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Snapshots from The War

NOTE: The following are personal photos submitted to us by Korean War veterans showing them as they were in Korea during the war. If you are a Korean War vet and would like to post a photo or two of yourself here, please send them to us with your full name, rank, unit, and branch of service, as well as the date (at least the year) and place the photo was taken. If you want to include a recent photo of yourself, we will post a “then and now” sequence.

If possible, please email digital versions of your photos with the information for the captions to info@kwmf.org. If all you have are “hard copy” prints, please mail them to:

Korean War Memorial Foundation
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 313A
San Francisco, CA 94102

If sending by mail, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so that we can return the prints to you once we’ve made digital copies for this website page. Thank you.

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  • Clockwise, from top left: Machinist's Mate Third Class (MM3) Bill McIver, Hong Kong, 1952, prior to deployment to Korean waters; Bill McIver at 3-inch gun, USS Everett, a patrol frigate, off Wonsan, North Korea, 1952; Bob Butterfield (L) and Bill McIver, engine room, USS Cape Esperance, a carrier escort, in Pacific waters,1951; 3-inch gun firing, USS Everett, off Wonsan, North Korea, 1952
  • [Image on left] Father Daniel Joseph Rooney (R), Chaplain, with LT Dick Whitson, Easy Company, 17th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, Korea, 1952, and [Image on right] Father Rooney receiving the first of his two Silver Stars, this one for his valor on Outpost Charlie on October 8, 1952
  • Airman 3rd Class Leo Gonzalez (L), 5th Air Force, Seoul, 1953
  • 2nd Lieutenant Ray Horton, Ambulance Platoon Leader, 560th Medical Ambulance Company, attached to the 1st Marine Division, Korea, 1952, and Ray and his wife Helen at the September 17, 2015 Korean War Veterans' Appreciation Luncheon at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco. They met at UC Berkeley and have been married for 63 years. Note the photo he is holding.
  • Corporal Gerard V. McCloud, Charlie Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, US Army, September, 1951, just after the Bloody Ridge battle, and Corporal McCloud (on the R) and another G.I., following the battle for Heartbreak Ridge, November, 1951
  • Private Geoff Dowling, The Welch Regiment, Korea, 1952, and Geoff Dowling in the UK in more recent, more peaceful days, after having served 41 years in the Army.
  • Antonio Ybarra, U.S. Navy, 1952
    Antonio (“Tony”) Ybarra, Hospital Corpsman HM2, U.S. Navy, aboard the Hospital Ship U.S.S. Consolation, 1951, Korean Waters
  • Tony Ybarra image
    Korean War veteran Tony Ybarra in recent, more peaceful times, during Fleet Week in San Francisco
  • USS Consolation Marine Helicopter Korea 1951
    U.S.S. Consolation, Sok Cho-ri, North Korean Waters, December, 1951. Marine helicopter bringing casualties aboard. Photo courtesy of HM2 Antonio "Tony" Ybarra, U.S. Navy
  • Paul M. Roach, 1952, Korea
    1st Sgt Paul M. Roach, G Company, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, USA: at Outpost Kelly, Korea, August, 1952; and at Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, En Route Home from Korea, October, 1952
  • PFC Joseph Yi, USMC
    PFC-Joseph-Yi-USMC, Boot Camp Graduation Photo, San Diego, May, 1952, and Outside His Bunker, Imjin River, Korea, Winter, 1952
  • PFC Elliott W. Chassey, Korea 1952
    PFC Elliott W. Chassey, Artillery Scout, 1st Armored Amphibious Battalion, USMC, Hill 846, Kimpo Peninsula, Korea, Summer, 1952
  • John R. Stevens (pointing at map), Captain & CO, A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, September, 1950, on the drive to Seoul after the Inchon landing, and John in more recent, more peaceful days
  • Robert J. Coleman
    Robert J. Coleman, PFC, 934th Aviation Engineering Group, U.S. Army, November, 1952, Osan, Korea, and in more recent days with his wife Jo, in Woburn, MA
  • Frank A. Imparato, SFC and acting SgtMaj, U.S. Army, G-1 Advisor to I ROK Corps, 1952, Korea
