Oral History interview of Alvin Schuetz. Interview conducted by Alex Thorp at Lake County, Florida.
0:35 Birth date and place; 1:05 Did not speak English until going to school; 1:45 Living in Monroe, Wisconsin farm; 3:05 Goes to college during the height of Korean War; 3:45 Gets drafted and goes to Army basic training; 4:40 Loaded into troop transport ship to Korea; 5:50 Arrives in Camp Drake, Japan, Japanese riots; 7:10 Designated to battalions as replacements, placed on front lines; 8:36 Pulled back to reserve, sent to communication school; 9:45 Going to army school while behind the front lines; 10:40 Sent back to the lines, in charge of communications; 11:15 Moved to battalion headquarters, great camaraderie with fellow soldiers; 12:15 Takes direct hit on bunker and radio truck; 12:50 Korean propaganda versus American propaganda; 14:00 Korean prisoners and the reality of war; 14:30 Chinese military tactics; 14:50 Situation at the end of year in service in Korea; 15:45 Korean and Chinese prisoners did not want to go back home; 16:00 Gets sent home, war ends; 16:30 Family in the military; 18:15 Reaction to the Korean War; 19:20 Reaction to being drafted; 20:15 Letters written home; 20:55 Acclimatizing to military life; 21:45 Being offered Officer Candidate School; 22:40 Met wife at university; 23:20 Duties and free time at Ft Laughton Washington; 24:55 Duties at Camp Drake, Japan; 25:20 Arriving at Inchon, impressions of Korea; 26:00 May Day riots in Japan and Japanese people; 27:30 Friendship within the unit; 28:10 Friends gambling problem and attempts to help; 30:10 Seeing a helicopter for the first time; 30:45 Communicating by Morse code and radio; 32:40 Living conditions in Korea; 34:20 Serving with other nations; 35:45 Writing home while in Korea; 36:30 Close relationships with fellow service members; 37:20 Running into someone from home in Korea; 38:40 Nearly shot by commander.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
40th infantry division, 160th regiment, headquarters, 2nd battalion
Location of Service
Sergeant; Sergeant (SGT)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
United Nations Service Medal for Korea for Korea; Combat infantryman badge
Served as Radio Operator, Radio Sergeant.
Served in conflict 1952-1953.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lake County, Florida.
Schuetz, Alvin E.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Schuetz, Alvin E. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 391.