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  1. Mr.GSD

    William Shaw

    Did/does anyone knew William Shaw? Marion told me, "We have a few 87th Inf Div soldiers who are members. They may know." William dropped from my radar screen (the e-mail address I had, solivagant@alltel.net , not working in 2010) He served from WW2 call-up to beginning of Korean War & took basic training at Fort Benning Ga.: 13th Co. 4th Regt. ASTP BTC . By the time basic was completed ASTP was terminated. All members of the group were assigned to the 87th inf Division located at Fort Jackson SC. Do you know if he has also passed away? The ranks are thinning terribly fast! Fred
  2. I don't know if this is where to ask this question. Google Fred Lanting or mail Mr.GSD (I'm on both netscape.com and juno.com) if you have a suggestion. I am close to finishing a novel laced with historical events of WW2 and the KW. Any suggestions on a publisher that might be interested?
  3. Mr.GSD

    87th Inf Golden Acorns

    I just wanted to mention what a thrill and honor it was, in the Atlanta airport recently, to spot a gray-haired man with a cap and shoulder insignia bearing the familiar golden acorn of the 87th! I had been reading about this active div. that took part in the Ardennes and march across Germany. I gave the vet my card and, though I haven't had an e-mail from him yet, still am hoping he'll write me. He doesn't have e-mail himself, and will have to rely on his son (who was with him, coming from a reunion of some sort, connecting in ATL). But you know how that goes... the kids have little or no interest in "our war". I'd like to correspond with his dad. They were heading for John Wayne airport south of Los Angeles, for home. But, I can only kick myself for not pressing for the son's e-mail address for a f.u. (That's "follow-up", for your saltier types!) Anybody else out there who served in the 87th? Fred (Google me for my e-address, as I think we're not supposed to give addresses on this forum): Fred Lanting
  4. Mr.GSD

    Malaria in the ETO

    Thanks, PJO. That's "myocardial infarction" ... my family is chock-full of nurses, so I've been in more clinic backrooms and through more hospital back doors than a lot of ambulance drivers. I know that almost everybody in Korean War had to take chloroquine once a week... better than daily atabrine which you guys took in WW2 and turned yellow as a result. I want to get these details straight for the novel I'm working on, and I had not heard of regular use of atabrine in the mid-section of Europe (Benelux-Germany-NorthernFrance)... nor any malaria cases there. I'd like to know for sure. If anybody wants to e-mail me direct, I gave my e-address in an earlier post. Fred
  5. Mr.GSD

    Malaria in the ETO

    pjo (or tk) and others: I don't know what MI is (other than Military Intelligence). Can you tell me what those "bouts" were like? When did he start getting it (after/during WW2 or during KW?) Wouldn't malarial illness keep a man from eligibility to serve in the armed forces? Did he serve in Northern France-Belgium-Germany? Take pills? Fred mr.gsd(at)netscape.com
  6. Mr.GSD

    Malaria in the ETO

    I'm the "gent" asking Marion. I can imagine malaria being a problem in North Africa, Sicily, coastal Mediterranean France, etc. but what about Benelux and Germany? Did you vets have to take daily or weekly pills? Those with answers can e-mail me direct, too: mr.gsd(at)netscape.com, if you'd rather. (I have a terrible time logging on to forums like this... takes me half a day to figure out how). For example, where is the "SEND" icon to click on now??? (I'll try "add reply") Fred
  7. Mr.GSD

    Looking for proofreaders for book

    And besides Brooke, dogdaddy replied, too. Maybe more, but I haven't scrolled down that far yet. Thanks. I'm on Ed Evanhoe's Korean War chat list; maybe that's the same as kwp.org?? I have looked at websites re uniforms and badges. Will continue looking for live vets as well as researchers who have talked with same. Fred p.s. back in the 1960s when CB radios were the rage, my handle wa "DoggieDaddy" and my son's was "AugieDoggie", both Hanna-Barbera TV cartoon characters. I raise GSDs, thus the names.
  8. Mr.GSD

