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Bernie Goulet - Korean War

When the Korean War began in June of 1950, Bernie Goulet volunteered for combat duty. He was flown to Japan and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, part of the 7th Infantry Division, then being reorganized.

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Feature Excerpt

POW Released

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life thru action at Chosin Reservoir

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Action w/7th ID in winter-spring 1951

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

More memories from the Korean War

Transcript

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See also Mark Depue's editorial in the Springfield State Journal-Register.

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Detailed descriptions of the pictures listed below

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Wayne Carey, Ted Dildine and Bernie Goulet, in need of showers, during a break from combat in early 1951.

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Front lines of South Korea

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Early 1951

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Sergeant Goulet in 1951, with the rugged Korean terrain in the background.

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1951

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Sergeant Taylor, “a good combat man,” writes Goulet.

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Bernie’s squad welcomes two new replacements. From left to right are replacements Barton and Canega with some ‘old’ hands, Wayne Carey, Wesley ‘Wes’ Tittle, Tom MacGuire, Al Rothrock, and in front, ‘Combat’ Raines and Jim Brodbeck.

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Wayne Carey has a chance for a quick shave.

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The men of ‘A’ Company take a break. In the rear are Goulet and privaqtes Canega, ??, and Populo. In front are Private Burden and Don Brewster. Populo was a survivor from ‘B’ Company’s decimation at the hands of the Chinese at the Chosin Reservoir.

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Soldiers share a Five-In-One ration, with the empty ration box in the rear.

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Squad mates and Goulet’s friends. Andy Angelestro, Wes Tittle, Wayne Carey and Al Rothrock.

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“Andy Angelastro’s pad,” reads the caption.

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Sergeant Schoening strikes a menacing pose.

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Sergeant Tom MacGuire, a WW II veteran and an excellent mentor for Goulet.

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The unit goes through an equipment inspection while in the rear.

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“Tittle suffers in Lieutenant Olsen’s barber shop.” From left to right are Wse Tittle, Lieutenant Olsen and Bill Quinn.

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The tough mountain spines of the Korean terrain. Note the extensive clearing for agricultural work.

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A 55 millimeter recoilless rifle and its crew, attached to Goulet’s platoon.

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“Airing those barking dogs,” writes Goulet. GIs catch some sleep after a march.

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Sim Gin Sup, Goulet’s Korean foxhole buddy throughout his time in Korea.

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Chin Te Ho, another ROK soldier serving in ‘A’ Company. Before the war, he was South Korea’s Judo champion.

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Sergeant Goulet, Jim Brodbeck, and Al Rothrock after a patrol.

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A supply-bearer party arrives at the unit. Goulet and Sin Gin Sup are in the foreground, with Al Rothrock reclining next to the tree.

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Andy Angelestro, unknown, ‘Combat’ Raines and Barton catch up on some much needed sleep.

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Sergeant Goulet strikes a pose in the spring of 1951.

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Sergeant Schoening, First Sergeant

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Years after the war, a buddy sent this photo of the Marine Cemetery at Hungnam. Goulet’s caption reads “my platoon was staying in an abandoned building across the road, between Hamhung and Hungnam.” They were soon evacuated from North Korea.

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Photo by Al Franzen, from the book Korean Vignettes: Faces of War. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the original copyright holder

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North Korean refugees jam the deck of the Meredith Victory in Hungnam harbor during the city’s evacuation. Some 14,000 men, women and children were eventually rescued by the WW II. (Photo from the book Ship of Miracles by Bill Gilbert)

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Photo from the book Ship of Miracles by Bill Gilbert. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the original copyright holder

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Bernie Goulet at the time of the interview in January 2009, holding a North Korea officer’s hat he found near Osan in the fall of 1950.

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January, 2009

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Goulet came across this dead Chinese soldier in early 1951. He believes him to be Sergeant Lee Ha Ho. See the next two photos of the medal and citation Goulet found with the body.

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North Korean medal and soldier’s award citation.

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North Korean soldier’s award citation.

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Communist propaganda leaflet – Safe Conduct Pass.

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Communist propaganda leaflet – Safe Conduct Pass.

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Communist propaganda leaflet – Safe Conduct Pass.

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Communist propaganda leaflet – Safe Conduct Pass.

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Communist propaganda leaflet – Safe Conduct Pass.

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Communist propaganda leaflet – Safe Conduct Pass.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting Chinese soldiers.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting Chinese soldiers.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting Chinese soldiers.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting Chinese soldiers.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting Chinese soldiers.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting Chinese soldiers.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting Chinese soldiers.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting Chinese soldiers.

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UN Safe Conduct Pass.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting North Korean soldiers.

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UN propaganda leaflet targeting North Korean soldiers.

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1st Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment just before boarding the MM Patrick for the invasion of Iwon in North Korea. Bernie Goulet is barely visible in front of the left-most soldier on the boulder.

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At the beach near Pusan, South Korea

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