518th Signal Corps during the Korean War
A while back my father passed away and we figured that once the store room was cleaned out we wouldn’t find very much of interest because he was pretty much so a border line hoarder at times. Once we got rid of all the antique computer equipment and circuit boards, and papers, and really junk that the mice had been living in for years we figured that would be about it, and went on about our lives. Over the thanksgiving weekend though we found this amazing pile of slides from the 1950’s and 1960’s, including Dad’s war time service during the Korean War where he served with the 518th Signal Corps. These were the guys who were sitting near the action and listening in on enemy communications trying to figure out what they were doing to do next other than kick our ass all the way to the south end of the peninsula.
Some people call the Korean War the forgotten war as it was clearly sandwiched between WW2 and Vietnam. The outcome like most wars lately ended up in a stalemate, but that does not lessen anything that these warriors and citizen soldiers went through. They were shot at, killed, maimed, and overall did service to their country even if it was half a world away from the farms of Iowa. There are so few pictures from the eyes of the people on the ground that finding these some 180 pictures that my dad took from all over Korea where he served is pretty awesome. From troop ships to helicopters to antennas and local Korean land marks and people you have to ask if they survived the war. If you are in Korea and know who any of these people are, feel free to download the picture and check it out, share it with your family and friends. The forgotten war is not going to be literally forgotten, these are CC 2.0, feel free to download and share and share alike, but please do not sell them, this is my dad’s view of the war, and I would prefer to keep these free and open for everyone.
There are some surprises here at least for me, you never really know who your parents are, and this gives you an idea of what my dad thought was important during the Korean War.