Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Korean War 1950 - 1953 60th Anniversary 2010 - 2013

24th Infantry Division Rear didn't know that I was promoted to CPL 13 November 1951  
God Bless America
List Carbon County Pa Korean War Veterans 
Cpl Mario Iezzoni
Korean War 23 March - 31 December 1951

Department of Defense
Certificate of Appreciation
PFC Mario Iezzoni
In recognition of honorable service during the Korean War in defense of Democracy and Freedom. Through selfless sacrifice, the tide of communism on the Korean Peninsula was halted and liberty triumphed over tyranny. The Department of Defense and the people of America and Korea are forever grateful.
Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Christmas E-mail

 I received this E-mail
Christmas Greetings

I have a list of people
All written in a book -
And every year at Christmas time
I go and take a look.

And that is when I realize
That those names are all a part -
Not of the book they're written in
But of my very heart.

For each name stands for someone
Who has crossed my path some time -
And in that meeting they've become
A treasured friend of mine.

And once you've met some people
The years can not erase -
The memory of a pleasant word
Or of a friendly face.

So when I send an email
That is addressed to you -
It's because you're on that 'Special List'
Of folk that I'm indebted to.

And you are one of several folk
In times past that I've met -
And happen to be one of those
I don't want ever to forget.

And whether I have known you
For many years or few -
In some way you have had a part
In shaping things I do.

So this the Spirit of Christmas
That forever still endures -
May it leave its richest blessing
In the hearts of you and yours.

I Love Christmas!

Do have a very ...
Blessings Be Yours
In The Coming New Year.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Patrols Obj. NAN/Pong Dong Dong Ni, N. Korea Summer 51.

