Narce Caliva (83) was born in Salinas, Monterey County, California, and had graduated in June of 1948 from Salinas Junior College and was working at his father’s business before he decided to enlist into the US Army on November 15, 1948, at San Jose, California. His military service was carried out from July 1948 to September 1953. During his service period, he went to Pusan, Korea (July 1951) and was stationed in Wonju, Pusan, then at a UN POW Camp on Koji Island on temporary duty. He was a part of the 52nd and 296th Transportation Truck Battalions. He was first a recruit E-1, but then transitioned to a First Lieutenant D-2 by his discharge. He was a part of the Transportation Corps as a truck officer. His main job was running supply convoys, but he also was a part of the trial counsel for special court martials at times. For his commitments, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal and four bronze stars and other various medals. When asked about the friends he remembers from the war he says, “I met many, but none in particular to especially remember.” Narce was rotated home from Korea in the spring of 1953, and had two assignments before his release: the first was being a ROTC Instructor at Washington S. Lee University, and the second was being a post motor pool officer at Ft. McPherson, GA. Once he was released from active duty in September 1953, he attended and graduated Sacramento State College and Thunderbird School of Global Management. The most memorable experience Narce had from the war was “successfully completing 21 months of service in a foreign country.” The thing that impacted him most during the war was the need to help others in need, and to find a way to make a contribution. Now, he enjoys the hobby of handwriting analysis.
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