Korean War Legacy Project

Donald Lassere

Bio

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.

Video Clips

Hill 907

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.

Tags: Heungnam,Fear,Front lines,North Koreans

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Photos

Reserve Infantry

Reserve Infantry

Barker Dendy

Barker Dendy

Johnson

Johnson

Taking a Bath

This is me taking a bath, then went in for a swim, back in Inje - ha ha.

Taking a Bath

Reserve Section Inji

Setting up shelter from heat. Just got back from patrol.

Reserve Section Inji

Baker, Diehl, Ide, Marr

Our 60 mm section

Dan Carozza

Ed Barker

Hanson, Ed Barker

Top - Lindsey, Martin, Broadvent, Ceveno
Bottom - Dan Carozza, Vonnie Carlton, Hanson

Dan Carozza

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

60 MM Mortar Section

Ide, Barker, Broadbent, Carozza, Perry Diehl

Barker

Farzler, Chuck Marr, Del Gage, Dark, Cassler, Johnson

Dan Carozza getting ready to set up winder def.
Johnson

Standing - Mayer, Ide,
Dark, Eubanks, Lassere

Ed Barker, Farzler

Barker, Hanson, Farzler

Lt. Fisher

Platoon Mortar Sec.

Lt. Fisher

Broadbent, Perry Diehl

Lassere

Chuck Marr

This is the area which we set up in reserve while in Inji.

Farzler

81 mortar section

5th Reg. form perimeter outside of Seoul.

Downtown Seoul

Winter 51

Winter 51

Inje River

Marr, Carozza, Hansen, Farzler, Dendy

Inje River

Inje River

Inje River

Inje River

105 Section

105 Section

Lassere, Chadwick, Hansen, Ide

Valley

Army Cal - 38 Reg

Valley

Masa Valley

38 Reg

Masa Valley

Dan Carozza

Masa Valley

Masa Valley

Perry Deihl

Sgt. Dendy

Sgt. Dendy

Lt. Baker

Lt. Baker

Jim Ide

Inje Korea 7-10-51

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

Clinton Alexon