Patrols of Objective NAN/Pong Dong Dong Ni, N. Korea Jul 51.             
The summer of 1951 ‘G’ Company established a patrol base in front of the (M.L.R.) Main Line of Resistance positions occupied by the 31st or 32nd Infantry Regiment, (depending on which was ‘on the line’ at the time), of the 7th Infantry Division which occupied the MLR for the period of our patrols on their front some 5 or 6 times.
   Our unit road marched or motor marched (assisted by trucks) to a point where we would leave the road to a trail leading to the MLR on top of the mountain where the 31st or the 32nd Regiment were positioned. We turned right on the friendly side of the ridge and descended on the first down ridge on enemy side or No Man’s Land then and set up a patrol base some 5000 yards forward of the MLR. Our dug in positions were reoccupied by us each time we returned to patrol.
            On each patrol day the rifle platoons would lead down ridge the 4th platoon followed taking positions on ‘Objective Nan’ overlooking the Kumhwa valley. The patrolling went on for some 3+ hours before returning to our patrol base positions where we would have to defend the often nightly attacks. Thanks to the 86th Engineer Searchlight Company for illuminating our base patrol defensive positions. They made it possible for us to see the enemy attackers before nearing our foxholes at night. The next day we went back on patrol and returned to base positions. We patrolled for 3 or 4 days before going back on reserve.
               During this period I was the 4th Platoon booby trap man, as an added duty. It was my job to set explosive traps in front of our 4th platoon defensive positions. The deadly snares consisted of hand grenades, M-48 trip flares (the tripped flare had a parachute that opened and illuminated the area) and sometimes unexploded ammo rounds found nearby. They were all individually tied to a trip wire set below knee level.
               Before our daily patrol, I would have to disarm some booby traps in the passage way leading to our patrolling area and rearm them after we returned to our base positions. Each time we departed back on reserve it was dark before daybreak our booby traps were left activated. (I have often thought of those active booby traps left in enemy territory)
               One day returning to our base positions I went to went to deactivate my traps on the path but was not able to locate the olive-drab trip wire. I could see the hand grenade on the tree but where the wire was just not visible to me…until I accidentally tripped it! I FROZE IN PLACE standing there just waiting for the grenade to go off. I should have hit the ground or jumped out of the way but I didn’t. I don’t know why, I just remained in place. As I realized the grenade didn’t explode I was afraid to look at it. My whole body was limp. I finally got the courage to look and I noticed the lever on the grenade was stuck on the bark of the tree. (A NO NO, I was trained to never secure a granade near a branch, this time I did saving my life) I placed my hand on the granade pulling the lever back in place. Now I had another problem: the granade's security pin tied to the wire was on the ground and out of reach. I decided to replace the lever back stuck on the bark, but this time I had planned to jump out of the way if the lever flipped off the bark, I then bent down, grabbed the pin with the wire and re-inserted it back on the granade spread the pin open and untied the granade from the tree. My guardian Angel at worked.
      On one of our patrols (7-7-51) after reaching our Objective Nan, I was with John DiBello 57mm recoiless gunner, who was positioned in a earlier dug hole on the top ridge. He in the hole and I stretched out on the ground with my right hand supporting my head talking with him when a single incoming 120mm mortar round exploded twenty yards away. A shrapnel hit the neck of Michael Kennedy killing him instantly an other hit Clark McMinn on the leg. They were carried back up the MLR then down off the mountain where a medical jeep waited.
     As Clark McMinn departed on the stretcher up to the MLR, sang, “California here I come,” because he thought he had a ‘million dollar wound’, that would warrant a trip back to the US. (He was returned back to the Platoon 27-7-51 but rotated in Aug 51).
      With McMinn gone I took over the gunner's job of the 60mm mortar. I now carried the tube w/ base plate, my assistant carried the bipods. Normally, a mortar team consists of, a gun commander, a gunner, assistant gunner and ammo beares. Here, Sgt Alley, Plt leader, acted as gun commander.
The next day as we just arrived to our objective, Alley became all excited and immediately commanded to fire a WP (white phosphorous) round 50ft down to our left. I quickly began assembling the bipods to the tube but was not responding fast enough to please him... I yelled back, “There’s no way I can fire without the bipods. It might land right on top of us!” He looked at me with great agitation and I knew he wanted that round fired right away! “Hell,” I said, “I could probably throw it that far!” “Well dammit Iezzoni, do it!” he roared back. (20 seconds had passed in a 1 and 2 between us). I removed the pin and tossed it some 25ft creating a beatiful plume of white smoke making my platoon Leader grin from here to God knows where...
I asked him what was that all about?  He just pointed deep down the valley to our right where the enemy had fired a marking WP (white phosphorous) round that had gone way overhead past us. So, Alley wanted to full the enemy into thinking that their WP was on target and it worked. Within minutes enemy started firing at us non stop 5 or 6 barrages of 15 - 25 rounds per barrage, about 125 to 150 rounds. They all went over our heads wastefully way down to no man's land. Imagine the damage if all those rounds exploded on us!!!
I don't thing that Alley ever got credit for his quick thinking because I never heard this mentioned around our Company. In combat many good things go unmentioned.
Thank You M/SGT Alley Thane for Saving Many of Us that Day on Objective NAN or Pong Dong Dong Ni, N. Korea Jul 51.

Monday, January 30, 2012

200+ Surrender in May 51

   On January 30 2012 9:35 AM, mario wrote:
Late May 51 G Company on Regimental reserve went daily digging defensive positions. My platoon leader, Sgt Alley, assigned me to guard the 4th platoon sleeping area until the unit returned. I think, he picked me for the guarding job because I became badly sick on our way down from the mountain. I drank water while crossing a running stream that had a decomposing enemy corpse in it. I was Dry had had no water for two days.
   Our platoon was located on the uppermost part towards the foot of the mountain which produced a small running creek with small plants on each side and to the right a walking path that became The Enemy's Point of Surrender making me their surrendering contact. At first about 8 Chinese appeared with a white flag, I took them to our C.P. located below our area. The surrender continued for 3 or 4 day to a count of over 200. Even when the platoon was in area I was called "Iezzoni there are some more". This one time, I had two others from the platoon to help me, the enemy had a white flag and their weapons on them. I took their weapon and tossed it on the ground before bringing them to the C.P.
  One morning after the company left for the day, it was foggy and wet having rained during the night. I went up the trail looking for enemy that wanted to surrender. I traveled about one hundred plus yards when I spotted one, with his  rain coat on, asleep on a ledge about four feet off the ground, 30 yards from me. I called him to come over but he didn’t respond so I went over to him. he was too fast asleep to answer. I decided to cross the creek calling on him“C’mon, let’s go,” but he didn’t move. I must have had my .45 pistol on my hand but I'm not sure because I had been meeting so many surrendering Chinese enemies showing up with a white cloth and never had my pistol pulled mostly because many of them  still had their guns on their shoulders. When I finally was close to him within touching distance I shook him until he came out of his deep sleep... I now remember, I had my gun in my hand and called to him with the gun in motion " let's Go". He was a low ranked Chinese Officer, I must have searched him because I found a packet of white powder on him. When I saw him, I assumed he was surrendering. It's highly possible that he had not intended to give up.

