Paulino Lucino Jr.
Paulino Lucino Jr. is from Laredo, Texas and he was born in the middle of the Great Depression. His family maintained a ranch and were farmers. In seventh grade, Paulino Lucino Jr. had to drop out of school to help his family work on the ranch. After joining the Army, he was stationed in Korea from 1953-1954 as the Korean War was slowing down and preparing for a ceasefire. He is immensely grateful to have served in the United States military because it provided him with tremendous opportunities later on in life. During his service in the military, he learned English. Paulino Lucino Jr. used the GI Bill to go back to school and earn his GED diploma.
Growing Up in Boot Camp
Paulino Lucino Jr. was taught responsibility by serving the in Army. In boot camp, he had a lot of hard times, but although it was rough, it helped him later in life to accomplish his goals. Perseverance was a major life lesson that Paulino Lucino Jr. learned while in boot camp.
Paulino Lucino Jr. was never sure of his exact location when he was fighting in Korea. Often, he was put on the back of trucks or trains and had no idea where they were headed next. He felt that this was the most troublesome experience of his time in Korea.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)
Paulino Lucino Jr.'s job during the Korean War was a 81 millimeter mortar man. He still knows all of the details that he was taught during boot camp including the weight of the plate, barrels, and stakes he used. It was very hard to transport the 81 millimeter mortars on the Korean Peninsula's mountainous landscape.
The Korean War Armistice and Ceasefire
Paulino Lucino Jr. remembers in detail what it was like to be in Korea when the ceasefire was announced. He continued fighting until the last moments of the war. Since Paulino Lucino Jr. was stationed in Korea until 1954, he saw and felt the change in Korea during the year after the war.