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of the Fallen Heroes of the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea List compiled by CW3 Joseph Inzirillo (Ret) CW3(R), SC Data Management
Architect 3ID PAO Web Team
3d Infantry Division hession bound book
signed by Gen M.B. Ridgway.
I got this book at
a charity shop in Cambridge a couple of year's ago. After looking
through it I realised that a 3rd Division veteran from the Korean war
would find it of interest. If anybody in your veterans society is
interested could he contact me. I do not want any payment for it but I
will expect the recipient to pay postage costs from England to the
United States. The book is '3d Infantry Division in Korea' it is cloth
bound, in good condition and signed by Major General George W. Smythe.
The USPS took this Korean War stamp off sale as of March 31, 2005. As they
do with all stamps, any stamps that are left are destroyed. However, Dick
Gallmeyer has sheets of 20 of these 37 cent Korean War Veterans Memorial
stamps which are still able to be used. If you have an interest in these,
contact: Dick Gallmeyer, 1125 Evert
Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Email:
James H. Hafeman (USMC 1972-1976) for this link
7INF/BELGIAN BN KOREA/53-54
Photo by Martin Markley
Born: Washington, PA
Rank "Cpl (T) - appointed 1 December 1951
Component and Branch or Class was "AUS ARMOR"
Effective Date of Separation was 10 September 1952
Place: Fort Hood, TX
Most Significant Duty Assignment: Co "C" 81st Recon Bn
Medals: Korean Service medal with 3 bronze service stars; expert
According to his "Army Reserve Qualification and Availability
Questionnaire" he was assigned to the Pennsylvania Schuylkill
Arsenal in Philadelphia.
Pictures were taken mainly in 1951. A couple include a young Korean
boy that was nicknamed "Paul" by my dad and his buddies.
Other: this was common I'm sure, but may ring a bell with someone:
He would get teased by his buddies when he received letters from my
mom as she would put a dab of Prince Matchebelli perfume on his
letters Kim Dankovich
Marne pictures from Korea
I found these slides in my Dad's stuff from Korea. Captain Edward A
Konek, served with the 65th in Korea, was a paratrooper in WWII.
Thought they might be of interest to you as they have the "Rock of
the Marne" insignia. Might you have more info on them or him? Thanks
for your help.
Kathy Konek - daughter of Edward
Pic 627 - Battalion Command Post. 1 Oct 1951
on Twin Peaks. Near Chorwon, Korea
Pic 628 - Mass 29 Sep 1951
Pic 635 - Rock of the Marne map?
Guy Aycock HQ Co 15 Inf. Regt, and Abe Friedman
April 10, 1953
Bulldozer Bowl USO Show Korea
One of our Society members, Bill Dillon OP5, has started
a website that will be of interest to all of you Korean War Vets. Here
is the address
K/15, 3rd ID 53-54
Photo of Lee Mize MOH winner
The photo is of the Headquarters Section of K Company 15th Inf Regt.
The photo was taken in July 1953.
Other Society members included in the photo are G. Lang, B. Lippitt
and R. Martinet.
Order of Battle Korea 50-53
This is a display I've put together of the Units in Korea.
Photos from Barney email@example.com]
I was just making a book for my
Brother's 76th birthday and found several photos from his military stint
in Korea. His name was Robert Grove Williams, from Alabama. He was in
Korea from Dec 25, 1952 until around November 22, 1953. He was in Company
"G" 7th Inf Regt 3rd Infantry Division.
Joyce Milner, Valley, AL
My name is SSG Susannah Messersmith. A few years ago, my husband and
I inherited some Korean war photos from my husband's grandfather. He was
a finance NCO in the 3rd ID. His grandfather was Howard E. Messersmith.
I saw the photos a couple of years ago and my husband found them again
recently. I believe they document the pull back from the Yangtze River,
among other things.
SSG Susannah Messersmith, USA
Famed 3rd “Rock of Marne” Division
Coming Home from Korea
[This article is quoted from the New Orleans Times Picayune, October 1954]
The famous 3rd “Rock of the Marne” Division is leaving Seoul for home
under the redeployment program. Two Associated Press war correspondents
here remember the days when they knew the Third as a “good division to be
with if you want to see the War.”—Quotation attributed to Tom Becker and
Dateline: Seoul, Saturday, October 30 (AP): The big, brawling 3rd Infantry
Division, which led the turn of the tide in the Korean war, leaves this
battered peninsula today after four triumphant years. There are no bad
divisions in Korea. But this “Rock of the Marne” Division that sailed for
New Orleans showed a special luster. It was fast on its feet, savage in
the clinches, and never learned how to lose.
