Joseph Horton (80) was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 23, 1931. Before enlisting, he was working at White Weld and Co. in NYC. His military service was carried out from January 18, 1952 to November 18, 1953. During his service period, he went to Incheon, Korea, and was stationed on the East coast (Iron Triangle Area) from October 10, 1952 to October 18, 1953. He served in the 45th Infantry Division, 279th Regiment, Company A., as a Private upon entering, and had transitioned to a SFC by the time of his discharge. He was a rifleman and squad leader in his infantry, and participated in Hill 854 (Punch Bowl), Heart Break Ridge, the KCOMZ (Chinese POW Camp at Jeju Do Island), and Christmas Hill. He received the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, UN Medal, National Defense Medal, and ROK War Medal for his commitments. After returning to the United States, he returned to work at White Weld. His most memorable experience of the war was on December 5, 1952, when he helped wounded GIs after an ambush. He was wounded on December 24, 1952 along with 4 others and 1 KIN (KATUSA), and on July 7-8, 1953, he fought the Chinese. He received wounds on his face and back, and what impacted him most during the war was going to Korea as a boy and coming home as a soldier. His hobbies include bowling, family and friends, and he enjoys spending time with his wife of 60 years.
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