Anthony Vaquero

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Anthony J. "Tony" Vaquero Jr. (78) was born in Syracuse, NY. Before enlisting, he lived in Solvay, NY and worked at a local factory. He served in the military from February 1952 to February 1956. During his the period of service, he flew from Japan to Tague and then landed in Kimpo Air Force base near Seoul. After about a week, he flew to Kangnung on the east coast of Korea and traveled by truck to a mountaintop site, where he remained from January 1953 to November 1953. He served in Detachment 4,608th AC+W Squadron, 502 TAC Con. Group, as an A/1C (Buck Sergeant). Vaquero was a radio operator at the mountaintop radar site and was a Radio Operator/Monitor of UHF and VHF frequencies for aircraft in distress or emergency. He participated in the Winter and Spring-Summer 1953 Campaigns. For his efforts, Vaquero received the following honors: Good Conduct Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Defense, UN Korean Service, and National Defense. After returning to the United States, he was assigned to Pope Air Force Base (Fort Bragg, NC) and then Robins Air Force Base in Georgia for the last two years of his service. Later, he returned to Syracuse, where he worked at a factory and attended Syracuse University from 1956 to 1960. He then worked in the Syracuse school system from 1960 to 1988.

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Bert Crowson and a bush with leaves are turning to red

Bert Crowson with his rifle

Bert Crowson leaning on piles of sand bags

Bert Crowson beneath a hole made of boxes

Bert Crowson sitting on a military truck and drums

Bert Crowson sitting on a large stone

Bert Crowson stting on piles of sand bags, with his back toward the ridges of mountains

Close up view of Bert Crowson with his back to mountain

Bert Crowson with blue sky

Bert Crowson holding a guitar

Bert Crowson posing with a gun

Bert Crowson sitting on CPS-5 radar

Bert Crowson posing with his back to green mountains

Bert Crowson waving his right arm

Bert Crowson inside tent

Bert Crowson on snow-covered fields

Bert Crowson in front of tent on snowfields

Bert Crowson going down on one knee with his back to a tent

Bert Crowson wearing captain's hat and sunglasses

Bert Crowson wearing winter jacket with shoulder-high snows

Bert Crowson being boxing

Bert Crowson carrying A-frame on his back

Bert Crowson carrying A-frame on his back and Korean winnow in his one hand

Bert Crowson smiling - photographed with double exposure

Bert Crowson and a Korean house boy

Bert Crowson at Kimpo Airfield

Bert Crowson standing at road to Det #4

Bert Crowson went to Seoul as a courtmartial witness

Bert Crowson with shovel and friedman

Putting up boxing pole

Putting up boxing pole

Soldier being boxing with the pole

C-124 to Seoul

C47-K18

Can opener

Carrying water to hut

Charles Albright with a rifle in a deep side of mountain

Charles Albright with a rifle in a deep side of mountain (closer shot)

Chopper at snow field

Chopper in air

Chopper taking off

Getting on a chopper

Pilot and chopper

Three soldiers on CPS-5 radar

Three soldiers maintaining CPS-5 radar

Three soldiers maintaining CPS-5 radar

CPS-5 radar after maintainance

View of detachment (black)

Detachment on the ridge of mountain

Snow-covered detachment

Detachment on snow-covered ridge of mountain

View of detachment

View of detachment and military ambulence

View of mountain from det

View of mountain from det

Detachment on the ridge of mountain

View of mountain from det

Detachment on the ridge of mountain

View of mountain from det

View of detachment and U.S. national flag

View of detachment and military ambulences

View of detachment and U.S. national flag

Taking pictures of each other

Taking pictures of each other

Playing card game inside tent

View of detachment covered with fog

View of the ridge of mountaions covered with cloud

View of the ridge of mountaions covered with cloud

communication trucks in a line

Generator

A group of soldiers on hill

Guard duty

Height finder

Korean house boy

Korean house boy playing melodeon

Korean house boy and thatched house

Korean house boy posing for a picture

Jamesway

Jamesway and snowfield

JH Royer reading a book inside tent

John Leute

John Leute inside tent

John Leute wearing helmet with his back to mountain

Leland K Smith doing boxing with a boxing pole

Downhill from Det

View of mountain and seacoast

Det in monsoon

Det in monsoon

RA Taylor in front of jamesway

RA Taylor burying onions

RA Taylor in front of tent

RA Taylor inside tent

RA Taylor taking a picture with camera

Richard Hambley standing in shoulder high snow

Richard Hambley standing in shoulder high snow (close up)

Richard Hambley in front of Jamesway

Royer holding a cup in his one hand

A sergeant getting out of building

Taking out signal generators

View of sunrise

View of sunrise

Snow covered landsacpe

Snow covered det on hill

Snow on hill

Sunrise towards Japan

Tank truck

Snow covered TPS1d

Two TPS1d

Snow covered TPS1d

Soldier on roof and TPS1d

TPS1d at sunset

RA Friedman maintaining TPS1d

A soldier in front of tent

Smoking soldier









Detachment #4 Clouds below

View of detachment with clouds

Close up of U.S. national flag in det.

