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Message 15 of 1649 messages.

posted on: Sat Jul 13 01:59:55 EDT 2002

UNIT ASSIGNED: 2/9th Infantry
TIME SERVED: 1966-1970

Hi Imjin Scouts,

One of the greatest paybacks for working on the web site is the feedback that I have received. Below is an email exchange between me and Mike Plowman that followed his visit to the site. Mike's recollections of his duty on the DMZ brought back many memories so I thought I would share it with you in hopes that it will revive some of your dormant brain cells... lol

Don Lopez
Co A 2/9th

Hi Mike,

Thanks for checking in with the site. I appreciate your kind words about the site. That is cool that your son is there now. I ended up being a lifer myself. Did 20 years and retired as a warrant officer. My two oldest children followed in some of my footsteps. My daughter actually ended up assigned to the same unit in Germany I was in, the 25th Data Processing Unit. If you have anything you would like to share on the site let me know. I would be happy to post it.


-Don Lopez
Vallejo, CA

Date: 7/12/2002 07:51:40 -0500
From: "Mike Plowman"
Subject: Re:

Hello Don

Thanks for your note. Again let me compliment you on your site. Its very seldom I get a chance to talk with another Korea vet and especially one who was there about the same time. From looking at the site I see you did basic and AIT at Ft Polk. I also did basic and AIT and LPC in North Fort, Tigerland, who can forget that???

I'm sure we had many similar experiences in Korea. If our unit wasn't guarding Freedom Bridge we would relieve the 1/31 at Camp Greaves of some of their patrol duties so they could get some time in the Vill.

Your site got me to thinking about little things I hadn't thought of in years, things I'm sure you would remember. How about the space heaters with the five gallon can of diesel on the side you had to pump up and would always go out in the middle of the night. We always put our sleeping bags under the blankets and selpt in them. The movie theatre on the compund wasn't heated and you always wore your parka and mickey mouse boots to watch the movie. The seats in the theatre were old wooden church pews. The screen was a bed sheet. After 30years I'm still looking for a $7.00 a month houseboy, haven't had any luck with that at all!!!! Every two or three days we would have a battalion police call of the compund to pick up all the propaganda leaflets that had fallen during the night. I saved alot of them and have them in one of my scrapbooks. I'm sure you can relate to all this.

My son tells me living conditions have changed dramatically for the enlisted people. No more quonset huts. They have two man rooms and each room has a bathroom. They have refrigs, microwaves, built in wall lockers and real heat and A/C. He also tells me the soldiers there now refer to our time there as when it was the Wild Wild West. Never heard it put like that before, but when you stop and think about it.....................

I hope I haven't taken too much of your time Don, but its just been so long since I've been able to talk to anyone who could relate to any of this. Although I wasn't in the 9th Inf I do have some things such as the propaganda leaflets and other things I would like to share with you. As soon as I figure out how to use this scanner I will send them to you.

You've done a great job with your site, KEEP UP THE FIRE !!!!!!!!!

SP4 Mike Plowman
A 1/17 (M) Inf

Hey Mike,

There are two reasons that connecting with other Korea vets is great fun. The first is explained by the old addage, "you had to be there" and the other is that there are so many things that we either forget or are lost in our latent memory that get revived with the help of others. I can't tell you how many times someone else has triggered my memory and made it possible for me to recall stuff that would have otherwise remained dormant forever. As far as "you had to be there" there was so much that we did and saw there that either I would be embarrassed to tell other people or the other experience I have had when I have begun to tell a story and realized that they are just not going to appreciate it.

I did my basic training at Fort Knox, KY. I also did the 2 week LPC course and infantry AIT at Polk. I carried around an inexpensive Kodak instamatic camera and took a lot of slides throughout LPC and infantry AIT. I have a new HP scanner that can scan slides which has been a lot of fun. I am now starting to work on my Fort Polk archives but so far have only just thrown them on a few web pages. I will eventually pretty it up and link it to the site. In the meantime, if you would like to look at the uneditted stuff, here are a few URLs on my site that have some Fort Polk stuff that you might get a kick out of:

Man do I ever remember the space heaters and the great fun it was to trek through the cold and sometimes snow to refill it. Also I remember how the Army in all of its wisdom would declare cold weather to begin on October 1. Unfortunately it was freezing before that but we had to wait for October 1 for the diesel. I also remember the POL dump occasionally out of fuel oil at times.

Hey I really enjoyed your email and wondered if you would mind if I post it to the site guestbook as it is such a great description of some of the life on the DMZ.

Well I better get back to work.



Message 14 of 1649 messages.

posted on: Thu Jul 11 15:28:46 EDT 2002

UNIT ASSIGNED: 1/17th Infantry
TIME SERVED: 1971-1975

What a great site, well done!!!! I served with the 2nd Div Nov 71 to Dec72 with A Co 1st Bn 17th Inf. We were at Camp McKenzie between Munsan and Freedom Bridge. We pulled guard duty on Freedom Bridge until late summer of 72 then moved to Camp Howze. I have a son serving with 2nd Div at Camp Hovey, looks like we have started a family tradition. I always tell him, one day you will leave Korea but Korea will never leave you. The yearbook you've posted looks exactly like the two I have it really did bring back memories.

No. 1 site GI

Message 13 of 1649 messages.

posted on: Thu Jul 11 05:50:08 EDT 2002

UNIT ASSIGNED: 3/23rd Infantry
TIME SERVED: 1966-1970

Hello Fellow Warriors, I was with A Company 3/23 Inf. June 1968 to July 1969. At Freedom bridge. I was there when our guys were ambushed on the DMZ while Fixing the DMZ wire.. Also When the chopper was SHOT down Wasn't an accident as reported. Anyone from A comp would love to hear frm you.

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