Korean War Legacy Project

C G Atzenhoffer Jr.


Clarence G Atzenhoffer Jr. joined the United States Army Reserve assuming that he would never be called for duty. Shortly thereafter, he was called to serve in Spokane, Washington. He describes running drills for homeland invasions from North Korea or possibly Russia. He recounts one of his duties in the special service guarding squadrons of fighter jets during blizzards in Washington. He also offers his opinion on how unprepared the American military was during the Korean War and on why the Korean War is forgotten today.

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War Ready at Home

C G Atzenhoffer describes being trained and running drills for a homeland invasion in America during the Korean War. He recounts red alerts and being given guns with no bullets for practice purposes. He adds that while they knew the North Koreans did not have long range airplanes, the Russians were also a factor they had to worry about.

Tags: Basic training,Home front,North Koreans,Weapons

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Freezing on the Airstrip

C G Atzenhoffer describes the weather in Spokane, Washington, and dealing with the harsh conditions during his duties. He shares his experience guarding jet squadrons during blizzards as part of the special service. He details the scant clothing they were given to carry out their duties and the lack of warmth they gave.

Tags: Cold winters,Home front,Living conditions

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Poorly Prepared for War

C G Atzenhoffer describes his opinion on the Korean War and how unprepared he felt the United States was for the conflict. He expresses that American soldiers lacked training and were under-equipped. He describes flying to differing arsenals across the United States gathering weapons to send over to Korea.

Tags: Cold winters,Home front,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,Weapons

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The Forgotten War

C G Atzenhoffer shares his thoughts on why the Korean War is seen as the Forgotten War. He explains that many young people do not know about the war and many of the Korean War veterans are no longer alive now to tell their story. He describes the South Korean government's efforts to help spread awareness regarding the war.

Tags: Home front,Impressions of Korea,Message to Students,South Koreans

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