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Message 42 of 1676 messages.

posted on: Sun Sep 1 00:53:59 EDT 2002

UNIT ASSIGNED: 2/12th Cavalry
TIME SERVED: 1961-1965

Hi Don,
Appreciate you getting back to me. I'm still in the process of trying to absorb the info that you're making available on your site. I wish I did have some pics, but, some lowlife on the ship coming home helped himself to the shoe box I kept them in from my duffle bag coming home. Don't know why any body would do something like that, unless he noticed the MPC's in there and thought there was more than there was. I just kept one piece of each denomination of that monopoly money to show the family and friends. As to the RCN patch. It was an plain armor patch w/the letters RCN (for Recon.) stitched in black across the yellow portion of the design. It was worn exclusively by the Recon. squadrons of the 9th Cav. who at that time WERE the DMZ Police and the Recon. Plts. of the other Cav. units who also took part in policeing the zone at var- ious times. As exacting as patrolling, O.P. duty, L.P. duty, and stakeout duties were, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything and am very proud to have taken part in it.

Although we had no special formal school, those of us fortunate (or unfortunate as a few regarded it) we in Scouts and the Inf. Squad of the Recon Plt. 2/12 Cav. had our own private training school. His name was SSGT. (at that time) John D. Minatra. You'll find him in the 9th edition of the Ranger Hall of Fame. He was far and away the most savvy Sqd. leader I ever had the priviledge of working for. If he didn't know it, it wasn't worth knowing! Plus teaching (as well as can be taught because a lot is dependant on the individual) the importance of being able to improvise. I always felt my chances of survival tripled after serving under him for my first ten months in country. Any way Don, I guess the Recon. troops of my era could be termed the precursers of the Imjin Scout, that's the correlation I'm trying to show. Naturally times and installations along the zone have changed. Truthfully I look with a certain amount of envy at the more recent changes there. Since we had nothing to compare it with we had no feelings of deprivation. We knew at the time, we were performing the most dangerous mission the Army had and we went about it (for the most part) proudly. Sure we had a few cry babies, but I guess that's par for the course. The vast majority were as good as there was.

Don, I did it again, got carried away, just want once again to express my appreciation for the time, effort, and expense you go to in orde to produce your sites.

A thousand thanks from an OLD Recon Scout,

Semper Paratus!

Message 41 of 1676 messages.

posted on: Sun Sep 1 00:53:03 EDT 2002

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

Hello Tom,

Thanks for your kind words about the site and thanks so much for stopping by. I really enjoyed your posting. What is an RCN patch? I have not heard of it before. Although the focus of the site is the Imjin Scout, we are interested in all of post Korean War history on the DMZ. We are also interested in the Korean War but the war itself has more than adequate coverage already. Did you notice the posting by Gramper Jerry? It is under the "Contributions" menu. He has posted pictures of Pobwon-ni from the late 50s. They are classic photos of third world Korea and very much like what I remember from 1969. If you have any pictures or other memorabilia that you would like to share with the site, I would love to post it in our "Contributions" section. In fact, this is what keeps the site going and makes it so interesting. Each of the postings brings back memories and revives dormant brain cells. If you are motivated to dig through old boxes photo albums and can scan or send them to us, we would really love to post them!

Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks again for checking in and,


-Don Lopez

Message 40 of 1676 messages.

posted on: Fri Aug 30 20:10:12 EDT 2002

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

was scout with 3/23 inf 2nd platoon 69-70 some of the action i saw wasn't supposed to happen

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