    Looking for proofreaders for book

    Please forgive me if this is tedious. Since I got no response to the questions in "Introduction" early in 2006, I thought maybe I just posted my request for help in the wrong place. Subject: questions re info needed for novel I'm writing about a man who serves from the Ardennes through Germany under Patton in Europe summer 1944 to VE-day, and later in the Korean War from 1950-53... I'd like to contact vets who were there. I need more accuracy and credibility. I was never in the military myself, but my "hero" is a WW2 and Korean War veteran and I want to get as close to accuracy as I can. If you were in Korea in the early `50s or in Europe in the last year of WW2 there, please e-mail me. mr.gsd (@netscape.com) Even if you are a researcher with good reliable knowledge of those eras. Fred Marion's note: Posts merged into one place
  9. Vets or researchers: willing to correct details in my novel? I'd like some WW2 vets to proofread my ms for accuracy. If you are willing, please e-mail me at mr.gsd (that is, @netscape.com) and I'll send you some chapters. My hero gets shipped to Europe just after D-day, and gets transferred around various units (so I can keep him in the action as much as possible)... at Battle of the Bulge, with Patton, etc. until end of April, first of May near Bavaria when V-E day arrives. Fred
  10. Subject: questions re Koje prison camps, 1952 and other info needed for novel I'm writing about a man who serves from the Ardennes through Germany under Patton in Europe 1944-VE-day, and later in the Korean War from 1950-53... I'd like to contact vets who were there. I need more accuracy and credibility. I was never in the military myself, but my "hero" is a WW2 and Korean War veteran and I want to get as close to accuracy as I can. Part of the story involves the Koje camps. I need names and regiment/division info, too. Fred p.s. I was honored to visit Korea in the past year (to judge dog shows), and I visited the DMZ twice. If you were in Korea in the early `50s or in Europe in the last year of WW2 there, please e-mail me. Forgive me for being so lengthy in these questions. Please help me in gaining historical accuracy -- dates and persons. I understand there were several times that riots in the prison compounds broke out on the island of Koje, some 25 miles off Pusan. I took notes on something I'd read, but can't remember what reference now, and my dates may have been in error. I thought I read that a unit of the 25th Inf. Div., a battalion (or more?) rotated from the front in Feb. 1952 (under the command of a Maj. John Klein?); on the 18th a riot broke out, and a second riot occurred March 13. This time, one American was killed and 39 wounded, while 75 prisoners were killed and 139 wounded. This count did not include the bodies of those prisoners (collaborators) who were reluctant to take part in the revolt and therefore were killed earlier by the KPA officers organizing the revolt. Did these casualties actually happen at that time, March? In another place I read that the battalion was sent in April of `52. I think I had read that the prison compound that had grown during the 1950-51 part of the conflict, had been turned into a Communist armed camp under the very noses of unsuspecting UN commandants! One such infiltrator was a North Korean general who had posed as an illiterate semi-imbecile of no rank and once in, started organizing the Communist POWs in the prison compounds and planning for revolts. By the time Klein got there (?), all of the prison camps in South Korea were actually under the control of General Nam Il (chief negotiator at Panmunjom? and) leader of the North Korean Army. In some places, they even brazenly flew the red flag over the compounds! The undercover general (under Nam's directions) and his prisoner-officers systematically killed many of their countrymen and Chinese who had surrendered voluntarily to the Yanks during various battles, and others who seemed reluctant to join the underground prisoners’ army. Revolts were staged so they could blame the UN and ROK guards for those deaths. I got the impression that the Communists at the table in the DMZ used the repression of the revolts as propaganda, adding lies about treatment and murder of prisoners on Koje, and the negotiators and the press at Panmunjom were surprised, because they had less information about how much was fact and how much fabrication in what was going on at Koje. The propaganda made negotiating very difficult. Was there indeed a Maj. Klein? All Google searches so far have turned up different Kleins in different eras. The only one that sounded like I might have found him was a website, www.grissom.afrc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-051220-013.pdf but I just got "This webpage has been removed". Do I have several riots all confused? Who was the infiltrator NKPA general? I am told that in the book "About Face", Col David Hackworth says the Army decided to tie down a whole infantry division there, not just a battalion. I may have more questions later. Thanks for whatever help you can give. mrgsd@hiwaay.net