Thought I'd share a couple of recently acquired, named groupings.
First up is a grouping named to a Korean War vet who I will identify only as John. I had the pleasure of meeting with John to purchase his uniform.
John was born in Philadelphia in 1932. He was drafted on 4 December 1952 and went through basic at Camp Stoneman in San Francisco, CA. He spent 16 months in Korea, serving in the 49th Field Artillery, 7th Inf Div and was stationed right at the 38th Parallel.
During 5 months of his service overseas, he played baseball with the Army as part of entertainment for the troops. The majority of his service he handled incoming and outgoing mail. Approximately 6 weeks of his service placed him in direct combat with the enemy.
John was discharged October 1954 and eventually went home to write on sports topics for the Associated Press, which he still does in some capacity today.
The group consists of Johnís complete uniform and Artillery piped overseas cap. John was nice enough to give me a photo of him taken prior to going off to basic, to keep with the group. I also had the chance to look through his photo album from his time in service. One photo that stood out was of Marilyn Monroe when she came to entertain the troops.
Very nice man to meet with and at 80 years young, didnít skip a beat!
Photo of John with the uniform
Period photo of John wearing the uniform in question. You'll notice that the ribbons are placed on upside down (including the ROK Presidential Unit Citation ribbon). In addition, it appers there was once a PUC on the uniform and a 2nd service star on the Korean War Service ribbon. Not sure what happened to these.
Period photo of John taken outside his home in Philly
Photo's of the uniform