Korean War Legacy Project

Fidel Diaz

Bio

Fidel Diaz volunteered for the Army as a 17 year old in high school, describing himself as a patriot.  After training in the US and being sent to Japan to begin his time in the Army, the Korean War broke out.   Fidel Diaz’s regiment was partnered South Korean soldiers.  Their job was to go south near Pusan and cut off the communication in addition to logistical lines.  Fidel Diaz tells of the scary moments he experienced and how he was so naive at that age. He shares how he was injured by a land mine and how he was able to get assistance from his peers. He explains how the Bible literally saved his life. He was able to recovery and graduated from college in 1966.

Clips

A Scary Place

Fidel Diaz describes how scary it was his first few nights in Korea after the Inchon Landing. He said that seeing the other soldiers that had been captured as an effective form of psychological warfare. He explains how close the North Koreans got to his foxhole.

Tags: 1950 Inchon Landing, 9/15-9/19,Busan,Incheon,Fear,Front lines,North Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG3QKYZi0Fc&start=520&end=657

Land Mine Injury

Fidel Diaz was traveling on foot with his South Korean partner through a field when they went under attack by the North Koreans. Both his South Korean partner and Field Diaz were injured from a land mine. He recalls getting treatment and the people and Bible that saved his life.

Tags: Masan,Fear,Food,Front lines,North Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG3QKYZi0Fc&start=989&end=1349

Only Seventeen

As a seventeen year old boy, Fidel Diaz says that he really didn’t have any other experiences to draw upon and was really unsure of what he was doing. He describes what happened as the unit headed down to Taegu. He shares a story of what happened to a woman that was pushing a wagon.

Tags: Fear,Front lines,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG3QKYZi0Fc&start=666&end=840