Korean War Legacy Project

Francis John Ezzo

Bio

Francis Ezzo was born in 1932 in Salina, New York. He worked as a service station attendant before enlisting in the US Marine Corps. He carried out his military service from 1949 to 1952. During his service period he was stationed in Korea from September 1950 to May 1951. He served in 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division as a private and rose to corporal before the time of his discharge. He was a light machine gunner and participated in the Chosin Reservoir Battle and 1951 Spring Counteroffensive. He received multiple awards for his commitments, including a National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with One Silver Star, UN Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Citation, and Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon with Two Bronze Stars. Upon returning to the United States, he worked at Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. After being discharged from military service, he married and raised four children and worked forty-two years for O’Brien and Gere Engineers.

Video Clips

Just Doing My Job

Francis Ezzo explains that he does not remember specific hills or battles because he was just doing his job. He describes being outnumbered at the Chosin Reservoir. He recalls that the Chinese were not well equipped as some did not have rifles or shoes.

Tags: 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, 11/27-12/13,Chinese,Cold winters,Front lines,Living conditions,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT5dEx0gSMA&start=1198&end=1440

Korea Then and Now

Francis Ezzo describes walking through the countryside. He recalls seeing rice paddies and giving kids some food. He shares that even though he has never been back he is thankful that Koreans appreciate the sacrifices American soldiers made for their country.

Tags: Civilians,Food,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,Message to Students,Modern Korea,Pride,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT5dEx0gSMA&start=1445&end=1720

War Made Me a Better Person

Francis Ezzo says the war made him a better person because he saw what happened during war. He explains that he heard about Word War II, but experiencing war helped him understand what war was like. He shares that the experience helped him appreciate life more.

Tags: Fear,Message to Students

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT5dEx0gSMA&start=2075&end=2370

Photos

View of town in Pohang

View of town in Pohang

Cpl. Nathan R Sally in front of tent

Cpl. Nathan R Sally in front of tent

Cpl. Nathan R Sally in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Robert Blackstone in front of tent

Robert Blackstone in front of tent

Robert Blackstone in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Ed Oltz inside tent

Ed Oltz inside tent

Ed Oltz inside tent

Aiming with a gun, lying down

Aiming with a gun, lying down

Aiming with a gun, lying down

Fran Ezzo and his friends in military base

Fran Ezzo and his friends in military base

Fran Ezzo and his friends in military base

Fran Ezzo making a cup of coffee

Fran Ezzo making a cup of coffee

Fran Ezzo making a cup of coffee

Fran Ezzo with a gun

Fran Ezzo with a gun

Fran Ezzo with a gun

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

Posing in front of tent

On the boat

On the boat

On the boat

On the boat

On the boat

On the boat

Broken buildings in the war

Broken buildings in the war

Broken buildings in the war

Dick Speach on the boat

Dick Speach on the boat

Dick Speach on the boat

Ezzo and Ellsworth

Ezzo and Ellsworth

Ezzo and Ellsworth

Memo

Memo

Memo

Remembering 'The Forgotten War'

Remembering 'The Forgotten War'

Remembering 'The Forgotten War'