 I had just turned 18 yrs old then with My Guardian Angel on my side from Then On.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


From a letter written by MSGT Keeble to his wife, Nettie, during Op Nomad. Story printed by a Wahpeton newspaper.

He notes that three battling -ooks not only brought up rations to their men in the hills, but when the company moved into the attack, they volunteered to bring up vitally needed ammo and take badly wounded men to the aid station.Shouldering two boxes of ammo each, throwing several bandoleers over their backs, the gooks started winding up the steep path on a climb “that takes 40 minutes if you don’t stop for a break.”As they climbed, the fury of the battle increased. The Chinese laid down a heavy mortar barrage which blanketed the top of the hill and began to creep down the slope toward the ammo-bearing -ooks. Eager hands relieved the men of their precious cargo as they reached the hill top.“We were almost out of ammo when they got here,” writes the Wahpeton fighter. Going down, the -ooks helped the medics carry the wounded down the mortar splattered slope.
 Note: Is Keeble writing about the 3 Carriers gooks???

Morning Report 15 Oct 51, Unit moved into the attack apprx 0500 hrs received heavy artillery & small arms fire secured position apprx 0930 hrs 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs  
15 Oct 51
    G Co is on the attack, they called for small arms resupply which they needed badly. I elected to bring them up with three Korean carriers. Koczorowski Norber (Ski) was in charge of the ammo supply and the Korean carriers. He drove us as close as possible to the fighting. We got off the full jeep and worked our way towards the ongoing action. Halfway up, we took cover near the supporting platoon until the ridge was taken.
    We moved up the ridge and delivered the ammo. Just then, I was presented with a prisoner. His semiautomatic weapon, I passed on, to a carrier next to me(see photo taken by SFC David Derry, 4th Platoon, Mortar Section).
    I left the Korean carriers to help with the wounded and walked the prisoner down to the jeep, where Ski waited for me.  As I came down, I noticed there was fighting going on just to the right of our unit’s position. Two halftracks, with quad 50s on  turret, were both firing, nonstop, targeting the side of the hill from left to right and up to the ridge. The halftracks were located at the assembly area of the day's attack.
    Curiously, I walked towards the firing machines, then, the Chinese started their mortar attack on them. The prisoner and I took cover in one of the foxholes our unit had dug the day before. In it, was a nest of yellow jackets almost as big as hummingbirds. When the barrage ended, I jumped out into another foxhole, leaving my prisoner there. There was another barrage, and, when it ended, my prisoner decided to rejoin me. He must have felt safer with me since we were near the halftracks and he didn’t want to be mistaken for an enemy combatant.
    A third barrage followed and the halftracks moved out, one after the other.
    The mortar fire continued for two more times after their departure. Five barrages of fifteen to twenty rounds in each. One hit a tree only a few feet from us.
     I located the jeep with Ski in the driver seat and handed over my prisoner. Ski turned his carbine on him I pushed it away then told Ski that he was a good prisoner and related to him what had happened in the foxholes.
    The jeep left with the Chinese, I  returned to the hill and waited for the hot food to come with Jacob Gruener who took my place bringing it up today.
    On the 16th, Chief Keeble came down with me because the food truck was waiting below. His men were part of the assaulting platoon. I remember this as the day he came off the hill for ammo but ended up having 83 pieces of shrapnel also wood splinters removed from his body at the aid station. The splinters were likely from the wooden handle of Chinese hand grenades. A Jeep drove him back near the hill wearing a new winter field jacket.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


At 0850 1 Jan 2012 An E-mail came to me

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life..

