Is Honored to show some GREAT Pictures and Unique Items
Furnished By Bob Malone Who Served with the 187, In Korea
|Bob was with I Co. 187 3/rd Platoon in 1951 as a radio operator
= Back to Beppu and that great drop zone at Oita
|(Editor's Note: I asked Bob
about the unusual sign and Mascot they had over their barrack's door here's
what he wrote:)
"I B U ,a fictitious name a Captain Channon came up with . I'm told he is still living ,and lives some where in North Carolina . Every company was trying to come up with a Mascot it is kind of hard to find
one beginning with I, so he made up one.
Yes it is different."
Editor's Note: Before you take a look at the "Propaganda Card" Paratroopers of the 50's want to make one thing adamantly Clear;
"THESE CARDS ARE PURE BULLSHIT"
and are only shown for their Historical Value. There were no such POW camps as depicted by the cards. I received an e-mail from Stefano (Steve) Salerno Steve, was with the 5th.regt.combat team attached to the 24th. div. and was captured April, 23 , 1951 and released August 15, 1953. Steve didn't waste words bring it to my attention!! All I have to say is "Thanks Steve"
I was a POW in North Korea for over 28 months
and I not only suffered but thousands suffered
on the march to the POW camps and in the camps
and many died of malnutrition , wounds that weren't
treated and of starvation. I remember all the men we
left on the roads that died and the ones that died in
POW camps and an execution.Many died of disease.
I find that page a disgrace to the men that were POWs.
By that page being printed you are spreading the propaganda
that the communist wanted. In fact those pictures were taken
in the Propaganda Camp to fool the American people.
The page should have never been printed and the men
who posed for the pictures only posed to be treated better
and the pictures are misleading.I'm very offended and I'm
sure all EX POWs are of this page!!!!! We suffered enough
and we don't need those misleading propaganda pictures to look
Thank you for reading my reply!
EX POW Steve Stefano
(Editors Note: I have explained to Steve this was for Historical purposes only and apologized for any problems it might have caused. He accepted my apology and said he now understood what we was trying to do and is now OK with the page.
|40 years later, Salerno has turned his experiences into a book. "Three Times a Prisoner" chronicles Salerno's military duty, post-military life, dealing with being a former POW, and his life today. Salerno told R News he hopes his book can help other veterans deal with their problems. "Three Times a Prisoner" by Steve Salerno is available at Barnes & Noble in the suburb of Greece which Is in Rochester,N.Y. $ 15:00 WHICH INCLUDES S & H.
A sad note, Steve passed away in the spring of 2001.
CARDS LEFT BY CHINESE FORCES TO INDUCE OUR TROOPS TO SURRENDER
"The cards were safe conduct (big
deal) left by the chinese during and assault on our hill , the area was Kumwa in what was referred to as the Iron Triangle area in north central
Small writing at bottom reads:
Headquarters Korean People's Army
Headquarters Chinese People's volunteers