Korean War Legacy Project

Juan Manibusan


Juan Manibusan, a Guam native, enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served in Korea during the Korean War. He recounts injuries he sustained in battle and details his efforts to save a comrade in danger. He offers his impressions of Korea upon arrival and compares them to the time he spent as a child in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II. He supports the reunification of Korea and hopes that a permanent resolution may be made. He recounts his return home without a warm welcome and expands upon why he feels the Korean War is referred to as the Forgotten War.

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Friendly Fire and Fallen Comrades

Juan Manibusan recounts his efforts to save an injured comrade. Injured himself, he details lifting a badly wounded soldier from a bunker and applying a tourniquet to the soldier's leg before leaving to search for help. He describes descending into a valley and climbing another hill, searching for the safe zone. He shares that a hand grenade was thrown at him as friendly fire and recounts the moment they realized he was one of their own.

Tags: 1952 Battle of Old Baldy, 6/26-8/4,Fear,Front lines,Weapons

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Searching for Food Amidst Destruction

Juan Manibusan recounts his first impressions of Korea upon arrival. He remembers the poor shape of the country as well as observing people desperately searching for food. He compares it to his time spent as a child in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II. He also shares how his experiences there impacted his marriage.

Tags: Fear,Food,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,Physical destruction

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Thoughts on the War

Juan Manibusan shares a few of his thoughts on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and emphasizes that he would like to see a permanent resolution take place. He counts himself as a supporter for the reunification of Korea. He also adds his thoughts on why the Korean War is often referred to as the Forgotten War.

Tags: Home front,Impressions of Korea,Modern Korea,Pride

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