|5th Regimental Combat Team in Korea, 1953/54.|
|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.
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:
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.
|Church services were held, in an open field before the cease fire, complete with a portable organ.|
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.|
|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
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.
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.
These were our chef's (cooks) of Headquarters Company, 1st Bn.
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.
5th Regimental Combat Team & Assn.