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some JERK who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It's so easy to forget them,
For it is so many times
That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
Went to battle, but we know,

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier--
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:


Friday, December 30, 2011

"...the casualties are heavy," Op Nomad

“These rough hills are hard to get at. It’s just like when a fellow tries to scale a wall, and somebody is hitting his fingers with that machine gunning coming down at us. The mortar and artillery fire is thick, and the casualties are heavy.”

MSGT Keeble to his wife, Nettie, during Op Nomad.

14 Oct 51 Unit moved out by march in the early morning apprx 1 1/2 miles to forward hill positions  6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs  2 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs weather fair & WArm morale high 14Oct51
Stockwell Edward H RA14147141 LWA 14-10 Chupa-ri Rsgnd121stEvacHosp 16-10 Los Angeles CA

15 Oct 51, Unit moved into the attack apprx 0500 hrs received heavy artillery & small arms fire secured position apprx 0930 hrs 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs
Armstrong    John T US53025990 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri Bartow GA
Banascewski Eugene F US55083739 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri Dakota MN
Browning John W RA14276674 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri Greenville SC
Dente Sabato US51085439 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri TrtdRtndDy 16-10 Kings NY
Dixon Bervin L US56111150 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri
Huckleberry Charles L US56075852 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri Los Angeles CA
Hooper Alonza L US53012332 KIA 15-10 Chupa-ri NC
Kilgore Kenneth G US55007110 LWA 15-10 TrtdRtrndDy Jackson MO
Kirksey johnathan US55043874 KIA 15-10 Chupa-ri
Kolessar Edward L 1stLt 0-1330192 KIA 10-15-51 Allegheny PA
Kurgan Billie RA16348111 KIA 10-15-51
Larson Earl US56060060 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri Weber UT
Lavorgna Anthony L US56074599 LWA Chupa-ri 15-10
Liner William B US52045784 KIA Chupa-ri 15-10 Jefferson, Ky
Lopez David US56141047 LWA 15-10 TrtdRtndDy Torrence CA
Lynch William T RA14391966 LWA Hudong-ni 15-10 Greenville SC
Monk Charles C US52090094 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri RsgndSwdshRdCrssHosp22-10 Russell VA
Nagle Harry E US550359190 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri
Smith Billy G RA19396442 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri CA
Stevens Charles R RA17286627 LWA 15-10 TrtRtrnDy Scott IA
Troff Harold L RA17315426 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri Dodge MN
Williams Edward D RA13297914 LWA 15-10 Chupa-ri TrtdRtndDy 16-10 Lackawana PA
Zumwalt Harold RA17285518 LWA 15-10 TrtRtrnDy Blue-Earth MN

16 Oct 51 Unit went into an other attack and secured an other position  6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale high16Oct51
Adcock Gerald W RA16296249 LWA 16-10 TrtdRtrdDy NY
Bayley Ralph H RA16359049 KIA Chupa-ri 16-10 Henry IN
Davitt Michael US51061688 SWA 16-10 Chupa-ri New-York NY
Keeble Woodrow W NG20711396 LWA 16-10 TrtdRtrdDy Wahpeton ND
Worker Ernest US51085305 SWA 16-10 Chupa-ri
Deutsch Tony US51061460 LWA 16-10 Chupa-ri Bronx NY
Moreno Thomas US56144800 LWA 16-10 Chupa-ri Los Angeles CA
Pearce William D US55139095 LWA 16-10 TrtdRtrdDy
Slater Donald K RA19346105  KIA 16-10 Chupa-ri
Taylor William F RA19397761 KIA 16-10 Chupa-ri
Tyler Emile US53085698 KIA 16-10 Chupa-ri   
Wingard James R RA13355020 LWA 16-10 Chupa-ri Fayette PA
York Robert J US55080795 LWA 16-10 Chupa-ri Gallatin IL

17 Oct 51 Most of unit remained in positions taken earlier & defended them 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs  1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale excellent

18 Oct 51 Unit remained in positions  6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale high

19 Oct 51 Unit went into the attack in the early morning 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs  1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm 
 morale high

