Korean War Legacy Project

Irwin Saltzman

Bio

Irwin Saltzman explains how he was drafted at twenty-one. He describes his service in the Army as part of a selective team. He explains his specialty training. He shares how he was in charge of repairing and monitoring radar that had been developed to track mortar shells.  He spent a majority of his time in Yeongdeungpo. He shares that he traveled each month to the front lines to replace and deliver equipment. He shares how he finds the kindness of Korean people, as well as their economic growth, unbelievable.

Video Clips

Experiences with Counter Mortar Radar

Irwin Saltzman describes Initially trained as a radio operator. He explains that he then was told he would receive additional training on equipment built for counter mortar operations. He describes rotating between headquarters at Yeongdeungpo and traveling to the front line to check on equipment. He explains how the Signal Corp maintained twenty-six positions in front of the artillery at the front lines and regularly sent harassing fire into enemy positions.

Tags: Yeongdeungpo,Front lines,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqBJVB4nQyQ&start=790&end=1050

Party Until We All Get Home

Irwin Saltzman discusses the weekly parties after the Armistice was signed his outfit would have every Friday. He explains the ships home would leave on Monday so they would celebrate on Fridays for those who were returning to the United States. He shares the honor of his group and how it helped provide libations and steaks for these parties.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Yeongdeungpo,Food,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqBJVB4nQyQ&start=1105&end=1180

With the Help of Koreans

Irwin Saltzman describes briefly the conditions of the Korean civilians during the war. He shares that the Koreans that helped his group were very kind. He shares how his group had the help of Korean houseboys and cooks. He also remembers a special way the Koreans who cared for the soldiers' clothes were able to identify the soldier's items.

Tags: Yeongdeungpo,Living conditions,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqBJVB4nQyQ&start=1392&end=1468

Photos

Certificate of Service Front

Front of Irwin Saltzman's certificate of service in Korea.

Certificate of Service Front

Certificate of Service-back

The back of Irwin Saltzman's Certificate of Service.

Certificate of Service-back

Geneva Identification Card

Irwin's Geneva Identification Card. Geneva Identification Cards are the only form of information for each soldier has if captured.

Geneva Identification Card

Irwin St. and Saltzman St.

Picture of two streets at The Signal School at Fort Monmouth, NJ interestingly named Irwin St and Saltzman Ave.

Irwin St. and Saltzman St.

Graduating Class Photo

Saltzman and his graduating class of The Signal School in 1952. Saltzman is standing in the 2nd to top row on the right.

Graduating Class Photo

Saltzman with a Group of Technicians and Repairmen

Saltzman pictured with a group of technicians and repairmen taken around June 1953 in Yeongdeungpo.

Saltzman with a Group of Technicians and Repairmen

Counter Mortar Radar Equipment

Counter Mortar Radar Equipment which detected oncoming mortars is pictured. Saltzman monitored the equipment and specialized in it. This radar was located in the Forward Location (MLF and forward of artillery)

Counter Mortar Radar Equipment

Counter Mortar Radar Equipment

Another angle of the previous image of the Counter Mortar Radar.

Counter Mortar Radar Equipment

Forward Position

Forward Position where the equipment was stored and where the Americans stayed. Bunkers were there as well. The Forward Position was north of Seoul.

Forward Position