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Korean War: Battle on Pork Chop Hill

6/12/2006 • Military History

Officially it was designated Hill 255, but its contour lines on a map of Korea and a 1959 film made it world famous as Pork Chop Hill. Based on a book by military historian S.L.A. Marshall, the movie dealt only with the penultimate, two-day battle for Pork Chop Hill in April 1953. In actuality, that hill claimed the lives of soldiers from the United States, Thailand, Colombia, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and China in an ongoing struggle that lasted longer than on any other single battlefield in Korea.

After Communist North Korean forces invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the war raged up and down the peninsula several times as the United States, the United Nations (U.N.) and finally Communist China sent ground forces there. By July 1952, however, both sides had constructed such strong defensive lines that neither could undertake a major offensive without suffering unacceptable losses. In 1952, North Korea and China had 290,000 men on the front lines and another 600,000 in reserve. The U.N. countered with 250,000 troops on the line, backed by 450,000 reserves.

While the two sides engaged in tedious, often exasperating truce negotiations at Panmunjom, their soldiers huddled in trench systems resembling those of World War I. The constant patrolling and artillery duels seldom made headlines at home. But occasionally battles for outposts such as Heartbreak Ridge, the Punchbowl, Capitol Hill and the Hook drew media attention, giving them propaganda value at the talks.

Much of the focus on Pork Chop Hill was a result of Communist political structure. At that time, Marshal Peng Dehuai commanded the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces in Korea, taking his orders from the Central Military Commission (CMC), of which Mao Tse-tung was chairman, and Mao’s foreign minister, Zhou Enlai, vice chairman. Peng’s lieutenants often had multiple responsibilities. For example, Peng’s deputy, General Deng Hua, was also commander of the 13th Field Army and a delegate at the peace talks. Li Kenong, chief of military intelligence for the CMC, was also vice minister of foreign affairs, chief of the Military Intelligence Department of the People’s Liberation Army, and headed the Chinese delegation at Panmunjom. Because of Li’s ministry and intelligence positions, he had his government’s authority to coordinate armistice talks and battlefield strategy. Consequently, whenever negotiations reached critical stages, the Chinese military was used to test the U.N.’s will on the battlefield. As the action raged around relatively unimportant outposts, the battles themselves took on political and propaganda significance far beyond their military value.

In May 1952, Maj. Gen. David Ruffner took command of the 45th Infantry Division, holding the right flank of the I Corps’ line in west-central Korea, facing the 39th Army of the Chinese 13th Field Army. Wishing to take the high ground in front of his division’s main line of resistance (MLR), Ruffner and his staff developed a plan to seize a dozen forward hills, stretching from northeast to southwest. The last two in the southwest, Pork Chop and Old Baldy (Hill 266), were held by the Chinese 116th Division.

On June 6 and 7, the 279th Infantry Regiment seized the six northern hills, while the 180th Infantry advanced on the six southern ones. Company I of the 180th took Pork Chop after a one-hour firefight and immediately fortified the position. The Chinese 346th, 347th and 348th regiments counterattacked over the next several days, but I Company, with artillery support, held them off. Ruffner had extended the 45th Division’s line to provide a breakwater for his MLR, with Port Chop Hill, partially protected from Old Baldy, providing a vital part of the buffer.

The 2nd Infantry Division replaced the 45th in the fall of 1952, and its 9th Regiment was assigned to Pork Chop and Old Baldy. In October the Thai 21st Infantry Regiment occupied Pork Chop and managed to beat back assaults by elements of the Chinese 39th Army in November. When the 7th Infantry Division replaced the 2nd, troops of its 31st Regiment occupying Hill 255 found words written on the bunker walls by the departing Thais: ‘Take good care of our Pork Chop.’

In the late winter of 1953, General Deng argued that Chinese forces should adopt a retaliatory (zhenfeng xiangdui) strategy rather than remain on the defensive. The CMC endorsed his idea, and Marshal Peng moved the 23rd and 47th armies into line near Pork Chop Hill. On March 1, 1953, Chinese artillery opened an 8,000-round artillery barrage. Then, on the night of March 23, elements of the Chinese 67th Division of the 23rd Army and the 47th Army’s 141st Division launched simultaneous ground assaults on Old Baldy, Pork Chop and Hill 191.

‘On March 23rd, we ran a 50-man patrol along the perimeter of Pork Chop,’ recalled Corporal Joe Scheuber of I Company, 31st Infantry. ‘We just got into our foxholes on the finger of Pork Chop when enemy mortar and artillery hit us. To our right, more incoming rounds. Then we saw Chinese behind us and realized we were surrounded. We fell back to the trench line at the top of the hill, but the Chinese had reached it first. Hand-to-hand fighting broke out. There was a tremendous amount of noise. I got nicked in the arm and my helmet got shot off. I worked my way down the hill, killing a Chinese soldier with a grenade. I ended up in a shell hole the remainder of the night, as the enemy artillery lasted most of the night. When dawn broke, I was found by another unit from I Company as they pushed the Chinese off the hill.’ The Chinese drove the defenders back 800 yards. Just after midnight, however, two companies from the 7th Division reserve counterattacked and recovered Pork Chop by morning.

The 1st Battalion of the Chinese 141st Division, commanded by Hou Yung-chun, was selected to assault Old Baldy. The unit’s political officer hand picked the 3rd Company to lead the attack and plant the ‘Victory Flag’ on the hill. Facing the Chinese was the recently arrived and inexperienced Colombian 3rd Battalion. Supported by heavy artillery fire, the Chinese penetrated the U.N. position at about 2100 hours. Although the Colombians were reinforced by an American company, it was not enough to prevent them from having to fall back. Kao Yung-ho, a young soldier in the 3rd Company, declared, ‘This victory is to our company commander’s credit.’

‘When the Chinese seized Old Baldy there was good military logic to abandon Pork Chop,’ S.L.A. Marshall wrote. ‘That concession would have been in the interest of line-straightening without sacrifice of a dependable anchor. But national pride, bruised by the loss of Old Baldy, asserted itself, and Pork Chop was held.’

A lull fell over the area while the Chinese 47th Army was resupplied for its next objective — Pork Chop. Back in the United States, the press lambasted the 7th Division for the loss of Old Baldy and described the division as weary, slipshod and demoralized. Unwittingly, the American press supplied the Chinese with a propaganda tool — during the April and July fighting, 7th Division troops would hear those same caustic criticisms loosed at them from Chinese loudspeakers.

In April 1953, two platoons of E Company, 31st Regiment of the 7th Division, both under the command of 1st Lt. Thomas V. Harrold, garrisoned Pork Chop. The total strength within the perimeter came to 96 men, including attached artillery, engineer and medical personnel. The 1st and 3rd platoons mustered only 76 riflemen, and 20 of them were stationed at listening points outside the perimeter. Easy Company normally had twice that many, but it had begun its rotation out of the sector.

The bunkers and trenches had been engineered according to the then-conventional pattern of the Eighth Army. As Marshall described it: ‘A solidly revetted rifle trench encircled it at the military crest, providing wall and some roof cover, which served for defense in any direction. Sandbagged and heavily timbered, fire-slotted bunkers were tied into the trench line at approximately 30-yard intervals. They gave troops protection while affording observation and command of the slope.’ The natural terrain, however, divided the two platoons, because Pork Chop was pushed in like the dent in a hat.

General Deng’s plan to assault Pork Chop had been endorsed by the CMC on April 3, but Mao intervened, delaying the operation until the peace talks stalled. In that same month, the negotiators at Panmunjom agreed to exchange their sickest POWs, an operation called Little Switch. At that point, however, the Chinese political leadership wanted to show the U.N. that its cooperation did not reflect an unwillingness to fight. Deng was therefore authorized to attack Pork Chop Hill before April 20, when Little Switch was slated to begin.

At 2000 hours on April 16 a patrol from the 31st Infantry, consisting of 10 soldiers from Fox Company and five from Easy, advanced to within 100 yards of the shallow stream at the valley bottom and set up an ambush. At about 2300, some 50 Chinese soldiers approached from Hasakkol. Sergeant Henry W. Pidgeon of Fox Company flung grenades at them, thereby striking the first blow in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. He then ordered the patrol back, but Easy Company’s mortars, firing at the advancing Chinese, cut off the American patrol. A few individuals filtered back into the trenches at 0445, but most of the patrol remained on the slope until 1900 the next evening.

The advance patrol’s encounter failed to raise alarm among Pork Chop’s defenders, and two full companies of Chinese infantry reached the ramparts before anyone knew of their presence. Slipping past the listening posts, the Chinese assaulted the 1st Platoon’s sector on the Pork Chop’s left flank. Sergeant 1st Class Carl Pratt and his 1st Platoon troops could hear the enemy but remained in their bunkers because of Chinese shelling. The 3rd Platoon, separated from it by terrain, was unaware of the 1st Platoon’s situation or of the growing danger it was in.

At his command post (CP) at the far end of the perimeter, Lieutenant Harrold evaluated the situation. There had been increased Chinese shelling, contact had been lost with the outposts and 1st Platoon, and the volume of submachine gun fire had increased in the 1st Platoon’s sector. Sensing that Easy Company was in big trouble, he fired a red star rocket, signifying ‘We are under full attack,’ and a red star cluster, signaling ‘Give us flash Pork Chop.’ At 2305, the lights came on all over the hill, and two minutes later American artillery opened fire, to be answered by the Chinese batteries. Twenty minutes later, the firing ceased and members of Easy Company emerged from their bunkers. They found the Chinese in the trenches, and firefights broke out throughout the perimeter.

Although the Chinese had infiltrated the defensive works, the command post, then held by Harrold, two other officers and two NCOs, prevented them from securing the rear slope or barring reinforcements from coming up. Other than the CP blocking Pork Chop’s back door, the hill’s defense was without a linchpin. The 3rd Platoon was pinned in the bunkers, while only six wounded soldiers remained of the 1st Platoon. By systematically killing the occupants and capturing the bunkers, the Chinese, aided by additional reinforcements, secured most of the hill by two hours after midnight.

Harrold relayed what he knew through his battalion command to the 31st Infantry’s commander, Colonel William B. Kern. One hour after the fighting began, three rifle platoons of L Company had been trucked forward, in case the Chinese overran Pork Chop. Shortly after 0200, Kern ordered one platoon from Fox Company and one from Love Company to reinforce Easy Company. The Fox platoon became lost and never arrived. Second Lieutenant Earle L. Denton was leading Love’s 3rd Platoon from Hill 200 to Pork Chop when, about 50 yards from the chow bunker, two machine guns opened fire and brought down six of his men. After a second burst of Chinese gunfire, Denton decided to pull back.

Returning to Love’s CP with only 12 men, Denton reported to the company commander, 1st Lt. Forrest James Crittendon, that the 3rd Platoon’s attack had failed. The battalion commander, Lt. Col. John N. Davis, ordered King and Love companies to counterattack at dawn. Love would launch its second assault with only two platoons and, incredibly, never learned that it was to be part of a joint operation with King.

King Company’s 135 troops were stationed behind Hill 347. At 0330, they were ordered into an attack position behind Hill 200. Minus the weapons platoon, each soldier carried a full belt, extra bandolier and three more grenades than usual. The six Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) men in each platoon carried 12 magazines, and each light machine-gun team carried five boxes of ammunition. Each platoon also carried a flame-thrower and a heavy rocket launcher. Colonel Davis suggested that King attack Pork Chop’s rear slope with two platoons abreast and hold one in reserve. King Company’s commander, 1st Lt. Joseph G. Clemons, Jr., understood that King would receive support from Love, which would attack up the ridge finger on Pork Chop’s right. ‘Hit the hill hard and get to the top as fast as the men can go,’ Clemons told his platoons’ leaders. ‘Success depends on speed; we must close before daylight.’

With the 2nd Platoon deployed on the right, the 1st on the left and the 3rd in reserve, King Company reached the assault line. At 0430 the artillery barrage lifted and King stepped off. Although they were not fired on, it took King’s men 29 minutes to travel the 170 yards to the nearest bunker. ‘We managed to get over the first line of barbed wire through holes cut by shellfire and by walking on bodies of men lying on the wire to hold it down,’ said Sergeant Samuel K. Maxwell, a K Company medic who had been on the hill back on March 23. ‘Pork Chop was steep. We were heavily loaded with ammo for our weapons and the MGs, as well as the boxes of grenades. The steep climb had us pooped. We got within grenade range in small groups to begin grenading our way down the main trench, clearing out the Chinese.’ Just as the first man entered the defensive works at 0500, the Chinese artillery struck.

As the battle entered its second round, Love Company had launched its second attack about the same time as King, but met a Chinese barrage more intense than the earlier one. Both of its platoons were crushed and sent tumbling back to Hill 200, leaving King Company on its own.

Sergeant 1st Class Walter Kuzmick’s squad of King Company’s 2nd Platoon encountered its first fire at the chow bunker just below the main trench. Kuzmick reached the main trench at 0520 and pushed his men along it toward the CP. Second Lieutenant Robert S. Cook, the 2nd Platoon’s commander, reached the CP first and called Kuzmick forward. As Kuzmick rushed the bunker, grenade in hand, a lieutenant of Easy Company sprang out the door, also brandishing a grenade. Both men froze. Just then, Clemons appeared, stunned to find any Easy Company men left on the hill. Before anyone could move, three shells of undetermined origin hit the bunker. Cook, the Easy Company officer and several King Company men were wounded, but the Easy Company survivors inside were unharmed.

While weary King Company settled into the trenches and Love regrouped on Hill 200, fresh forces from the Chinese 141st Division moved toward Pork Chop. ‘Pork Chop was a maze, a rat’s nest of bunkers, line and commo trenches, shell holes and rock clumps,’ Sergeant Maxwell said. ‘The Chinese kept feeding fresh troops into their counterattacks. The survivors of the previous attacks would then come out of cover and join them. We fought with the men we had. Every hour, we numbered less.’

