Korean War Legacy Project

Joan Taylor

Bio

Joan Taylor is the second wife of Korean War Veteran Neal C. Taylor.  During the Korean War Joan Taylor was a young woman who was married to another Veteran of the Korean War.  Together, Joan and Neal Taylor have six children from their previous marriages.  Joan Taylor is extremely proud of the service of the men and women who served in the Korean War.  She feels privileged to be able to return to Korea with Neal to see a prosperous South Korea.

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Care Packages that Warmed Not Just Soldiers' Heart, But Also His Body

Joan Taylor was 21 years old when the Korean War was taking place. She lived with her parents while her first husband was away at war. Joan Taylor provided care packages for her husband that included warm clothes because winter military clothes were not provided yet.

Tags: Civilians,Cold winters,Food,Front lines,Home front,Letters,Living conditions,Pride,Women

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Personal Understanding of the Korean War

Joan Taylor loves the Korean War Legacy Foundation because she believes that the program will create a personal understanding of the Korean War through interviews of veterans. She was able to visit South Korea with her Korean War veteran husband, Neal C. Taylor with the the help from her United States Presbyterian Church along with a Presbyterian church in South Korea. It was a history trip for her and she was treated so well by the Korean people.

Tags: Civilians,Impressions of Korea,Modern Korea,Pride,Prior knowledge of Korea,South Koreans

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Korean War Soldiers Returning Home

Joan Taylor's first husband came back home early from the war due to a death in the family. His father passed away and his mother was left to run a business, but she needed help. Joan Taylor's first husband was stationed as an Army Security Agent (ASA), so he did not participate in any fighting, but he recalled the bombs dropping and hiding in the bunkers at night.

Tags: Civilians,Fear,Front lines,Home front,Living conditions,Personal Loss,Pride,Weapons,Women

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Video Transcript

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the one’ll see Taylor and we’ve been
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married 30 38 years when or where when
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July 28 1973 st. Peter’s Episcopal
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Church so this is he’s your second way I
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am his second wife he’s my second nuts
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Neal he has four boys and I have two
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daughters but we didn’t have any
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together but we all lived together when
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I married Neal one big family one six
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children yes
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Neal’s boys my two girls kind of fit in
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the middle uh with the boys and so they
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kind of went you know like the oldest
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one is 57 the boy and my oldest daughter
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is 56 participating in this project I
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think it’s wonderful I think people
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should know a lot of this history many
01:08
times you just read in a book well there
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was a war but you don’t get any personal
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touch out of it so they might understand
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a little better what does it mean to you
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to be here today
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well I I’m very happy to do this
01:31
well we went to Korea I believe it was
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about three years ago through the
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Presbyterian Church and this terrain
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Church in Seoul and they treated us very
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kindly fabulous trip like a history trip
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you know in places that Neil talked
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about and we were treated so well oh yes
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yes you mean the Korean veterans because
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we did at to the Veterans Park meet some
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of the Korean veterans who fought at the
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same time Neil and the other men did and
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it was so nice
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we had a Korean minister with us and he
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translated between the veterans and
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their faces would light up you know and
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something came up that they were
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familiar with and it was was a manner so
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he you met the South Korean army
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soldiers yes as well as the American
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than Amen well we’re in this a park
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where there was a bridge that you would
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cross over to the 38th parallel but of
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course the bridge is closed now but
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these veterans were just there walking
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around and we realized because they hid
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their medals on and some heavy part of a
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uniform and so we spoke to the minister
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with us and he said I’ll go see if they
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would like to talk and so of course they
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spoke in Korean and but he translated
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yeah it was well they they wanted to
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know where Neil and the other men had
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been and you know where they had been
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stationed and I really don’t remember
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what all they said but and it wasn’t a
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lengthy conversation
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but they did meet and they were very
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happy to meet the Americans shook hands
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reminisce a little bit yes they did so
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this to disinfect your relationship with
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each other after you went whitneyhl to
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Korea well well it made me understand
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what he fought for he would he was so
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pleased to see it so prosperous well I
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was a young girl of 21 and I had moved
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home with my parents and I went to work
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every day no children at that point and
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it just was worried
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Neil talked about the cold winters well
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my first husband talked about the cold
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winters and the winter clothing hadn’t
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come in where he was and so we would
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send wool sacks and you know warm
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undershirts and things of that sort that
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we could send to help until their
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clothing came the big packages yes oh
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yes any wine gloves a candy you know
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anything that would survive on a long
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trip seemed pretty proud of it yes yes I
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saw what he did
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when he returns in a war do you remember
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anything about that well I actually have
05:30
always known Neil because her families
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were friends our parents were friends
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there’s what you think what did he want
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well I mean Hillhurst I was not married
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to him and I really didn’t see him at
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that point I was when he came home it
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was after my my husband at the time
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first husband came home because dick
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came home like on a hardship case his
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father had passed away and his mother
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was running the company business with
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the father and he was needed to help out
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at home so it was very glad to have him
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come home and that was very happy
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occasion and he was with the aasa’ and
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his army Security Agency and he was
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rather isolated where he was at and
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stationed and so he was not involved in
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the act of fighting but was close to it
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and he talked about you know the bombs
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landing near them and they ran their
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bunkers at night and like Neil talked
06:45
about the rats and Joan Joan Joan II
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Kayla
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you know we live a mile out of the
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village at Cayuga you’re pretty much
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grew up out mm-hmm and do you go to the
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functions with him
07:08
the Koreans so you did have an auxilary
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know the Korean vest do not have an
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auxilary locally but they have events
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where you know the ladies are invited
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and involved in the park a little bit
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when something is going on oh yes what
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do you think a job well I think gems the
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kind of man you need to lead a group
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like that he’s very gung-ho and full of
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life and death
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and joys that it’s his whole life at
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that Park and the organization and you
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need someone that has a spirit well I
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think it’s wonderful
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when we were in Korea we went to a
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museum in there were lots of children’s
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groups the museum so neo spoke with one
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of our people who was Korean in he asked
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out one of the teenage girls if she
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liked to see a picture of Seoul be at
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the time of the ward so Neil showed her
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the snapshot where a good part of Seoul
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was leveled she said no no no no I don’t
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mean pointed outside CCC you know she
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was unaware of you know what Seoul was
08:30
like at that time