Korean War Legacy Project

Gene Jordan

Bio

Gene Jordan was born July 7, 1934, in Winslow, Illinois. He grew up on a farm and attended a small one-room country school. He quit school after his junior year of high school. At the age of seventeen, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He engaged in intensive training in San Diego before leaving for Korea at the age of eighteen. He arrived in Incheon on November 10, 1952, and left Korea on this same date one year later after the Armistice was signed.

Video Clips

A Pile of Rubble

Gene Jordan describes what it was like when he landed in Incheon. He describes the horrific scene and the utter despair of Korean children. He describes the shock he experienced from the damage and civilians begging for food.

Tags: Incheon,Cold winters,Food,Front lines,Impressions of Korea,Physical destruction,South Koreans,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axfYXtsvGs4&start=405&end=489

Night Patrolling

Gene Jordan describes being on the trench line at night for thirty days straight during the Korean War. He describes how the enemy was on one side and they were on the other. He explains that it was a stationary war at this point, and that they lived in the trench lines and bunkers depsite the extremely cold weather.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Incheon,Cold winters,Front lines,Living conditions,North Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axfYXtsvGs4&start=980&end=1080

Incheon Then vs. Now

Gene Jordan describes how hard working the Korean people were during the war era. He discusses how the Korean people have established a united, stable democratic society. He shares how he never thought much about Korea after he left, but when he attended the Marine Corp Reunion, he was amazed to see and hear about the economic growth.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Incheon,Civilians,Impressions of Korea,Modern Korea,Physical destruction,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axfYXtsvGs4&start=633&end=752