Kenneth A. McCormick
Omaha 2nd lieutenant, U.S. Army
Served from October 1951 to October 1953
Memory: “After graduation as an artillery officer, I spent several months at Camp Atterbury, Ind., before getting orders for Korea. Most of my companions were assigned to artillery units as forward observers, and I expected the same. However, after waiting about a week, I was offered a job as chief of the news division, public information office, Eighth Army headquarters in Seoul.
“Since I was a graduate in journalism from the University of Nebraska, I had lobbied for this type of job all through my prior career but to no avail.
“I arrived in Korea in May 1953 and the armistice was signed in July. When I got home, I bragged to my friends that the North Koreans decided to quit after I got to Korea. The work consisted mostly of transmitting news of the GIs (promotions, medals, etc.) to the hometown newspapers.
“A secondary job was providing scrapbooks to dignitaries who came to Korea. Because of that assignment, I got to rub elbows with many famous people, including Gen. Mark Clark, Far East commanding officer; Gen. Maxwell Taylor, commander of the Eighth Army; Gen. William Dean, highest-ranking officer to be captured; John Foster Dulles, secretary of state; and Henry Cabot Lodge, ambassador to the U.N.
“I enjoyed my time in the service, but as most GIs will tell you — I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience, but I wouldn't give you two cents to do it again.”
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