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July 19, 2013

Korean vet hopes war will finally end

Panmunjom settlement of 60 years ago did not end war


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Harvey, despite suffering a concussion and several shrapnel wounds, worked his way back to battalion medical from Hill 119 and was able to lead another wounded soldier back to safety. “He couldn’t talk. He could do nothing,” said Harvey. Harvey regrets he never learned the fellow Marine’s name.

The battle continued and Harvey was in medical for three days when an officer approached him.

“The colonel said, do you want to go back?” Harvey recalled. The teen Marine answered, “You send me, I’ll go.”

The officer said, “I’m going to give your mother an early Christmas present. I’m going to send you back to the reserves. You’ve seen enough. I’m going to send you back.”

Harvey’s eyes well up when he recalls the moment.

He was assigned to the reserves and discharged in March 1954.

Harvey was born Jan. 12, 1935, just blocks away from Hyde Park in Niagara Falls. The family soon moved to Lockport, where he attended DeWitt Clinton Elementary School and learned to play the trumpet. He was attending Gaskill Junior High in Niagara Falls when he quit school and went to work at a bakery. 

He joined the Marines in 1952 when he was 17. After 10 weeks of basic training at Paris Island, Harvey thought he would be assigned to the drum and bugle corps. Instead he was assigned to the infantry, but he was too young for combat. When he turned 18 in 1953, Harvey found himself on the “MLR,” the Main Line of Resistance. That line kept moving, maybe a yard at a time.

Officially, the hills of Korea were numbered for identification. The outposts, used as an early warning device, were given names.

One day the Marines would be on the offensive, the next day they became defensive, going up and down the hills. 

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