Korean War Legacy Project

John H. Jackson


John H. Jackson enlisted in the Army in February 1949.  He did not mind going to the Korean War considering the service of his family. His dad fought in WWI and two of his brothers fought in WWII.  John H. Jackson fought at the Pusan Perimeter when he first arrived in Korea and he had to watch out for North Koreans who were dressed as civilians who planned to kill US soldiers.  Next he fought at the Wonsan Landing and fought his way up to the Chosin Reservoir through Hagaru-ri and Koto-ri.  After 14 months fighting in the Korean War, John H. Jackson went back home without a warm reception from Americans on the home front, but he was thankful to be out of the Chosin Reservoir winter.

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Fighting During the Pusan Perimeter

John H. Jackson fought from the second he arrived in Korea and then participated in the Battle of the Pusan Perimeter. The most difficult part about this battle was that he didn't know who was the enemy since the North Koreans dressed up as civilians and then attacked the US soldiers.

Tags: 1950 Pusan Perimeter, 8/4-9/18,Busan,Front lines,Impressions of Korea,North Koreans,Physical destruction

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Battle at the Chosin Reservoir

John H. Jackson fought in the Battle at the Chosin Reservoir and he fought there until Christmas Eve 1950. The weather was very cold and it even went down to 50 below zero. Some of the soldiers were freezing to death as the Chinese continued to fight.

Tags: 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, 11/27-12/13,1950 Hamheung Evacuation, 12/10-12/24,Jangjin,Chinese,Cold winters,Fear,Food,Front lines,Living conditions,Physical destruction

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Returning to the Korean War after being Evacuated from Chosin Reservoir

John H. Jackson was put back into battle after he was evacuated from the Chosin Reservoir. He then fought at the Imjin River and Han River. He continued fighting during the Seoul Recapture, Chorwon Valley, and Ontrang.

Tags: 1950 Seoul Recapture, 9/22-9/25,Seoul,Chinese,Cold winters,Fear,Front lines,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,North Koreans,Physical destruction,Poverty

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