Korean War Legacy Project

Ethel Julia Archibald

Bio

Ethel Archibald, wanting to do something worthwhile with her life, enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps in 1943. After World War II ended, she left the service but reenlisted in 1948. In 1949, she shipped out to Japan and began working in logistics behind the line because of her desire to be more involved in the Korean War effort. During the day, she worked in logistics, and after work, she assisted at the hospital receiving wounded soldiers from Korea. Throughout her twenty-four-year career in the military, she served in many positions, including time as a criminal investigator along with undercover work at Walter Reed hospital. She later spent time working at the Pentagon as well as serving in France.

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Role in the Korean War Effort and Taking Care of Patients

Ethel Archibald describes requesting a logistics role while stationed in Japan as a way of helping in the war effort. She expresses that her job was filling orders for supplies needed in Korea which included materials from toilet paper to engines for ships. She explains how materials such as weapons and ammo were loaded on a barge to be taken to a ship that would eventually deliver the needed materials to the soldiers in Korea. After working during the day, she recalls helping in the hospital as injured soldiers were arriving from Korea. She remembers how the hospital was full of injured soldiers. She shares her job was to triage their care, identifying soldiers who could be saved if they had immediate help.

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Incident During Rest and Relaxation Leave

Ethel Archibald recalls a memorable experience while on leave with a colleague. She shares they were intercepted by Japanese soldiers who kept them under guard at a hotel for almost the entire week of their leave. She reflects on the fear she felt amid the situation and recalls sleeping with a camera tripod under her pillow just incase. The remembers how they were eventually released by the Japanese soldiers, and she admits she did not tell anyone about the incident because she did not want the incident publicized.

Tags: Fear,Rest and Relaxation (R&R),Weapons,Women

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Joining the Women's Auxiliary Army Corp

Ethel Archibald describes joining the Women's Auxiliary Army Corp during World War II as well as where she served during World War II and the Korean War. She explains her desire to serve just like two of her brothers who had volunteered for service. She recalls how her first days of service made her feel like she was doing something worthwhile.

Tags: Basic training,Home front,Pride,Prior knowledge of Korea

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