Korean War Legacy Project

Edward R. Valle

Bio

Edward R. Valle was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 10, 1932. After graduating high school in the Chicago area, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in December 1951. He completed basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, followed by technical school (Electronics) at Lowry AFB, CO. He completed his training at Griffis AFB in Rome, NY, as an Airborne Camera Repair Technician. After two weeks on a troop ship from California to Japan, he was sent to Kimpo Air Base, Korea, to an A-26 Invader squadron (5th Air Force, 67th Wing, 12th Tanker Reconnaissance Squadron) where he was stationed through the end of his deployment. After completing his service, he raised six children while working in an electronics company in the St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, area for thirty-four years before retiring to River Falls, Wisconsin.

Video Clips

Frightened During Guard Duty

Edward Valle talks about performing guard duty at Kimpo Air Base and being frightened by ROK soldiers patrolling the same perimeter.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR2uTfsG1Mw&start=1123&end=1195

Air Transport From Japan to Korea

Edward Valle talks describes the transport from Japan to Korea by plane and hearing rumors of planes being shot down en route.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR2uTfsG1Mw&start=1654&end=1783

History of the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Association

Edward Valle describes the genesis of the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Association from a few veterans getting together to tell war stories evolving and changing through the years to include veterans and their families traveling and doing things together.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR2uTfsG1Mw&start=2244&end=2629

"This Is The Best Thing Jim Ever Did"

Edward Valle recalls a story when the wife of a disabled Korean War veteran related to him that joining and participating in the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Association provided closure and healing for her husband who had been bitter about the war.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR2uTfsG1Mw&start=2630&end=2755