When the terribly wounded 10th Corps staggered to its Dunkerque at Hungnam
in the winter of 1950, it was the 3rd that fought the rear guard action in
below zero weather and threw back the Chinese Reds. When the beaten and
dispirited 8th Army dragged south from Seoul after the Reds’ great New
Year’s offensive of 1951, it was the 3rd that came boiling north again,
looking for a fight.
It got what it wanted and won. The headlong retreat was halted and the
Communists never won another major battle in Korea.
A little gamecock, a scholar, and a scrapper led the 3rd Division in those
darkest days of the war. He was Maj. Gen. Robert “Shorty” Soule, now dead
of a heart attack.
In the midst of the gloom and despair of that brutal Korean winter, Shorty
Soule was almost the only man in Korea who thought the Chinese Reds could
be whipped.The South Korean capital of Seoul has been lost for the second
time. The army was 50 miles south of the city. Others studied escape
routes. Shorty Soule stood up and said, “We can lick the Chinese anytime,
any place, and anywhere. And if I get the orders, I can go back north and
take Seoul.” There were scoffers, but two months later, Shorty Soule
pitched his headquarters tents in Seoul on the very spot he picked out
from the air two months earlier.
In April of 1951, when the Communists launched their big, Spring
Offensive, it was the 3rd that held firm along the hottest sector and
saved Seoul. It was the Third that led the drive north to the Iron
Triangle in central Korea. It was the 3rd that won the last big hill
battle in 1953, capturing Outpost Harry on the central front. And it was
the 3rd that blocked the last Red offensive of the central front in the
summer of 1953. There was class in everything the division did. And there
was not synthetic bravado about the 3rd. It knew it was good and took for
granted that everyone else did too.
Military textbooks could, and will, be written about the famous “midnight
ride” of the 3rd in May of 1951, when the Communists made their final,
all-out bid for victory in Korea. The 3rd was resting from a week of
fighting on the extreme west of the battle line. Then the Reds cut loose
on the extreme eastern end with a mountain offensive. The 3rd packed up
its more than 15,000 men one dark night in a crashing rainstorm, sped all
the way across Korea to the eastern hills, and stopped the Reds.
move took a little more than 36 hours. Even the men who gave the order
didn’t think it could be done. Neither did the Chinese Communists.
Prisoners swept up by the 3rd were astounded to learn the division had
crossed the entire peninsula and gone into battle almost overnight. —submitted to Joe Ball by Ken Darnell
Ken commanded a rifle company in the 65th Regiment, 3rd I.D., in Korea
Veteran's Day, Korea TV Program
Hiroshi Miyamura and
Follow a group of Korean War veterans (including 3ID Society members
Hiroshi Miyamura and
Joe Annello) back to the battlefields in "The Land of Morning Calm"
where they fought as young men. The history of the conflict is revealed
from the hands-on memories of warriors from the Army, Navy, Marines, and
Air Force. Follow a group of Korean War veterans back to the battlefields
in "The Land of Morning Calm" where they fought as young men. The history
of the conflict is revealed from the hands-on memories of warriors from
the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force.
2 Digits UP! from Webmaster Rich Heller "Awe
A little background; Back
in April 1951, during the Chinese Spring offensive the 1st section of the
Machine Gun Platoon of "H" Company was attacked and overrun during the
Chinese assault on their position. During the attack, Sgt. Hiroshi Miyamura, Squad Leader of the 1st Squad fought courageously until overcome
by the enemy attack. (For this action he was subsequently was awarded the
C.M.H.) Sgt. Joe Annello, Squad leader of the 2nd Squad was severely
wounded and unable to walk. Their Chinese captors began marching them
north after the attack. Joe, unable to walk was carried by Hiroshi and the
others for several miles until their Chinese captors told them that the
wounded would have to be left beside the road as they were slowing down
Aware of what normally was the fate of captives left behind ,
Hiroshi and the others able to walk said their solemn and tearful goodbyes
to Joe thinking that they would never see alive again. Joe lay beside the
road for two days, more dead than alive, until two Chinese soldiers came
along the road and upon prodding him with their rifles heard a slight
moan. They then left and returned with a stretcher that had two bicycle
wheels attached to the center pf the litter. He (Joe) was transported to a
nearby village that was occupied by a half dozen severely wounded
In the Camp was an Air Force Pilot (Melvin J. Shadduck) that had sustained
minor burns on his hands when his plane was shot down by the enemy. He
alone tended to the care of the other wounded prisoners. (Three Americans
and one Turk) After two weeks in the village, this man decided that the
only alternative to to seek by escape from the village. He did escape and
a week later he wounded experienced a bombing attack of the surrounding
hills of the village and that afternoon heard rumbling coming from the
southern area of the village. They were shortly thereafter rescued by
Tanks from the 1st Cavalry Division. (From Ed Dojutrek, Society of 3ID
The bed is on the front line taken Sept
24th 1951 Chorwon
The photo of me at the HQ on R&R in
The lake photo just says North Koreans
Me, Wayne Smith at home in 1953
Photos of Robert Chester Abey
I am searching
for information about my uncle who served in the Korean War. His name is
Robert Chester Abey. He lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. His
birthday was May 19, 1929. He served with Co. "K" 7th Infantry Regiment;
3rd Infantry Division. He received the Korean Service medal with 3 Bronze
Stars; the Army Commendation medal, army of occupation- Japan is noted.
