Korean War Legacy Project

John J. Considine


John J. Considine was a young man when enlisted in the Korean War after the war began.  In the army, he was sent to Korea in the fall of 1952 and fought there until the last day of the war, July 27, 1953. During his time in the Korean War, he worked with the Korean Civilian Corps and went on patrols throughout the Kumwha Valley.  After earning two Purple Hearts for injuries to his head, neck, and shoulder, Considine was able to meet up with his brother during the War.  John reenlisted in 1955 and was sent back to Korea from 1957-1958.

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Typical Day in Kumwha Valley as a Soldier

John J. Considine was embedded with the Korean Civilian Corps who built trenches and bunkers for the troops. Considine's job in the army was to look and listen for the enemy when out on patrol. He didn't get injured on any of these missions, but he knows of a unit of US troops that were all killed.

Tags: 1952 Battle of Triangle Hill, 10/14-11/25,Front lines,Living conditions

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2 Purple Hearts

John J. Considine earned two Purple Hearts of his time at the front line when his bunker was hit by a barrage of artillery. He was the only one that survived the attack in his bunker on March 24, 1953. He was sent back to the front line after three weeks of recovery from his head and neck wounds. After only 3 days back on the line, he was shot in the back of his shoulder while on a patrol and he was ejected over a 60-foot cliff.

Tags: Front lines

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A Family Affair

John J. Considine discusses his brother, Matthew, entering the Korean War after him. In January of 1953, John gets a call from his older brother who was drafted. He was in the Kumwha. During his time in Korea John saw his brother twice. In July John got to visit with his brother for two days during R&R and afterwards was informed he was to return home.

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

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