THE ASA KOREA MEMBER NEWS
In Memory of Co-Founders
Andy Kavalecs and Dalton Harper
Special Taps Messages
Andy Kavalecs
Dalton Harper
Most of content of this page is unique to the website and does not duplicate the content
of the mailed edition of The ASA Korea Communicator which is sent to members only.
Remarks and photos of the Oregon
Korean War Memorial recently
submitted by ASA Korea Member,
Bob Levy.  Also links to other
photos and websites of interest
concerning Korean War Memorials
in the USA.
KOREAN WAR MEMORIALS
MORE THOUGHTS FROM:
REMINDER - SUBMITTED BY MEMBER RON BAYLES

"As a thank-you Korean War veterans are being invited to revisit Korea with a spouse or qualified companion.  
Those in the military who served between June 25, 1950, and Oct 15, 1954, can qualify for the program in which
travelers pay for a pane ticket, but meals, hotel and tours are free, sponsored by the Korean War Veterans
Association.
The event includes a weeklong tour of battlefields such as the Inchon landing beach and Panmunjom at the
demilitarized zone.   Besides the tour, veterans will be guests at a banquet and awards ceremony where Royal
Order of Korean dignitaries will present each individual with the Ambassador of Peace medal, commissioned
especially to thank the veterans for their service.  The tour coordinator is retired Marine Corps Col. Warren
Wiedhahn, a decorated veteran of the war. Contact: "Jamie" Wiedhahn
(jwiedhahn@miltours.com), Korean
War Veterans Association, 4600 Duke St., Suite 420, Alexandria, Va 22304-2517; or phone 703-212-0695 or
1-800-722-9501."
When I have trouble sleeping I just
look at this picture and drop
right off, remembering working all
those mid-shifts in front of a warm
R390!   Emacs!

Jack Wooldridge
ARMY PUTS COLLECTION
  OF VIDEOS ON LINE.

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea - The U.S. Army is now offering
on the Internet a rare and often stark look at Korean War
combat captured through the lenses of military photographers
and other cameramen.  
The images - which also document the plight of Korea's
war-stricken refugees - provide a broad look at the 1950 to
1953 war that ravaged the peninsula and led to a U.S. military
presence in South Korea that continues to this day.

Installation Management Command-Korea posted more than
40 video clips and about 150 still photos from Defense
Department archives that show all the services in action.  The
videos can be found on
YouTube, and the photos are on Flickr.

"This collection of videos and still photographs really is a
treasure trove of historical information about the Korean War
and the years that followed," said IMCOM-K spokesman
Edward N. Johnson. Others are segments from postwar U.S.
Army documentaries made up of the wartime footage and aired
on TV in the 1950s. One series was called "The Army in
Action," another, "The Big Picture," Johnson said.   Much of
the footage is in a darkish, inky black-and-white. One video is
in color, he said.

Topics range widely - some pertaining to individual battles or
campaigns of the war, some with footage of U.S. jets engaging
communist fighters, field artillery and tanks in action, an
airman at the microphone in a control tower, some showing
generals conferring in the field.   The still photos are sharp,
clear, and offer a rich variety of wartime images - tanks and
infantry in action, airstrikes, wounded troops receiving first
aid, armistice negotiations and scenes of battle-damaged cities.
They also show the war as seen in the faces of the Korean
people - children, parents, the elderly, left homeless and
pensive as the fighting moved back and forth across the
peninsula.   The Youtube and Flickr sites offer links to other
IMCOM-K sites that focus on U.S. military life in South Korea
today.

"This gives them an opportunity to learn more about the
Korean War," said Johnson, " but also . a chance to showcase
some of the things that are going on in Korea or that we've
already accomplished to support our soldiers and families."

By Franklin Fisher, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Monday, January 5, 2009

(Info shared with ASA Korea by researcher Noel Garland.)
ASA KOREA MEMBER, GEORGE DRAKE
WHO COORDINATES ACTIVITES
INVOLVING
KOREAN WAR CHILDREN
WILL REPRESENT THE 326TH CRC AT
TRIBUTE TO GRACE RUE.
LINK TO REMARKS HERE.
This photo recently submitted by
new ASA Korea Member,
Bill
Ganter (far right) who served with
the 501st  1950-1953.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Jack Wooldridge, Member
REMEMBERING JULY 27th

We were about half way into our voyage from
Pusan to Seattle. It seems our forward progress
slowed for the next few days and the
announcement was finally made that we would be
the first ship of Korean vets to land since the
cease fire, The annual Governors Conference
would be in session when we landed on 5 August
1953 and the Governor`s will greet the vets from
his state as we got off the ship.

We were to shape up the best we could for the
meeting. After a 2 week voyage on a troop ship it
is quite difficult to shape up. We finally anchored
in Seattle on the late afternoon of 4 Aug 1953.
Fresh water was turned on in the showers and we
were to clean up and look sharp for the next day.

That was a long nite in Seattle harbor .......small
boats circled our ship all evening.....seeing
American girls in swim suits was a treat.

Early the next day 5 Aug 53 we moved to the
docking area to finally get off the ship. A
multitude of buses and people merged into the
docking area. We were finally organized into our
home state and as our state`s Governor was
ready we disembarked and shook hands and got
on his bus. After all the busses were loaded we
were taken in a parade thru Seattle to an Army
Post I believe it was Ft. Lewis. It was a great turn
out of people to welcome us home and it was a
great feeling but we were all so anxious to get to
our homes.

When we got to the army facility we had a huge
meal of steak and all the things that we had
missed for so many months. The stay there was a
whrlwind of events to get uniforms and travel for
our homes. It seemed to take forever but it was
really quick as you remember the actual time it
amounted to.

I was from Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh
area.All of us in that general area were loaded on
chartered C-46 and flown to Baltimore and then
home to Pittsburgh.

Sgt. Bill Howe     formerly with 329th Comm
Recon Co Korea   1951-1953

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