Category Archives: Korean War

Interviews with Korean War Veterans

Dr. Joseph Juan Alcedo Jr.

Dr. Joseph Juan Alcedo Jr. U.S. Navy – Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class USS Tryon (APH-1), Attached to 7th Marine Regiment,1st Marine Division World War II (1942-1945) U.S. Navy – Chief Warrant Officer, Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1963-1965) & Navy … Continue reading

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Jack Conrad Potter

Jack Conrad Potter Colonel – US Army;124th Regimental Combat Team, Company E (World War II);124th Combat Support Battalion (Korean War); and Army Air Force Exchange Service (Vietnam War) (1941-1974) Jack Potter, a career military man, not only fought in three … Continue reading

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Eugene Joseph Plocki

Picasa3 Eugene Joseph Plocki US Army – 1st Lieutenant- Korean War (1952-1954) Navy Reserves- Lieutenant Commander (1954-1976) Make no mistake; Lieutenant Commander Eugene Joseph Plocki is a true patriot. His long-term commitment to our country is commendable and honorable. Though … Continue reading

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Mark C. B. Klunk

Mark C. B. Klunk Colonel – U.S Army; Deputy Post Commander and Post Comptroller, Presidio, San Francisco World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War (1941-1968) Pearl Harbor Survivor Mark Klunk walked out of the chapel after Sunday morning serv … Continue reading

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Harold Anderson

Harold Anderson U.S. Navy; USS Hornet, USS Bunker Hill, USS Yorktown, USS Bennington, USS Wasp – Radioman 2nd Class World War II and Korean War (1943-1955) Harold Anderson knows he has a story to tell. The former U. S. Navy … Continue reading

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Colonel Grant Bird

Colonel Grant Bird U.S. Army, Army Air Corps and Civil Air Patrol, Combat Pilot – Colonel World War II and Korean War (1941-1966) VETERAN PILOT Col. Grant Bird of Novato vividly remembers his first combat mission in the cockpit of … Continue reading

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Tom Tachis

Tom Tachis Staff Sgt./Acting Gunnery Sgt. – U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Division, 29th Reinforced Battalion, VMF 212 & 1st Marine Division, 1st Amtrac Battalion, C Company World War II (1942-1945) & Korean War (1950-1951) Born on January 20, 1925 in … Continue reading

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James Douglas

James Douglas Captain – U.S. Navy USS Salt Lake City and USS Wichita, World War II Director of Seabee Division in Washington DC Director of Operation Deep Freeze in the Antarctic (1938-1961) James Douglas, a resident of San Rafael, California, … Continue reading

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John Hoffman

John Hoffman 2nd Lieutenant – U.S. 8th Air Force A2 Interpreter, European Theater – WWII Panmunjon – Korean War (1943-1954) John Hoffman was born in Frankfurt Germany on September 8, 1927. His mother, Elsie Ulman, was an opera singer and … Continue reading

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George B. Skinner

George B. Skinner Lieutenant Colonel – US Army, Army Corps of Engineers Korean & Vietnam Wars (1951-1972) George B. Skinner was born in the small town of Monroe, Virginia on May 18, 1927.  His mother was a homemaker and his … Continue reading

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Howard Joseph Pierson

Howard Joseph Pierson Lieutenant Colonel  US Navy: World War II (1944-1946) US Air Force:  Korea, Vietnam, and Cold War (1951-1979) Howard Joseph Pierson was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey in August 1927.  His father was a motion picture operator and … Continue reading

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Robert Wayne Penn

Robert Wayne Penn Radioman First Class – U.S. Navy Patrol Craft 597, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Kleinsmith, and USS Starlight World War II (1942-1946) and Korean War (1950-1952) Robert Wayne Penn was born in Long Beach on August 7th, 1925.  He grew … Continue reading

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James Betting Geiger, M.D.

James Betting Geiger, MD Colonel, U.S. Army World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars (1944-1970) Mr. James Geiger is a self proclaimed Pennsylvania Dutchman.  He was born September 21, 1925 in Connellsville Pennsylvania, where he grew up as well.  His … Continue reading

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Brian R. McCarthy

Bryan R. McCarthy Lieutenant Commander – U.S. Navy World War II (1942-1946), Navy Reserves (1946-1950) and Korean War (1950-1952) Bryan R. McCarthy is a senior father of one of Marin’s oldest law firm, Freitas, McCarthy, MacMahon & Keating, LLP.  In … Continue reading

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John Roush

John Roush Colonel -U.S. Army, 83rd Infantry Division & Army Military Police World War II (1942-1975) It was a cold, miserable night in Europe when John Roush and another six riflemen were on patrol in the woods.  They carried weapons, … Continue reading

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George Raymond Whitney

George Raymond Whitney 1st Lieutenant – U.S. Army, 41st Infantry Division, 186th Regiment & 24th Infantry Division, 19th Regiment World War II (1941-1945) & Korean War (1945-1956 Inactive Duty) George Whitney, a San Francisco native, is the recipient of the … Continue reading

