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some pics from the war taken by my grandfather - 1954

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ol'skool29, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. ol'skool29
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    my grandfather showed me some pictures of the war in korea when he was stationed there, most are automotive, some are taken at the base in new jersey, some are from japan, etc...

    first up, some of the cars the guys drove (thats my grandfather's 49 chevy last in the first row of three)
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    non war related pic, this is my mom's cousin standing in front of my grandfather's chevy
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    possibly the most tearjerking picture of the bunch, a 5 year old mercury wrecked
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    my grandfather in his truck, he loved that thing! he told me stories about how they had to run oncoming korean farmers off banks of cliffs because the roads were too narrow.
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    this was in new york, the plane was just a dummy
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    and this is where they slept, check out the bathroom on the lower right, just a bucket and a funnel.
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    another picture of my grandfather, they had just finished building those sand bags up into a pile
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    next time i'm over my grandparents house, i'll try to get more car pics and war pics, but for now this is it, thanks for looking!
     
  2. jerry
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    Nice bit of history, thanks.


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  3. low budget
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    Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. chebby
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    thanks for sharing. pics are great.
     

  5. Relic Stew
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    I have some slides my Dad took in Korea after the war. My Dad was a combat engineer, 3rd Infantry Division, 10th Engineering Battalion, B company. He was wounded in the fighting at Outpost Harry, the war ended while he was recuperating. He got reassigned to build the defenses afterwards. He bought a camera while on leave so all the pics are after the war ended.

    Some construction stuff
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  6. Relic Stew
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  7. Relic Stew
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    My dads truck

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    My Dad posing

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    The 38th parallel before it was fortified

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  8. Relic Stew
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    Some of the locals;

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  9. Relic Stew
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  10. AltKind
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    Colour shots make it seem more like yesterday don't they?
     
  11. Relic Stew
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    Some of the guys;

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  12. Deuce Daddy Don
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    Wow!!------At least your grandfathers & fathers had color film!!---All I could get was old "FUJI" black & white!!! In 1953 I was taking all the film I could, cause I was NOT coming back!!!!!! My shots were from Inchon, Pusan, Koji-do, I was in the Amphibious part of "The forgotten War"-----------Don
     
  13. Chopped26
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    Neat pictures guys . Korea looks alot like eastern washington state .Pine trees and scrub brush. Ty Vets
     
  14. Lazer5000
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    I love the four Korean greasers. That photo could be Anytown U.S.A..
     
  15. bygeorge32
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    great history, thanks

    now I want a military truck...

    wait tooo many projects
     
  16. RichFox
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    Tracers in a different war. April 1945 off Okinowa. Somewhere in the bright part of this picture a young son of Nipon, just out of high school, is trying to fly an airplane. It's likely he knew it would be a one way trip when he left.
     

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  17. Track-T
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    Didn't change much from '54 to '64 when I was there....
     

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  18. thats some cool pics ! thanks..
     
  19. wetatt4u
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    Tell your grandfathers THANK YOU for their service ,to us .......
     
  20. Iamagearheadru
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    I am pretty sure that truck was hoisted up onto 55 gallon drums and blocks of wood.....wow....Oh and I love the one of the guys sitting around drinking a few......I automatically noticed the Schlitz can.....way to go
     
  21. RichFox
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    When that Okinawa picture was taken, the Navy was moving my dad, mom brother and me from Philadilpha to San Francisco. We were to stay there while my Dad went on to Okinawa to prepare for the invasion. Thanks, Harry. That never happened and we all just stayed here. On the train comming out I first saw the salt Flats heading west out of SLC. Silver lining.
     
  22. These men are in their seventies and eighties today and I thank them for their service. My time in the service followed these gentlemen by about 10 years.
     
  23. Ditto on the "thanks". I passed through Osan & Pohang in the late 80's and it looked a LOT different.
     
  24. ol'skool29
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    i'm going back to see if he'll drag out some more pictures today, its alot of fun hearing the stories and looking back at how it was, and hearing it from the person that was there
     
  25. HOOLIGAN350
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    Those pics are amazing and a piece of History.
     
  26. 30roadster
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    My uncle passed away this last winter from liver cancer. I was reading the book " The Coldest Winter" by David Halberstam and he wrote down where he served. He got my grandfather to sign the papers so he could join the marines and go to Korea. He served in the central valley. second division 23rd infantry. We owe them many thanks for their sacrifice. The odds they fought against were staggering! wish i had some pictures.
     

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