Joseph J. Horton

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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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South Korean currency

South Korean currency

South Korean currency

Military Payment Certificate/ Military Script

Military Payment Certificate/ Military Script

South Korean currency 1000 Won front

South Korean currency 1000 Won back

South Korean currency 1000 Won front

South Korean currency 1000 Won back

Back of Pay Data Card

Front of Pay Data Card

Front of General Information Card

Back of General Information Card

Calendar Card

Injury and Care Card

Geneva Connections Identification Card

Certificate of Service

Notice of Classification

Back of Notice of Classification

Selective Service System. Registration Certificate

Back of Selective Service System. Registration Certificate, with Registrant Information.

Letter from Sea Woo Lee to Mrs. Horton

Letter Envelope

Summons to Surrender to UN Front

Summons to Surrender to UN Back

KATUSA Registration Letter Front

KATUSA Registration Letter Back

Joseph Horton

KATUSA's Taking Apart a Machine Gun

Chang Soo Jin and Joseph Horton

Sea Woo Lee

Chang Soo Jin and Fellow Soldier

Horton

Chang Soo Jin and Lee

Chang Soo Jin

Soldier with Knife and Bayonnet

KATUSA in Yangjin Reservation

Jin, Horton, and Lee