Clemons did not have enough men to take the hill by storm, so he and his executive officer, 1st Lt. Tsugi O’Hashi, returned to the chow bunker to sort things out. Clemons, guessing that he had lost half of his men and that the rest were low on ammunition, decided to bring up the 3rd Platoon.

By 0745, King Company had not advanced more than 200 yards in two hours, and the Chinese still held bunkers along two-thirds of the trench line. Feeling that his men were stretched to the breaking point, Clemons waited for help. It came in the form of 12 men from Love Company.

Crittendon had pushed 62 men of the regrouped Love Company back up the right-hand finger. On the way up, Crittendon was hit, along with the next company commander, 2nd Lt. Homer F. Bechtel. Command fell to 2nd Lt. Arthur Marshall, who led Love on through a buzz saw of artillery and machine-gun fire. By the time Marshall reached Clemons’ position, he had 12 men left, including Lieutenant Denton.

The total of 65 Americans on Pork Chop — survivors of Easy, King and Love companies — was about the same number as Easy Company had had at the start of the battle. At 0814, more reinforcements arrived in the form of G Company, 17th Infantry, commanded by Clemons’ brother-in-law, 1st Lt. Walter B. Russell. At the same time, however, a fresh Chinese company arrived at the other side of the hill’s ridge and fighting blazed anew. At 1100 Clemons radioed his battalion, ‘I must have water, plasma, more medical assistance, flamethrowers, litter, ammunition, several radios.’ Only a little water and C rations arrived.

At noon, 1st Lt. James Blake, the battalion intelligence officer, entered Clemons’ CP with a message from Colonel Davis, ordering him to send survivors of Easy and Fox to the rear, and for George Company to withdraw at 1500. ‘When they go out,’ Clemons told Blake, ‘it is not reasonable to expect that we can hold the hill.’ Battalion did not respond to his message. Clemons’ and Russell’s men held on for the next few hours, but at 1445 Clemons sent another message to Battalion: ‘We must have help or we can’t hold the hill.’ This time Colonel Kern responded by calling division headquarters and urging either relief or reinforcements for Pork Chop.

The 7th Division faced a more complex issue regarding the hill. If it fell, the Chinese could strike next at Hill 347, which could turn into a bloody, battalion-per-day meat grinder like Triangle Hill, an objective that had ended up in Chinese hands by the end of October 1952. The division asked for a decision from I Corps, which asked the Eighth Army, which asked Far East Command. The Eighth Army wanted to weigh how many men it was prepared to lose against the importance of preventing the Chinese from flaunting a victory at Panmunjom. While the high command debated the issue, the 7th Division commander, Maj. Gen. Arthur G. Trudeau, and his aide-de-camp, Brig. Gen. Derrill M. Daniel, helicoptered to Davis’ regimental CP to get a clearer view of King. They arrived at 1500, just as George Company withdrew from the hill.

By then, King Company had suffered 18 men killed and 71 wounded. ‘We were down to 25 men, including a few men from Love Company,’ Sergeant Maxwell recalled. ‘With no reinforcements in sight, Lt. Clemons grouped us onto a high hill knob on Pork Chop where we might hold out. Somehow we held the rest of the day into the night.’ Troops also manned two bunkers at the top of the crest, and Clemons remained in the CP with the radio while O’Hashi and Kuzmick directed the troops. In preparation for a night attack, the Chinese shelled the American positions for four hours.

At 1640, Clemons reported to the regiment: ‘We have about 20 men left still unhurt. If we can’t be relieved, we should be withdrawn.’ General Trudeau, who was present when the message came in, decided to hold the hill. He got official backing from the Eighth Army, because of its linkage to the talks at Panmunjom. Trudeau attached the 17th Infantry Regiment’s 2nd Battalion to the 31st Infantry and moved the 17th’s 1st Battalion into the support area of Pork Chop Hill.

Colonel Kern immediately ordered Captain King of Fox Company to move onto Pork Chop and relieve Clemons’ force as soon as possible. Fox’s troops arrived at 2130 and deployed into the trenches with the remnants of King and Love companies. At the same time, a Chinese force attacked from Hasakkol. American artillery scattered the Chinese, but they responded with a barrage of their own, killing 19 men of Fox Company.

With Fox Company bloodied and exhausted, Kern committed Easy Company of the 17th Infantry, while Trudeau released that regiment’s 1st Battalion to Kern, just in case. Easy’s commander, 1st Lt. Gorman Smith, moved his company around the right finger of Pork Chop and marched directly up its face — the Chinese side — hoping to catch them off guard.

Inside the American CP on the hill were Clemons, Denton, King and 14 enlisted men. At midnight, when Chinese fire let up, Clemons pulled his survivors off the hill. ‘About 2200, Fox Company of the 31st counterattacked and reached us,’ Maxwell said. ”King’ was relieved at 2400. We made our way one by one in the gaps between Chinese artillery salvos to the foot of Pork Chop. Here, 20 hours earlier were 135 men in nine 6-by-6 trucks. Now, the seven of us sat in a one-ton weapons carrier. On leaving Fox Company, one of their medics had asked me to leave my med kit with him. I showed him it was empty. I had used every item I had carried up that hill. King Company would need 150 replacements before it could fight again as a full-strength rifle company.’ Denton remained at the CP, because Captain King requested further help.

About 0130, the Chinese attacked again, swarming around the CP and lobbing grenades into the bunkers. The Americans were wounded, but held on. Denton called for fire directly onto the bunker’s roof. Fire from quadruple .50-caliber machine gun mounts swept the roof of Chinese. As the enemy launched another assault, Denton and his men knew that this time they would be overwhelmed. Chinese fire intensified. Then, suddenly, there was silence, followed by the crack of rifle fire as Easy Company of the 17th Infantry arrived. Driven from the crest, some Chinese scampered back across the valley, while others took refuge in the outline trench works. Evaluating Gorman Smith’s risky maneuver in retrospect, S.L.A. Marshall wrote that ‘For the embattled group within the Pork Chop CP, the minutes thus saved by one man’s intuition and hard work were as decisive as a last-minute reprieve to the condemned.’

Easy Company’s assault was the pivotal event in the battle for Pork Chop, but it did not end the fighting. By 0230, Easy was deployed over the trench works, and the Chinese launched company-size assaults at 0320 and 0429. At dawn, Kern committed A Company of the 17th to the struggle, and throughout April 17 the three American companies reoccupied the trench system, using small arms, grenades and bayonets, finally crisscrossing the peak and taking control of the hill. Denton and a few diehards of Love Company remained on the hill until midafternoon.

In the early morning of April 18, more troops from the Chinese 141st Division assaulted the hill again, but after a bloody close-quarters fight they were driven back by an arriving company of American reinforcements. At dusk, the Chinese finally conceded the fight and withdrew to their side of the valley.

Marshall called Pork Chop Hill ‘an artillery duel,’ noting that the nine artillery battalions of the 2nd and 7th divisions had fired 37,655 rounds on the first day and 77,349 rounds on the second. ‘Never at Verdun were guns worked at any such rate as this,’ he wrote. ‘The battle of Kwajalein, our most intense shoot during World War II, was still a lesser thing when measured in terms of artillery expenditure per hour, weight of metal against yards of earth and the grand output of the guns. For this at least the operation deserves a place in history. It set the all-time mark for artillery effort.’

Pork Chop became a well-publicized battle and therefore an important bargaining chip at the peace table. In June 1953, Marshal Peng provided General Deng with a fresh unit, the First Army, consisting of the 1st, 2nd and 7th divisions, to relieve the 47th Army. On July 6, the Chinese command decided to make another attempt to take Hill 255. A few days earlier, the Communist and U.N. delegates had reached a tentative ceasefire agreement, but South Korean leader Syngman Rhee had balked at the settlement. The Chinese meant the attack on Pork Chop to chastise the Americans for failing to keep Rhee reined in.

‘The Chinese were on their loudspeakers telling us to surrender,’ recalled Angelo Palermo, a 21-year-old private in Able Company, 17th Infantry. ‘If we did not, they said, we were all going to die. They announced that they were going to take Porkchop and that they would take no prisoners. On the night of July 6, as it started to get dark, the Chinese attacked in force. I was on a .50-caliber machine gun when they started to swarm up the hill. I could have sworn that all of China was on that slope. With enough firepower, we could have killed a thousand gooks, but we hadn’t nearly enough ammunition to turn back this kind of attack. We fired the .50 until we ran out of ammo, and by that time the Chinese were in our trenchline, so we fought them with rifle butts, bayonets, and even fists and helmets. They were pushing us back, but before we were driven off the hill, Baker Company came up to help us. However, the sheer numbers of Chinese drove us off the top of Porkchop.’

The Americans sent in successive companies of reinforcements, and the Chinese matched each one with an additional battalion. The 17th Infantry gained and lost Pork Chop twice in four days.

‘General Trudeau came up on an inspection and told us that Porkchop had to be held at all costs,’ wrote Private Palermo.’I thought generals only talked like that in movies, but apparently I was mistaken.’

Trudeau organized a counterattack force from the reconnaissance battalion and personally led it up the hill. For that exemplary action, he was awarded the Silver Star. S.L.A. Marshall also noted that the much-maligned 7th, the only U.S. Army division to fight a major battle in 1953, ‘acquitted itself with the highest credit.’

By July 11, five American battalions held a company-size outpost against a full Chinese division. On that same day, however, General Taylor, I Corps and the 7th Division ordered the hill abandoned. Taylor wrote in his book Swords and Plowshares, ‘The cost of continuing to defend Pork Chop became so prohibitive under the massed Chinese attacks that I authorized its evacuation.’

Korea and Vietnam War veteran Colonel Harry G. Summers wrote more critically of his rationale: ‘Ever the politician (as he would prove to be again in the Vietnam War), General Taylor had made his decision based on his perception of American public and political reactions to the high number of U.S. casualties.’ Marshal Peng praised the outcome as ‘an example of how Chinese forces effectively employed the ‘new tactic’ of active defense in positional warfare.’

The British, who fought a similar battle at the Hook, thought the struggle for Pork Chop was foolish. Asked what he would have done to recapture Hill 255, Maj. Gen. Mike West, commander of the Commonwealth Division, answered: ‘Nothing. It was only an outpost.’

With the final signing of the armistice agreement at Panmunjom on July 27, 1953, Pork Chop Hill became part of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. It has since become a symbol, both positive and negative, of a controversial war. In his book The Korean War, Max Hastings summed up both by writing: ‘The struggle for Pork Chop became part of the legend of the U.S. Army in Korea, reflecting the courage of the defenders and the tactical futility of so many small-unit actions of the kind that dominated the last two years of the war.’


This article was written by James I. Marino and originally published in the April 2003 issue of Military History magazine. >For more great articles be sure to subscribe to Military History magazine today!

222 Responses to Korean War: Battle on Pork Chop Hill

  1. Lois M. (Huntley) McClurg says:

    My Father Lawrence Stanley Huntley is one of those men who came home from the war on Pork Chop Hill Second Infantry Division, 38th Regiment, First BN Baker Company Second Platoon; He is still alive and well and lives in Michigan, he recently learned that 2 of the men he served with and came home from that war have passed one 2 years ago from heart, another just this last week 6-09-08 killed in a car accident. My father has often hoped he could one day meet up with any of the others that may remain from his division.

    • chet saunders says:

      My Uncle is Luther M BAYS and was in 2nd infantry division 2nd platoon baker co. I am looking for information on him he is 80 years old now and dossent talk much about it however i understand that he won the silver deffending old baldy any info would be greatly apperiaceted thank you please e mail me

      • chet saunders says:

        please any survivors of pork chop hill that rembers Luther M Bays please email me at chetsaunders@comcast.net God bless you all

      • bonnie friend says:

        my fathers name was roy lybold he had bean in the navy in the koren war i.ve bean trying to find out what he went through over there when i was 6yrs. old we were on his shipand he tried to throw me in the ocean and when 9yrs. old he tried to drown me at stmarys lake in ohio they said it was from when he was in the koren war i.m just trying to make sense of why he did that my name is bonnie lybold friend

    • denette says:

      My uncle survived Pork Chop Hill – he lives in So. Cal. and has been trying so hard to get in touch with any of his fellow vets. He has some unbelievable stories and horrific stories from the time he served – God watched over him because he is a walking miracle. He was with the 2nd Div 9th Infranty Regiment, 2nd Batallion, Company F, 2nd Platoon. Barman #1 – His name is Fred Perez but his nickname at that time was “Tank”.

      • Jacqueline King Kelly says:

        Hello sir,
        My name is Jacqueline King Kelly. My father James A. King passed away in 2009. His twin brother SFC Andrew Wayne King “Jack” was listed MIA July 6 1953 he was of the 71st. Did you possibly know him or know what happed to him?
        Thank you

      • Jacqueline King Kelly says:

        This is the actual info of my uncle Jack, I did not have it correct eariler.

        D CO 1 BN
        DATE OF LOSS: JULY 6, 1953
        SERVICE NUMBER: RA13375712
        BORN: DECEMBER 24, 1932
        Comments: Sergeant First Class King was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on July 6, 1953. He was presumed dead on July 7, 1954. He was known as “Jack.”


    • christy ingersoll says:

      My grandfather John Hadlock was ( i believe) in the 101st air borne. I have some pictures of him and some others during the war. I have no idea who they are.If you may know them or just wanted to see them im on facebook.

      • Gary Stewart says:

        I would love to see some pictures, My father was in the army 101st airborne paratroopers in korea. When we were little our house burned down, with all our family pictures. If you have any pictures I would love to see them, I am on facebook also, you can find me as Gary Stewart, The Colony Texas

      • christy ingersoll says:

        Gary Stewart, The Colony Texas
        Sorry I just noticed your post. if your still interested in the pics my facebook is https://www.facebook.com/moe.lynn

    • Derald W. Stump says:

      Thank you, Lois, for your comment. My cousin, Donald Stump, was in a mortar company on Pork Chop Hill. I assume he was in Easy Company but I don’t know for sure. I’m wondering if your father knows of anyone who can provide information about Don and where he was killed on the Hill ? Thank you.

