Korean War Legacy Project

Andrew M. Eggman


Andrew M. Eggman was born in into a family of farmers in Gridley, California in 1930.  Before having a chance to graduate high school, at the age of seventeen, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1947.  He received his basic training in San Diego, California, then  was stationed in Guam, before being sent to Korea in June of 1950.  As a member of the newly reactivated 7th Marine Regiment, he served in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir with 1st Battalion, Headquarters Company.  After retiring from the military in 1967, he completed two years of academics at Santa Anna College.

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Cold Weather

Andrew M. Eggman describes the bitter cold weather he encountered in Korea. He discusses coming in contact with Chinese soldiers while serving in perimeter security during the Chinese attack at Yudamni. He recalls how the men tried to focus on various conversational topics to keep their minds off the bitter cold.

Tags: Yudamri,Chinese,Cold winters,Front lines,Living conditions

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Getting out of Chosin Reservoir

Andrew M. Eggman describes his experiences during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He explains how he went from being on machine-gun outpost, to taking down the tents, and moving stretchers as a part of convoy security. He recalls seeing pallets of supplies raining down over the men.

Tags: 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, 11/27-12/13,Hagalwoori,Front lines,Living conditions,Weapons

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Tootsie Rolls on the Front Lines

Andrew M. Eggman talks about how code-words were devised by the American soldiers for confusing the Chinese enemy when having to call for supplies. He describes how the use of the term "tootsie roll" was misinterpreted as the actual candy, rather than as the code of a needed supply of weaponry. He explains how nice it is for veterans to receive tootsie rolls in remembrance of when they got them on the front during the Korean War.

Tags: 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, 11/27-12/13,Chinese,Cold winters,Food,Front lines,Weapons

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