Corporal, U.S. Army
Served with 2nd Rocket Field Artillery from August 1951 to May 1953.
Memory: “Arrived in the dead of winter with freezing temperatures, which caused frostbite on my fingers and toes. Trying to keep warm was a constant effort. We wore 'Mickey Mouse' boots for warmth. They had to be inflated with a special pump. When the pumps disappeared, we would inflate them with our lung power. Our helmets not only protected us from head injuries, they would be used for shaving and bathing and as a pot to heat up our K rations.
“One day I was driving our company truck, with our unit on board, returning from a mission. I noticed a young soldier walking alone. We stopped and asked if he needed a ride. In his French accent, he replied, 'Oui, monsieur.' He was separated from his unit, (and our commanding officer) invited him onto our truck. He remained with us until our departure.
“The company truck was emblazoned with my wife's name, Rosalie. We were newlyweds when I was deployed. When I arrived home after 16 months, Rosie and our baby daughter (who was born while I was in Korea) were there to greet me.”
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