Carroll, Iowa Pfc., U.S. Army
Served in Korea from 1950 to '53 with the 279th Regiment, 45th Division.
Memory: “I began working for Northwestern Bell in 1947. I was driving home to Mapleton, Iowa, one weekend and heard on the radio that the Korean War had broken out. Shortly thereafter I received notice to report to Omaha to be inducted into the armed services.
“After arriving in Korea, I and three other wiremen were attached to the 279th Regiment to provide communications back to division headquarters. The lines would be shelled at night, mostly. Troubleshooting on these lines was particularly hard then. The blackout lights were like using a lighted match. It was also tough to know who would be near you at times.
“I would often cut hair before entering the service, just as a hobby. So I purchased clippers, comb and scissors before leaving Japan. One evening, a fellow in our tent named Noble Siroky from Wichita asked me to cut his hair. I knew he couldn't see the results, so I felt safe. But I wasn't, as he went to the mess hall and cut the bottom from a gallon can for a mirror. I asked him how it looked and he replied, 'It's OK, as I'm not going anywhere anyway.'
“One buddy named Auggie Anderson had his leg blown off by a land mine just before getting word we were going home soon.
“After returning home from the Army, I went back to work for the telephone company.”
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