Curl Joe E US56058314 LWA 19-10 Kumsong Placer CA
Hedstrom John C US55083746 LWA 19-10 TrtdRtrndDy
Jamison Charles E US51028915 LWA 19-10 Kumsong York SC
Huitt Martel W US56075565 LWA 19-10 Hudong-ni Los Angele CA
Plata Frank J RA13252982 LWA 19-10 trtd aid stn & rtrn dy
Smith Wilfred H US55062762 LWA 19-10 Hudong-ni Vermilion IL
Steen Gerald D US53034931 KIA 19-10 Chupa-ri   
Wilson Jesse Jr RA14414294 LWA 19-10 TrtdRtrndDy

20 Oct 51 Unit went into the attack in the early morning taking their objective 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs  1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs weathercool & rainy20Oct51
Cabrera Valentine J US56143589 LIA 20-10 Nodong-ni
Emerson Robert G RA34086840 LWA 20-10 TrtdRtrdDy Thompkins NY
Hadley William C 1stLt 0-439454 KIA 20-10 Hudong-ni Mahoning City OH
Keeble Woodrow W NG20711396 LWA 20-10 TrtdRtrdDy Wahpeton ND
Koehler Ervin C US55083829 LWA 20-10 Hudong-ni Stevens MN
Kuykendall Robert US54001962 LWA20-10 Hudong-ni Mississippi AR
Lockhart Lester B US55070455 LWA 20-10 Nodong-ni
McIntyre Lawrence W US55055272 LWA 20-10 Hudong-ni Nodaway MO
Newton Marshall H US52018692 LWA 20-10 Hudong-n
Pender Sylvester Jr US53058915 LWA Hudong-ni 20-10/DOW 21-10 Edgecombe NC
Saunders Harry V US51086271 LWA 20-10 Rsgnd11thEvacHosp 23-10 Suffolk NY
Smith James I US53010951 LWA 20-10 Nodong-ni/Rsgnd11thEvacHosp 23-10 Randolph AL
Stewart Doyle J US55055247 LWA Hudong-ni 20-10 Greene MO
Ulb Ralph L RA17315281 LWA Hudong-ni 20-10
Warnke Eugene E RA17286872 LWA Hudong-ni 20-10 Adams/Boone NE
Williams Edward D RA13297914 LWA 20-10 Hudong-ni Lackawana PA

21 Oct 51 Unit went into the attack in the early morning pushed till late afternoon then dug in for the night near their objective  6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th Inf for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale high21Oct51
Marty Raymond R US52091988 KIA 21-10 Yongo-ri Louisa VA
Strubcewski Joseph J US52062665 KIA 21-10 Yongo-ri
Rhoads Robert L US56626164 KIA 21-10 Yongo-ri

22 Oct 51 Unit remained in positions 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale high22Oct51
Loncosky Paul H US52008903 LWA 22-10 Nodong-ni Summit OH
Orcutt Lawrence E US56140510 LWA 22-10 Nodong-ni

23 Oct 51 Unit went out in platoon size patrol  6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale high 23Oct51
Nafrady Joseph W US55021082 LWA 23-10 Nodong-ni St-Joseph IN

24 Oct 51 Unit remained in positions (24 Oct 51) 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale high24Oct51
Clark Charles C RA23462954 LWA 24-10 Nodong-ni/Rsgnd11thEvacHosp Franklin OH
Meiselman    Joel J RA12335426 SWA 24-10 Nodong-ni Kings NY
Miranda Robert RA19397490 LWA 24-10 Nodong-ni/Rsgnd11thEvacHosp 25-10 Los Angeles CA
Nunes Paul J 1Lt O-1018841 LWA 24-10 Nodong-ni Los-Angeles CA
Owens Herbert K US55057762 LWA Nodong-ni 24-10/RtrdDy 27-10 Franklin MO
Pearce William D US55139095 LWA 24-10 Nodong-ni
Toney Eli US53072618 LWA 24-10 Nodong-ni
Troff Harold L RA17315426 LWA 24-10 Nodong-ni Dodge MN
Wilson Jesse Jr RA14414294 LWA 24-10 Rsgnd11thEvacHosp 23-10

25 Oct 51 Unit was attacked apprx 0400 hrs withdrew but regained the positions during the daylight hrs 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale high
Hopkins Paul C US52064522 SWA 25-10 Nodong-ni Sussex DE

