Korean War Legacy Project

Harold Huff


Private First Class Harold Huff was drafted to fight in Korea in 1953. From New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, he did not know anything about Korea prior to being drafted. He attended his basic training and radio repair school at Fort Gordon in Georgia. He rode on the U.S.S. Mann from San Francisco, California headed to Korea, but was taken off of the ship at Yokohama, Japan, and transferred to the Japanese city of Chofu. There, he worked on army reconnaissance aircrafts such as the L-3, L-17, and L-23, repairing the aircraft radios that came back from Korea and taking many bullets out of radios in the process. He recalls stories from others that war time in Korea was very cold and dangerous.

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From Draft to Deployment

Harold Huff talks about his journey from when he was drafted, discusses his training in Georgia, as well as his deployment and duties in the war. He talks about how tough it was to leave his new bride and child behind. Before his ship made it to Korea, he was pulled off the boat and was stationed in Japan. In Japan, he repaired airplane radios coming back from Korea.

Tags: Basic training,Home front,Living conditions,Personal Loss

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A Typical Day

Harold Huff discusses his workload in Japan. He worked on an old zero base, in the middle of a hydroponic farm. The farm was sending produce to the front lines in Korea. He also recollects stories of Korea from soldiers who witnessed it firsthand, saying it was cold and dangerous.

Tags: Cold winters,Fear,Food,Living conditions

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Leisure Time

Harold Huff discusses what it was like for soldier in Japan when they had some time off. On the weekend, soldiers would catch trains into Tokyo for massages and hot water baths. There was a swimming pool beside their barracks that they also took advantage of. He recognizes his luck in placement during the war.

Tags: Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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How did going to war change you?

Harold Huff talks about the effects of war on him as an individual. He cites his time in the military as a time of true growth. He learned a greater respect for the world and gained greater perspective. He says that it helped him grow up and he'll never forget his experience during the Korean War.

Tags: Impressions of Korea,Message to Students

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How has Korea been changed?

Harold Huff discusses the differences seen in Korea before and after the war, and compares the two Koreas today. He remembers hearing about the turmoil experienced in Korea prior to the war and recognizes the benefits Korea has amassed due to democracy. He talks about the hunger and sadness many North Koreans face in comparison to the fortunes of the South Koreans.

Tags: Food,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,Modern Korea,North Koreans,Poverty,South Koreans

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Harold Huff

This is a photo of Harold Huff on the day of his interview.

Harold Huff