Korean War Legacy Project

Alvin A. Gould

Bio

Alvin A. Gould was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on September 21, 1929. After high school, he attended the Rizzo School of Music pursuing a degree in classical accordion. In 1952, he tried out for the US Army band as a clarinet player and was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training and infantry training and was surprised to be sent to Korea as an infantryman later that year. Through a twist of fate, he was reassigned to the 10th Special Services Company to play the accordion with a traveling group musicians for troops throughout Korea. Over the next year, he took part in shows near the front line, as well as shows for MASH Units and President Syngman Rhee.  After returning the the US in 1954, he finished his degree and started a successful music company. Today, he lives in Wisconsin and still enjoys playing his accordion.

Video Clips

Arriving in Korea

Alvin Gould talks about arriving at Incheon in December 1953 and traveling to Seoul. He describes leaving the ship and his impressions of the capital city. He mentions that one of the few buildings standing was called the Chosin Hotel.

Tags: Incheon,Seoul,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,Physical destruction

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-yxVMuskeQ&start=830&end=924

The 10th Special Services Company

Alvin Gould describes the 10th Special Services Company. He talks about the formation, organization, and mission of this unit that was put together to entertain troops. He mentions that they often performed their shows in dangerous areas near the front lines.

Tags: Cold winters,Food,Front lines,Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-yxVMuskeQ&start=938&end=1122

Daily Routine on the Road

Alvin Gould talks about the daily routine of the 10th Special Services Company. He describes how the entertainers were selected, the kinds of acts that were part of the show, as well as some of the specific entertainers that he toured with.

Tags: Front lines,Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-yxVMuskeQ&start=1143&end=1345

Sleeping though the Night

Alvin Gould recalls going to sleep one evening near the front lines. The next morning, he awoke to news that several Chinese soldiers had overrun the line the previous night and were captured. He also talks about playing in shows to many UN troops, including Turkish and British units.

Tags: Chinese,Food,Front lines,Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-yxVMuskeQ&start=1364&end=1506

Keeping up Morale

Alvin Gould talks about the important job of the 10th Special Services Company, keeping up troop morale. He also tells the story of refusing to be awarded a Purple Heart after injuring his leg during a show at a MASH unit.

Tags: Front lines,Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-yxVMuskeQ&start=1784&end=1918

Songs from Korea

Alvin Gould, a professional accordion player, plays songs that he played for troops during the Korean War while on tour with the 10th Special Services Company.

Tags: Pride,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-yxVMuskeQ&start=1953&end=2434

Photos

10th Special Service Company History

10th Special Service Company History

Trucks and Band

Trucks and Band

Performance

Performance

Bulldozer Bowl

Bulldozer Bowl

Pit Band

Pit Band

38th Parallel

38th Parallel

Road to Ruin Showbill

Road to Ruin Showbill

Frank Cascio and Al Gould Giuletti Accordions Promotional Poster

Frank Cascio and Al Gould Giuletti Accordions Promotional Poster

Kyung Mu Dae

Kyung Mu Dae

Commendation Letter with Medal Pendant

Commendation Letter with Medal Pendant

Al Gould Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

Al Gould Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs