just read Sam Buck's story and it made me shiver. Part of what I didn't
tell you jives with more of my father's story. It could well be
that he was Sam's replacement.
remember my father telling me about someone who had been wounded and had
to play dead I had always
assumed this was an infantryman from the trenches, not necessarily
another FO (Sam's) detail
about the replacement being wounded in "both feet" also sounds
like my father. He actually got a shrapnel wound in one ankle. However,
the blast blew gravel into the sole of his other boot, and he said that
hurt worse than the shrapnel wound -- thought he'd lost some toes
until they got his boot off later and found only scrapes.
recall he said they walked a quarter mile or so until an armored
personnel carrier picked them up and took them to an aid station. My dad
walked until then, but couldn't once he sat down. Eventually he got
airlifted out with other wounded.
can't be sure we're describing the same events, but it sounds so
familiar it's scary. I'd be happy to correspond. And my dad, though he's
not able to talk much anymore, (due to a recent stroke) would be very
moved if he is held in such high regard by a fellow soldier."
BUCK FINDS THE ANSWER TO
A 49 YEAR OLD QUESTION - This
Is Sam Buck's e-mail to Joel Newman. (Ed.)
I am so happy to receive a copy of your letter to Captain Markley. Your
dad must be the one who got me off that hill. We were separated at the
Regimental Aid Station and I never saw or heard from him again.
would never have made it had it not been for him, as I kept wanting to
quit and telling him to go on as he had a better chance to get out than
I did, but he kept telling me that we were going out together…
would like very much like to see your dad…
to tell him how much I appreciated his help and encouragement to
get off that hill and back to friendly forces…
Your dad has to be the one.
Held, Sam Buck"
he arrived at a hospital in Seoul, Jack Newman was quick to write to his
mother. The letter was written on American Red Cross stationery and
dated "Thursday Morn. June 12,1953."
Here is a transcription of the letter:
guess by now you wonder what happened to me if the War Department sent
you a telegram. I am in a hospital in Seoul, Was flown here last night
(rather yesterday morn.)
I can say is I was really lucky. My radioman got it for good. He was
lying next to me. The officer on the other side of him got it and my
Sgt. on still the other side had shrapnel cut his steel helmet and cut
caught it in my foot. I thought they were going to cut it off but I see
it is still there and hurting like the devil. The "Chinks"
artillery hit us. I didn't get on the hill till around 5:30 AM and guess
I was hit about 7:00 AM.
was awful. The Chinks had gotten to the trenches during the night. Their
bodies plus our own were in the trenches. We had to step on them to get
to the top of the hill.
found the forward observer that was there that night they attacked. He
had to play dead. Said the Chinks sat on him. He was shot up so I
practically carried him down the hill with my bum foot.
hope I never again see that sight or that hill. I don't know if they
will put me back up or not. In fact I don't know exactly what they did
in the foot. It is my right foot. Cut the boot I had on up.
let me write about more pleasant things. The chow is good but I couldn't
eat this morning. I haven't had anything to eat since supper the 10th
till breakfast this morning. I guess my appetite has gone since I'm not
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