Korean War Legacy Project

James R. Kaleohano

Bio

James Kaleohano was born on May 25, 1933 in Hawaii.  He joined the army on July 20, 1950. He was a part of the 25th Infantry Division and flew from Hawaii to Japan and then on to Korea.  He landed in Korea in mid November with freezing temperatures and no winter clothing.  After serving in Korea during three tours, he later served in Vietnam.

Video Clips

Replacement Company

James Kaleohano arrives in Korea and his company is replacing the company that was just ambushed. They are transported in cattle cars to the front lines in North Korea. James's company goes straight to the front line and he is given the job of a machine gunner.

Tags: Pyungyang,Cold winters,Fear,Front lines

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V69O9kgHwR0&start=325&end=525

I willed myself to live.

In this video James Kaleohano describes the brutal winters in Korea. Coming from Hawaii, his company had no winter clothing. The Chinese army pushed them back to Seoul. It was so cold that sometimes the weapons did not even fire.

Tags: Seoul,Chinese,Cold winters,Living conditions

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V69O9kgHwR0&start=606&end=968

Photos

Kaleohano and Friends

A picture of James R Kaleohano with friends.

Kaleohano and Friends

Kaleohano

A picture of James R Kaleohano

Kaleohano

Kaleohano in Uniform

A picture of Kaleohano and other soldiers in uniform attire.

Kaleohano in Uniform

James R Kaleohano

A picture of James R Kaleohano

James R Kaleohano

Kaleohano, Friends, and Bunker

A picture of Kaleohano and friends sitting on a bunker.

Kaleohano, Friends, and Bunker

Kaleohano, Friends, Flag

A picture of James R Kaleohano, Kenny, and Asham holding up a captured Chinese flag.

Kaleohano, Friends, Flag

The Beach

The Beach

Kaleohano

Kaleohano

Land Mine Remains

A picture of the remains of a soldier who stepped on a land mine that Kaleohano set up.

Land Mine Remains

Land Mine

A picture of a land mine or boobie trap that James R Kaleohano set up explode.

Land Mine

Kaleohano

Kaleohano

Soldier

A picture of a soldier nestled in a tunnel opening.

Soldier

Kaleohano and Beach

Kaleohano and Beach

Kaleohano

A picture of James R Kaleohano.

Kaleohano

James Kaleohano and Friends

A picture of James Kaleohano resting with friends.

James Kaleohano and Friends

Crossing the Water

A picture of James R Kaleohano and other soldiers crossing the water.

Crossing the Water

Soldiers

Soldiers

Soldier Group Picture

Soldier Group Picture

James R Kaleohano

A picture of James R Kaleohano

James R Kaleohano

James R Kaleohano and Friend

A picture of James R Kaleohano with a friend.

James R Kaleohano and Friend

Collage

A collage of photos taken by James R Kaleohano during his years of service.

Collage

Soldiers and Truck

A picture of soldiers seated in a military truck.

Soldiers and Truck

James R Kaleohano Portrait

A portrait of James R Kaleohano.

James R Kaleohano Portrait

Pictures

Pictures

James R Kaleohano Black Belt

James R Kaleohano in his black belt uniform.

James R Kaleohano Black Belt