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Wayne King - Korean War

Wayne King grew up on a farm near Alsey, Illinois. In 1951, he was drafted and ended up in the Marine Corps. He was shipped to Korea in the spring of 1952. He was assigned as a tank crewman in a tank company. In 1953, King was wounded when an enemy round hit his tank, but recovered quickly and returned to the front.

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Private First Class Wayne King’s official Marine Corps photograph, taken during Basic Training in 1952.

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Wayne King’s Marine Basic Training platoon at San Diego. King is in the front row, second from the left.

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King in front of the M-46 Patton Tank he was assigned to during his tour in Korea with the 1st Marine Division in 1952-1953.

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King in front of the M-46 Patton Tank he was assigned to during his tour in Korea with the 1st Marine Division in 1952-1953. Note the .45 caliber pistol, which was standard issue for tankers during the war.

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King’s fellow Marine, Albert Kidd, originally from South Carolina, maintaining some tank treads during some unit down time.

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It took a specially equipped tank to recover another disabled tank. These belonged to Wayne King’s unit, B Company, 1st Battalion, part of the 1st Marine Division.

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Wayne King’s tank crew proudly stands atop a newly constructed bunker near the front lines in late 1952. From left to right, unknown, Private Flood, Albert Kidd, and Private Kubeck.

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late 1952

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Korean children were frequent visitors to the front line units.

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King was struck by this bag of supplies from Decatur, Illinois – a touch of home thousands of miles away.

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This Korean man with his a-frame loaded to the hilt was a very common site for the Marines in Korea.

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Laundry day near the front in Korea.

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Crewmember Albert Kidd mans the tank’s .50 caliber machine gun while King spots for him.

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The tank crew relaxes while their tank company is positioned behind the front lines in Korea.

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A camouflaged tank near the front lines in Korea.

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