Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Al and Nila Christmas 1952

Nila was in Miami, Florida and I was in Korea (Kumwaor Triangle Hill area. I was speaking on the ground phone line to the regimental companies at the front lines (about a ½ mile from me) getting the nightly strength numbers from each company, missing, killed, injured, etc. I started this at 6:00 PM and most days got then all and balanced by 4:00 AM, this information was needed by 6:00 AM for the 7th Infantry Division some miles behind us for the generals etc. I had to be up again at 6:00 AM to do other duties like getting men from the front back for rotation home or R & R (rest and recuperation) to Japan, so most of the days were long and the nights very short, never a dull moment. It sounded like the 4th of July all the time.
Nila's picture was taken in Miami where she and her friend, Hilda, who was a photographer combined the two pictures. Nila painted all the leaves and decorated the card. She sent me one but she did not know I was on the way home but family members in the US received their card in time.
We sent this card to the Korean War Project and they used it for their Christmas card for that year. Out of all the people Ithought it was good to get it in there. You can click on the links below to see the Korean War Project and the December 25, 2003 newsletter where they used our card as their Christmas card that year and it was sent to 30,000 some members and others.
You can click on this link to see the card as it appeared in the newsletter:
The link to the Korean War Project: http://www.koreanwar.org/index1.html

The link to the Korean War Project newsletter archive: