Korean War Legacy Project

Edward Hoth


Edward Hoth went into Korea in early November 1950 with E Company 2nd Battalion 1st Marine Division during the Wonson Landing.  As a BAR (machine gun) rifleman, he was ambushed at Moon Jae-in and moved from Wonson to Hungnam.  While fighting in the Chosin Reservior, it was 42 below zero and was able to see the treadway bridges being dropped from planes to build a bridge at the Toktong Pass.  Edward Hoth had to spend 45 days on the front lines and ended up at Jangjin.  In November 1951, he left Korea and was able to revisit Korea with other veterans from the Korean War.

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Thanksgiving in Hungnam

Edward Hoth met Felix DelGiudice and Myron "Jack" Leissler at the mess hall on Thanksgiving. Their regiments joined together and Edward Hoth's rifle platoon supported the regiment by using machine gun support at Heungnam.

Tags: 1950 Wonsan Landing, 10/25,Heungnam,Food,Front lines,Living conditions

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Battle of the Chosin Reservior

Edward Hoth fought in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the winter of 1950. The weather was 42 below zero and it was so cold that guns became sluggish while oil froze on the guns.

Tags: 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, 11/27-12/13,Chinese,Front lines,Living conditions,Physical destruction

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Christmas in Korean War and Iron Triangle

Edward Hoth was excited to receive two Christmas dinners, one from the Marines and the Navy including turkey, candy, and beer. After Christmas he fought in the Iron Triangle at Cheorwon and then he went to Wonsan, North Korea where he found many dead soldiers along the road.

Tags: Masan,Wonsan,Food,Front lines,Living conditions,North Koreans,Physical destruction

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