William Arnaiz (81) was born in Jamaica, Queens on October 14, 1930. He was living with his parents in Lindenhurst, NY, and working with Bordens Milk Company as a lab technician when he was drafted. His military service was carried out from September 12, 1951 to June 16, 1953, his formal discharge being in June 1959. During his service period, he went to Pusan, Korea and was stationed for two months in Keojedo, guarding prisoners, then to the East Coast Punch Bowl from early January 1952 to early March 1953. He served in the 5th Regimental Combat Team, HG+HG Co. Communications Platoon as a PUT before his discharge, and later as a CPL. He went over as a field wireman but was reassigned as a code clerk and messenger. He participated in three campaigns (two in the winter and one in the summer), and his job was as å messenger and code clerk in the security clearance. His unit was part of the communication platoon, decoding messages. He received the Combat INF Badge, Korean War Medal, UN Medal, NYS Conspicuous Service Award, National Defense Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation for his commitments. After returning to the United States, he was inactive for 6 years. After he was discharged from military service, he went to work for the NYS Department of Transportation and returned to college. The most memorable experience of the war for him was staying alive, and the trip home (31 days) to Colombia, and Puerto Rico, US territory. When asked what impacted him most during the war, he says that the people of Korea were very sympathetic, and he was proud to serve against Communist threats. His hobbies include fishing and boating.
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