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KOREA - 1956-57

 
 

Shown here are photos I took while assigned first to Headquarters 8th US Army in Seoul and then to Company A, 3rd Engineer Bn. north of the Imjin River and finally to headquarters of the 3rd Engineer Bn. of 24th Infantry Division. Also there are a few photos taken during drives around Korea or flights to Pusan. Some of the photos are rather poor, but at least they provide an idea of conditions in Korea in 1956-57.
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The parade ground at Youngsan compound - Eighth Army Headquarters, Seoul Korea.

 
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The UN and Eighth Army Honor Guard in Seoul - The soldier saluting is from the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Note the Turkish soldier also in the composite platoon.

 
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Another view of the composite platoon of the UN and Eighth Army honor guard - note Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, Turkish and Ethopian soldiers.

 
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The Eighth Army - UN command - honor guard at headquarters in Seoul.

 
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The Honor Guard, Headquarters, Eighth Army, Korea.

 
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The Eighth Army - UN - Honor Guard preparing for a parade at Yongson in Seoul

 
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A section of the Honor Guard at UN headquarters

 
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A parade at Yongson - Eighth Army Hqs in Seoul.

 
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The BOQ at Eighth Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea

 
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Hanging out the laundry at the BOQ in Seoul.

 
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BOQ at Eighth Army Hqs in Seoul

 
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Eighth Army Hqs at Yongson military reservation in Seoul

 
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US Eighth Army troops preparing for a parade at Yongsan, Seoul

 
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The parade ground at Eighth Army Hqs.

 
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Parade at Eighth Army Hqs

 
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Parade ground at Eighth Army Hqs in Seoul

 
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General I. D. White - Eighth Army Commander - taking review at Yongsan military reservation in Seoul

 
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Parade at Eighth Army - UN - Headquarters in Seoul

 
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During monsoon season a huge flood on the Han River raises the water level many feet, almost overtopping the major bridge.

 
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Camp Conner on edge of Seoul, Korea.

 
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The Engineer section building at Eighth Army Headquarters, Youngon military reservation, Seoul.

 
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Camp Conner and Seoul, Korea

 
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View looking south west - Camp Wagner - the company compound, Co. A. 3rd Engineers, from hill above the NCO quarters - with mess hall in center of photo and company headquarters on small rise behind. The Imjin River is in the background

 
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Placing insulation on a new quonset hut in the A Company compound.

 
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Camp Wagner - The main 'street' of the compound of A Company, 3rd Engineers - view looking toward the officer's quarters at upper end of street, NCO quarters high on left and enlisted platoon quarters on both sides.

 
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Camp Wagner - View of compound of Company A, 3rd Engineers - view from hill above the officer's quarters with hot shower building in center forground and its coal fed boiler in small building adjacent thereto. The cistern for water is behind the view point at the other end of the pipeline. A driver with truck and water trailer was dedicated to full time runs between the water point and the cistern. This was the only hot water shower facility for miles around. Two platoon enlisted barracks on ledt and NCO barracks on hill to right. Motor pool is at far end of the 'street'. Imjin River is in far background.

 
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Summer time view of the compound of Company A, 3rd Engineers - view from hill above the officer's quarters toward the Imjin River.

 
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The beginning of the construction of officer's quarters for Company A, 3rd Engineers.

 
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Winter comes to A company - view of the completed officer's quarters with its wood extension to the basic metal hut.

 
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The addition to the standard metal hut for Company A officers' quarters.

 
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The A Company commander (on left) and executive officer, leaving officer's quarters for another day's work.

 
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Camp Wagner - View of the compound of Company A, 3rd Engineers in winter. NCO barracks in forground, one enlisted platoon barracks across the "street" and mess hall and company headquarters to the right - The Imjin River is frozen in background.

 
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The maintenance shed in the company motor pool area - the motor sergeant and mechanics could repair most everything on the spot.

 
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Our A Company welder was a master artisan who could fabricate most anything necessary thus precluding our having to send equipment out for repair at a maintenance depot.

 
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The platoon is working to repair a bulldozer near the new water point tower.

 
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More work needed to repair our bulldozer

 
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Moving dirt with bulldozer.

 
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Moving dirt - the daily occupation of our bulldozer - Company A, 3rd Engineer Battalion.