26 Oct 51 Unit remained in positions 6EM & 2 ROK atchd fr Med Co fr rats & qtrs 1 Off & 4 EM atchd fr 13 FA Bn for rats & qtrs 25 EM atchd fr H Co 19th for rats & qtrs weather fair & Warm morale
Hannan William F RA12334079 LWA 26-10 Nodong-ni
Lynch William T RA14391966 KIA 26-10 Nodong-ni Greenville SC
Mendoza Joseph US56144419 LWA 26-10 Nodong-ni
Moore Al SUS53061320 LWA 26-10 Nodong-ni Surry NC
Moton Cleother US53085588 LWA 26-10 Nodong-ni   
Plata Frank J RA13252982 LWA 26-10 trtdRtndDy

 From: Bernard Shanzmeyer <>
Cc: Frank J. Plata 4-10 <>;;
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 11:57 AM
Subject: 24th Infantry Division Blog

I really like your 24th Infantry Division Blog. It makes for good reading and brings back a lot of old memories.
There are a number of names in your blog that are very familiar to me.
John T. Armstrong  was a very good friend of mine. I have a picture of him in my book.
Douglas C. Wold, was a friend of mine.
Martel W. Huitt, Thomas A. Schramm, and Joseph J. Secoges are all in my squad and are in the picture of my squad in my book.
Josep W. Nafrady was my assistant squad deader and is in the picture of my squad in my book.
Edward H. Stockwell was a good friend of mine. While in reserve along the Puck Han River near Chunchong, one Sunday afternoon, we got permission to see a friend and hitch-hiked to an Air Force airfield near Chunchong. We ate lunch and later on ate dinner with them.
We sat at a table and had silverware, a fork, knife and spoon. We thought that was great. Later on Stockwell talked some supply outfit out of a sack full of white T-shirts and a cot. We took them all back to our Company area. We gave out all of the T-shirts to buddies in G Company and I suppose Stockwell used the cot until we moved on.
Another time Stockwell and I got a week end pass to see a friend of mine from my hometown that was stationed in Seoul. Again we hitch-hiked to Seoul stayed overnight with an MP outfit. Slept on a cot, took  a hot shower, they fed us breakfast, we had a cup of tea at a tea house then hitch-hiked back to our Company area. I was an enjoyable week end. My friend was not here, he had been sent back to Japan on sick leave.
Keep the stories coming.
Bernie Schanzmeyer
Bernie, several of those names are also familiar to me and I can see their faces as I'm sending this to you. Johnny Armstrong left shortly after I arrived in G Company.  For the life of me I can't remember who was the Plt. Sgt when I arrived.  Lt Beidle was the Plt Ldr. Doug Wold was a farmer from Wisconson and a nice easy going guy. Joe Nafrady was hit in the hand and I remember his his finger almost severed. I found Ed stockwell about ten years ago and we communicated frequently and exchanged jazz music.  Ed was living in Oregon, had two sons and a daughter. Prior to his army time Ed spent an enlistment in the USAF, I suspect your visit to an Air Force Unit was because Ed was probably looking up and old buddy. He was a couple of years older and had been a drummer in a jazz band out of his hometown, Memphis, TN. Ed died about two years ago...not sure if you knew that Stockwell was a Phd and worked for the navy as an electronics specialists in the
weapons functions. Throught the years I had found and contacted several former G Company alumni...Remember the Ledbetters, brothers or cousins, not certain which.  Met them at Camp Picket VA.  Found Eugene Shafer (Banzai) in a small town in Illinois, he passed away about the same time as Stockwell. Met WARRANT OFFICER Edward L. Shea at Ft Dix NJ at a football game. While on recruiting duty in NY in 1964 I met up with a couple other 3rd platoon alumni, Sabato Dente, and Angelo Calanna, now both gone.  Hard to believe that so many years have passed and so many old buddies have left us.
 In any event, hope all is going well with you.
  Take care and stay in touch
 From "The City of Brotherly Love"

You guys might not like this but it is a fact. Thomas A. Schramm refused to go up the hill. “they might shoot me” I told him if he did not I would shoot him. He went up the hill. Would I have shot him? We will never know.