Korean War Legacy Project

Anthony Vaquero

Bio

Anthony “Tony” J. Vaquero Jr. was born in Syracuse, New York and grew up in nearby Solvay. After high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1952. He received basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas before radio operator’s school at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. He was deployed to Korea in January 1953 and was attached to the 4608th Aircraft Central Warning Squadron where he monitored radio frequencies for aircraft in distress. Over the next ten months, he performed these duties until being rotated back to the US in November 1953. Upon return, he was assigned to Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina and then Robins Air Force Base in Georgia for the last two years of his service. After his time in the military, 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. Today, he is active in the KWVA, having served as commander for the C.N.Y. Chapter.

Video Clips

Joining the Air Force

Tony Vaquero talks about joining the Air Force because he wanted to be a pilot. After being ruled ineligible to fly, he describes being sent for training to be a radio operator at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.

Tags: Basic training,Home front

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG7OmamnUFw&start=296&end=441

We Want to Transfer to the Army

Tony Vaquero tells a story when, while training to be Air Force radio operators, he and two of his classmates visited their First Sergeant and requested being transferred to the Army. He describes the sergeant's reaction and what happened in the aftermath of the request.

Tags: Basic training,Home front

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG7OmamnUFw&start=441&end=548

Radio Operator on the Top of a Mountain

Tony Vaquero describes his duties as a radio operator in remote eastern Korea on the top of an isolated mountain. He talks about sitting in a radio truck and monitoring for aircraft in distress.

Tags: Front lines

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG7OmamnUFw&start=803&end=860

Finding the Remains of Chinese Soldiers

Tony Vaquero tells a story when he and several of his comrades, while exploring the countryside near his station, found the aftermath of a battle. At the top of a heavily damaged hilltop they found shoes, soon after finding the remains of Chinese soldiers.

Tags: Chinese,Cold winters,Physical destruction

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG7OmamnUFw&start=935&end=1031

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Bert Crowson and a bush with leaves are turning to red

Bert Crowson and a bush with leaves are turning to red

Bert Crowson and a bush with leaves are turning to red

Bert Crowson with his rifle

Bert Crowson with his rifle

Bert Crowson with his rifle

Bert Crowson leaning on piles of sand bags

Bert Crowson leaning on piles of sand bags

Bert Crowson leaning on piles of sand bags

Bert Crowson beneath a hole made of boxes

Bert Crowson beneath a hole made of boxes

Bert Crowson beneath a hole made of boxes

Bert Crowson sitting on a military truck and drums

Bert Crowson sitting on a military truck and drums

Bert Crowson sitting on a military truck and drums

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Charles Albright with a rifle in a deep side of mountain

Charles Albright with a rifle in a deep side of mountain

Charles Albright with a rifle in a deep side of mountain

Charles Albright with a rifle in a deep side of mountain

Charles Albright with a rifle in a deep side of mountain

Charles Albright with a rifle in a deep side of mountain

JH Royer reading a book inside tent

JH Royer reading a book inside tent

JH Royer reading a book inside tent

John Leute

John Leute

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Leland K Smith doing boxing with a boxing pole

Leland K Smith doing boxing with a boxing pole

Leland K Smith doing boxing with a boxing pole

RA Taylor

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Richard Hambley

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