The song "Till I Waltz Again With You", by Teresa Brewer was one of her many melodies, being played constantly on The Armed Forces Radio Stations while I was in Korea and her voice was very popular with all the soldiers. 

 

5th Regimental Combat Team in Korea, 1953/54.
1641 1st Bn, Hq company.

-KOREA-

5th Infantry, 555 Field Artillery,
5th Tank Co., 5th Medical Co.,
72nd Engineers,. Heavy Mortar Co.

Wounded in Action 3,188
27 Distinguished Service Cross
377 Silver Star
538 Bronze Star/w Valor Device
4 Soldiers Medal
Killed in action 867
Presidential Unit Citation (Army)
Streamer Embroidered Chin Ju
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit
Citations Streamer Embroidered
 

Dedicated to the memory of MSgt. Donovan J. Jackson, killed in action while fighting the enemy near

"Outpost Harry" in Korea on June 12, 1953. Hq Co, 1st Bn, 5th RCT.

 

This is me, Hank, tired and haven't had a shower in a week, (Everyone, always seemed to look tired), near areas called the "Punchbowl & Inje Pass, Outpost Harry", before the cease fire which was July 27th.

Our regimental motto was "I'll Try Sir".

I understand that there is a 5th RCT association that you can reach and if you are interested, apply for a membership application, you can contact:

Paul R. Garland
5th RCT Association
15 Foster Ridge Drive
Hamburg, NY 14075-1805.

These photos are from 35mm slides that I found in the attic and they must be about 57 years old. I am surprised they have still survived. I will add more as I find interesting ones.  No! I don't have any "war" shots as I didn't have a camera till later.  I was about 23 years old when I was there. I often wondered what the guys I served with are doing now, so if you visit this page and are one I served with drop me a line.

 


 

The "38th" parallel.


Here are the men of "The Wire Team" and I don't remember most of their names, it was a long time ago.


Church services were held, in an open field before the cease fire, complete with a portable organ. 


We were always able to find someone who would trim our hair.



You would not believe that the scenery in Korea could be so beautiful in the summer, the clouds roll in just below the tops of the mountains and the water is crystal clear, or was then. Most of the land was barren, without any significant trees.

These are what the local Korean's lived in, along the dusty, dirt roads. Notice the scenery and clouds in the background.



A husband & wife (Mr. & Mrs. Kim,) working on their rice paddy farm. I believe the fertilizer for the soil was dispersed by hand, from "honey buckets". What was used for fertilizer? Natural substance.


Here, the rice paddies are frozen and the children find a use for them. These are scenes during the "Police action" behind the mountain crests and on the "reserve" side. Photo taken about 1953/54. I returned home to the States several months later after the "action" ended.


 

I grabbed this shot on the way somewhere, notice the way they carried their belongings on their heads.


A local village where the inhabitant's mostly worked the rice fields all around us.


A photo of Seoul when we were there about 1953/54. Notice the "Voice Room" where you could make a recording to send home or the "Radio Repair" which had a painting of a popular radio that many of us used at that time. A Zenith "consolette" that we resold as we left the outfit to another GI who would be staying until he collected enough points to leave. A 3V4 tube in the set was always burning out and was priceless. I was always ordering them from the States.


 

A stream where we could clean up our equipment when we had the time. This location was just behind the "lines" called reserve. After a short time on the line we would lose many men in the line companies and go to reserve for replacements, supplies and rest. During the course of the "war", the 5th would attached to every U. S. Division in the theatre. We never stayed in one place for very long as we were constantly moving and were attached to 9th Corp, 10th Corp, 3rd Inf. Div, 1st Marines and many more. Many times when the North Koreans or Chinese made a "hole" in the lines, the 5th RCT would be called to fill the gap.



 

This is a photo of "Hobedoe" our laundry person, He was a South Korean and did our laundry and odd jobs for a small price.

 


 

Michael, is the only name I remember which is the soldier sitting on the left, Sam on the right, standing.  A typical lunch, in warmer weather. We, much later, did have better inside accommodations, in a "Quonset hut".

 


"Show Time"

On a hillside in Headquarters Company, 1st Bn, 5th RCT, but I forget where... We were at this location for quite a while. I was able to find a couple of 16 mm Bell & Howell sound projectors and use the two for enough parts to get one working.
The voltage was critical from our 5KW generator for the projector parts and if it was too low we did not have enough volume and if too high we burned out the sensitive photocell tube and they were not easy to get.  I and my jeep driver ( I think his name was Simakowski) drove all over nearby Korea looking for new movies for the shows.
The Koreans who worked for us, built a "theater" into the side of a mountain with log seats and this sign. They also erected a sort of a canvas screen and I am looking for that photo. (I don't believe we had any popcorn).
The sign shows "Serpents of the Nile", "Have a no" which translated means no show for that date and "The Desert Rats" and the dates we were hoping to show them.


These were our chef's (cooks) of Headquarters Company, 1st Bn.


 

Entertainment was a rarity and always had our attention when we were lucky enough to get it. A favorite female vocalist on the radio then was "Teresa Brewer" singing a couple of our old favorites, one was "Put Another Nickel In" and the other was "Till I Waltz Again With You", which was played over our Armed Forces Radio networks.

  

 


 

INJI Pass, Korea. 

Convoy on Korea's dusty roads with trees...

Mountain  road in Korea

Seoul

 


I remember "Charms" candy bars & powered eggs, of which I have to give our cooks credit, they always managed to perform miracles with what they had to work with, I even enjoyed the "C" rations, especially the beans and dogs in a can. There is nothing like your dinner being served into a mess kit, your standing in the rain with your food sloshing around, it's cold and you're glad to get it. There was always a LARGE tub of coffee brewing with egg shells in the bottom and whenever you walked by the cook's tent, you used your canteen to dip a large serving, black.

I don't remember why, but after leaving the service, I always had a dislike for rice, powered eggs, certain candy bars and long lines.

I think the youth today should all have some compulsory military time. They would learn teamwork, it builds character, develops leadership and you learn to get along with others.

 

Please click here if you were assigned to the 5th RCT, Hq Co. I'd like to hear from you.  

For additional information about the Army in Korea, click on this html.



5th Regimental Combat Team & Assn.
The Memorial in Arlington Cemetery.
Dedicated by the Association on July 27th,1998.
Join the 5th association.

Plaque photo permission of Bob Johnston, E5thrct@aol.com


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The words and music of this song were written by Sidney Prosen.