Korean War Legacy Project

George Staples


George Staples was born in 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts. He quit high school at 17, because there was a war going on and enlisted in the Marines.  Consequently, George Staples finished high school in the Marines and trained as a helicopter pilot. He eventually served  from the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany flying helicopter missions to the front lines. George Staples served in the Marines until 1963 when he was discharged. After the war, George Staples joined the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Service in Korea

George Staples describes is role in the Korean War. He piloted a Huey B-35 and transported wounded soldiers from the front lines to MASH. The enemy shot through the helicopter, hit George Staples in the abdomen and leg and the helicopter could not make it back to base. However, George Staples was able to return to US controlled land north of Incheon and was taken to MASH.

Tags: Incheon,Fear,Front lines,Rest and Relaxation (R&R),Weapons

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Luck in Being Wounded

George Staples describes being shot while piloting a helicopter. He was lucky that he was able to return to friendly territory. Because of his service George Staples is proud he defended Koreans from the communists. Above all the legacy of the Korean War was a sign to the Russians of the resolve of the Americans.

Tags: Incheon,Communists,Fear,Front lines,Message to Students,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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Nightmares of War

George Staples describes the horrors of combat. He describes how these events have haunted him, seeing the wounded men. The events of flying into the frontline and saving men show up in his dreams and he cannot forget. George Staples describes these events as PTSD.

Tags: Incheon,Fear,Front lines

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