His pictures show he was connected to the 443 AAA at least in 1952 and was
at some point stationed in Germany during that time. There is one of him
standing with a friend in front of the HQ of 443 AAA; one in front of a
sign that says "US ARMY LIBRA...." you cannot see the rest of the letters.
The photos of Korea- show notations " Hamhung
North Korea- Hell Hole" on one; there are photos of his unit cooking in
what seems to be a fox hole; one of him and another Am. soldier squatting
down with 7 Korean soldiers standing behind them in a group shot of the
squad. There are photos of the camp in heavy snow; some in warmer
My Uncle was a not very tall- 5' 3" and
had the nickname of "Rabbit". Blonde hair, blue eyes. He was one of 17
brothers and sisters, all of whom have died except the sister he wrote
home to and she is getting on in years. She wants to know about his
service history as do the many nieces and nephews he had. He didn't die
in the war, but was killed in a car accident shortly after his discharge.
None of know his story- but he sent home MANY pictures of "the boys" from
Korea and Germany as well. One picture says "White and me"- on the front
it says "Germany 1952 and at the bottom notes-" Rabbit's Birds" -over
where wrens are gathered in the photo. "White" is about a foot taller than
my uncle. There is another picture with a notation that says " Chinellie
and his father from New York". There are ones of him and his buddies
having a few drinks somewhere. You can see the faces of the men very
clearly in most of these pictures.
Our family is happy to share the pictures
with the people in the photo or their survivors. There are between 30-50
pictures, some I will send to this website. We would really like to know
what my uncle did in the army, where he served, his story. We know
nothing other than what we have guessed. We will ask for his records- but
I don't have a lot of hope we will find them. Time is passing quickly for
the last surviving sibling he has so anything you can provide would be
helpful. Please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-758-2368. Thanks,
Kathy Abey Also check on Personal
Request #2784 on our Personal Search
Photos from John A. Weiss
Near the Imjim River September or October 1952
Award of Bronze Star
Sergeant Gerald D. Vandenburg of Service Company,
15th Infantry Regiment,
3rd Infantry Division in Korea on 8 April, 1954
58th Field Artillery Bn. 3 ID-Winter 51 - 52
Contributed by John Crowder in memory of his Dad Sgt.
Major Sam Crowder
Sgt. Major Sam Crowder and Bn Mascot
Sgt. Glenn and HQ Clerk Sgt. Keyes
Sgt. Sam Crowder-Thanksgiving 1951
Sgt. Major Sam Crowder
Sgt. Pate, Unit Administrator Million Dollar Hill
Sgt. Major Crowder
Unknown scenes in Korea 1951
BN HQ Driver Pfc. Carter
North Korea from Million Dollar Hill
South Korea from Million Dollar Hill
BN CP S1 Personnel
Main St. Seoul, Korea
HQ 1st Sgt. Bailey
HA Btry CP and 1st Sgt.
General Binds and BN Col. Desito-Mess Tent in Foreground 1951
USO Show 1951 Korea
Bn CO SHORTY Col Desito and Bn ADJ SMILEY
May 19-23, 2004
reunion was held May 19-23 2004 at the Sunrise Suites Hotel in Tinton Falls
(Fort Monmouth Area) Tinton Falls, New Jersey
This reunion was open to all
Army and civilian personnel and their families who served at Camp Kaiser,
Korea between 1954 and 1971. 10th Cavalry, 17th Infantry, 2nd B .G. 3rd
Infantry, 18th M P's 127th Sig,17th Trans, 13th Engineers( 7th Infantry
I'm attaching some photos of my father, Sgt.
