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Re: Next Korean War?
Fellow Korean War veterans.
I remember arriving on the 38th Parallel on 3 April 1951 and while we were
sitting on the hill eating those wonderful C rations dated 1943 to 45, I
asked my Sgt., just where were we at? The reason I asked was, I never know
just were in the heck I was at any given time. Everything seemed to be a big
He explained we were sitting on the 38th Parallel and when he said that, you
could have heard a pin drop as everyone with ear shot thought just like I
did, the war was over. We were cheering, laughing, just having a good time,
when the same Sgt., came by and said to "saddle up", we are moving out.
I said we are on the 38th, the war is over, excepted he said it was not, as
we were moving north again. He went on to explain that the 5th RCT was to
take a Tungsten mine up north, on the East side of Korea. When I left in
Oct of 51 for home, the 5th was still battling to take the area and in the
end, did capture the mine.
>From the stories I have heard, the mine is still under our control and is
being mined. My former CO told me in 1995, that the minute the mine was
captured, the Engineers were in there, repairing the tram to get the ore out.
No. Korea is still a little upset about that mine, so if it starts again over
there, the mine will be the first thing attacked. Anyone can look at a
present day map of the truce line and you will see it goes up into North
Korea, then to the East Coast, where the Battleship Mo. supported us in a few
John Sonley 5th RCT Korea 1951