Korean War Legacy Project

John K. Barton


John Barton was born and raised in Greenville, Utah in 1929. His family stretches back to the early pioneers who settled his hometown of Greenville. He served in the National Guard and upon being released, enlisted with a friend again in the Navy, after a bet of twenty five cents. It was near the beginning of the war when he left Fort Lewis for Korea, January 1951. John Barton liked being with comrades and friends overseas, but found himself ultimately uncomfortable being there as he was married one month before leaving. In Korea, he served as a clerk typist and truck driver in a battalion supply section, helping keep battalions supplied with food and bedding. His children and grandchildren have continued his legacy with Korea with their involvement in the Korean Veteran Youth Corp Conference in Washington.

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Duties in Korea

John Barton describes the details of his job duties at the supply unit. He explains how he liked being with his friends and comrades overseas. However he also details that it was ultimately uncomfortable because he had just been married right before shipping overseas.

Tags: Impressions of Korea,Living conditions

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A Dangerous Moment

Reflecting upon the most dangerous elements of war, John Barton describes his experience with life threatening elements. He replies that there were a few moments during the war where he might have lost his life, but ultimately doesn't want to discuss it. He notes that that "the powers that be took care of us, we were all in it together."

Tags: Fear,Front lines,Impressions of Korea

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Pride in Service

John K. Barton describes how he feels about his service and mission in Korea. He explains that America had to contribute to better the country and people of Korea. He explains that he is proud that he served his country.

Tags: Impressions of Korea,Pride,South Koreans

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