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Ken Hersemann - Korean War

Ken Hersemann is a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Ken was assigned to Battery A of the 49th Field Artillery Regiment (105 mm howitzers). He worked as a cannon crewman for several weeks, then moved to the battery's mess section where he cooked for his unit, eventually becoming the mess sergeant.

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Bill Schoedel and Ken Hersemann at the front in the winter of 1951-52. Bill was Hersemann's next door neighbor back in East Peoria, Illinois.

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the front

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winter of 1951-52

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Hersemann and others take a break behind the wire section shelter. In the back is the mess hall, aka 'Jake's Place.' From left to right are Job, Chi Sun Gup, Lou Stinson, and Ken Hersemann, with Sergeant Ritter standing.

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Ken, with a pistol on his hip, in the summer of 1951.

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Summer of 1951

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Ken took this photo of his buddies in Chunchon, on their way to R

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Battery A, 49th Field Artillery, arrayed for inspection.

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Ken, in the center with Robbie Robinson, left, and Chi, a Korean national who worked in his mess hall.

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Ken with the gun crew he served on for his first few weeks in Korea. From left to right are Wilson of Alabama, Ken sitting on the trails, Hayes of South Carolina, Shields of Chicago, and Jansen of Iowa.

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A honey dipper, a common site in Korea, plying his trade in a typical Korean village.

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This is the bunker that Ken's section slept in during October, 1951.

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October, 1951

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This building was converted into a barracks at Inchon, and used for soldiers, including Ken, as they rotated back to the states.

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Inchon

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"Burp Guns and Mortars and High, High Mountains," G.I. poetry from the war.

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