    • Dee says:

      Hi Lois,

      Would your father remember the names of the men that made it off of Pork Chop Hill?
      My husband was Bill Miller from Michigan. After things settled down he was in an Army Band and they traveled around the area entertaining the fellows until it was time to be sent home. He played trombone. The fellows in the band were going to have a 10 year reunion in N.Y. but it didn’t happen.
      I would love to talk to your dad. Bill talked very little about Korea. We were married almost 53 years and he took his pain to the grave.

    • Al Slaughter says:

      Is your father Ray Valley, What a prince of a fellow. I am a retired MSP officer and I worked with him in Training in the 70’s. I recently read that he had a 80th birthday and I will be sending him a card. I recalled that he was a survivor of Pork Chop Hill and began searching the topic to see how many survived that hill. Do you know?? If you are not the Daughter of Ray Valley please send me your info on your father and we will get the two of them hooked up. But somehow I suspect being the old detective that I am–that you are the daughter of Ray Valley. Ray was my mentor. , I came into the State Police with only a high school education. I went onto received a 4 year degree at MSU and a Masters at Northwestern. I attribute this all to your father. He showed me the way.

    • Al Slaughter says:

      Sorry Lois, I guess I didn’t read your bio or still asleep. I see your father is Lawrence Huntley. Anyway no harm. Who would guess that there are two pork chop hill survivors still alive in Michigan. Anyway if you give me your fathers address, I will forward it to Ray Valley. I would do the same for Ray Valley but for security reasons they forbid the forwarding of x-MSP officers information. Anyway, the both of them should hook up. I can Tell you that Ray Valley lives around the Lansing Area. Thanks Al Slaughter

      • ralph obrien says:

        my Father was Ralph O’Brien he was one of the survivors who made it off the hill he was in the third division and he died in 2009 of the ripe age of 76 of natural causes the only thing he talked about from the war was that you can live off peanut butter

  2. roberto sanchez says:

    mi padre combatio en Old baldy como integrante del batallon colombia en la guerra de corea, compañia A.

  3. Edna McDaniel (Wenski) says:

    Would appreciate your information on the only
    survivor of Fox Company, 7th Infantry from
    battle on Pork Chop Hill- PFC Ervin Wenski of
    Cicero, Ill. Died in Sept.19, 1977

  4. June Martin says:

    My father was one of the soldiers in the battle for Pork Chop Hill. His name was Martin (Marty ) Ward. If anyone remembers him I would like to hear from you. We will figure out a way to get in touch.

    • Brad Burnett says:


      I was so excited to see his name in a google search. Please email me if you get this message.

      To all,

      Marty was my grandfather. He was an Army Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Divsion. Silver Star receipient during the Korean War.

  5. Diane says:

    I was the staff guardian of a gentleman by the name of Stanley C. Wynn, who was one of the few who survived Pork Chop Hill. He recently passed away after a lengthy illness. Today was the day he was buried, with the Color Guard giving him a send off that was fitting for the 6 Bronze Star recipient hero he was. May he rest in peace!

  6. Matt yeager says:

    my father served in king company on pork chop hill. he passed away in september of 1987.I would like to find someone to bridge the gap I was young when he passed and dont know much about his combat history other than he carried a BAR and lost his left eye on pork chop.

  7. Billy Ruprecht says:

    My grandfather served in the Korean War and he did fight at the first battle of Pork Chop Hill in April of 1953. On July 23, 1953. He was wounded by a grenade at a place called Finger Ridge. Even though he lost his left eye, he made a full recovery. Sadley my grandfather died in Sept. of 1987, I was born in Jan. two years later, everything that my grandfather did in Korea died with him. I’m looking for information about his actions and some of the battles that he might have participated in (including info. about the battle of Finger Ridge) and see if my grandfather was supposed to receive a medal. I’m also hoping to find all of his buddies too if any of them are still alive and find out what do they remember about my grandfather. Here are some things about my grandfather:

    Name: Bruce Donald Yeager
    Rank: Private First Class
    Branch of Service: U.S. Army
    Serial No.: US52198042
    Blood Type: B+
    Unit: 7th Infantry Division, 31st Infantry Regiment, King Company

    If anyone has information about my grandfather, please post a message to me or to Matt Yeager.

    • Ronnie Robertson says:

      My mother’s uncle was killed on Pork Chop the day after your grandfather was wounded. CPL Victor Allen Gruben from Fisher County, Texas. Company K – 31st Infantry – 7th Infantry Division

    • Jeff says:

      My father, was transferred out of King company just before they were wiped out at Westview on the 23-24th of July. 19 killed, 24 wounded. Since there are normally 42 people in a platoon, all were killed or injured. Being that he was the only person that knew everyone, he asked to identify all the bodies. He died in 2009. I have been contacting other former soldiers and relatives about this Westview incident. Let me know if you want to exchange informatoin.

      • Jeff, hello.
        I’m at the beginning of gathering research on Westview Outpost, for a public interest article (potentially) in Westview, a weekly newspaper in Greenwich village. I only recently first heard mention of the Korea Westview Outpost, and naturally my interest grew. I’m a writer and a USAF vet, 1952-1956. Saw no combat of the kind with bullets, bombs and bayonets. In many ways, I’d like to have that experience built within my psyche. But, performing my military obligation honorably is a fortunate memory to own.
        Hope to hear from you via ehlerner@verizon.net
        Best wishes from me and mine to you and yours.

    • Lavon Florence says:

      My dad was in 7th infantry D. 31st Polar Bears E Co. and we have little info. also looking.

      • Jeff says:

        I believe my dad was in E company for a short time around the April May ’53 timeframe. Perhaps my father knew yours?

        How do we exchange emails w/o showing to all?

  8. Theresa Arant Kimmel says:

    I recently found a scrap book kept by my grandparents with stories of my uncle Reverend James Madden who served in the 32nd Infantry regiment as a Chaplain. I was fascinated and moved by the stories of his bravery and amazing faith. I have some wonderful pictures of Father Madden serving Mass with the soldiers. It would be great to hear from anyone familiar with Father Madden. Thanks.

    • Jack Hartman says:

      Just wanted you to know that our Catholic Chaplin was a God send to all of us. I’m not sure of his name,but it just might have been your Uncle.
      When he could he would come up on the line and we would gather immediately behind the hill for Mass..If you stayed there too long as a group you would draw artillery and mortor fire. He would look at us kids and say that he is very proud of us all and then set up for Mass on his jeep. Just before Mass he would give us all general absolution with the Mass lasting about five minutes…Didn’t have time for a longer one as the artillery and mortors would be coming in. We would all receive Holy Communion and what a great feeling this was to us all. Most of the time when he would come up this is the way it was, except one time he seemed to have more time and he would hear confessions. When I went to .him he scolded me for not saying Hi to him when he first arrived. I was a young 19 yr. old kid and his presence was such a Blessing knowing how much he cared for us all. I think of him often…The one Non -catholic Chaplin didn’t make it up to the line one time as were were told he and his
      driven were killed by an artillery shell that hit their jeep. Artilley and mortor fire was very fierce. constantly over there. I was with the 7th..Inf. Div., 32nd. Regt.. Your can be very proud of your Uncle and I’m sure he receives all of God’s special Blessings for his Service to us young scared punk kids. I was Blessed and returned withou a scratch,physicial that is.
      Thanks for listening to my story of , I believe, was your Uncle.
      May God Bless,
      Jack Hartman

      • Derald W. Stump says:

        Hi, Jack….Thanks for the great info on Chaplain Madden. Sounds like a great person. Chaplains used to do communion on the hoods of jeeps in the battle of the bulge a friend told me. I’m trying to find information about my cousin, Don Stump, who was killed on Pork Chop Hill serving in a mortar company. I wonder if you happened to know him or how/when/where he died ? I was on the USS Midway and tried to get info on Donny when I was near Korea in 1954 to no avail. – Derald Stump

    • Ginny OHare says:

      I am the activity director at a Veternas Home in Florida. One of our resident Mike Mancos knew your Uncle very well. If you would like to talk to Mike plwease email me and we can set something up. Mike told me your uncle was the high light of his day!

    • James F. Madden says:

      My mother passed away in March of 2011, my wife is putting a genealogy together of my family. Would like to get as much information if possible on my father and grandfather.

      I would like to see my fathers scrap book.

      James F. Madden

      • PhilipDynes says:

        I am also searching for any information on another R C Chaplin who was also on Pork Chop Hill by the name of Daniel Rooney, twice decorated with a Silver Star about 1953, He was attached with Lt Tom Fernandezdela reguera at the time of his award, Any information on this good man would be very welcome, Thanking You, Philip Dynes

    • jacob schaper says:

      hello theresa i knew your uncle, i meet him 24th of dec. 1952 i had my xmas dinner at 1pm, then went to see father madden for mass. after that got may gear together, when it got dark we loaded up duce&halfs & went up to reliive the 2nd div iwas in the forward group. & yes he was always up front giveing servies for all. GREAT MAN. JAKE

  9. J. Javier Ramirez says:

    My father was in the 32nd Infantry of the 7th Division; he was in communications and ran wire to the various patrols. His name is Jose M. Ramirez. He remembers the battles of Pork Chop and Old Baldy. Anyone with more details of what these communication soldiers did would be appreciated.

    • Kimberly says:

      I’m looking for anyone that may have known my dad. He served in the Koren War. He was in the HCO M 32 Infantry REGT. APO 7 Oct 2nd -1952 – Sept. 20th 1954.

      He survived Pork Chop Hill was a bronze metal recipient. He is alive today and I recently discovered that he was there…he will not speak much about this at all.

      Just curious to know of anyone that may have none him. His name was Johnny Mayhew.

  10. DUANE FISH says:


  11. Janet W. Reed says:

    My Father Bruce B. Wainwright entered the Korean War on May
    19, 1952. He was a Lieutenent during the final battles at Pork
    Chop Hill in charge of the heavy artillary. The movie “Pork Chop
    Hill was based on his brother’s company. After he came back, he
    said when he returned home he kept having this strong feeling to
    let people know what all had been done to bring about the
    sacrifice to keep our freedom. Two of his friends who survived
    with him were Jack Roberts and Herb Pawlowdski. They still vist
    after all these years. He felt like an emissary for those who died
    and wants to do what I can for them. Those who gave their lives
    did not do so because they were in any way less worthy–infact,
    they may well have been the more worthy ones.

    • Derald W. Stump says:

      Janet, my cousin Don Stump, mortar company, died on Pork Chop Hill….wonder if your father knew Don or how/where/when he died?

  12. Bill Bourke says:

    I am looking for one of the survivors of pork chop hill.
    He also served as Mess Sargeant in veitnam with the 6Bn 33rd
    Artllery B Battery 1968 and1969 . I served with him in Nam.
    We were part 108th Artillery Group. I do not remeber his name,
    I think he was one of the pupel hart winers.Last time I saw him
    was April 1969. He was a Staff Sageant.

    He he still a live ?

    Bill Bourke

  13. Bryan Chaisson says:

    My Father Willis Chaisson from Louisiana served in the Korean
    War and got wounded twice. He never spoke about the War, but
    after he passed away in 1988 my Mom advised us that in the
    years of their marriage he would have night mares about Pork
    Chop Hill. Later is when I had heard about the battle there.
    Anyone who may have known my Dad I would like to hear from

    Bryan Chaisson

  14. Mark Freer says:

    My uncle, Matt Finkle from New Haven, Ct. area served in the
    Korean war at Pork Chop Hill. He had survived a bullet wound to
    his head. LIFE Magazine had a picture of him with his helmet
    that had a huge hole in it where the bullet had entered. I dont
    have anymore details. He would occassionally share a story or
    two but didnt care to talk about it much. There were many
    painful memories. I will always remember the look in his eyes,
    those few times he would talk about his time in Korea. He was one
    tough marine, he has sinced passed and his memory will be with
    us forever.

  15. Paula Eldridge Tuttle says:

    My father Paul Fern Eldridge was in the Battle at Pork Chop Hill. He died 10/26/08 and on his deathbed he worried about the atrocities of Pork Chop Hill. He rarely talked about his time in Korea. Anyone who knew my father during this time and has any information please contact me.

  16. orville l dean says:

    i was a field wireman in korea 1953 we would keep commo lines open to different companys an to out post sometimes i would run a switchboard when not running wire lines i have some photoes of pork chop hill the hill an bunkers on the hill o dean nebraska responce to theresa a kimmel

    • Derald W. Stump says:

      Orville, Did you ever encounter my cousin, Don Stump ? He was in a mortar company on Pork Chop Hill and died there. When I was near Korea on the USS Midway in 1954 i tried to find info but there was none. At that time his body had not been recovered. Thanks for any info, in advance.

  17. John J. Hartman says:

    I was with the 32nd. Inf. of the 7th. Inf. Div. as a rifleman and a Barman. Late 1952 to Aug. of 1953. Eight months and 20 days on the front lines. Outpost served on were Kelly Hill, Erie and Arsnel and Pork chop Hill. I have some memory loss of a battle for which I am not sure, but believe it was Pork Chop Hil. All I remember is comining of a Hill and having a very hazy feeling in my head. Asking why we were being tr
    aken off the hill and told that a Phychicrist ordered us off the Hill. Two of our guys shot them selves. I can’t remember anything about the fighting.

    • jacob schaper says:

      hi my name is jacob schaper iwas in the 32nd 3th balat. hq & item co.from mid dec. 52 till oct. 53 i belive it was on 14th of feb. i was in item co.3rd batalon 3rd paltoon ontpost queen the batalalon made two counter attakes to get to us but were pushed back the eatreopen made a third try and could’nt. the night of the 14th king was order of line. e-mail me jake

  18. Craig Shackleford says:

    My father (Robert Shackleford) was a field wireman with Charlie Co. , 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry during the battle for Old Baldy (Westview) and Pork Chop in 1953. He is alive and well. He has many photos and stories related to this time.

