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Beverly Bruce - Korean War

Beverly 'Scotty' Bruce, came of age during World War II, then joined the Marines in 1951. By 1952 he was in Korea, assigned to the 1st Marine Division's Reconnaissance Company, a job that required him to make repeated trips into no-man's land to collect intelligence information.

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Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Marine with Reconnaissance Platoon during the Korean War; Early life

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

End of tour in Korea

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Edna Mae

Transcript

Photos

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Photo of Beverly “Scotty” Bruce taken at Ft. Riley KS as a “Christmas gift for Mother.”

Where:

Ft. Riley KS

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Telegram Bruce sent to his mother, Ena Wilson, on August 8, 1951, on the occasion of his shipping to California for boot camp.

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Unknown

When:

August 8, 1951

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Narrator’s Photo

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Private Bruce’s basic training platoon at San Diego, California, on the occasion of their graduation. Bruce is kneeling in the front, second from the right.

Where:

San Diego, California

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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1st Platoon, Bruce’s enlisted intelligence class #4, which he attended from November 7, 1951 to January 24, 1952.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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Bruce relaxes with a bit of light reading while at Ft. Riley, KS during training at the Army’s Intelligence School.

Where:

Ft. Riley, KS

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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Bruce’s reconnaissance squad while assigned to the 1st Marine Division’s Reconnaissance Company’s 1st Platoon, at Munson-ni, Korea. Bruce is on the far left of the back row.

Where:

Munson-ni, Korea

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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Squad photo at Munson-ni: Beverly “Scotty” Bruce, Turner, Kraskee, Bob Bush, Frank Bennatti, and “Swede.”

Where:

Munson-ni, Korea

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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The foreign born members of the 1st Marine Division Reconnaissance Company, while based near Munson-ni, Korea.

Where:

Munson-ni, Korea

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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A “gung ho” shot of Bruce at Munson-ni, Korea.

Where:

Munson-ni, Korea

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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Bruce is “armed for combat” at Munson-ni, Korea.

Where:

Munson-ni, Korea

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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Bruce outside of Jamestown Bunker in Korea in the summer of 1952.

Where:

Jamestown Bunker, Korea

When:

summer of 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Bruce and fellow squad-mate Adams (swinging a pick) digging trenches on the Jamestown Line, part of an intricate system of defensive positions established by UN forces.

Where:

Jamestown Line, Korea

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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Bruce played a senorita to Miguel Alvarez’s “Bullfighter” during a Company beer party during some quite time behind the lines.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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“Handsome Harry” wrote Bruce of this shot of him while the Reconnaissance Company was based near Munson-ni, Korea.

Where:

near Munson-ni, Korea

When:

Unknown

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Unknown

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“Home sweet home.” Bruce’s living quarters for nine months in Korea.

Where:

Korea

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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Wedding photo of Beverly “Scotty” Bruce and Edna Mae (Riley) Bruce. The wedding was in Niantic, Illinois in 1956.

Where:

Niantic, Illinois

When:

1956

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Narrator’s Photo

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Patches for the 1st Marine Division’s Reconnaissance Company.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Unknown



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