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Lawrence Curtin - Korean War

Larry Curtin grew up on a farm in central Illinois during the Great Depression and WW II, and was drafted into the Army in December, 1950. Following Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, he shipped to South Korea, received additional training as a radio operator, and was then assigned to the 3rd Signal Company of the 3rd Infantry Division. He served in a variety of different capacities during his year-long tour in Korea.

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Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Life on a central IL farm during Depression

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Army service as a radio operator during the Korean War

Transcript

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Lawrence and Marie Curtin, Larry’s parents, on their wedding day on April 12th, 1921.

Where:

Unknown

When:

April 12th, 1921

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Narrator’s photo

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“I was the ‘horse’ pulling the wagon. Brother Bill was holding the reins (about 1930),” wrote Larry in the family scrapbook.

Where:

Unknown

When:

About 1930

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Narrator’s photo

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Ireland School, the rural school that the Curtin children attended in 1933,(left in second row) Bill, Larry and Leo. Larry’s sister Catherine is in the third row with her head down .The teacher was Mr. Cashin, a WWI vet.

Where:

Ireland School

When:

1933

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator

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Larry at age 10, in 1936 while the family operated a farm near Stonington, Illinois.

Where:

Stonington, Illinois

When:

1936

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Narrator’s photo

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Larry on a friend’s pony in 1937.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1937

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Narrator’s photo

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Larry Curtin’s Stonington High School graduation picture in 1943.

Where:

Stonington High School

When:

1943

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L.F. and Marie Curtin family picture. In the front row are Paul, Dorothy, Dad, Mom and John. In the back are Leo, Larry, Bill, and Catherine.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1943

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Larry and Pat Curtin on their wedding day, January 15th, 1955. The couple were married in Oak Park, Illinois, Pat’s home town.

Where:

Oak Park, Illinois

When:

January 15th, 1955

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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The Curtin family farm near Blue Mound where Larry grew up. The picture was taken in 1958, with Larry now farming the land.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1958

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Larry Curtin and his unit are ready to go on a speed march during the 9th week of basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri in early 1951. They carried horseshoe rolls on their shoulders.

Where:

Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri

When:

Early 1951

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Several basic training buddies gather for a picture. From left to right are unknown, “Whitey” Liewinski, Larry Curtin, Spike Spears, Metzger and Schuerer.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Larry on Bivouac in March,1951 during basic training, in the woods of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Where:

Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri

When:

March,1951

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Narrator’s photo

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Francis “Ike” Anderson and Larry in front of their pup tent on bivouac at Fort Leonard Wood in March 1951.

Where:

Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri

When:

March,1951

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Narrator’s photo

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Private Larry Curtin at Ft. Leonard Wood’s ‘Leadership School’ in April 1951.

Where:

Ft. Leonard Wood’s ‘Leadership School’

When:

April 1951

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Narrator’s photo

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Larry and fellow replacements wait to eat chow at the Replacement Depot in Sasebo, Japan. They spent only a couple of days in July, 1951 before being shipped to South Korea.

Where:

Replacement Depot in Sasebo, Japan

When:

July, 1951

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Narrator’s photo

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Where:

Seoul, Korea

When:

August, 1951

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Narrator’s photo

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This building in Seoul, Korea was used by the 3rd Infantry Division for records storage during the war. Before the war it was part of Seoul University.

Where:

Seoul, Korea

When:

During the war

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Narrator’s photo

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Two Belgium switchboard operators flank a ROK soldier sharing mealtime. Curtin’s initial assignment in the fall of 1951 was to work with a Belgian infantry battalion.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Fall of 1951

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Narrator’s photo

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Larry Curtin and the unit’s Chief Radio Operator on top of their radio truck while they were assigned to the Belgian infantry regiment in September of 1951.

Where:

Unknown

When:

September of 1951

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Narrator’s photo

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“Some of the ‘Gang’ taken at PUP-YANG-NI” read Curtin’s caption of this group of Korean children while he was stationed in South Korea in October 1951.

Where:

South Korea

When:

October, 1951

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Narrator’s photo

Caption

Danny Kaye

Where:

Korea

When:

November, 1951

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Narrator’s photo

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Larry was chief operator for a three man Radio Team providing communications between a Belgian battalion and the 3rd Infantry Division in the fall of 1951.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Fall of 1951

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Narrator’s photo

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The view looking down on part of the 3rd Division Headquarters, near Yonch’on, South Korea. You can see two radio trucks in the foreground.

Where:

Yonch’on, South Korea

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Larry Curtin sometime in the winter of 1951-52. He was assigned to the 3rd Sig Company, 3rd Infantry Division in South Korea.

Where:

South Korea

When:

Winter of 1951-52

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Narrator’s photo

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Sergeant Curtin on his 5th day of R

Where:

Tokyo

When:

February, 1952

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Narrator’s photo

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Sergeant Curtin sailed back to the US from Japan via Alaska to Seattle, Washington aboard the U.S. Naval Ship Frederick Funston. The ship was his home for 13 days before arriving in Seattle on March 23, 1952.

Where:

U.S. Naval Ship Frederick Funston

When:

March 23, 1952

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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This is the Radio Section 3rd Signal Company in in March, 1952.

Where:

Yonch’on, South Korea

When:

March, 1952

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Narrator’s photo

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The view of Inchon Harbor, South Korea in the summer of 1953.

Where:

Inchon Harbor, South Korea

When:

Summer of 1953

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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“Civilian at last

Where:

Euclid in Oak Park

When:

November 1952

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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