    • D Lynch says:

      I knew a Tex Shackelford when I was in the Clearing co. 120th Med Bn but I don’t know what his job was. He was tall and thin and talked with a slow Texas drawl. Is this him or mabe a relative of his. I was the Supply sargent of the company.

      • Craig SHackleford says:

        Sorry, This man is not a known relative. Thank you for your service to this courntry and for my freedom.

  19. John Rosenberger says:

    wanting to know anyone who knew my Uncle, his name was Hubert Theriot. He was killed on Pork Chop Hill. he was from Golden Meadow, Louisiana!

  20. Tim Hughes says:

    My dad was on Pork Chop during the last battle. He was with Love Company 32nd Inf. 7th ID. I have a copy of his orders for his Bronze star that was for actions on 11 july1953 on Pork Chop. His name was Wirt Hughes. If anyone knew him please contact me at:


  21. Leonard Grass says:

    The Colombian soldiers were not neither inexpert neither cowardly, they came combatting against the Chinese with great heroism that was worth them two citations presidential and numerous silver stars and of brass, for heroism beyond the duty. the position of the Old baldy was taken by the Chinese because these they attacked with a very superior force in men that the battalion Colombia, supported by a devastating artillery fire that took several days on the position. Not in vain Old baldy a cemetery was considered and an unit didn’t remain but of five days in that position. The Colombia was 11 days to its luck, because the American company assigned as reinforcement was not him correspondent in the battle of March 23 in the night, because it was used to shelter Pork Chop. Nevertheless to be evicted of Old baldy, the Colombians completed their mission: the Chinese could not take the position due to the strong defense presented by the Colombians and to the support, although late, of the artillery and the North American aviation during the day 24.

    • kim almanzar says:

      My father Alcedo F. Almanzar served in Korea and fought in the Battle of Pork Chop. He may have been with the Columbians as he was from the Dominican Republic. Does anyone remember him? He was stationed in England after the war, fell in love with a British girl, my mom, and was stationed in San Antonio Air Force Base in 1960. He is in a veterans hospital now and last time we spoke he was trying to get a medal for serving, he was injured, but because he was not originally born in the U.S. felt he was overlooked. Any help would be appreciated as I would like to help him have his lifelong dream of recieving a medal come true in his lifetime. Thankyou to all who served in this war and all the others, and to all those who have ever given an oath to serve the U.S., may God Bless You!

    • ziggiezoe says:

      need info about the part colombia south america had in the korean war in 1954
      old baldy hill 266 not pork chop hill
      please e mail me in english thanks

      did you know alberto ruiz novoa and wayne c smith or in 1954 in tokyo some of the colombian officers came to the united nation geneva peace talks
      do you have any pictures of any of the colombians on old baldy?


  22. mike sherman says:

    My uncle was on hill 255 . He died in 2005, he never talked to much about it though.

  23. Rick Anaya says:

    Hello, Does anyone remember the “human bridge”? He was my cousin and his name was Bonnie Bartlet. If someone knows of him please respond.

    Thank you,

    Rick Anaya

  24. W.E (BUSTER) STARNES says:


  25. sara morelan says:

    My grand father James Woodrow Miller fought in Korea from nov.28 1951 to aug 13 1953. He fought on pork chop hill before he was discharged in aug. My grand father didnt talk about the war at all so we have very little info. His service # was 52160668. If any one remembers him or has any information please email at saramorelan@yahoo.com.Thank you.

  26. c embry says:

    Can someone please shed some light on the korean war? My father was there and never could talk about the war. He was from Mississippi and died almost 2 years ago. At the end of his life he cried alot about what happened in Korea never telling us why. This has haunted me since then. I just want to try to understand. He said, “War will change your life forever”. Maybe if someone knows I can come to understand why he was so upset. I am sure he saw alot of horrendous things. He said he wanted to tell us something but he said he couldn’t tell us. If anyone remembers Charles Cole from Smith County MS plese comment.

    Charlotte Embry

    • gary d. snyder says:

      my friend.58000 died in vietnam over 8 years.53000 died in korea in 3 years.go to the library.Visit V.F.W. posts and respectfully ask for korean vets who will discuss it.good luck

  27. Sharron Parker says:

    My husband was On pork chop Hill he wrote an account of what happened there he was wounded In action there.
    He Is 78 now and he tells stories that were grusome to be sure , War Was Hell , It was not a tea Party not to be insulting but I dont think most people have a full grasp about it, except those who have Lived it. You c an write me back if you would like and I could send you some of the writeing that he has done. One thing I will post is that during the march up pork chop thay had to march past a young man who;s head had been ran Over by the tanks and he told about how his head was flattened, I m sure he was dead before that happened, but it still vivid in my husbands Mind

    • Derald W. Stump says:

      Sharron, Thanks for your story. My cousin, Don Stump, was killed on Pork Chop Hill …..he was in a mortar company….I wonder if your husband ever encountered Don, since his body was not recovered and we know very little of how/when/exactly where he died. Thanks !

    • Leon Mruczkowski says:

      I was tank driver tk42 17th inf reg july 4 to 10th 1953. I dought a tank fattened the head. APCs ran at night retriving the wounded from Pork Chop. The tanks ‘ME’ only went in day light to cover the flanks of Pork Chop. I covered the Left flank for four days and recovered many wounded on the roads from Pork Chop. We never ran over any remains. We pick them up.

      • Robert Miller says:

        Leon Mruczkowski this is Robert Miller.we were in the Tank. Company in Korea.

      • Herman di Claudio says:

        Hi I was with the 17th tank with the 17 RCT. 7 div
        1950. 51. 52
        Have lot picture


      • kenny powers says:

        lee, this is kenny powers,please contact me in ky.at 270736 5154.

        lee, this is kenny powers,pease contact me in ky.my phone #is 270 736 5154.

        your friend

    • jacob schaper says:

      SHARRON YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEARD. I WAS IN THE 32ND INF REGT 7TH INF.DIV.3TH BAL.HQ&itemco. what we saw will never leave us because we can’nt forget it. jake

  28. John R Krull says:

    In Nov & Dec 1951, the 2nd Bn 8th Cav Regt outposted HILL 255
    (before it was called Pork Chop). On Thanksgiving eve, 1951 (Nov 21, 22), after a heroic stand there, a plt from Fox Co 8th Cav Regt was overrun. Lt (later Col) James Stone & 5 0thers were taken prisoner. 30 were KIA & 2 WIA were returned to the MLR. Lt Stone was awarded the Medal Of Honor for his actions that night. Read MOHs for the Korean War.
    I was a member of the relief force from George Co 8th Cav, early the next morning. The carnage on that hill is difficult to remember and harder to forget.
    It’s only recently that we who were there in 1951 have come to realize that our Hill 255 was also Pork Chop.

  29. Suzanne Rosipayla says:

    Looking for anyone that recognizes Edward Rosipaja, he was a sargent in the army and were told he was in the battle at Pork Chop Hill. I am his daughter, he passed away in the early 90’s, didn’t ever talk to any of us on what happened there, but recently started to put some pieces together of his time there. He was awarded a star, not sure which one. They say his personnel records were bured in a fire, we arent’ sure what division he was in. I do know he had a patch on his shoulder that appears to bea white with a circle. We are looking for any information. He did his training at Ft Polk and was from Pittsburgh PA.

  30. Lyle Stevens says:

    How many men died taking the Hill?

    • William says:

      347 killed
      1289 Wounded

      I was on Pork Chop,Co M (heavy weapon) 17 th Inf Regt 7th Inf Div.

  31. Phil Ulm says:

    My dad was in the battle on pork chop hill in June and July. He was in K(KING) company in the article attached to this website. He told me several stories of his personal experiences and I also went to Korea with him before his death. The only indication he gave me of how horrible it must have been was that he never told my mom just how bad it was in his letters to her during the last 2 months prior to the truce agreement. His name is Jerry Ulm and if anyone involved in this forum knew him, please let me know. Thanks, Phil Ulm phil_ulm@yahoo.com

  32. Phil Ulm says:

    I just posted the prior email and left out something I wanted to add. One thing that struck me when I went to Korea with my dad was the life and activity I saw in Seoul. I know a veteran’s sacrifice(as well as that of the family at home waiting and worrying) can never truly be appreciated and understood, but the South Korean people at least did not let it go in vain. They have the freedom that I so dearly appreciate in America(although is now under attack by the current administration). I for one want to thank the Korean veterans and all our veterans for the price they have paid for us. Phil Ulm

  33. Joseph brown says:

    I’m looking for anyone that might have known my father, Staff Sereant Earl E. Brown. I’m trying to find out the date that he was wound on Pork Chop Hill.

    My father passed away November 13. 2008

    Joseph Brown

  34. Tina Jannello says:

    My father, Natale Jannello just passed away on 11 July 2009. Me and my brother knew he was in the Korean War but he never wanted to talk about it, so we know practically nothing. The only time he ever gave me a glimpse into his experience was when he spoke to being in the tenches, and was terrified his hands would be blown off. My fahter was a very gifted artist. I dont know what infantry he was in or anything else but if there is anyone who recognizes his name it would be great o find out more information.

  35. Steve George says:

    My father Sergeant Lowell George was in the 7th Infantry 17th Regiment G company. He is sitting here telling me some of the memories he has about the battles. One of his friends Sam Tabert has emailed pictures he had and I have them on my computer. Would be happy to forward them onto anyone who wants them my email address is dvillesgeorge@gmail.com

  36. tmarsh213 says:

    My father, Arthur Marshall, was in Love Company. He recieved a purple heart for his leg wounds. He never speaks of this war, like the others who so bravely fought and mentioned on this page. He suffered with his war wounds his whole life, lucky to be alive and to walk. Now, he is 78 and his health is not good. The Pork Chop hill war wound give him walking problems to this day. Like the others, he fought bravely for his country and is the most patriotic man I have ever met.

    • Kaye Ailport says:

      My Father -in -Law Arthur Harold Ailport was also on Pork Chop Hill. He passed away in 1981. He was in Unit 31st Inf Regt, Division 7th Inf Div. He was wounded on 10-14-52 He was hit by a missle and was in the Hospital I belive in North Korea with another Arthur. If anyone knew of him, we would love to hear from you. He went on to have 4 sons which are very proud of him. But he was from Missoula Montana and stayed in the mountains as much as possible, Logging, Trapping, and Hunting. Couldn’t handle society to well. He also recieved a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He would have only been twenty two.

      • Mary says:

        Hi Kaye,

        My grandpa’s brother was also in 31st Inf reg, 7th inf div. He was KIA, on either April 16th or 18th. His name was Roy Elton Cowles. He received a Purple Heart, which was somehow given to his Foster Mother at the time.

  37. Jeff Hanig says:

    My father, Duane Hanig was in the 31st Infantry, “K” company. He was assigned to it just after it was virtually wiped out in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill in April, 1953. He was in the front lines and saw action, but was transferred out before his unit was hit in the last battle of OP Westview on July 23rd. He had to identify all the dead from his unit after this battle. He passed away this spring.

  38. Joe Roberts says:

    I led one of the attacks on Pork Chop Hill as a member of ‘C’ Co.of the 17th Inf. reg.7th Inf. Div. We jumped off at 200 a:m from the MLR checkpoint and crossed the valley up to Pork Chop Hill,arriving at 5:00 a:m.As we entered the lower trench leading up to the summit,A frightened S.Korea soldier ran right into me as i rounded a bend in the trench,i nearly shot him.A bit further up,i stepped on something soft,it was a partialy buried Chinese soldier,just the top of his head showing.A bit after that,we were spotted by the enemy and shells started coming in.we couldn’t go further just then as the trench was blocked by dead enemy.I dove into a bunker and found i had three dead chinese soldiers for company.I was there for just a short stay,we were relived and sent over to Erie Outpost to defend against a suspected attack.I rotated four days later off of Erie.Was in Korea for 9 months and seven days.Landed at Inchon on July 4,1952.

    Korea War combat & Koje-Do enemy prison camp photos


    • Derald W. Stump says:

      Joe, my cousin Don Stump was killed on Pork Chop Hill and his body is still there…..when I was near Korea aboard the USS Midway I tried to find info but it was futile. I wonder if you ever encountered Don — maybe Easy Company but I’m not sure. Thanks.

  39. Mike Maurice says:

    My Dad, Richard Maurice, was in the Battle for Pork Chop hill, around July 4, 1953. He past away 2 weeks ago, and had a military funeral with flag drapped and taps playing. The honor guard was the best and was very dedicated to the ceremony. Dad spoke of Bill Leveque, a fellow soldier from Newburyport MA (last heard of). Dad had a 30 caliber Browning machine gun. One day, he claimed that only a handful of men came back from a battle, then he got in an accident in a jeep, and he finally walked back to camp and fell asleep in the mud. He was always proud to serve in the Army…

  40. BRYAN CHAISSON says:

    To ALL:
    I placed a comment about my father participating in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. I really didn’t think this would go far, wow was I wrong. I am asking all to not make the mistake that I made and not leave contact information. I see there are people who have stories and pictures. I would like to receive any information available. PLease send to my email address bchaisson@centurytel.net I reside in Welsh, LA. and would like to continue hearing from family members, it seems that we all share the same experience. Fathers in Battle at Pork Chop Hill but never heard the stories.

