James Fountain was born in Nameoki, Illinois. He was working for Ford Motor Company when he was drafted into the US Army. After basic training and infantry school, he was deployed to Korea in August, 1952 where he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, 23rd Infantry Regiment, “K” Company. By the time of his discharge, he had been promoted to Sergeant First Class. He specialized in infantry and played a role as Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant. For his commitments, he received a Combat Infantry Badge and Korean Service medal among others. After rotating back to the United States, he was discharged and returned to work at Ford Motor Company.
James Fountain at Kimpo Airfield
James Fountain at Kimpo Airfield.
Preparing for Reconnaissance Mission
Fountain preparing for a Renaissance mission in the dark. Taken in October of 1952.
James Fountain at Koji Island
Fountain at Koji Island. Taken in 1952.
James Fountain with Kim Yong Oh
James Fountain with Kim Yong Oh.
James Fountain and his Squad
Fountain with his squad. Fountain is in the 1st row, left. Leithead is next to him, and Kennedy is in the far right of the second row. Taken in August of 1952.
James Fountain with Friends
Fountain (L) with friends. Taken in North Korea, winter of 1952.
A picture of a house in front of a mountain in Yong Dong Po, near the 38th Parallel in South Korea. Taken in 1952.
Amphibious Landing Craft
Amphibious Landing Craft in action.
A sign thanking the Korean War Vets for a job well done. Taken in July of 1953.
Authorized Type Pass
Order given to Fountain and another soldier to pick up equipment at Seoul. It is an authorization pass to travel in rear of Corps Boundaries.
Resting and Recuperation Orders (Front)
Front of Orders to Rest and Recuperate.
Resting and Recuperation Orders (Back)
Back of Orders to Rest and Recuperate. Fountain is #40 of those to R&R.