Korean War Images – A Soldier’s View from the Trenches

My grandfather was an artilleryman with the marines, serving during the Korean War from June of 1950 to July of 1951.  We believe he fought in the Chosin Reservoir battle and was one of the lucky few to make it out without injury.  He earned the silver star for his efforts over there and was promoted to sergeant as well.

The following is a letter he wrote home to his mother and some of the pictures he took while he was over there.  Outside of this letter and the pictures that follow, I know no other details.  So, I’ll let his Korean War photos tell the story for you. 

2, Sept, 1951
2200
Dear Mom,
Yesterday we moved again.  About 1700.  Was dark by the time we got all set up again.  It didn’t rain this time!  We have a $64 seat now.  We can see where we are hitting.  But it’s about five thousand yards off.  This is plenty close enough.
Since last night we fired around 1200 rounds.  Knocked out several motor and machine gun positions, and stopped a few counter attacks.  We can see them making their air attacks too.
There was a dead M.K. here when we came in.  We shoveled a little dirt over him.
Maybe by and by I will get this letter written.  I’m in the middle of a fire mission now.  Been getting them about every ten minutes.  We’re firing at enemy machine guns now.
We didn’t run across any mines yet but the 3rd Bn. set one off this morning and a few fellows got hurt.  But don’t know how bad.
I dug myself a nice fox hole last night after dark.  Covered it up with boxes.  Might stop a direct hit.  I heard a few rounds come in tonight but not close.  Hope they don’t get us aimed in.
I found a Russian rifle today.  It’s pretty rusty but I am going to try and clean it up.  Maybe some day I’ll find a better one.
Well, it’s time to go off watch now so I’ll close for now.  Got longer watches now.  Not as many recorders.
Love,
Joe

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7 thoughts on “Korean War Images – A Soldier’s View from the Trenches

  • June 12, 2017 at 11:22 pm
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    Wow! Bless your grandfather’s service. His letter an pictures were amazing!

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  • June 13, 2017 at 12:13 am
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    This is incredible. Thanks for sharing a piece of your family history.

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  • June 13, 2017 at 3:56 am
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    Such an interesting read! And these photos are so cool to see. Thanks for sharing!

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  • June 15, 2017 at 3:04 am
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    How amazing! I love old pictures and letters, what history! Bless him for his service, and you for sharing!

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  • July 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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    Thank you for sharing, this is a beautiful article. I am a history nerd, and you just shared a beautiful piece of history!!

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  • July 25, 2017 at 2:21 am
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    Amazing post, I was just talking to my husband about the stories my grandparents used to share and how I miss them. Thank you!! ❤️

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  • September 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm
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    This is absolutely captivating!! Thank you so much for sharing these

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