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James William Chapin

James William Chapin United States Navy, Lieutenant, USS Gregory DD802 Korean War (1952-1954) James William Chapin was born in New York, New York on November 25, 1929. He spent his years growing up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. His father ran an … Continue reading

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Frank Takaji Yamamoto

Frank Takaji Yamamoto US Army & US Army Reserves, Military Intelligence Service World War II (1944-1947) – 1st Lieutenant Korean & Vietnam Wars (Inactive Duty 1947-1968) – Major Frank Takaji Yamamoto of Mill Valley, California had a long and active … Continue reading

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Alfred M. Petrofsky

Alfred M. Petrofsky US Army, Corps of Engineers Korean Military Advisory Group- 1st Lieutenant Korean War (1952-1953) Alfred M. Petrofsky, now more widely known by the nickname Pete, grew up in Middletown, Connecticut. His father was a construction contractor and … Continue reading

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Ronald Lucas

Ronald Lucas US Army Air Force, Medic – Airman First Class Korean War (1952-1953) Past National President of the Tuskegee Airmen and the William “Bill” Campbell Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in the Bay Area The United States of the … Continue reading

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Sherman Little

Sherman Claude Little, Jr. Lieutenant Commander – US Navy, Pilot, Flight Instructor & Instrument Instructor World War II (1940-1945) & Korean War (1950 – 1953) Lieutenant Commander Sherman Claude Little, Jr. has proud memories of his service as a Naval … Continue reading

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Vincent Clarke

Vincent Clarke Air Force 44th Infantry Division, 31 Air Command Group, 8th Fighter Group World War II, Korean & Vietnam Wars Vincent J. Clarke was born on September 3rd, 1922 in Bridgeton, NJ. His parents were farmers to start but … Continue reading

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James Dukes

James Dukes United States Marine Corps – Corporal 2nd Marine Brigade World War II (1941 – 1945) and Korean War (1950 – 1951) Presidential Unit Citation James Dukes was born in Putnam, Alabama, on October 24, 1922, and grew up … Continue reading

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William Brennen

William Brennen US Marine Corps: 1st Marine Air Wing, HQ Sq. 33, M.A.G. 33 Korean War (1950 – 1952) William Brennen was born on May 17th 1930 in San Helena, CA. His dad was an auto mechanic in Middletown. His … Continue reading

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Dick Jones

Geoffrey Richard Jones Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Infantry World War II (1944-1945), Korean War (1950-1952) 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars, European Theater Ribbon (3 battle stars), WWII Victory medal, Army of Occupation Medal Geoffrey Richard “Dick” Jones was born … Continue reading

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Mark Josiah Brown

Mark Josiah Brown, Jr. U.S. Air Force, Air Weather Service & Lieutenant Colonel World War II and Korean War (1940-1963) 1 Army and 2 Air Force Commendation Medals Mark Brown is proud to say that he has served twenty-two years … Continue reading

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Roy Wonder

Roy Lincoln Wonder U.S. Navy, Aviation Division Pilot, Legal Officer, and Lieutenant Commander Korean War (1951 – 1955) Ribbon for Outstanding Service Roy L. Wonder was born in Winfield, Kansas, on November 3, 1928.  His father, a World War II … Continue reading

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Theodore S. Cohen

Theodore S. Cohen U.S. Army: 185 Infantry Regiment 40th division WWII, 14th ACR WWII (1943-1946) Korea (1965) Born in Chicago, Illinois on February 19, 1925, Ted Cohen dedicated his life to serving his country. During high school Ted was part … Continue reading

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William Palmer

William Palmer U.S. Airforce, Lieutenant Colonel (1942-1972), World War II, Korean War & Vietnam War From North Africa to the Pentagon to the Skies over Vietnam.  Bill Palmer flew mostly P-38s during World War II, spent most of the Korean … Continue reading

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Vincent Clarke

Vincent Clarke U.S. Airforce, Lieutenant Colonel (1939-1965) World War II, Korean War and Cold War Vincent Clarke’s active-duty career spanned World War II, Korea and well into the Cold War, but he spent part of his retirement in the skies above … Continue reading

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Bill Mazzoleni

 Bill Mazzoleni U.S. Navy Reserves, Merchant Marine (1945-1947) & (1950-1955) Lifelong Novato resident sailed high seas during World War II and Korean War. Age: 83 Occupation: Rancher, retired roofing contractor Resident of Novato since: 1927 Branch of military: Merchant Marine, … Continue reading

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Howard Pierson

U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel and U.S. Navy, Deck Aide World War II (1944-1946), Korean and Vietnam Wars (1951-1979) Howard Pierson went from the Navy in World War II to the pilot’s seat over Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and … Continue reading

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