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A Foxhole View

A Foxhole View: Personal Accounts of Hawaii's Korean War Veterans

EDITED BY Louis Baldovi
Copyright Date: 2002
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    A Foxhole View
    Book Description:

    A Foxhole View is a powerful and moving oral history of the Korean War. Here are highly personal accounts of the war from the rank and file of the infantry--told in the distinctive voices of Hawaii's soldiers.

    eISBN: 978-0-8248-6124-7
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-xii)
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
    (pp. xv-xviii)
    (pp. xix-xxii)
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  8. Part I 1950 The Cold War Turns Hot
    (pp. 1-108)

    On Sunday, June 25, 1950, at 4:00 A.M., the North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) forces, numbering approximately 90,000 men and supported by Russian-built T-34 tanks, attacked across the 38th parallel into South Korea. The South Korean army was quickly overwhelmed by the communist juggernaut. In three days, Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, fell to the NKPA.

    The United States 24th Infantry Division was rushed to Korea from Japan and was the first American unit to do battle with the NKPA. It was quickly followed by the United States 25th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division, also from Japan....

  9. Part II 1951 Chinese Firecrackers in Korea
    (pp. 109-184)

    On New Year’s Day, the Chinese launched their first offensive of the year with a vengeance, committing nearly 500,000 communist troops into battle in an attempt to keep the UN off balance and to capture the South Korean capital. UN forces, still smarting from their defeat in North Korea, particularly at the Changjin Reservoir, Unsan, and Kunuri, were driven farther southward, as far as 50 miles below the 38th parallel, allowing communist forces to take Seoul for the second time.

    We didn’t stay long in Seattle and shipped out on a Liberty troop ship, which was packed with soldiers. About...

  10. Part III 1952 Trench Warfare and Hilltop Battles
    (pp. 185-258)

    After the battles of Bloody Ridge and Heartbreak Ridge in the fall of 1951, the character of the Korean War changed dramatically. Mindful of the peace talks and the tremendous casualties suffered, both sides were content with improving their frontline fortifications and extending their outpost lines of resistance. An almost continuous trench line existed near the 38th parallel, extending from the east coast to the west coast of Korea. Casualties on both sides mounted, however, as pitched battles were fought on fortified hilltops north of Munsan-ni, Yokokk-chon Valley west of Chorwon, and Iron Triangle, and in the vicinity of Punchbowl....

  11. Part IV 1953 Truce Talks, Patrols, and Artillery Duels
    (pp. 259-286)

    The failure of both sides to agree on the issue of in voluntary repatriation of prisoners of war slowed down the peace process at Panmunjom. Meanwhile, men died while negotiators stared at each other across the conference table. Hilltop battles and artillery duels, usually ignited by the communist forces, blazed across the Main Line of Resistance, with both sides attempting to strengthen their final position before the cease fire was reached. Outpost Reno, Pork Chop Hill, Christmas Hill, and Old Baldy were some of the many hills bitterly contested until the end of hostilities on July 27.

    We spent December...

  12. Appendix A Roll Call of Killed in Action
    (pp. 287-292)
  13. Appendix B Basic Combat Organizations
    (pp. 293-294)
  14. Appendix C Basic Weapons Used by American and Communist Forces
    (pp. 295-298)
    (pp. 299-300)
  16. INDEX
    (pp. 301-308)
  17. Back Matter
    (pp. 309-312)