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All of the photos were taken in 1959 and 1960 unless otherwise noted. 

 All of my photos were taken with a Minolta 16mm "spy camera",
just like the one shown here.

The camera is not much larger than a Zippo lighter! That might explain the poor picture quality. Unfortunately I could not afford better at the time.


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1.gif (302030 bytes) The photo on the left and the one under it are of the "A" Troop Compound. They were taken from near the top of "Suicide Grade. I took the photos in 1959 or early in 1960 (After the snow and ice melted). Click on the thumbnails for a larger view. The Google Earth photo (below) will expand to 1024x780 if you know how to do it (depending on your browser)!
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A_Troop_Compound.GIF (514074 bytes) The Google Earth Satellite Photo on the left shows what the view from space of the old "A" Troop Compound looks like today (2006).
28.JPG (76692 bytes) A view of the Imjin River from the the top of "Suicide Grade", one steep S.O.B!  We could not use the grade in the winter of 1959 when it was iced over!

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Remnants of one of our downed spotter planes and a "steel pot" that I retrieved from the crash site inside the zone.

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An "Alert", 1959.  My "Beast", "A-13" ready to roll to our battle position next to the "Z".

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"A-13" Ready for DMZ duty again. Bill Atchley took it over when I rotated home - John Terrio drove it after Bill.

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Bill Atchley & "A-14" ready to go!

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These "Heavies" took over our duties while we went south of the Imjin to play "War Games" (we only did that twice that I remember).  Fueling up, getting ready to head on out.

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The "Heavy Boys" heading home!

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Our Chapel "On the hill" on the left and our Armory or supply? (hut on the right). Jeep and driver unknown.

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A look at the "Power Pak" (1500Hp) in one of our PC's. Gilbert (Rosie) Rosales in the hatch.  Mechanics in the foreground.

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"Rosies" ride "Armanda" in better shape than above.

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"A-16" on alert, heading to Battle Position, Dave Getz at the "wheel". This "may" be the one now on display at the Ft. Hood (TX.) Museum.

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Another of our M41's (Walker Bulldogs) in the field, HQ Platoon mechanics (I think) .

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"Chow Time" Sgt. Grindstaff, Sgt. Ferguson, Pfc.'s Atchley, Washington and Davis, all 1st Platoon.

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"Football" with mortar rounds, I don't think so!  Sometimes I wasn't "The Brightest Bulb in the Pack"! The round wasn't armed, but I was! 

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KATUSA Cpl. Hong-Il-Lang.  My only picture of  one of the many KATUSA's that were in "A" Troop.

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Sgt. Butler on OP 227.  One of our "Modern" OP's.

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A partial view of the road to OP 223 - a "real fun time" in the rain and mud with reverse camber on the turns!

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2 of several North Korean "Visitors" to OP 238 & 239.  See related story on "My Story" page, "incident at Op-239". (PDF file)

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One of my few leisure moments.

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Ready for inspection?

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Stan Janick (1st Platoon) resting after a work out.  This lucky sucker went home in '59 not too long after I got there.

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SP-4 Dondiego pointing at our NEW Op Center Sign. Pvt. Landin observing.  Note the hand crank siren on the wall (far end). I heard it all toooo often!

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Inspection and Briefing before going out for DMZ Duty. 8 men total for "A" Troop's sector. Possibly manned 2 OP's, 1 foot patrol and one ambush - each were 2 man teams.

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"A" Troop compound new entrance sign.  We had just taken over the Zone from the DMZ Police Company.

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My "hooch" (1st Platoon), just in the picture at top right.  Note the nice stair climb, a real bitch when wet or icy!

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A look at some of "A" Troop compound from my (1st platoon) hooch.

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My "Bible", one of several that explained what to watch out for and how to deal with it if EOD was out for coffee!  They were usually too far away anyway!

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"Jeep Wash" at the Imjin River.  Yeah, that's me! "Then" (1959), on the Left, and "Now" (2002), on the Right.  "Now" picture was taken on 09.11.02.

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Pfc. Kennedy and Cpl. Strauss (L to R). Kennedy, 1st Platoon, Strauss, unknown.

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SFC. Grindstaff, (1st) Platoon Sgt.

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1st Platoon Leader, MSG. Cabrera - SHORT TIMER - 2 days to go when this was taken.  The 1st Platoon never did have a Commissioned Officer as Platoon Leader during my tour.

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Sgt. Ferguson, "A-13" Car Commander - my buddy!

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Daryl Moran (1st Platoon) in front of Squadron HQ.

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Frank Weems (1st Platoon) and his "ride".

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Motor pool, activity unknown. 

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Part of "A" Troop Compound with the same lousy camera!

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Another view of the compound. 

All of the color photos were converted from 16mm slides, still no resolution to speak of!

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Looking out toward the Imjin River with another unit on the move kicking up dust.

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"Honest John" Rocket at a "Go and look pretty for the brass"! (Show and Tell = 1st Cav. Div. 38th Anniversary celebration.)

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Rosie (1st Platoon) standing by a PC from another unit at the "show and tell".

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Rosie and crew heading back from the "show and tell".

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North Korean Guard/Observation Tower in Panmunjom.

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Another view of the tower.

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The right side of this table is in North Korea and the left side (as viewed) is in South Korea. (Panmunjom)

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A gaggle of North Korean guards in Panmunjom.  They got hostile over this picture.  We dared 'em, but all they did was gesture and cuss!

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This butt head was not happy about getting his picture taken either.  Another confrontation afterwards.

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Several of us (Recon. Jeeps) out on patrol looking for infiltrators.

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On patrol getting the "once over" by the infantry.  Infiltrators were spotted in the area this day but unfortunately we were unable to locate them this time.

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Still looking - More patrol, south of the "Z".

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Hot in August - move the rack outside.  One of the VERY few "kickback" times.  Yep, it's me again!

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Dave Getz (on the left) and myself (again), our hooch, a "Baker Building" (1st Platoon) in the background.

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DMZ Police Company Headquarters Sign - Photo is from the 1959 1st Cav. Div. Yearbook.

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A "typical" bunker.  Some of our observation posts were no different. They now call them Guard Posts.   [source & date of  this picture unknown]

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One of our (The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron) insignia.  (Armored Recon.).  This and the next 2 items have become collectors items!  I will purchase as many as you care to sell!

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For those of you that served in the DMZ after 1960 & have not seen a DMZ Police Company Pin (Badge), here you are!   I will purchase ORIGINAL pins and the tabs shown below.  CLICK HERE if you have any pins or tabs for sale!

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One 1959 photo from Don Boyd Lee (Behind the camera), in the original "A" Troop compound (Before we moved in the summer of '59).  SFC Caudill on the left, Kenneth Mullins in the center. Anyone know who the remaining trooper is, or where this compound was located?

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I think this says it all!! 


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