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John Raschke - Korean War

John R. Raschke was drafted into the Army in early 1952, and following Basic Training received extensive training in Morse Code. Arriving in Korea in late 1952, he was assigned to the I Corps message center, and helped relay messages from the front lines to the Corps headquarters. His service in Korea ended shortly after the armistice was signed in July, 1953.

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John Richard Raschke in 1947.

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1947

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John Sr. and John Jr. (Pete) stand in front of a corn picker the day before John Jr. reported for induction into the Army in Chicago.

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January or February 1952. John rests in front of his barracks during Basic Training at Camp Roberts, California.

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Camp Roberts, California

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January or February 1952

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John learns the fine points of the M-1 rifle while in Basic Training, in front of his barracks at Camp Roberts, CA.

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Camp Roberts, CA

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John in California while on a weekend pass, circa 1952.

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California

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circa 1952

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John in April, 1952 in front of the library at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.

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library at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

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April of 1952

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Easter Sunday, April 13, 1952. Private Raschke stands on the pier at Will Rogers beach, with the Pacific Ocean behind him.

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Will Rogers beach

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April 13, 1952

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Raschke relaxes while in South Korea in 1953, somewhere in I Corps’ rear area. John’s caption reads “powdered eggs, powdered milk and spam seem to be fattening.”

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South Korea

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1953

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A view of the Korean countryside from Raschke’s Radio Teletype van in the spring of 1953.

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Spring of 1953

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Koreans prepare their fields for rice in early 1953.

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early 1953

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Typical agricultural landscape in Korea, with fertile rice files in the foreground with mountains in the background.

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Korea

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Even for someone growing up on an American farm during the Great Depression, the farm practices in Korea in the early 1950s were very primitive.

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Korea

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early 1950s

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The soldiers heated water and rations on the vehicle manifold. The caption reads “This is the way we shave – so early in the morning.”

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Tommy Cooper, Julis Polgor, and Givo Papa of New York City, taken at Chunchon, South Korea in February, 1953.

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Chunchon, South Korea

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February of 1953

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