the World War II and was based near Bari, Italy. He was involved in 20 combat missions.

Louis M. Megleo: The bomber and the screwdriver 2017-09-07T20:05:44+00:00

Paul A. Loeffler: A valued clerk

2017-09-07T19:55:10+00:00

Paul Loeffler spent the Korean War as a clerk, was assigned to the famous 2nd Infantry Division and was involved in battle at Heartbreak Ridge.

Paul A. Loeffler: A valued clerk 2017-09-07T19:55:10+00:00

Dale Kavanagh: Shiny boots and cuffed trousers

2017-09-07T13:49:51+00:00

Korean War veteran Dale Kavanagh went to Fort Benning in Georgia for jump school in part because he was on a quest for higher pay and a sharp uniform

Dale Kavanagh: Shiny boots and cuffed trousers 2017-09-07T13:49:51+00:00

Jerry Juliano: Witness to death, destruction

2017-09-07T13:27:33+00:00

Death, destruction, and total devastation is how 98-year-old WWII veteran Jerry Juliano describes his impression of landing on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Jerry Juliano: Witness to death, destruction 2017-09-07T13:27:33+00:00

Frank S. Colin: Learning from an indiscretion

2017-09-06T22:15:48+00:00

Korean War veteran Frank Colin turned a youthful indiscretion into an opportunity that led him down a pathway he now remembers with pride.

Frank S. Colin: Learning from an indiscretion 2017-09-06T22:15:48+00:00

Claude H. Choate: An ominous start

2017-09-06T22:10:41+00:00

Claude Choate served with the US Army from June 1944 to April 1946. His service began on an ominous note when his troop train to basic training derailed.

Claude H. Choate: An ominous start 2017-09-06T22:10:41+00:00

Pete Balma: Trying to stay alive

2017-09-06T22:06:07+00:00

When Pete arrived in Korea,  fierce fighting was still going on, back and forth for inches of ground. He spent 14 months there before returning home.

Pete Balma: Trying to stay alive 2017-09-06T22:06:07+00:00

Jess B. Holcomb: A life-saving Bible

2017-08-05T11:37:33+00:00

Jess Holcomb served in Korea and was part of the second landing near Inchon. He received three Purple Hearts because he was 'shot once and blown up twice.'

Jess B. Holcomb: A life-saving Bible 2017-08-05T11:37:33+00:00