Leonard W. Collins and some of his buddies. They were in the 7th Infantry
Regiment, I&R Platoon, HHQ. They went over in Nov. 1950 and left in Nov. 1951.
There are only three guys left of the 30 that were in his unit. Lou Schindler
was in the same squad as my father. Lou has been awarded the CIB three times.
Bill Strobridge was the Platoon Sgt. at the time. Bill retired as a Col.
Sgt. Leonard W. Collins
Lt. Malcolm Sussell and Bill Strobridge
Photos from Leonard Collins
Co. B of 1/15-1952 Korea
Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura peruses a sign describing the actions
which earned him the Medal of Honor during the Korean War. Miyamura came to
Fort Stewart May 18, 2001 for the dedication of a dining facility in his honor.
I put a message on a board --- and was told that maybe you
could get these pictures of my friend --Danny Loften.
He was in the 703 Ord Co 3rd Div ---- Korea '52 - '53. I have the neg. so no one
else has this picture of Danny
in front of a hill ---
He lived in Milwaukee WI -- and is now deceased --- but
after I have seen some of the sites and
pictures from Korea in that time frame, I thought I should get these to some
Thank You For Your Help
Sue Hall suzyh432@Yahoo.com
My father, Maj. Gen. Wilson M. Hawkins, Ret., was the CO of the 64th
Heavy Tank Battalion from Feb. 26, 1951 until Oct. 14, 1951. At that time
was reassigned to Chief of Staff, 3rd Inf. Div. Until Feb. 22, 1952.
All of the following Soule prefix pictures were taken on Oct.19, 1951 at a
reception held for Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule upon his return to the United
States. All are read left to right. General Soule died a few months
of a heart attack.
Col. Erwin O. Gibson, CO, 65th Inf Regt; Col. James O.
Boswell, CO, 7th Inf Regt;
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule; Col. Thomas A. O'Neal, CO, 15th Inf Regt;
Brig. Gen. Van Brunt, Chief of Staff, US I Corps
Lt. Col E.K. CLEVELAND, 3rd Div G-4; Col. Salvador Abcede,
Philippine 20th BCT;
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule
Col. Erwin O. Gibson, CO,
65 Inf Regt;
Lt. Col. Jack Harris, CO, 3rd Bn, 65th Inf Regt;
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule;
Lt. Col. Ned B. Broyles, Div G-2
Maj. Gen. John W. O"Daniel,
CG, US I Corps;
Robert H. Soule
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule;
Brig. Gen Thomas J. Cross,
CG, 3rd Inf. Div;
Lt. Col. Wilson M. Hawkins, New Chief of Staff, 3rd Inf. Div
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule
bids farewell to
Lt. Col Wilson M. Hawkins,
new Chief of Staff, 3rd Inf. Div.
Maj. Gen. John W. O'Daniel, CG, US I Corps; Maj. Gen.
Robert H. Soule
Lt. Col. William Yuckman,
3rd Inf. Div Surgeon;
Robert H. Soule
Lt. Col. Max Turner,
Provost Marshall, 3rd Inf. Div.;
Gen. Robert H. Soule
Lt. Col Cruise,
Adviser to the Rok Army;
Major Fredrick C. Weyand,
3rd Div. G-3;
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule
Col. James O. Boswell,
CO 7th Inf. Regt,
Maj. Gen. Robert
Lt. Col. Ned Broyles,
3rd Div G-2;
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule
Staff 64 Heavy 10-16-51- The Staff reviews the BN CP,at
Korea during the Retreat Review. Taken 10-16-51
Colors pass 64th Heavy 10-16-51- Taken 10-16-51 at the BN
CHOR'WON, North Korea, at a Retreat Review for Lt. Col. Wilson Hawkins upon
his reassignment to Chief of Staff, 3rd Inf. Div.Col Hawkins is 6th from the
Taken during his command of 2-26-51 thru 10-14-51.
Perhaps some of your other visitors can identify the other men in the picture.
This picture is of my father, his tank crew
and two others.
My father is the 6th person from the left in this picture.
Thank you for including my father in your web site.
Wilson Hawkins, Jr.
Photos from the DVD
Korea, The Forgotten War
Courtesy of the Belgian Army
Photos taken by Padre Vander Goten