Korean War Legacy Project

Edward F. Grala

Bio

Edward Grala was born in Syracuse, New York in 1933. After graduating Eastwood High School, he joined the New York National Guard in 1953. During the Korean War, he was stationed in Alaska and assigned as a crew chief on a C-47 Skytrain. He helped maintain the aircraft and deliver supplies to radar sites. He was discharged in February 1957 and returned to Syracuse. After his time in the military, he was active in the American Legion and KWVA Chapter 105.

Video Clips

C-47 Crew Chief

Ed Grala talks about his job in the US Air Force, crew chief on a C-47 Skytrain. He describes his job of maintaining the aircraft, delivering supplies, and helping set up radar sites around Alaska.

Tags: Basic training,Cold winters

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYb2hQwK7iA&start=130&end=357

The Korean War and Alaska

Ed Grala talks about the importance of the Korean war and his job helping maintain radar sites to protect the US during the Cold War. He tells a story of when his aircraft strayed into Russian airspace.

Tags: Communists,Impressions of Korea,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYb2hQwK7iA&start=862&end=1103

Photos

One square inch of north pole, Alaska (front)

One square inch of north pole, Alaska (front)

One square inch of north pole, Alaska (front)

One square inch of north pole, Alaska (back)

One square inch of north pole, Alaska (back)

One square inch of north pole, Alaska (back)

US Air Force flight

US Air Force flight

US Air Force flight

US Air Force flight

US Air Force flight

US Air Force flight

Edward Grala sitting on trash can

Edward Grala sitting on trash can

Edward Grala sitting on trash can

Edward Grala in his bed

Edward Grala in his bed

Edward Grala in his bed

Picture of Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, N.Y. in the Finger Lakes - checkpoint

Picture of Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, N.Y. in the Finger Lakes - checkpoint

Picture of Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, N.Y. in the Finger Lakes - checkpoint

Picture of Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, N.Y. in the Finger Lakes - church

Picture of Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, N.Y. in the Finger Lakes - church

Picture of Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, N.Y. in the Finger Lakes - church

Edward Grala and a pair of skis

Edward Grala and a pair of skis

Edward Grala and a pair of skis

Edward Grala and his friend infront of building

Edward Grala and his friend infront of building

Edward Grala and his friend infront of building

Edward Grala and his friend in front of tent

Edward Grala and his friend in front of tent

Edward Grala and his friend in front of tent

Edward Grala and his friends in plain clothes

Edward Grala and his friends in plain clothes

Edward Grala and his friends in plain clothes

Edward Grala making a fire

Edward Grala making a fire

Edward Grala making a fire

Edward Grala in his uniform by a car

Edward Grala in his uniform by a car

Edward Grala in his uniform by a car

Edward Grala in basement

Edward Grala in basement

Edward Grala in basement

Edward Grala with a big smile

Edward Grala with a big smile

Edward Grala with a big smile

Armed Force Liberty Pass

Armed Force Liberty Pass

Armed Force Liberty Pass

Anchorage Dog Mushers Club

Anchorage Dog Mushers Club

Anchorage Dog Mushers Club

Meal Card

Meal Card

Meal Card

Immunization Register (front)

Immunization Register (front)

Immunization Register (front)

Immunization Register (back)

Immunization Register (back)

Immunization Register (back)

Making a fire in tent

Making a fire in tent

Making a fire in tent

Building in military base, Alaska

Building in military base, Alaska

Building in military base, Alaska

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala and his friend

Edward Grala in plain clothes

Edward Grala in plain clothes

Edward Grala in plain clothes

Edward Grala by a plane

Edward Grala by a plane

Edward Grala by a plane

Discharge record

Discharge record

Discharge record

Discharge Report

Discharge Report

Discharge Report

USA Day emphasizes safety, sacrifice

USA Day emphasizes safety, sacrifice

USA Day emphasizes safety, sacrifice