Korean War Legacy Project

Bernard G. Kenahan


Bernard G. Kenahan was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He acknowledges having no prior knowledge of Korea before his draft. He explains his journey to Korea via ship, detailing his experiences and duties aboard. He recounts several interactions during his time in Korea with KATUSA and American soldiers. He is highly appreciative of how well he and other Korean War veterans have been treated by South Koreans.

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Drafted With No Knowledge of Korea

Bernard G. Kenahan explains his plans to work at a lumber company office upon graduation. He describes how his plans changed in 1952 at the age of 21 when he was drafted into the Army. He remembers having no knowledge of Korea prior to his draft, never imagining he would be sent there.

Tags: Home front,Impressions of Korea,Prior knowledge of Korea

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Route to Korea

Bernard G. Kenahan describes departing for Korea in 1953 via ship. He describes making multiple stops along the way, including stops in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Japan. He recounts the living conditions regarding showering and explains that his duties aboard ship entailed overseeing the sleeping quarters.

Tags: Incheon,Seoul,Home front,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions

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Guard Duty

Bernard G. Kenahan shares his most difficult encounter during his service in Korea. He describes performing guard duty despite being issued a medical slip. He recalls being allowed to sit during his assigned duty.

Tags: Living conditions

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