Korean War Legacy Project

Richard Miller

Bio

Richard Miller was born on May 24, 1933. He joined the National Guard and was activated by President Truman to serve in Korea. He only spent six weeks in Korea, his first time away from home, before he was forced home to finish school, per educational state law. After he finished school, Richard Miller was still subjected to the draft, so he enlisted in the Army. He was required to attend basic training all over again, and he became a training Platoon Sergeant. Later in life, his work took him all over the world where he experienced the emerging economy of Korea.

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What Direction is Korea from Japan?

Richard Miller discusses aptitude testing required for service eligibility. He states that many of the questions focused on the geography of East Asia, particularly the location of Korea in relation to Japan.

Tags: Prior knowledge of Korea

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyfvBID5p-o&start=624&end=727

Truant from High School While in Korea

Richard Miller was sent to Fort Ord for leadership school after he illegally joined the military after his sophomore year of high school. He was in an advance group to Pusan, Korea in 1950 for six weeks on a fact finding mission for training purposes. He had to return to California for high school because a truant officer found out he was not in high school and was violating state law because he was under 18 and not enrolled in high school. He was honorably discharged in February 1951 so he could return to high school.

Tags: Basic training

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyfvBID5p-o&start=282&end=620

Return Trips to Korea After the War

Richard Miller has returned many times to Korea on business, including visits to Pusan and Incheon. He worked for a company that did petrochemical refinery work. He said the Korean government mandated half the material had to be from Korea. He had a job offer from Hyundai manufacturing.

Tags: Busan,Incheon,Impressions of Korea

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyfvBID5p-o&start=1129&end=1265

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