This picture gallery is dedicated to those often forgotten men who served with honor and pride in South Korea during the period from September 1945 to 1948. In 1948 the troops were redeployed to Japan. THE OCCUPATION FORCES HELPED STABILIZE THE COUNTRY WHILE A NEW GOVERNMENT WAS BEING FORMED AND HELPED PREVENT THE INFILTRATION OF THE COMMUNISTS WHO WERE DETERMINED TO TAKE OVER ALL OF KOREA FROM DAY ONE. The Occupation Troops were responsible for rounding up the Japanese Soldiers stationed in Korea and sending them back to Japan. They also took over the Japanese military camps, airfields and equipment, including trucks, tanks and airplanes. The 13TH ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION took over a Japanese military installation outside of Seoul, Korea. It had brick barracks and other substantial buildings which with a little remodeling met the needs of the Battalion for this approximate 3 year period. During this period some of the Battalions Companies were deployed in other parts of KOREA for short periods as needed, such as SuSaik near the 38th parallel and Taechon Beach.
THE 13TH ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION
ARMY OF OCCUPATION
JIM SCALISE, JIM GOUDY and DON BOHRER all served together during the occupation of Korea in 1946 - 47.
They got together for the first time in 53 years at the 13TH ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION ASSOCIATION reunion in Springfield, Missouri in October 2000.
Don & Jim Goudy had met previously at the 1998 reunon.
SuSaik, Korea March 1, 1947. Pictured are CORBIN, Terre Haute, Indiana, Sgt. ALBERT WHITE, Hinkley, Minnesota, HERMAN DALBY, Danville Il. and Francis Langford. C-Company spent 3 winter months at SuSaik living in these uninsulated quonset huts, quite different then the brick barracks back at Battalion. The fuel lines would freeze almost every night dropping the temperatures way below freezing in the Quonset huts. Sweaty socks would freeze stiff as a board making them impossible to put on in the morning. Of course this was like the Hilton when compared to the conditions the troops later encountered when a foxhole was all that was had for shelter.
This Korean Boy and Don Bohrer became good friends while Don was stationed at SuSaik, Korea. Each would teach the other their language. I often wonder if this brilliant young man survived the Korean War. I was proud to have him as a friend. Here he is bringing me flowers he picked on his way to school and I was on guard duty at the time.