    Thanks Bryan

  41. IVA SAVAGE says:

    My father Elton Taylor fought in the battle of Pork Chop Hill. He like many of the other men as described on this site never spoke much of his experiences at all or if they did, very little. I’m sure that the hell that these brave men endured wasn’t something that they wished to rehash to others as they relived it in their private minds on a constant basis. The only thing that I do know for sure is that my father had many, many horrific nightmares as he would yell our in his sleep quite often dreaming that he was back on the hill. As a child I remember my Dad spending countless days in the V.A. Hospital being treated for the mental trauma that he endured. My father served in Co. K 31st Infantry Regiment
    (APO 7 C/O PM San Franscisco California) whatever this means as this this was written inside of his small bible that he carried with him faithfully while in the military and on the hill. Dad is alive and is a permanent resident of the V.A. Hospital in Ohio due to his failing health. Oh, yeah, dad also had the letters CPL.or CPT. listed in the front of his name inside of his small bible. I figure that it must mean Corporal or Captain but I’m not sure as the words are sort of faded. I’m a lady that doesn’t know much about the military,or their meanings. I know that my father did serve as a medic during his time in the military. Also if their is someone out their that could help me obtain my fathers metals I would appreciate it. He was in the Walter Reid Hospital at one time, and he said that his metals were secured there and then when he was released from the hospital he never got them back. The metals that he did have in his possession when he completted his stint in the military were all destroyed in a house fire, and our family lost everything as we had no insurance and the greatest loss was that of a beloved family member. Dad was currently in the V.A. Hospital in a coma when the fire occured, and to be awaken from a coma and be told that you lost everything was horrific. I would love to have all of my fathers medals presented to him by someone representing the military if possible. His health is fading and my wish is to have my father receive his medals that he worked so hard for rewarded to him. If anyone can help you may contact me at savage.jeannie@yahoo.com. I would like to thank all of you brave soldiers who have served our country, and may GOD in Heaven bless you all.

    • s.wyatt says:

      You may write to the Veterans administration to request replacement of your father’s medals. There is a form to fill out requesting his military rank, serial number, branch of service, date of birth and a copy of his discharge paper ( document- DD-214 )

      Good luck, you’ll be glad you did and he’ll be proud all over again for you.


  42. ben says:

    my father inlaw was on porkchop hill mervin baylis from n,j he has passed away 15 years ago. he was a true hero and never talked much about the war, i would like to hear from anyone who knew of him. i would like to know if anyone has any stores or pictures i can be reached at gibcoben@aol.com

  43. bernard a heaney says:

    iremember thanksgiving 1951 very well i wasin the 2nd. patoon george co 8th cav.I think there were two Parkers in our co.the chineese hit the out post the night before andonly took control around five in the morning. I remember lt. stone took our place on the O>P>’ fox co 2nd. platoon had been over run earlier that month and geo. co. had the o.p. duty two days on four off. My recollection was 23 dead 13 wounded 11 prisoners.

  44. casey anderson says:

    My Grandfather was on Pork Chop Hill in July of 1953. He did not talk much about the battle. He served with the 17th infantry regiment 7th division Easy Co. He told only a very little about the war. He did mention names a few times though. He spoke of a man named Longo, a guy they called Buster, and a very young man they called Junior. I have located Longo, but would still like to contact Buster or his family. I would also like to get in contact with anyone that has any informatino on Junior. The only information i have is that he served with 17th reg 7 div Easy co, was very young, possibly 17, and did not come home. i can be emailed at flanders_36@hotmail.com

  45. bernard a heaney says:

    I think the old baldy the 8th. calvary was on was hill 246 and the O.P. was in front of us and may have been hill 200. bernie

    • ziggiezoe says:

      did you know any Colombian troops on old baldy or there officers?

      1954 in tokyo were colombian reps fron the united nations peace talks

      with them was general alberto ruiz novoa

      please advise

  46. Trace Cooper says:

    My Dad fought at Pork Chop. His name was Claude Cooper and he was a on a mortar squad and was a rifleman. He unfortunately passed away in 1982, but did tell me he was awarded the Bronze Star for action on Pork Chop. My Dad was a country boy who grew up in rural Missouri shooting rabbits and squirrels for food, he was a natural with a rifle. I do not know a lot about what exactly he did or even what unit he was with, I would love to learn from anyone any information they have so I can record it for family history.

    My Dad said he lost 25 years in Korea and suffered from PTSD. My Mom was awakened many nights with him in a cold sweat and his hands around her throat thinking she was the enemy.

    I can be reached at tmcooper@iland.net.

  47. bernard a heaney says:

    hill 246 was wrong 2nd. bat. 8 th. cav. was around 234 near chobakkol k co. was on347 and g co. 8 th. calvary was in front and to theeast of k co. g co. turned the o.p. over to the third div.G.Co. moved behind Fox on the left and E. Co. on the right 2nd. platoon procted the saddle between the too with their machine gun . hill 346 was 5th calvary 1 st. battalion area bernie

  48. john roberts says:

    I was 17 years old when I got to Korea .Was a tank gunner with the 17th tank co,,17th regiment I drove a pc carrier evacuating the wounded and dead both american and chinese off of the hill while the fighting was going on.I never realize until that day what freedom and having rights really was all about .I want to thank God that he showed this to me.I got through it all without a scratch.but I did come down with pdst 50 years later.So war does take its toll.

  49. CPL Dale W. Cain says:

    I am Dale Cain, Cpl, I joined Able Company in October, 1952 17th Inf. Reg. 7Inf. Div. (The hour glass also known a the bannet division.until we they went up to hold PorkChop Hill in July. I was wounded on Pork Chop April 18, 1953 and spent 5 days in the firld hospital before rejoining my company with a cast on my leg and foot. Able Company was on the MLR below the T-Bone Sector befor being reassigned to porkChop in latter August 1953. I lost my Lt. Shea, Asst Radio Operator PVT HOWELL,and some other friends. For self protection I tried to not make close friends. Bob Miller lost a leg and gained a silver star, Lt. Shea (PLatoon and Now Company Commander) and Pvt Howell, (my asst. radio operator) for the company are still listed as missing in action. It was no a pretty site. Bill McWilliams wrote two books you should read, He knows more about the last two battled then I do. Book #1 is called “ON HALLOWED GROUND” the book #2 is called “A RETURN TO GLORY” Both are very accrate and you will hear a lot by reading both.. A RETURN TO GLORY was printed by Warwick House Publishers 720 Court Street, Lynchburg, irgimia 24504 The book “ON HALLOWED GROUND” was done by the Naval Institute Press at Annapolis, maryland Read these two books and you will know as much as those of us who fought there. You may even read some names you know. BUT you must give them a tru.. If you can’t find them go to a auction that sells books. I founf 2 there. Bill did a great job. More than anyone I know. You’ll like him too. Thanks, Dale Cain

  50. ROGER LEBLANC says:


    • Kimberly says:

      My father was Johnny Mayhew and he fought at Pork Chop Hill and was a survivor without injury. I just recently found this out and he said the same thing this weekend…that there were so many dead people and the blood from the bodies on the backs of the trucks was just pouring out red.

      Couldn’t get him to say anymore. My mom says he used to have nightmares when he first came home in ’54.

  51. Robin Davies Marquez says:

    My father was in the Korean War. His name was Corp. Allan Ivor Davies, and he was in King Company. 1 of the 12 survivors to come down from Porkchop hill. As I read the posts from relatives, I notice a common thread: none of them seemed to talk about it much. The few facts I DO know are these: He had a south Korean houseboy named Kim Sook. He grew very fond of him. So fond, that he tried to adopt him and bring him to the states. He was not allowed to do that, and tried to pursue it once he got back to the states….but they were “unable to locate him”. Another fact, is that my father earned the Silver Star. I never learned what he did to earn that. He also never told my mother that he was actually fighting. He would send pictures of himself sitting behind a typewriter. Told her he had a “desk job”. When I was a kid maybe about 7 years old…I was playing in the hall closet and found a rather large camoflauge green knife in a case. I brought it to my Dad and asked, “did you have to kill people with this knife?” He took the knife away from me, never answered me, and I never saw the knife again. To this day, noone in my family knows what happend to it. He died in 2004. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. If anyone knew him…..pls contact me @robinmarquez22@yahoo.com

  52. Leonard Carrico says:

    I’m one of the 7th div soldiers never given credit for being on “PORK CHOP HILL”the last two battles.In the april battle We,the P&A Platoon 1st Btn.31st Regt.took a 6×6 load of ammo to Pork Chop Hill & unloaded it as the inf.was running out.On the July Battle WE the P & A Platoon had 30 men on left Flank of Pork Chop from about 2100 hrs 3rd day til 1200 hrs 4th day when fresh troops arrived.I lived on Westview,a hump on back side of Old Baldy From about 5 days after Columbians lost the hill til the day of Cease Fire During night.We the P & A platoon Hdqts,Co.31st Inf.Rgt. delived Hot meals to Inf.3 times a day to the Inf.on Westview til cease fire Our job was Dig trenchs,build bunkers,Keep westview & troops on both sides of us supplied with AMMO.After cease fire We built Camp Casey with help from 13th engineers Btn.Also we built the stage that Marilyn Monroe performed on Feb. 22 1954.

    • Julian Candelaria says:

      I served with the 13th Engr (c) Batt.–Charlie Company..I also made a couple of trips to Pork Chop during April & July 1953….All the rest of the time I spent on Westview & Dale outposts. Most of my time on the outposts was at night. I was the 4th Plt. Sgt. of Charlie Co. From 3/53 till 8/53 I was on Westview everytime we got hit, including being overrun and holing up in a sandbagged hochie until the hill was retaken the following morning…Is it possible we were on Westview at the same time….Would be most interested in touching base with you ……..I have not met anyone else that knew of Westview and Dale….I am 80 yrs. old now and never had the desire to speak with anyone until now..Why I don’t know…

  53. Leonard Carrico says:

    Soldiers that bore the battle of PORK CHOP HILL in “53 sent to Ft. Hood Texas were “PUNISHED fo returning home “ALIVE” Proof “SWEPT UNDER CARPET” in Ft.Hood & Washington D C Both. I was one of those “PUNISHED” for life .I tried to get away from the two Lt’s & M-Sgt.that Punished us & they Kicked me out of service According to discharge review board the U S Military kicked Out over 200,000 men with less than Honorable Discharges to Reduce the G I BILL at end of Korean War..”IKE’S ERA.& 300,000 at end Vietnam for same reason.REDUCE G I BILL!

  54. Leonard Carrico says:

    Don’t know where you get your info from but the 32nd Rgt.,7th Div.was on Pork Chop Hill during the April “53 Battle”THOSE THAT BORE THE BATTLE GET NO CREDIT FOR IT FROM U S Goverment.

    • Kimberly says:

      Hi, I’m a bit confused. My dad was in the Korean War at fought at Pork Chop Hill. He was in the HCO M 32 Infantry REGT. APO 7 Is this the same as 32nd RGT 7th Div? I got this info off of his discharge papers. He was in the Army from 52 – 54.

      He survived Pork Chop Hill was a bronze metal recipient. He is alive today and I recently discovered that he was there…he will not speak much about this at all.

      Just curious to know of anyone that may have none him. His name was Johnny Mayhew. , I’m confused. Can you tell me if

  55. John Phipps says:

    Hello, my father Ned E Phipps was a radio operator and was wounded in the knee on one of the final assaults going up Pork Chop Hill. In spite of his injury he carried one man down the hill how had both his feet mangled (or blown off…I suspect most of the visible damage was to man’s boots). He also got a small piece of shrapnel in his spine…he was sent to the hospital ship where a Swedish doctor removed it, put a bandaid on it and sent him back to the front. I still have access to numerous pictures that may help out a bit. In one battle, he told me that while he was in contact with artillary the last message he got out before his radio got hit was “we are being overrun”, which was the literal truth. Since most of the attacking Chinese had a limited number of rifles, those who didn’t carried sticks. It was these Chinese who were jumping over the trench that made him say they were being overrun. The attacking Chinese retreated off the hilltop leaving Love Company alone. Given the last transmission, our side started shelling the hilltop. The Enemy knew we had possession and started shelling too. It lasted all night, and there were only 7 survivors, I think, including my father. They all got medals (I can’t remember if it was silver or bronze). I’ll write more later…and hopefully put the pics up online. John Phipps

  56. Holly Fabian says:

    Okay, this is not totally related here. My father was Robert Fabian. He was in Korea as part of the 1st Marine Div. 1st Raider Battalion. His records were totally destroyed in the fire at the National Archives, or so they say. We have ONE paper and it shows he had a silver star, a bronze star, and possibly a purple heart. Like many of the vets of Korea, he never talked about it but ONE story… how he got injured. We have proof of Ranger Training also. We have the name of “M.K. Hutchinson” who is listed on the paper as who put him in for the stars. We have a year of 1952 to start and that the stars were awarded on May25, 1954. I know he was a radioman. he unfortunately died way too early in 1991. The military would only ‘partially’ do their duty to him. We did get a flag and the $50 for a headstone, but they refused to send a color guard.

    So far we only got a record of his DD214 sent to my mom, but like many others, “I” want to retrieve those stars and any other medals he may have received. I know nothing of where he was or what he did other than he ‘was’ there.

    PLEASE… I am asking, begging.. ANYONE that may have known Radioman 3rd Class ROBERT FABIAN… please oh please.. help me and contact me so I can find out what really happened to him. I have no where else to turn the government is not helping and the military definitely is dropping the ball. IF you find anything, be sure to put something in the subject line mentioning my father’s name and Korea War Vet and send it to me at Dunvegan31@yahoo.com … I would be forever grateful and in your debt. I lost my father.. and I want something of him back is all. Please fellas (and ladies)… I implore you to look in your hearts and minds to see if you remember him.

    Thank you for listening. May God bless each and ever one of you.. welcome home and may you never be forgotten EVER again!!


  57. Jess Goss says:

    My best friend : Pvt Micky R. Spencer was in the 31st regiment I don’t know his company, Micky was KIA 10 June 53, if anyone remembers him I would appreciate hearing from them.

    Thank you

    God bless those who served over there

  58. Anthony says:

    Has anyone compiled a list of soldiers that were present at this moment in history. (Research)

  59. Kiki says:

    My grandpa fought in this battle and he is dead now.I have to do a power point for a class and I dont fully understand everything about this battle…so if any one could help me to understand it better I greatly need help on when why and what is was?