Height Finder in det #4

Looking down from the detachment

Radar Quonset in det #4

View of detachment #4 in snow

View of detachment #4 on the ridge of mountain

View of detachment

Diesel freeze

Bert Crowson and F4U #210 at K18 #210

F4U #210 - possibly at air show 2003

F4U at K16

F4U at K18 (1)

F4U at K18 (2)

F4U at K18 (3)

Filling sandbags (1)

Filling sandbags (2)

Fishermen near Kangnung

Fishermen near Kangnung (2)

View of Gold Gate from 8mm on USS Mitchell

Headquarters (1)

Headquarters (2)

Phase 5 on Korean War

The Immeasurable Cost of freedom

In commemoration of the Korean War "Freedom is not free"

Phase 4 on Korean War

Phase 1 on Korean War

Phase 3 on Korean War

Phase 2 on Korean War

The Korean War


Pacific Stars and Stripes 'Map of The War'

C-124 at K-16

Watching flight movement at K-16

K-18 Base operations

K-18 Maintenance control office

Taking off at K-18

B-26 at K-18

F9F damaged at K-18

Close up - F9F damaged at K-18

F9F wingman at K-18

ROK F-51 at K-18 (1)

ROK F-51 at K-18 (2)

ROK Pilots at K-18

Sunset at K-18 (1)

Sunset at K-18 (2)

K-2 Office

Helicopter at K-18

Flights at K-18

Rescue Helicopter at K-18

Downtown in Kangnung

South Koreans and view of Kangnung

Korean tile-roofed house in Kangnung

U.S. soldiers playing ball game

Kangnung

Sightseeing in downtown of Kangnung

South Koreans and view of Kangnung

Korean old mans playing Korean chess

Korean kids in their house

Giving candy to children

Korea children waiting for candy

Korean traditional irrication

Korean market in Kangnung

Korean Gentleman

A Korean child holding cans

A Korean child and US airman

Two Korean kids

Korean house and family

Korean house and kids

Korean soldier boiling water

Korean with a traditional hat made of bamboo

Korean woman setting a basket on her head

View of mountain looking from Det #4

Man with glove

Men on truck in Det #4

Soldiers standing by Quonset

Three of soldiers sitting on sandbed

Moutain Shasta taken from train on way from Seattle to Los Angeles

Tent in military base near Yokohama

A lineman reparing a highline on the mountain top

The highest 5th Air Force station on Korea

S.Korean ambassador thanks U.S. veterans

Saking hands with South Korean ambassador

Anthony Vaquero with his medals

Soldiers on board US Navy's Gaffey, heading to seattle

U.S. soldiers and Japanese women

U.S. soldiers and Japanese women

U.S. soldiers and Japanese women

Tony and Murry McMahon

Travel order; names of Bert Crowson and Anthony Vaquero on it

Travel order; names of Bert Crowson and Anthony Vaquero on it

personal action memorandom (Bert Crowson)

Special orders (1)

Special orders (2)

Road from K-18 to Det #4

U.S. Harbor boat, San Leandro

Romeo Sanchez and Talbert on Gaffey

Seattle Friends

In flight from Seoul to K-18

Seoul, bombed buildings

Kimpo airfield

Seoul, Olympic Stadium

Seoul, damaged rail station

The great south gate of seoul

Head

View of sunset from USS Mitchell

A soldier looking at sunset in USS Mitchell

Anthony Vaquero at work

Anthony Vaquero standing by Quonset

Anthony Vaquero standing by Truck

Anthony Vaquero in Det #4

Anthony Vaquero sitting on hillside

Anthony Vaquero in snow

Anthony Vaquero's Quonset

Anthony Vaquero and Korean General

Anthony Vaquero and Senator Clinton

Anthony Vaquero and Senator Clinton

Anthony Vaquero listening to other college

Anthony Vaquero eating orange

Truck Lost on road to Det #4

Truck off road near Kangnung

Truck off road near Kangnung

Truck off road near Kangnung

USS Gaffey bunks (1)

USS Gaffey bunks (2)

USS Gaffey on deck

USS Gaffey

USS Mitchell

USS Mitchell (2)

Water detail (1)

Carrying water

Water detail (2)

Firing weapon

Carrying water in snow

Water detail, Anthony Vaquero in front

Water detail truck off road

Workyard near Yokohama (1)

Workyard near Yokohama (2)