A Soldier’s Story for Veteran’s Day

An excerpt from A Soldier’s Story  by Dave Morgan, Lincoln Journal, January 25, 1995, Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia

“We’d have fire-fights at night, then every morning, several hundred North Korean soldiers would surrender. The problem of food got a lot worse. After a month of taking prisoners, and not having enough food to feed our people, let alone feed hundreds of new prisoners, 8th Army Headquarters told us to ‘take no more prisoners.’

“After that, we’d take the North Korean prisoners, sometimes seven and eight hundred at a time, around a hill, because we didn’t want the other North Koreans to see what we were doing. Then our fellows would machine-gun the prisoners until they were all dead.

After a years fighting Lambert was one of five survivors from the original 386 men who shipped to Korea with him. He was 17 years old by then.

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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