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Steve Hall - Korean War

Steve Hall, a musician with the Illinois National Guard at the dawn of the Korean War, served as a mortar platoon leader in the 40th Division once deployed to Korea in the last year of the war. Hall was wounded during the war and awarded the Silver Star for heroism.

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Steve Hall started the war in the Illinois Army National Guard, assigned to the 44th Army Band, and trained at Camp Cooke, California in the Spring of 1952. The band was broken up once they reached Korea.

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Camp Cooke, California

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Spring 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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While on his way to Camp Cooke, California in February, 1952, Steve and wife Margie visited Carlsbad Cavers in New Mexico.

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New Mexico

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February 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Margie Hall in front of the house we rented in Santa Maria, CA. We lived off the base, rent was $60.00 a month.

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Santa Maria, CA.

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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44th Infantry Division Band, Spring 1952, Lompoc, CA.

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Lompoc, California

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Spring 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Pismo Beach, CA. Summer 1952. Left to Right: Joe Richiisa, Vic Alane, Steve Hall, Nancy and Louis Spinner.

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Pismo Beach, CA.

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Summer 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Steve Hall and wife Margie at Capitol Airport, September 1952.

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Capitol Airport, Springfield, Illinois

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September1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Troops are waiting for instructions at Camp Stoneman, California before they head to their embarkation point and shipment overseas in September, 1952.

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Camp Stoneman, California

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September, 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Hall arrived at Yokohama, Japan in late October, 1952. The trip across the Pacific Ocean took fifteen days.

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Yokahoma, Japan

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October 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Ship to Korea from Japan, 1952.

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Unknown

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1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Band members on way to Korea from Japan. Left to Right: L. Fisherkeller, B. Gallenback, B. Allen and J. Duhling.

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Unknown

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1952

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Soldiers on their way from Japan to Pusan, South Korea in October, 1952.

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Unknown

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October 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Taken from train to Chunchon, Korea; October 1952. Chunchon was “jumping off location to front lines.”

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Korea

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October 1952

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On board a train from Pusan, South Korea to Chunchon, near the front lines.

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Korea

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October 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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A USO show entertaining the troops in the fall of 1952.

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Korea

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Fall 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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The view of North Korea from the friendly trenches in the winter of 1952. Note the rugged terrain, which was typical all along the Main Line of Resistance (MLR).

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North Korea

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Heavy mortar Company Headquarters, October 1952.

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Korea

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October 1952

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Training a new man, Private Schlichting, on the use of a mortar sight in late 1952.

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Korea

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1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Sergeant Hall’s bunker near the front lines. Notice the stripped down condition of the trees.

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Korea

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1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Chow line, Thanksgiving 1952.

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Korea

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Thanksgiving 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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“Not worth the wait,” was Sergeant Hall’ critique of his Thanksgiving dinner in 1952.

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Korea

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1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Gen. VanFleet and President Eisenhower, December 1952.

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Korea

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December 1952

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A round goes down range from one of the platoon’s mortars during the spring of 1953. Notice the construction of the mortar pit.

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Korea

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Spring 1953

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Narrator’s Photo

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Roy Lunik and Steve Hall. Lunik was from the unit’s Signal Company.

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Korea

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1952-1953

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Sergeant First Class Hall (a platoon sergeant) with one of his squad leaders as the two relax in a bunker.

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Korea

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Circa 1952-53

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Narrator’s Photo

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Sergeant Hall relaxes on his bunk. The ‘tools of his trade’ are just an arm’s reach away.

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Korea

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Circa 1952-53

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Narrator’s Photo

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An ammo bunker during the winter of 1952-53, with empty ammo cases stacked outside. Temperatures reached as low as fifteen below zero.

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Korea

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Winter of 1952-1953

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Narrator’s Photo

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Sergeant Hall during the winter of 1952-53.

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Korea

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Winter of 1952

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Narrator’s Photo

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Sergeant First Class Hall in the winter of 1952-53.

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Korea

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Winter of 1952-1953

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Narrator’s Photo

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Hall, late winter, March 1953.

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Korea

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Late winter, March 1953

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The spring thaw of 1953 brought a new enemy for Hall’s unit – mud.

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Korea

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Spring, 1953

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The spring thaw of 1953 brought a new enemy for Hall’s unit – mud.

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Korea

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Spring 1953

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Narrator’s Photo

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Sergeant First Class Hall had a rare opportunity to relax while behind the lines in the spring of 1953.

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Korea

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Spring 1953

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Narrator’s Photo



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