Korean War Legacy Project

Dennis McGary


Dennis McGary served in Korea from 1963 – 1966 after the Armistice. Since his service came after the war, he is considered a Korean Defense Veteran. The US maintained a presence to deter North Korean invasion. He joined the military for training in Diesel Engineering School. When assigned to Korea, he went to Camp Rice, later named Camp Pelham and Camp Garry Owen. Dennis McGary drew the assignment of Shop Clerk due to his ability to type. Being Shop Clerk took him away from the duties he trained for as a Diesel Mechanic. His service came during a calmer point in the peace process that saw limited engagements with the North Koreans. Dennis McGary is proud of his service and glad he helped maintain the sovereignty of South Korea.