Korean War Legacy Project

Richard K. Satterlee


Richard K. Satterlee was born in 1943 in Oak Park Illinois. Enlisting in the United States Army in 1963, he first served in the 43rd Surgical Hospital and later in the Personnel Service Company Detachment. He left Korea in 1966 but reenlisted in 1974 to satisfy his love of travel. Richard K. Satterlee served 20 years in the Army and deployed to Korea three times in his career before retiring in 1991. During his service in Korea, he worked with high-ranking South Korean officers and even a South Korean General.



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The assassination of President Park Chung Hee: Unrest in South Korea

Richard K. Satterlee remembers the assassination of the President of South Korea. Park Chung-hee was assassinated by the chief of his intelligence service, Kim Jae-gyu. Referring to Park as a dictator, he describes student riots and the promotion of Korea's export economy.

Tags: Seoul,Impressions of Korea,Modern Korea,South Koreans

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Working for the Big Guys

Richard K. Satterlee reinlisted with the United States Army, trying to go to Vietnam. Instead, he traveled to Korea. He didn't know much about Korea before his arrival, but he enjoyed the country and the fact that his paycheck stretched pretty far while he was there. Stationed at Camp Red Cloud and Camp Mosier, he reported to high-ranking Korean officers.

Tags: Euijeongbu,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,South Koreans

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Riots and Road Construction

Richard Satterlee describes his various experiences while serving in Korea. Students rioted in 1965 to protest Park Chung-hee's efforts to trade with Japan. Labor issues arose when Korean house boys went on strike for better pay. Meanwhile, Korean women hauled rocks used in road construction. In one tragic incident, North Koreans killed two U.S. soldiers cutting down a tree in the DMZ.

Tags: Living conditions,North Koreans,Physical destruction,South Koreans,Women

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