  60. Gary Cole says:

    My father was on pork chop hill 1953 he carried a BAR and survived
    in a hole for three days with a dead friend and got a bronze star for it.
    His name is William {Bill} Cole from New Haven Ct.
    post if you are interested.

  61. Gary Cole says:

    My father is a 101st. airborne survivor of pork chop hill 1 of 12 I understand he talked little about his experience but when he did I saw tremendous pain in his eyes . I would be proud to meet more like him . new haven ct.

    • Dave McGrath says:

      My uncle was also with the 101st. His name was Richard Patterson. They called him Pat. He was also injured on Pork Chop. He never spoke of the battle, and died a couple years ago. Im trying to get any information I can on him to put in the family books for the younger generations.

  62. mark housken says:

    Does anyone know information about my uncle Duane Housken, and his activities in Korea, or Dean Housken? Duane is still around in Lehigh, Iowa, Just wanted to know some history. My uncle Duane got a Bronze star if that is any help. Don’t see him very much, but I sure am proud of him.

    • Pauline Beck says:

      Mark, if you are still looking for Korean War information for Duane or Dean, you should contact Duane or Dean’s widow, Verna, in Huxley, Iowa.

  63. Tom Ohashi says:

    Clemons did not have enough men to take the hill by storm, so he and his executive officer, 1st Lt. Tsugi O’Hashi, returned to the chow bunker to sort things out. Clemons, guessing that he had lost half of his men and that the rest were low on ammunition, decided to bring up the 3rd Platoon.

    Correct spellling of Clemon’s executive officer is Tsugio Ohashi. Not an Irish-American but a Japanese-American.

  64. Mariano Ospina Peña says:

    Excellent Article but some adjustments must be made. The Colombian Battalion defending Old Baldy was attached to the 31st Regiment in the 7th Division. It was the 3rd Battalion of that Regiment and not the 3rd Colombian Battalion. On the Crest of Baldy was B Company, A Company was on Dale and C Company was behind and between the two Colombian Units. The Colombians had just been brought out of Hill 180, where because of faulty intel, they were battered and had recieved heavy losses even though they accomplished their mission.
    Assigned to Baldy the battalion´s reserve Company was used to fill in the other three companies leaving the Colombians without a reserve. Lt Colonel Ruiz Novoa the Colombian CO asked for and was assigned a US Company as reserve from the 31st Regiment. I hope this clearifies that the Colombians were not inexperienced.
    As the author clearly states a full Chinese battalion attacked head on to Old Baldy hitting B Company while C Company was trying to relieve them since they had been on the crest for 2 weeks, 10 days more than any other unit assigned to this position.
    When Lt Colonel Ruiz tried to send in the reserve Company, he was informed that Colonel William Kern the Regiment CO had used it on Pork Chop Hill to back up the US unit. So the Colombian troops had no reinforcements and suffered very heavy casualties.

    • ziggiezoe says:

      alberto ruiz novoa and wayne c smith do you have any pictures of them
      i am interested in old baldy and how the colombians fought in 1953 and later in tokyo japan june 54 at the geneva peace talks were other united nations reps from colombia alberto ruiz novoa was there too

      any advice is much need thanks

      officer wayne c smith was called the fat general right?

      who was the driver for the fat general????do you know???he the driver was from colombia s a

  65. Richard Dunlap says:

    I was in Korea from Jan. 1953-Jul.1953 assigned to Able comany, 31st Infnatry Regiment (Polar Bear Regiment), 7th Infantry Division. I have read many of the comments made by those who were there and a little surprised that no one has mentioned Chink Baldy. Old Baldy was my first assignment when I got to Korea and Chink Baldy was basically the same hill with a saddle separating the two locations. You may remember the pile of db’s wrapped in the snarl of barbed wire that was set up in the trench between the two hills that the chinks just left them there because some of us were just waiting to pick them off it they tried to recover these bodies. Able Company was one of the units assigned to re-taking Pork Chop after one of the battles (don’t remember which one since it was back and forth, back and forth and I recall taking my squad into a mine field at the rear base of Pork Chop before we were alerted to that fact. During my 6 months with the 7th Division, we were also on Dale Outpost, Poker Finger, Old Baldy as well as Pork Chop. I have a photograph of one of our lieutenants named Ferris who was killed while we were on Dale Outpost. If anyone knows a relative of Lt. Ferris, I’ll be honored to send this photograph to them. The Korean War was a terrible experience to my and probably to all other 18-year-old kids who did what our country asked us to do without bitching about it. I didn’t get wounded but I did lose about 45 percent of my hearing due to the constant bombardment of mortars and artillery and I also was awarded the bronze star for leading a patrol out to recover some of our dead left in the field earlier due to another action. RIchard Dunlap

    • mary says:

      Hi Richard,

      My grandpa’s brother, Roy Anthony Cowles was KIA about April 16th, so it’s stated. He was in the 31st Inf Reg, 7th Inf div. I’m not sure of the company, but am trying to find out. I will do more reading based on your comments of other battles. I am fascinated in finding out as much info for my family/grandpa about his brother before his passes on. They were orphans and fostered out before the war.

      Thank you,

  66. Samuel Jimenez says:

    Leonard Carrico is right, the 32nd Infantry 7th Division was at the Pork Chop Hill battle andI know because I was in that battle as part of the 32 nd Infantry 7th Division..But I will tell you that like most of us who were there never talk much about it and after 50 plus years of this war our memories are not as clear.

    • Debbie Bath says:

      My Dad was in the 7th inf. div., 32nd inf. regt., Baker company. He was in Korea from early 1952 until the end of the war. His name is Harold Bath from Wisconsin. I am trying to find out what battles he was involved in. I have a photograph that was taken on June 25, 1952 of the “Buccaneer” 3rd platoon. Can you help me figure out when & where he was?

      Debbie Bath

      • Kimberly says:

        Hi Debbie,
        I like you am trying to determine the battles that my dad was in. He too, was in the 7th inf div 32nd inf. reft. He was not wounded, survived and received a bronze metal. He only will speak of the vast amount of blood coming from the trucks when it was over.

        I am just devastated and cannot imagine what he and the other soldiers experienced. We lost his pictures. Please let me know if you were able to determine where you father was and how to go about obtaining this information. His name was Johnny Mayhew and he was there from Oct of 52 to Sept of 54.

        Kimberly Soublet

    • Schafer says:

      What Company were you with?

  67. Dennis Tredinnick says:

    I would like to tell everyone about a special Army first Sergeant named Ed Freeman. Although he was in the Corps of Engineers, he fought as an infantry soldier in Korea. He participated in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill and earned a battlefield commission as one of only 14 survivors out of 257 men who made it through the opening stages of the battle. His second lieutenant-bars were pinned on by General James Van Fleet personally. The commission made him eligible to become a pilot, a childhood dream of his. He then assumed command of B Company and led them back up Pork Chop Hill. However, when he applied for pilot training he was told that, at six feet four inches, he was “too tall” for pilot duty. The phase stuck, and he was known by the nickname of “Too Tall” for the rest of his career. In 1955, the height limit for pilots was raised and Ed Freeman was accepted into flying school. He first flew airplanes before switching to helicopters. After the Korean War, he flew the world on mapping missios. By the time he was sent to Vietnam in 1965, he was an experienced helicopter pilot and was placed second-in-command of his sixteen-craft unit. He served as a captain in Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
    Captain Ed W.Freeman received the Medal of Honor for his actions on Nov. 14, 1965 at Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam. In 2002 they made a movie about that battle. Mel Gibson was the star playing the part of Lt. Col. Hal Moore. Themovie was called,”We were Soldiers. Ed died on Aug. 2oth 2008 in Boise, Idaho at the age of 80 years old.

  68. Patti Perkins says:

    My dad, Jack Perkins, was at Pork Chop Hill. He never talks about it either. My mom told me once that they were so close to the enemy that they had to fight with bayonets because they didn’t have the room to raise their rifles to shoot. Not something you want to dwell on, I’m sure. My dad was in the 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, Company “C”. He served from 1951 to Dec. 1952. He would like to get in touch with anyone who remembers him. He has tried to look up quite a few of his army buddies, but he either can’t locate them, or they’ve passed on. If you post on this website, I’ll keep checking the comments. Thank you.

    • mary says:

      Hi Patti,
      My grandpa’s brother, Roy Anthony Cowles was in the 31st Inf Reg, 7 Inf Div, unsure of the company (that i’m curious). Maybe familiar? He was KIA about April 16th. My grandpa (Elton) served as well, and is still alive, but was in training camp during the Hill battles.

  69. Mike Howell says:

    My Father-in-law Louie Aguilar was a sargeant in Lt. Clemons company. He was a medic who was asssigned to his company the night they marched up the hill on Pork Chop Hill, I beleive March 1953. He was one of the 18 men who came off the hill in the movie. I would like to correspond with anyone who may remember him as he wasnt with that company very long. He passed away July 10th of this year. Would love any info about him.

  70. Brenda Lemaster-Frye says:

    As an RN who has worked with Viet Nam vets with PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- and the blind eye the government turns to vets with that diagnosis; I was surprised to find my uncle who was always described as ” very angry and troubled” after his return from the Korean War may, indeed, have suffered from PTSD.His parents and 2 brothers are deceased so I am beginning to research his enlistment with very little knowledge. His name was Robert {Bob} Lemaster and was from Catlettsburg, KY. He was in the army and was in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. Any information you may have about him or how to find more about his service would be greatly appreciated. Brenda Lemaster-Frye 14228 Trace Rd. Rush , KY 41168

  71. josh zeigler says:

    my grandfather… cpl robert wesley zeigler served during this battle as a combat medic. he was captured P.O.W. and was shot in the mouth (and luckily for me, exit wound was thru side of jaw and not spinal cord) after the korans were ordered to let the pisoners go. he was first shot in the leg, and after being kicked, and found alive, they then proceded with the execution attempt. The Hollies, a music band later produced a song called, he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother, initially had a picture, whom my family believes is a picture of my grandfather carrying one of his brothers to safety. if anyone one has a picture of this or a link to a picture of this origional photo, id love to see it.

  72. Matt Smith says:

    My grandfather was in the Battle of Porkchop Hill. He passed away two winters ago and I recently joined the military in his honor. However, he never talked about it. I have a picture of him from Korea in 1953 and I would love to find out more about what unit he was in ect… His name is William Smith from Richmond, Indiana. I know this is very very little information but anything at all would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all. Jeremiah856@gmail.com

  73. albert c wyllie-shovlin says:

    I was a british soldier, stationed at Pintail bridge, Imgin river.At the The time period, June-July, I was on a( looking for anything useful ) mission , driving eastwards for some miles following the road along the” White Front” then over a old steel bridge, travelling south thro a valley. Along this road, came an approaching convoy of trucks, filled with GIs, headed by a jeep, flying a Generals starred flag. when the convoy had passed, a jeep with MPs chased after me and stopped
    my truck. The MPs said that their General wanted to know, where had
    I came from, and did I have any trouble on the way, I told them my route, and that I had no trouble at all, and asked, why? I was informed that the Chinese had recaptured Old Baldy during the night, and the GIs were on the way to retake tthe Hill. I guess that one truck was of little interest to the Chinese, so maybe I was lucky. The road eventually joined the main MSR from SEOUL to the Imjin bridge.

  74. RE: RICHARD B. HARRIS says:

    My dear Richard died November 2009. He was a Korean War soldier also. He suffered all of his life with PTSD and asked the VA for help when he got out in the 50’s but they denied it. The VA told him there was nothing wrong with him because he did not lose a limb or go blind. He was told that the VA would take care of his teeth, but not to come back for anything else. They turned their back on him. He & I knew differently as I knew him prior to the service & he was the kindest & wonderful man I have ever known. The service ruined my husband’s life. He was so happy to serve in the U. S. Army. He was injured also. Served on Pork Chop. Got 19 teeth knocked out by the Chinese with a rifle butt to his face & had reconstructive surgery to his face. He never spoke of the war as many vets never did. He lost a lot of buddies there & he was the only one of 52 men in his platoon to survive. He was in a mash hosp. after he was injured. He had a lot of survivors guilt. He finally received his long overdue 100% disability, but it came too late as he was told he had 1 year to live because he had lung cancer. He finally received his 100% for PTSD but I do believe the cancer was caused by suffering from severe PTSD. We were married 54 years and although we received checks for approx. one year, it has all been cut off to me as you don’t die from PTSD the VA told me. He was entitled to have received the benefits from the 50’s but he was turned away several times & did not go back to the VA anymore to be humiliated. He suffered silently and it ate away at him. HOW SAD THAT HE WAS NOT CARED FOR ALL OF HIS LIFE WITH VA HELP. HIS WHOLE LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH EASSIER. IT WAS NOT FAIR WHAT HAPPENED. I AM STILL VERY BITTER AS I WATCHED THIS MAN BEING DESTROYED.

  75. clinton hermann says:

    my great uncle was on prok chop hill and i would like to know more bout him and the stuff he did or what not. his was was lue herrmann

  76. Fred Perez (aka "Tank" - 2nd Div. 9th Infantry says:

    I am writing on behalf of my Uncle who served in the Korean War and fought and survived Pork Chop Hill. His nick name was “Tank”. He currently lives in So. Cal. – He was with 2nd Division, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Batallion, Company F – 2nd Platoon. His name is Fred Perez (aka Tank) – 1953.

  77. Reakwon says:

    GO USA!!!

  78. Nancy Martin says:

    Any one out there remember my great uncle CPL Richard W. Parks? I know he was KIA – Army – 31 INF RGT 7 INF DIV. We know little else about him other than my mother was raised with him. Any / all info is appreciated.
    Nancy Martin

  79. Mary Maier says:

    My brother William [Bill] Gallagher Philadelphia PA Received his Paratooper wings at Fort Benning Geogia about 1950 or 51 then went on to Japan then Korea. He was at Heartbreak and Pork Chop hill was wounded got the Purple Heart and the Bronz Star. He never spoke of the war. He died of cancer fourteen years ago.If anyone knows him please let me know thank you.

