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Oral History interview of Morris Cohen. Interview conducted by Thorpe, Alex at Leesburg, FL.


0:28 Birthplace and growing up; 1:10 Siblings and relationship; 1:55 Parents occupations; 4:00 Education; 4:25 Being drafted; 4:43 Initial entry in Massachusetts; 5:40 Loading onto a train to California; 6:40 Being part of the 40th Division; 7:35 General changes mission to Japan; 8:20 Being Jewish and an outsider; 9:45 Altercation with someone; 12:10 Relationships with other ethnic groups and religions; 12:55 Making friends with Italians; 14:05 Family reaction to getting drafted and communicating; 15:35 Interacting with Japanese; 16:15 Rumor about Japanese prostitutes; 17:25 West Point connection with CO; 19:15 Training in Japan; 20:40 Playing the enemy during exercise in Ojojihara, Okinawa; 22:25 Soldiers react to weather; 23:35 Volunteering to shoot a bazooka; 24:42 Volunteer for flame thrower; 27:35 Getting assigned his weapon and shooting; 32:58 Planned invasion by air and sea; 34:45 Commander pulls him from landing; 36:55 Dates of scheduled landings; 37:30 Being moved to the front; 39:10 Conditions in his position in the trenches; 40:35 Weather conditions in Korea- effects on patrol; 43:05 Getting shot at; 46:00 Cold weather's effect on body; 46:55 Iron Triangle; 47:44 Grey Beard magazine covers Iron Triangle; 48:45 Doing an ambush patrol; 50:55 Coming back from the front; 51:30 Positioned 5 miles ahead of front; 52:20 R&R and getting a camera; 53:45 Description of position; 54:50 Combat activity at second position; 57:55 Receiving religious service while in forward position; 1:03:20 Looking for a lost patrol all alone; 1:06:30 Does a patrol in a village; 1:08:05 Sister company gets ambushed; 1:09:30 Films parade for medals; 1:15:10 Putting in a bouncing betty near his position; 1:18:40 USO Show; 1:20:55 Mortar shell lands near him; 1:22:10 Not volunteering for patrol; 1:24:40 Working at the PX; 1:26:00 Night vision scope; 1:27:30 Public's reaction to service; 1:27:50 Almost shoots friendly soldier; 1:33:10 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Brooklyn (N.Y.)





Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Korean Conflict



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

USA 40th Div 223rd Rgt 2nd Bn Co E

Location of Service

California; Japan; Korea

Highest Rank

Corporal; CPL

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Battles of the Outposts; Battle of the Iron Triangle


Marksman Sniper.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Thorp, Alex

Interview Date

Fall 9-29-2016

Location of Interview

Leesburg, Florida


Cohen, Morris M.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida


Thorpe, Alex

Length of Interview

94 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type