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Tribute to a Korean War Veteran



Historical Background
During the Korean war, my Grandfather served as a combat engineer from early August 1950 to 18 January 1951 with the 1st Battalion of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, US 2nd Infantry Division. He was in the thick of the fighting during the defence of the Pusan Perimeter – where he was wounded by shrapnel – participated in the advance into North Korea, fought against the Chinese at Kuni-Ri and took part in the withdrawal back to South Korea, where his team destroyed the last Bridge over the Han River in the 2nd Infantry Division sector. In early 1951, the equivalent of a whole North Korean Division had infiltrated through South Korean lines behind the 2nd Infantry Division. His squad was ambushed by one such North Korean unit and my Grandfather was the only survivor. Severely wounded, he evaded capture and was rescued the next day. He went on to serve another 6 years in the US Army, ending his career as a Master Sergeant.

One of the more humorous stories he talked about is that, which is portrayed in this little Vignette and described on the back of the base:

One day we were allocated a beer ration and we got more than enough beer for all of us, three cans each. But before we could drink it, we were ordered to attack a hill. Witaker and I took an empty box that was laying around, put the beer in it and we each held a handle and our weapons in the other hand. We ran up that hill, firing until the clip was empty, went down in the grass to reload and continued like that until we reached the top. I don‘t think there were any North Koreans on the hill but we wouldn‘t have hit anything anyway. But we still had the beer!
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About the Author

About Stefan Halter (Dangeroo)
FROM: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

I'll build just about anything military related that gets my interest, though most of it is 1/35 scale WWII Allied.


Comments

Great story and very nice vignette. Thanks for sharing!
MAY 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
I love vignettes with such an interesting story background... I think this is a really good way to honor your ancestors serving in WW2. Thanks! Mario
MAY 24, 2011 - 09:24 AM
A truly heartfelt tribute it is. A masterful display worthy of such a tribute. An inspiration to us all. I've been searching my heart for years to pay such a tribute to both my father and brother but I haven't been able to pickup a brush in years. I'm dealing with some sort of a mental block. Grrr! I salute you John
MAY 24, 2011 - 10:39 AM
Thank you for your comments Gentlemen and Engin thank you for publishing this. You've done a fine job! I hope that I will further improve my painting skills and hopefully my next work will be more up to the high standards set by the other contributors of the site. Cheers and thanks again! Stefan
MAY 24, 2011 - 03:32 PM
I remember discussion on this one during "Ancestors in Scale" campaign. Great to see this one as a feature!
MAY 24, 2011 - 03:33 PM
Ya know, the bar can be kinda high on Armorama but we all start somewhere. It's up to you to set the bar to your own standards, I find more and more that people like to paint for themselves, when you think about it, it's really all that matters. I'm no expert modeler, but I do know when someone really tried to put his or her heart into a project. One of the items most precious to me among items that may have cost many thousands of dollars is a simple rock covered in red paper and has a pipe cleaner glued to it... It's the ugliest thing that I was ever given, but it was given to me from my son, his first gift to me besides a loaded diaper. Last weekend, 27 years later he graduated from one of the countries most prestigious art school with honors. Yale even offered him a position to teach there. So ya, you can improve if you want to... For now, unless you decide to still work on it.. Be proud. No matter where your grandfather may be now, I'm sure he's just as deeply gratified as I am with my rock.
MAY 24, 2011 - 08:04 PM
Thanks John! Fortunately my Grandfather is still well at 81 years and lives with his wife of almost 60 years in Seattle. They're even coming to visit us in Switzerland this Summer! Cheers! Stefan
MAY 25, 2011 - 02:14 PM
That will be awesome! Wait when he see It in person, he's going to love it! There's some amazing modelers in Switzerland, vie met a few at the long island show and valley forge show here in the states. Take care! John
MAY 25, 2011 - 06:30 PM
Stefan, Great little scene. I was stationed with the 1/23 Infantry Headquaters company from 1983 to 1984. The 23rd is was one of the most decorated Infantry Regiments of the US Army. I hope your grandfather liked the scene. Tom
JUL 24, 2011 - 11:52 PM
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