Korean War Legacy Project

John Halliday


John Halliday enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and traveled to the Korean peninsula in 1952. In this interview, he explains his work calling in air strikes during the war as well as the difficulties he faced in the severe winter of 1952. Of particular note were Halliday’s unusual interests in completing college courses during the Korean war: at night and under the strains of candle light, he completed calculus courses from the University of California, Berkeley.

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The Soldier as Scholar

In this clip, veteran John Halliday explains how he continued his college education out of a love of mathematics. His assignments would be sent to the University of California, Berkeley to be graded every week.

Tags: Front lines,Letters,Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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