Korean War - Photos and text by Martin Markley

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As a 2nd Lt. Edward J. Mueller, a recent graduate from West Point, joined M Company in December 1952. I assigned him as Machine Gun Platoon Leader. He was eager to be active in combat situations to advance his career and after I left M Company he joined the 15th Infantry Regiment Battle Patrol. After participating in numerous battle patrols for 4 months he stopped to visit me in my K Company CP as the battle patrol was preparing to go on a night reconnaissance patrol. He wanted to transfer to K Company and be a rifle platoon leader. I told him that I would request his transfer the next day. While on patrol that night he stepped on a mine, lost his leg, and died in the battalion aid station after being brought back to the lines.

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