  80. ernest delgoleto says:

    it was one of the worst battles of the war.the men who were there were all heros.we were all lucky to come back home with our heads held high.god bless america

  81. bill athon says:

    My godfather was Master Sergeant Monroe Slade McKenzie from Marshalville, Ga. he recieved the silver star and a purple heart for actions on pork chop hill. He was with 1st Calvary 3rd battalion. any information would be appreciated. God Bless America. tks.

  82. bill athon says:

    I was looking for information on my godfather, Sgt. Monroe Slade McKenzie whom I believe fought in this battle. He was in the Korean war and received the silver star, bronze star, and 2 purple hearts. He was in the Army. Any information would be appreciated. He was from Marshalville, Ga.

  83. bill athon says:

    my godfather was Sgt. Monroe Slade McKenzie from Marshallville, Ga. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze, and 2 purple hearts from the korean war. I was told he received them on Pork Chop Hill. Any information would be helpful. tks. bill.

    • Susan Bailey says:

      Bill, Monroe was my uncle. My brother-in-law researched Uncle Monroe’s awards and found what I believe is the citation for the silver star. Please let me know if you are still intersted in the information.

  84. Matthew C Burke says:

    I am the son of John J Burke, now deceased. I am looking for information pertaining to my father’s active tour of duty in Korea.I m almost sure he was on Pork Chop Hill. He received the Korean Service Medal with/1 Bronze Star,Combat Infantry badge Par 12,So 172 HQ 7th Infantry 29, July 1953 and a Preseidetial Unit Citation ROK DAGO 29/54, National Defence Service Medal United Nation”s Service Medal. I am particularly intereseted in learning how he received the Bronze Star and for what specific action. Can anyone out there please Help me ? I know it is a great source of pride for my Family, as my dad never wanted to talk of his time in Korea.But to know my dad served our country in time of need with Great Honor. His grandson has also just returned from a tour of duty of Iraq with the USMC and would love more information about his unit and their specifc actions during the conflict. I have reached out to the Military but was told most of the records were lost in the 1973 fire Can anyone please HELP?? Does anyone know of these forgotten HEROES?? Keywords: Co D ,7th infantry Division, Korea,11-6-52 to 9-11-54(dates of service ). Service Number# US 51 207 720 thanks so much I live in Bayside Hills NY 11364

  85. bonnie friend says:

    my father was in the navy and in the koren war i no he was on a ship can.t remember what ship it was you can findme on facebook for i can.t get into my regular email bonnie lybold friend thank you

  86. Anna says:

    This is a long shot but I’m going to give it a try. My grandmother placed a son up for adoption in the early 50s. She was an unwed teen mom, her dad kicked her out and sent her to Memphis to live with her aunt. An orphanage took the baby shortly after his birth. We know nothing of the babies father except that he was killed in Pork Chop Hill. My grandmother is now very ill and we are trying desperately to find her lost son. My grandmother was from Pontotoc MS so presumably, so was the babies father. Or at least from somewhere around there. If any of you that were in Pork chop hill, or if you have any relatives that were killed there, who ever mentioned having a son he hadn’t met, or a girl friend named Mavis, AKA Jerry or Jeraldine please email me at anna_antifa901@yahoo.com
    We aren’t sure if the father knew the baby was placed for adoption.

  87. Donna M Morin says:

    I am the daughter of Robert L. Tremblay. I know little about his time in Korea, as he seldom spoke of it, as I see lots of others did. What little I recall is that he was a mess sgt. My Dad passed in 1998. My mom is very protective of his paperwork and memorabilia, but I hope I can an least talk her into letting me take photos of the forms and medals. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers him and want to find out as much as I can about his time on Pork Chop Hill. Anyone who knew him, please contact me. I would love to know more. Thanks

  88. jerome anderson says:

    I know john. I spoke to him today and he shared his experience on pork chop hill with me. its like I was there too cause I could just picture everything as he explained. I recorded him 2, awesome!! he’s an african american and he’ll be 80 yrs old next year. He resides in florida.

  89. D Lynch says:

    I have read many of the testamonials about Pork Chop Hill. I was in the 45th Division K co 179th Inf Reg by mistake. I was sent there as a replacement. We had 10 days fighting out of 2 weeks. Then I was sent back to a Medical outfit where I was supposed to be to start with. There were several medals I was recomended for but never recieved. I think the recomending officer was killed after I left there. I don’t know what the hill was and it has been so long ago it is starting to leave my memory altogether. It doesn’t surprise me that a lot of men listed missing in action were probably killed there on those hills of Korea. This was late Sept and early Oct. 1952. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me.

  90. Sam says:

    I know this is quite a long-shot, but I was wondering if anyone at all might be able to provide me with information about my grandfather who I know fought in the battle of Pork Chop Hill. His name was Earl Watson, he might have used the nickname “Rex” he was a Master Sergeant E-8 (SMSgt) I believe is the correct abbreviation.

    Any and all information on my Grandfather would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for your time!

  91. D Lynch says:

    I was in the Clearing Co. 120th Med Bn after coming off the MLR and I knew a Tex Shackelford in the co. but didn’t know what he did. He was very tall and thin and had a real slow Texas drawl when he spoke. That was in 1953. At that time we were in Toko-Li I believe.

  92. Adriana says:

    My brother Victor Capalongo was on Pork Chop Hill, would love to know if anyone knew him or any circumstances. He has passed in 2010 and never talked much about his time there. He was wounded with a Purple Heart and other medals. Thanks

  93. Christine Muse Callahan says:

    My father was Howard J Muse aka “Sonny” he was the Radio Operator through out the taking of Pork Chop Hill. He suffered from PTS all his life. He would talk about this time only with my brothers, however being a kid, I listened without them knowing. Now I wish I had never heard those horrific stories. They are imbedded in my memory forever.

  94. Debbie Bath says:

    My dad, Harold Bath was in the 32nd regt.-7th div., company B from May 1952 until the end. I have his Army pictures from Korea that he wrote names of the people on the backs of the pictures. Some only have first names, some only have last names & some have first & last names. If you can help fill in any of the blanks, please let me know. Here is a list of the names from the pictures:
    ? Bredle, Gene Dawson, Lyle ?, ? Abell, ? Myrick, Don Conley, ? Snyder, ? Bachio, Ceasle Wittorff, ? Baccusio, Bob Bethol, Clyde Anderson, Norman Neely, Charlie Broadie, Ken Mathews, Hope Lightenwalner, Ralph Pickens, Kenny Shaw, Kim ? (oriental), Eugene Becker, Forest Aten, Marvin Walker, ? Mitchell, ? Ogato (Hawaiian), Willie Aluston, Gale Anderson, Gene ?, Ray Backhaus, ? Goad, ? Nicoles, ? Mayfield, ? Blackburn, ? Brandle, Clyde Napier & ? Vach.

  95. R. H. Mastalerz says:

    I am looking for anyone who might remember my father, Billy Hinson, 7th infantry, 32nd reg. first battalion, Charlie company.He was a BAR man and I know that he was at Old Baldy Hill. He joined in May of ’52, he’s from Tennessee and I think he went through basic at Fort Jackson, SC. Like so many others he rarely spoke of his time in Korea.

  96. Robin Nelson says:

    My Father was one of the menthat walk awayfrom that hellhole. I say this necausehe never was able to really get thewar out off his head. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers him. His namewasRobert Nelson aka Swede. Thank you so much in advance.

  97. William Hines says:

    Looking for anyone who may have known my cousin William Walter Bailey Jr. He was said to be in the battle of Pork Chop Hill. Any information would be appreciated.

  98. William Hines says:

    Im looking for information on my cousin who fought in the battle of Pork Chop Hill his name was William Walter Bailey Jr. Please Reply

  99. Laura says:

    Lincoln – Randolph B. Mott, 79, of Lincoln passed away February 3, 2012 at Penobscot Valley Hospital after a long battle with diabetes. He was born August 16, 1932 in Lincoln, son of Byron and Leuntha (Tibbetts) Mott.
    In 1952 Randy graduated from Mattanawcook Academy and enlisted in the United States Army. He received his basic training at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Indiantown Gap, PA in Co. F., 2nd Battalion, 10th Inf. Reg, 5th Inf. Division. In January 1953 he was a member of the honor guard which escorted President Dwight Eisenhower to the White House after his inauguration. With other members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment from Fort Myer, VA., he was the head of the inaugural parade during the march down Pennsylvania Avenue. On March 8, 1953, Randy received a promotion to Sergeant and that month he sailed to Korea. While serving in Korea, Randy received (2) Silver Stars for the following – On 16-17 April 1953, Private Mott was on guard when the enemy made an attempt to overrun his unit’s position. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Private Mott, held the enemy off with his rifle and grenades. On one occasion, Private Mott picked up several enemy grenades and threw them back at the enemy through the aperture of the bunker. Private Mott continued to hold the enemy back until reinforcements arrived despite a painful wound he received early in the conflict. When the reinforcements arrived, Private Mott assisted in moving the men who were in a worse condition to litter jeeps before he submitted to medical treatment. (2) Bronze Stars for the following – On the night of 15-16 May 1953, Sergeant Mott and his comrades were on a patrol deep in enemy territory. Suddenly the patrol was ambushed and, Sergeant Mott, the point man, began laying down a withering front of fire. When the machine gun became jammed, Sergeant Mott, realizing the gravity of the situation, succeeded in holding back the enemy charge until the machine gun was again brought back into action. At this time an enemy grenade fell into their position, and unhesitantly, Sergeant Mott seized the grenade and exposing himself to the hostile fire hurled it back at the enemy. Due to the aggressiveness and bravery displayed by Sergeant Mott against the enemy, the survivors of the patrol returned safely to the Main Line of Resistance. , (3) Purple Hearts, Korean War Medal, United Nation Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the 7th Division Badge. After 14 months overseas duty, he was honorably discharged in April 1954. In 1956, Randy was honored in a book entitled “Pork Chop Hill” as one of the heroes of the famous battle of Pork Chop Hill in Korea.
    In 1957 he moved to Connecticut to raise his family. He worked for the Atlantic Wire Company in Branford for seventeen years. He also worked for The Ward Bus Company and after that he became self-employed as the only mobile home repair man in Branford. Together with his wife, he enjoyed going to many country music concerts, flea markets, and taking road trips throughout the years. Upon retiring, Randy and his wife moved back to their old stomping grounds of Lincoln, Maine where they enjoyed hanging out at the “Music Jams” with Great friends and Great music.
    He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Judith (Shorey) Mott of Lincoln; three sons, Glenn Mott of Orlando, FL., Daniel Mott and his wife Joyce, of Beaver Dams, NY., Michael Mott and his wife Gail, of North Branford, CT.; two daughters, Laura Mott of Mooresville, NC., Leah Mott-Torello of Watkins Glen, NY.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, as well as three nieces. He is also survived by a brother, Ronald Mott, of Penobscot, ME. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Bernard and Byron Mott; and a niece, Roxann Jipson.
    At his request, there will be no services. Remembrance donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or The Department of Veterans Affairs, 368 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401.

  100. Fred Hess says:

    My uncle, Robert Hess, was a Korean veteran and I believe engaged in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. I think he was awarded with 4 Bronze Stars. I know he served as Gen MacArthurs honorary guard.
    Does anyone remember serving with him and do I have the correct field of battle?

  101. Sophia Petersen says:

    I am looking for any information on Sereant John Clinton James who Is/was with the US Army. The last I heard from him was he was stationed in Ghana, Africa. Please, help me if you know anything… I can be reached at dry_place_25c@xplornet.com I am so very worried about him If he is alright. Thank you….

  102. Mark Poggio (Vellone) says:

    My uncle Dominick (Danny) Vellone was in the battle of Pork chop hill. does anyone know him. He died 25 years ago and I just came across some pictures of him. one was on a bamboo bridge called tappan zee bridge the other was with 3 other men near a beach area the names on the picture were Jeffery, Parks, Henderson, and my uncle Vellone.

  103. dsjafuierabgi says:


  104. Holt says:

    My friend, Eugene Cook, who as a teenager received a Silver Star for his actions on Pork Chop Hill, was buried Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, outside Franklin, Va. He was a fine Christian gentleman who seldom spoke of his wartime experiences and did not relish the spotlight. Obituary information may be found in Franklin’s Tidewater News or Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot.

  105. Steve says:

    The 31st infantry regiment has served in Siberia and Bataan as well as Korea. I wonder if anyone knows if a battle history of the polar bears is in print?

  106. Nancy says:

    I am looking for information on my uncles service in Korea. He received a purple heart from Pork Chop Hill. His names is James Snyder.

  107. sonny managbanag says:

    my father died in 1975, he served world war II and the korean war.
    he was a master seargent and part of the 13th BCT,

    i know little about his experience in the korean war but one story thats imprinted in my memory is that most of his men died where there was bombing everywhere.

    i would appreciate anybody from this period who knew my father.
    his name is susano sanchez managbanag

  108. Ed Allen says:

    My father in law cannot remember anything about Korea other than the bodies and the bloodshed. He was a staff Sgt in the 2nd Inf Division. I am trying to get information about his military service for the va. Records destroyed in St. Louis. He name is Calvin V. Stephenson. If anyone knows anything about him or his unit I would greatly appreciate it. He is 81 years old and living in a home for memory problems.

  109. Bruce B. Wainwirght says:

    I spent time in Korea from 1952 and 1953 in H company of the 17th infantry regiment the 7th division. I directed the mortar fire for the last two battles of pork chop. Recently Herb Pawloski, who was on one of our guns passed away in July, 2012 in Centerville, Utah.

    • Donald Shook says:

      Hey sir, my name is Donald Shook and I’m with the 17th Infantry Regiment Association. I’d like to send you a newsletter and possibly talk to you about your time with the 7th ID. I hope to hear from you soon ..


  110. Dawn R. Smith says:

    Does anyone have info. about Robert Reasor? He was my great uncle. I have been told that he was killed on Pork Chop Hill. Have any info. or pictures please let me know. Thank you!

    God Bless America

  111. Dennis Schafer says:

    My father would like to contact those who served with him in Korea, March 1953 to June 1954. He was in the final battle on Pork Chop Hill, July 1953. His name is Theodore Schafer. You may know him as Theodore, Jim, James or Ted. He was a rifleman in the 3rd Bn, 32nd Inf Reg, 7th Inf Div, Company L. He landed at Inchon Harbor on March 17, 1953. He went on patrols, several of which had men running communication cable. After the final battle on Pork Chop Hill he drove a jeep and deuce-n-halfs in the motor pool until returning stateside in June 1954. If you know my father and would like to correspond with him, please e-mail me at emptynest@cox.net.

    • jacob schaper says:

      Hello my name is
      Jacob Schaper. I served in the 3rd batallion of the 32nd inf. regiment,
      headquarters and item company. Dates Dec. 1952-1953. I knew men in love company Feb 14th outpost queen 1953 and pork Chop Hill.
      Please respond to schaper.jake@yahoo.com

  112. ziggiezoe says:

    wanted is pictures of colombian officers in korea and tokyo in 1953 and 1954

    also in tokyo in 1954 pictures of the reps from colombia south america
    who were at the genava united nations peace talks in june july 1954

    also need information as to who was known as THE FAT GENERAL …..
    must of been a officer from colombia south america….in korea or in tokyo japan in 1954

    doing research thanks

    • Donald Shook says:

      Most likely the general that you’re referring to would be MG Wayne C. Smith who commanded the 7th Infantry Division from 4 Jul 1952 to 20 March 1953 .. The guys called him “Tubby Smith”

  113. Leslie says:

    My Grandfather passed away 2 years ago and he would not speak a word of the war or watch any war-related movies. (can’t blame him) He was a survivor of Pork Chop Hill. His name was Cpl. Donald Hugh Maynard. If anyone has any information on him, please let me know. I would love to tell my kids more about him.

    • jacob schaper says:

      leslie i beleive your grandfather seved with me in the p&A PLATOON of the 32nd inf. regt. hq co 3rd bal. jake

  114. Tim Nichting says:

    My dad was on Pork Chop Hill, Ray Nichting Company A, 17th Infantry Reg, 7th Inf Division. He lost his leg on that hill July 7th, 1953 in one of the last battles on Pork Chop Hill, he is 80 years old.

    • Donald Shook says:

      Hello sir, I saw your post about your dad and would like to send him/you a 17th Infantry Regiment newsletter (a Buffalo Bugle) we are also trying to document as much as we can on the Korean War .. I also have Able Company contacts from the last battle of the Chop, to include your dad’s Company Commander, David Wilcox. I look forward to hearing from you.

  115. ziggiezoe says:

    old baldy hill 266 need info about the colombian troops who fought there like alberto ruiz novoa

    also need information about the colombian reps from the united nations in tokyo japan in june 1954 at the geneva peace talks need pictures and to be able to talk to them on the phone asap thanks

  116. Ann McParland says:

    Hello , would you in your time in Korea have heard of Fr Daniel Rooney,he too was with 17th infantry 7th division at this time ,, he would have been my great uncle, I am trying to put together his life in army and church,trying to find his place of rest ,, have some stories from fellow soldiers ,seems he was one brave man ,, you all were ,,, Ann

  117. Tania Price says:

    My dad also fought on Pork Chop Hill he is one of the survivors from King company 3rd division 17 in. reg. His name is Willis Price. I am looking for pictures to add to a photo album I did years ago for him. If anybody has any please let me know.

    • jeff hanig says:

      My father, Duane, was in King Company from May ’53 to March ’54.

      Please contact me if Willis was there at the same time.

  118. Denise Shuler says:

    Hi John,
    I know this is three years later but my father is still alive his name is Douglas Tardo. I have started the process of trying to have him receive recognition for the two years he was there Nov 1952 till Nov 1954. He lost his SS 214. I saw it when I was a little kid where it stated his metals on beening a The Bronze Star. You did not state what division, regiment, battalion your father served in. You just gave Love as his company. One of your last statement in you blog says It lasted all night, and there were only 7 survivors. My father made that same statement the other night to me. So I am pulling at straws. My father was 7th division, 17th regiment, He thinks 2nd Btn, Baker Company. Any info you have would be great would be very welcome. I have already sending my Congressman a letter, NPRC information and someone from the Koreanwar.org.

    Denise Tardo

  119. Amber Cobb says:

    my grandfather johnnie mosby fought on pork chop hill in the korean war he was also captured and tortured by the koreans. after 59 years my grandfather is just receiving his purple heart. my grandfather is still living and he resides in baton rouge louisiana. If anyone knew my grandfather please reply….

  120. Sabrina reed says:

    My grandfather was at the Battle of Poek Chop Hill (John P. Jones went by Joe maybe) was a medic if for the US Army if anyone knew him would love to hear more about him

  121. Lewis W Sheppard Jr says:

    I wanted to provide some historical facts about the last battle of Pork Chop Hill, designated hill“CT276336” and because of the upcoming 60 year anniversary of July 11, 1953. I have provided these facts based on excerpts from my uncles Bronze Star Awards Citation dated 12, July 1953.

    On 11 July 1953, a mission was organized to “booby trap and mine” the bunker complex on Pork Chop Hill, after a decision by Eight Army Command in Seoul to withdraw from the outpost. This mission was carried out by a twenty-two man detail led by 1st Lt. David L Bills, who was then considered a “booby trap” expert. The detail was comprised of men from “D” and “H&S” Company 13th Combat Engineers.

    Based on a coversation I had with A Company Commander, 13th Combat Engineers, Capt. James Brettell, he told me that “he never expected to see these men again” because of the overwhelming enemy presence on the hill. In addition, the book “On Hallowed Ground, The last battles for Pork Chop Hill” by Bill McWilliams, it stated that this was considered a \suicide mission\ by others in command at the time.

    The goal was to move out on this besieged hill, to place nuisance mines and booby traps throughout the fortifications that would inflict causalities and harass the enemy as he moved about the trenches and bunkers. This work was done while under direct enemy small arms fire and exploding enemy hand grenades. They were continually under intense artillery and mortar fire throughout their job, and much of the work was done in total darkness. They worked until the last group of friendly forces evacuated the position. This heroic action took place between 1630 and 1930 hours.

    All these men returned back to their lines without any casualties. They accomplished their mission and on the next morning according to officers attending a meeting with the Commanding General of the 7th Inf. Div., one of the chemical delayed high explosive devices could be heard exploding in the area of the command bunker on Pork Chop Hill as planned.

    The men listed below all received the Bronze Star w/ V Device for valor during this mission.

    1st Lt Thoralf M. Sundt
    1st Lt David L. Bills
    1st Lt Harry H Gordon
    Sgt John D. Davin
    Sgt James L. Halter
    Cpl John E Sheppard Jr
    Pfc Dennis F. Koudelka
    Pfc Gene N. Siefken
    Pvt Curtis L. Mcgee Jr.
    Cpl Clyde Collingsworth
    Pfc Francis S. Grems
    Sgt Anthony F. Novak
    Pfc William (Unknown, last name not legible)
    Cpl Hilton A. Guzman
    Cpl Ivan S.C. James Jr.
    Pvt Donald W. Johnstone
    Pfc Willie Doonkeen
    Pfc Sigifredo Ortiz
    Pvt J.B. Cottingham
    Pfc Donald G. McElroy
    Cpl Charles Googleye
    Pfc Orville J. Leigh

    I have shared this information in order to give recognition to these men and their act of heroism, which sometimes seems to get lost in the larger scheme of things.

  122. Andrew says:

    Possibly my Uncle was one of two survivors, he wa a seargent 1st .
    James Desantis, Murrysville PA, Passed a coupe years ago, can get info on him easily..

  123. wm c scott says:

    Does anyone remember James Edwards he told me he fought oon pork chop and he is alive and well

  124. wm c scott says:

    His full name is Clarence James Edwards 31st enfantry 7th division

  125. dave mcblane says:

    Sadly my father past a couple years ago. He was M/SGT Daniel McBlane E Company 1st platoon I believe.

  126. Jeremiah says:

    There is a movie starring Gregory Peck that was made about this historical event and the name of the movie is \Pork Chop Hill.\

  127. Jeremiah says:

    I was the exec of an artillery battery in Stockton Ca and our 1st Sgt. was one of the 7 survivors from Easy Company. That was 50 years ago and I can’t remember his name but he was a Filipino and one of the toughest, finest soldiers that I have ever known.

  128. Joanne Mikolic says:

    My father, Sgt Michael J. Mikolic was at porkchop hill. Does anyone remember him?

  129. Connie Johnson says:

    My Dad Sgt. Adrian J Pashia was wounded on Pork Chop Hill 7-7-53. He passed in 2005 and I wished I knew more about his military experience. He never talked about it. He was 7th Div. 17th Inf Regt. His nickname was Buck. Anyone remember him?

  130. Samuel Jimenez Pardo says:

    I was in Korea in 1952- 53 in HCO 32 Infantry REGT. I am 81 years old and do not remenber names but probably met your father.

  131. Connie Johnson says:

    Thank you for your honorable service Mr. Samuel Jimenez Pardo. My dad would be 82 this year. He was born 1/16/32. He grew up in Old Mines Missouri which happens to be on the 38th parallel. He was also in Korea 52-53.

  132. christy ingersoll says:

    Is there a page or website to share photo’s? I have a few of John Hadlock and others. Maybe someone’s family member. my email is christyingersoll@hotmail.com

  133. Leanetta Schiewe says:

    I see the Myrick name, my grandpa n law was in the war on Pork chop hill his name was Jessie Clyde Myrick, could you e mail me a copy of the picture and I will see if my grandma can say for sure it is her husband, leanettaschiewe@yahoo.com or Facebook me at Leanetta NeNe Schiewe thank you so much, hope to hear from you

  134. Leanetta Schiewe says:

    I see the name Myrick, my grandpa n law served on Pork Cop Hill, Jessie Clyde Myrick, could you e mail me the picture and I will ask my grandma if that’s her husband thanks leanettaschiewe@yahoo.com hope to hear from you

  135. Heather Strahin says:

    I am the granddaughter of Charles William Strahin Jr., a survivor of Pork Chop Hill. My grandfather passed away this January. He would sometimes tell us stories of his time in Korea, but they were generally about the few happy or funny things that happened to him, with little information about the horrors of war or anything unpleasant. He never spoke of Pork Chop Hill to me. I would love to know more about his involvement or any information whatsoever about my grandfather’s experiences and involvement in the war. I wish I knew off the top of my head which division he was in. I think he was a Sgt. when he was discharged, if that helps at all. Please, if you have any information, please comment here or email me at history nut @ frontier net . net (with no spaces, of course). Thank you so much!!!!

  136. blake farris says:

    My grandfather was a Lt. Farris who helped the french. He received a bronz star. His name was Ernest Gean Farris. Not sure its the same man u r talking about. He survived pork chop hill tho and wore a scar down his chest from a bayonet. And never talked about the war.

  137. Tierza Gutierrez says:

    My dad is Fred Gutierrez my dad completed boot camp at MCRD San Diego 1954, and from 1955 until his discharge in 1956 was serving with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines (1st Marine Division). He shared with me what he knew of about pork chop hill. Anyone that remembers him please e-mail me. taanaya@abcwua.org He knows many by last name but there is one person by the name of John Ortiz….. and a Macdoll ?

  138. Carl Hatfield says:

    Would anyone know the status of Lt. Col. John N. Davis, Battalion Commander during the fighting at Pork Chop Hill?

  139. Carl Hatfield says:

    I would like to talk with anyone that may have known my brother, Corporal Raymond L. Hatfield, K Company Radio Operator who was KIA on March 7, 1953 on Pork Chop Hill. carlhatfield@windstream.net

    Also would like to hear from anyone that knows the status of Lt. Col John N. Davis, Battalion Comander during the battles on Pork Chop and Old Baldy.

  140. Ashlie Dupre says:

    If anyone who know someone who would remember someone buy the name Jesse Boudreaux from Louisiana please let me know. He served around this time and I was told something about this but I can not find any information about him at all!!!! He is my Grandfather which has just passed away and we are wanting to know more of his military life. He never talked about it and we are just finding pictures of him in the military!!! I know he served around 1952/53, I think he was some kind of driver. Thank you!!!

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  142. Mary Riggs Brinson says:

    Hello , as talking to my cousin that was in the Army & fought at Pork Chop Hill, his name Irvin Dampier of Cynthiana Kentucky. Irvin will be 85 next month ,, still with a strong mind,,, would love to hear from some of yall

  143. tony says:

    Did Edwards stay in the service and in 1959 serve with the 1st Armored Division 6th Infantry?

  144. Tiffany says:

    My grandfather was a survivor of pork chop hill during the Korean War. His name was Charlie Willard Alsobrook. He passed away in August of this past year. We haven’t known much about his past in the war but when he past away my uncle found papers in his wallet about his time served but over the years it has been badly worn. If anyone knew him or anything of his service it would mean so much to know. We did find out he was awarded 2 of the highest metals you could receive but that is all I know. Anything I could find out would mean so much. Thank you Tiffany

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  146. kelly cook says:

    My Great uncle was Lawrence Cook…..any info on him or anyone who knew him…..Legendary.

  147. Gary says:

    I am hoping to find someone that may have known my Father Corp. Darryl G “Mac” McLain. He was in the Korean war from the fall of 52 til the end. If anyone new him, first I would like to thank you first your service, and I would like to find any information about his time in the service. We lost him to cancer in 1998. He never talked about the war so we don’t know a lot about his time in service. Thanks Gary

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