Donald Lassere was born in 1931 in Louisiana. He graduated from Martin Berhman High School in 1949. Just prior to the breakout of the Korean War, he and his first cousin, Mert, enlisted in the Marine Reserves. The date was June 7, 1950. In a matter of days, they were pulled from the Reserves and were called to action in Korea. Together, they left San Diego by ship, docked in Kobe, Japan, then flew into Pusan. Being able to serve alongside Mert brought him comfort as they were able to share their experience together. They were both assigned to Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Division. Donald served as a machine gunner. He saw action on Hill 907, as well as the Punch Bowl. It was there that he was wounded. During his time in Korea, he saw much devastation to the country and to its people. When it was all said and done, he was most proud of the part he played to help deter communism for a people that have shown so much ingenuity and determination in their efforts to rebuild their nation.
Donald Laserre describes his first real encounter with the enemy in the Battle of Hill 907. He recounts the struggle to climb the hill and how they were almost wiped out. He remembers the will of the North Koreans as they fought to the death for their country and how he knew they were weakening when he encountered young children behind the weapons.
Taking a Bath
This is me taking a bath, then went in for a swim, back in Inje - ha ha.
Reserve Section Inji
Setting up shelter from heat. Just got back from patrol.
Baker, Diehl, Ide, Marr
Our 60 mm section
Hanson, Ed Barker
Top - Lindsey, Martin, Broadvent, Ceveno
Bottom - Dan Carozza, Vonnie Carlton, Hanson
60 MM Mortar Section
Dan Carozza, _______, Lassere, Eubanks, Joe Dark, Pin Head Chadwick Dendy, Chuck Marr, Broadbent, Hanson, Ide, Perry Diehl, Ed Barker, Dell Gage, Farsler
Ide, Barker, Broadbent, Carozza, Perry Diehl
Farzler, Chuck Marr, Del Gage, Dark, Cassler, Johnson
Dan Carozza getting ready to set up winder def.
Standing - Mayer, Ide,
Dark, Eubanks, Lassere
Ed Barker, Farzler
Barker, Hanson, Farzler
Platoon Mortar Sec.
Broadbent, Perry Diehl
This is the area which we set up in reserve while in Inji.
81 mortar section
5th Reg. form perimeter outside of Seoul.
Marr, Carozza, Hansen, Farzler, Dendy
Lassere, Chadwick, Hansen, Ide
Army Cal - 38 Reg
Inje Korea 7-10-51
Bottom - Barker
2nd - Casler, Laserre, Dark
Carozza, Farzler, Broadbent, Dendy
Top - Barker, Johnson?, Mayer, Linzey, Carozza, Broadbent
Mid - Diehl, Ide, Lassere, Chadwick, Gage
Bott- Carlton, Farzler, Hansen, Dark, Mortar Sereno, Dendy