 
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Dirt is never in the right place - loading a platoon dump truck for fill needed on a road someplace.

 
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The bulldozer and truck shovel work together to load dirt into the company dump truck - Company A, 3rd Engineers - Korea

 
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Using truck mounted shovel to load dirt on dump truck.

 
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Camp Young - Another view of the bulldozer and truck mounted shovel loading dirt - this is at the division recreation center - note the baseball players near the dougout.

 
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Loading dirt on dump truck - 3rd Engineer Bn. Korea

 
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Instructing a new operator on the bulldozer.

 
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The two platoon lowboy drivers taking a break at motor stables in A Company motor pool.

 
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One of our 3rd Engineer Battalion truck mounted shovels slightly off the road.

 
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A Company, 3rd Engineers, Bill Drake at morning motor stables at company motor pool.

 
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A Company, 3rd Engineers, PFC Noles operating his bulldozer.

 
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The company welder connecting a valve to a water pipe for the water point.

 
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The platoon is working on the pipes for a new water point.

 
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A new water point with pipe down to the Imjin River.

 
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The platoon is continuing to instal the pipes for a new water point - very tough going in frozen ground - but the pipe has to be laid deep under ground. Note the Korean laborers and also the barbed wire fence in background.

 
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The platoon is working on pipes for a new water point - our company welder was an expert in his craft.

 
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Finishing work on the pipeline to the Imjin - note the Korean laborer - we had many Koreans assigned to augment the platoon.

 
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The platoon is working on the pipe to draw water from the Imjin River.

 
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Water Point #3 - built by Company A, 3rd Engineers

 
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Water Point #3, constructed by A Company, 3rd Engineer Bn.

 
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Using a bulldozer to fill in earth around a very large culvert.

 
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Using bulldozer to cover a large culvert with dirt.

 
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The platoon is preparing several small culverts for later emplacement along our section of the roads north of Imjin River.

 
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The platoon is unloading a new generator.

 
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Installing a new generator for the recreation center

 
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Using the bulldozer to shift some steel beams to be used as piles for a new bridge.

 
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Most piles are in place for another new bridge in the regimental area

 
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The ROK engineers constructing a new bridge for Route 14.

 
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Another completed bridge for the 24th Infantry Division.

 
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Another view of the new bridge completed by Company D, 3rd Engineers.

 
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Honker pontoon bridge site - The platoon lowboy driver is bringing a ponton to the raft site on the Imjin.

 
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Delivering a pontoon section to the company raft site on the Imjin. Pontoons are metal, open at top, but floats are rubberized, pneumatic balloon type shapes filled with compressed air.

 
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The comander of Comany A, 3rd Engineers, Capt Heard, checking out the M4A2 raft the company is constructing on the Imjin River.

 
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A section of a raft build from pontoon bridge sections by A Company, 3rd Engineers on Imjin river - this was to be an emergency evacuation means in case of sudden invasion- view is to the north.

 
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Preparing a float for the raft made of float bridge components - Company A, 3rd Engineers - on Imjin River

 
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Using the crane from a wrecker truck to lift and move the pontoon for the raft.

 
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The A Company commander, with back to camera, is checking out the assembled float bridge raft on the frozen Imjin River.

 
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Three A Company troops who just constructed the M4A2 raft on the Imjin River.

 
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A company troops checking out the power boat on the Imjin River - the river either is about to freeze or has just thawed.

 
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Checking out the company power boat on the Imjin River.

 
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The A Company troops are enjoying a break with the power boat on the Imjin River.

 
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The A Company troops are enjoying a swim and day with the power boat on the Imjin River.

 
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More recreaction with the company power boat on the Imjin River.

 
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A Company troops enjoying an outing on the Imjin River.

 
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Bringing the power boat up to the pontons of the A Company raft.

 
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Company A, 3rd Engineers having lunch in field near ball field.

 
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Company A, 3rd Engineers, having a meal in the field, Korea 1957.

 
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Company A, 3rd Engineers having lunch in field near ball field.

 
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Company A, 3rd Engineers at softball.

 
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A Company, 3rd Engineers taking break at softball game

 
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Company A, 3rd Engineers enjoying a softball game.