  • J. Duane Johnson, Cpl, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Division, U.S. Army, 1953, Koje-do Island, Korea
  • Fire Team, A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Winter, 1952, Korea. From left to right: Mel Oceen, AL; Fred Hanle, Clifton, NJ; George Donnelly, Fall River, MA; William Odion, CA
  • Pete McCloskey, 2nd Lt, C Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines with his 1st Platoon Command Group, May, 1951, Korea
  • PFC Youngsman, July 1952, Korea
    PFC John James Youngsman, H Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, July 1952, Korea. PFC Youngsman was wounded on October 7, 1952 while defending Outpost Frisco, was evacuated, and died of wounds on October 15, 1952.
  • Staff Sergeants Harlow and Olson, USMC, April 1952, Korea
    [Image on Left] Staff Sergeant Bill Harlow, USMC (L) and Staff Sergeant Mick Olson, USMC (R), Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, April, 1952, Korea. Staff Sergeant Harlow was killed in action on September 10, 1952. [Image on Right] Staff Sergeant Mick Olson, USMC, April, 1952, Korea
  • Sergeant Mike Alamprese (L) and Sergeant Floyd Newkirk (R), Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, December, 1952, Korea
  • Eldon Koon, Korea, 1952
    [image on left] Cpl Eldon Koon (left front), D Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, March, 1953, MLR near Panmunjom, Korea ~ [image on right] Cpl Eldon Koon, D Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Winter of 1952-53, MLR near Panmunjom, Korea
  • Sgt John (“Jack”) Powers, Fire Team Leader and Squad Leader, 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd battalion, 5th Marines, March, 1952-March, 1953, Korea
  • Gale R. Jensen, Korea
    Gale R. Jensen, Cpl (left) and Robert H. Pettibone, Sgt (right), D Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1951, Korea
  • Francis M. Carpenter, Cpl (left) and Westley Holden, SSgt (right), 724th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion, U.S. Army, Spring, 1951, Kyong-ju, Korea
    Francis M. Carpenter, Cpl (left) and Westley Holden, SSgt (right), 724th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion, U.S. Army, Spring, 1951, Kyong-ju, Korea
  • Thomas G. Wyatt
    Thomas G. Wyatt, PFC, 279th Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, on the line, March, 1952, Korea
  • Will Rogers, U.S. Army, 1952, Korea
    Will Rogers, U.S. Army, from Seminole, OK, 1952, Korea
  • PFC Loren Anderson, USMC, July 1952, Korea
    PFC Loren Anderson, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, July, 1952, Korea. PFC Anderson was killed in action on Bunker Hill, September 16, 1952.
  • Staff Sergeant Eugene Dixon, USMC,
    Staff Sergeant Eugene Dixon, USMC, upon return from Korea, 1951, Sacramento, CA, and in Traverse City, MI, 2012
  • PFC Arnold, PFC Baez, and Staff Sergeant Camp, USMC, July 1952, Korea
    PFC Ron Arnold, PFC Jorge Baez, and Staff Sergeant J.D. Camp, B Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, July, 1952, Korea. During the August, 1952 assault on Bunker Hill, Arnold and Baez were wounded and evacuated to the hospital ship “Haven”. Arnold finished his hitch as a sergeant.
  • PFC Rood, USMC, July 1952, Korea
    PFC John Rood, B Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, July, 1952, Korea. Badly wounded in the initial assault on Bunker Hill on August 11, 1952, he recovered and stayed in the Corps for 28 years and retired as a Sergeant Major.
  • John J.V. Cook, USMC
    John J.V. Cook and his comrades in arms, C Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, March, 1951, Korea, and at a company reunion in September, 2002
  • L to R: Sgt. Curtis, USA; Lt. Kameron Ince, Turkish Brigade; Capt. Foley, USA; and Maj. Hicks, USA; CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps) Detachment, 25th Infantry Division, 1954, Korea
  • L to R: Sgt. William "Billy" Gaul, Cpl. George H. Tsegeletos and two other Marines from I Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, August, 1951, Korea. Sgt. Gaul was killed in action during the September, 1951 offensive in the Eastern Mountains.
  • Theodore H. Chenoweth, 2nd Lt, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1953, Korea