James C. Hafer

Tank 41 in its day position across the road from the 3rd Battalion Command Post (Photo by James C. Hafer)


Outpost Harry


Greek Expeditionary Force

15th Regimental Tank Company Personnel

South Korean Farm

"Can Do" Bowl

Inchon Harbor


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I took the black and white photographs with and old Kodak 620 camera I had when I arrived in Korea -- until I could buy a Canon 35mm.  The colored slides were all taken with the Canon camera using a 50mm 1.8 lens.

I was born and raised in Guthrie Oklahoma. I enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1951, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division – 45th Military Police Company, Camp (Fort) Polk, Louisiana. From Camp Polk the Division was shipped to Hokkaido, Japan and trained until replacing the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea – December 1951.

I returned to the United States in 1952 and attended The Armored Officers Candidates School (Class # 9 – Company I) at Fort Knox Kentucky. Upon graduation, I volunteered for a tour of duty – Far East Command. On April 15, 1953 I was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Regiment Heavy Tank Company and served as Platoon Leader, 4th platoon and later as Company Executive Office.

I returned stateside in April 1954 and spent 16 months at Fort Hood, Texas – 1st Armored Division – 13th Heavy Tank Battalion and served as Company Commander of Company B. I requested, and was granted, release from active duty in August of 1955.

It was a great four and one half years of military duty, and would not have had it any other way!

I have always, and remain now, extremely proud to have been a member of the 3rd Division and especially the 15th Regimental Tank Company.

It was a distinct privilege to have been granted assignment to provide tank support for the Greek Expeditionary Forces, and exceptional and gallant Battalion.

The 3rd and 25th mottos could not be more appropriate – a “CAN DO” Regiment in a ROCK (of the Marne) Division.

I will be more than pleased if these web pages are of interest to you!

Jim Hafer

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