 
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A Company,. 3rd Engineers at ball game.

 
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A few of the A Company softball team members.

 
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Freedom Bridge over the Imjin River - former railroad bridge - it is on the main supply route and only remaining bridge directly between Seoul and North Korea. Guarded by 19th Infantry Regiment - its destruction in case of emergency from North Korean invasion was the mission of our platoon of the 3rd Engineer Company.

 
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View of Freedom Bridge over the Imjin River - looking south - in background - note that only the section across the river remains intact.

 
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A view south toward Freedom Bridge just behind the trees on the right. The truss section in center is a remaining part of the destroyed section of the railroad bridge. We are using a bulldozer to clear snow to open the supply route.

 
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Bridge over the Pukhan River in Korea. Toward the north-east section of the DMZ

 
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Here I am checking out the Freedom Bridge over the Imjin.

 
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Using bulldozer to clear snow from the MSR just south of Freedom Bridge on the Imjin River.

 
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Helicopter landing on the parade field we leveled for a review conducted for General Vittrup

 
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The massed colors pass in review for General Vittrup - 6th Tank Battalion, 24th Infantry Division - we worked for several days including nights to level this area for a parade ground.

 
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Review for General Vittrup, 24th Infantry Division, Korea

 
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Review for General Vittrup, 24th Infantry Division, Korea

 
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Review for General Vittrup, 24th Infantry Division, Korea

 
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General Vittrup greeting General I. D. White at the review.

 
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Review for General Vittrup, 24th Infantry Division, Korea.

 
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Review for General Vittrup, 24th Division, Korea.

 
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Review for General Vittrup, 24th Division, Korea.

 
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Camp Peterson - Aerial view of Hqs compound of the 3rd Engineer Bn. The officer's quarters are the three buildings at top of hill. Ammunition dump is at lower left - Company C is above it over the hill at left of photo with motor pool beyond.

 
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View from the officers' BOQ on hill above Hqs of 3rd Engineers and Company C.

 
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Motorized grader and other engineer road building equipment - 3rd Engineer Battalion - Korea

 
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Winter scene at newly constructed community center #3 compound in Korea.

 
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Three of the platoon members visiting the PX at the Community Center #3.

 
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Headquarters compound of 19th Infantry Regiment north of Imjin River along the DMZ in Korea.

 
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Compound of 2nd Bn, 19th Infantry Regiment, north of Imjin River along the DMZ in Korea. And on near side of the road is the Camp Semper Fidelis - the Marine Corps DMZ police unit.

 
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The regimental tank battalion at a wash point

 
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A ROK tank stuck in a gorge

 
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A visit to observation post Mazie, maintained by the 3rd Battalion of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, which Company A, 3rd Engineers supported along the DMZ north of the Imjin River in Korea.

 
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Two of the platoon members at OP Mazie.

 
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Visiting OP Mazie for a view into North Korea.

 
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A Company visiting Observation Post, Mazie along the DMZ

 
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A Company visits Observation Post Mazie on the DMZ

 
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North Korea seen from Observation Post Mazie along the DMZ.

 
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A visit to Observation Post Mazie, waiting our turn to look through the telescope into North Korea.

 
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A view of North Korea through the spotting telescope at the observation post.

 
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The Libby Bridge over the Imjin River - the main life line of the 19th Infantry Regiment

 
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Libby Bridge over the Imjin River - a responsibility of Company A, 3rd Engineers.

 
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Unidentified bridge on the Imjin in winter

 
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A new NCO Club under construction at Camp Casey, Korea

 
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Camp The 44th MASH (hospial) in the distance near Hqs 3rd Engineer Bn.

 
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Guard Mount formation - Hqs 3rd Engineer Bn.

 
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Asphalt plant, 3rd Engineer Bn.

 
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Compound of the 15th AAA across the Imjin River.

 
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Lts Cook and Maxie, 3rd Engineers, at Ring Block, Korea.

 
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Helicopter landing pad near DMZ in Korea.

 
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Helicopter landing pad near DMZ in Korea.

 
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Winter on the Imjin River, Korea,

 
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The Libby Bridge over the Imjin River - the main life line of the 19th Infantry Regiment

 
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Double Double Bailey Bridge on the upper Han tan River - double exposure also.

 
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An example of a long and large double Bailey Bridge constructed in northeast Korea on the upper course of the Han River. Seen during recon drive in that region.

 
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Another bridge constructed by Army engineers - note previous lower level bridge to left.

 
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A makeshift foot bridge replacing a destroyed road bridge.

 
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A makeshift foot bridge replacing a destroyed road bridge.

 
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Construction of a new NCO club at Camp Casey

 
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Ditch digger machine from the 36th Engineer Group

 
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Community Center #3 viewed in the distance across the Imjin River, Korea

 
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A newly built theater at the Community Center #3.

 
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Lt Joe Freese. Company A, 3rd Engineers at Community Center #3, Korea.

 
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Lt Joe Freese on road outside Community Center #3

 
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Camp Jessup - A Quartermaster area near Munsan ni, Korea

 
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campe Howze - Headquarters of 24th Infantry Division north of Seoul Korea.

 
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Winter comes early and stays late along the river in Korea.

 
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Wonderful young Korean children in Seoul.

 
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Korean children in a small roadway store.

 
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Typical Korean village - note piles of firewood - the hills are seriously deforested due to collection of firewood.

 
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Korean civilian carrying typical load on street outside the US Army compound in Seoul.

 
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Koreans are raising a telephone pole next to a road.

 
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It is rice transplanting time a very laborous process.

 
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Korean soldier proud of his catch - but did he shoot it or buy it?

 
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Korean children by roadway near Suwon Korea.

 
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Jackson Compound, Uijongbu, Korea

 
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Near Uijongbu, Korea, typical village - power sation in background

 
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Inspecting a new power station.

 
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New power station

 
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A house in Uijongbu, Korea

 
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Interesting statues found during drive around Korea.

 
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Another view of interesting statues

 
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Here I am stopped at the 38th Parallel in eastern Korea.

 
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Here I am with my driver as we drove around Korea in spare time - we had to drive far to the east of our regimental area to find a place where the US front line was north of the 38th Parallel.

 
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Two A company troops at the 38th Parallel

 
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Willard Noles and Van Valkenburgh - my drivers - at the 38th Parallel.

 
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George Baurer viewing the marker at the 38th Parallel in eastern Korea.

 
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Company A, troops visiting the 38th Parallel in Korea.

 
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A Company soldiers during a visit to Camp Saint Barbara, home of the Corps Artillery in Korea

 
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Chorwon dam in summer view over rice paddies. This dam was far to the east of our regimental area, only reached during drive around Korea.

 
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Chorwon dam in winter view across snow covered rice paddies.

 
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Koreans working on the main road north from Seoul through the mountain pass.

 
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Aerial view of a dam and lake in the moutains of eastern Korea.

 
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Loading and unloading sacks of rice at Inchon harbor.

 
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Amazing how the Korean men could carry such loads

 
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A Korean pile driver being set up - note the use of pipe for piles.

 
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Road repair, Korean style on a main road near Inchon.

 
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A series of culverts have been implaced and a temporary road built over them to provide a low level crossing which of course will be under water during the high rain season.

 
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South gate of Seoul Korea.

 
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Blue Room, Chon Duk Palace, Seoul, Korea

 
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Visitors to the Duk Su Palace, Seoul.

 
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Visitors to the Chon Duk Palace, Seoul

 
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Visiting the Chon Duk Palace, Seoul

 
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Chon Duk Palace grounds, Seoul.

 
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Visiting the Chan Duk Palace in Seoul

 
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Street scene in Seoul, Korea

 
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Street scene in Seoul, Korea

 
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The Han River - Korea

 
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A ruined building in Seoul Korea

 
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The mountains in North Korea in back ground.

 
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U. S. Navy ship in Inchon harbor

 
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U. S. Navy ship with tugs in Inchon harbor

 
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Maryknoll Hospital under construction in Pusan, Korea

 
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Maryknoll Hospital under construction in Pusan, Korea

 
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Maryknoll Hospital under construction in Pusan, Korea

 
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Maryknoll Hospital under construction in Pusan, Korea

 
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ROK area at Pusan Korea.

 
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ROK tire and ordnance shop, Pusan. Korea

 
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ROK compound Pusan Korea.

 

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