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Uniforms during the Korean War. 66 In the late 1940s and early 1950s, a host of other things enticed youths to visit their local post offices and hitch up for tours of duty. The military, especially in wartime, offered unparalleled adventure for kids who craved a view of something more than their hometowns. 67 Those old enough and interested enough to fear communism thought the war tendered a unique opportunity to “fight it in someone else’s country . . 69 Some, like Franklin Hodge, were already planning for retirement.

S. troops in Korea did not have. 15 Typically, these would have been used to train new recruits, but with the situation in Korea quickly deteriorating, many found themselves promptly headed for the combat zone. The combination seemed a winning one. MacArthur’s daring mid-September Inchon landing secured South Korea, and by early October American troops were pressing into North Korea. 16 Chinese “volunteers” crossed the Yalu River on October 16, 1950, and by November 26 the Chinese had trapped and destroyed much of the United Nations force in North Korea, including about twenty thousand Koreans and Americans at Chosin Reservoir.

150 Harry VanZandt, another World War II veteran, got his notice to report while lying in bed with pneumonia. indd 33 7/17/12 1:44 PM 34 << Mustering In by the bank, leaving him without much to return to. 152 Fathers, husbands, and World War II veterans, both male and female, felt punished for their loyalty to country and cheated that so many Americans were escaping military service altogether while they were plucked from their civilian lives, many for the second time. 153 Mustering in for a second time proved easy enough for most guardsmen and reservists, but the actual process varied from place to place and unit to unit.

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