Korean War Legacy Project

Richard Preston Vaughn


Richard Vaughn (84) was born in St. Elmo, Illinois. His family moved to Texas when he was young. After high school, he briefly attended the University of Texas at Austin. He was working at a grocery store in Salem, Illinois when he was drafted into the US Army in December 1950. He completed basic training followed by Leadership School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In June 1951, he arrived in Pusan and was stationed at Chuncheon in HQ Company, 7th Infantry Division as a Sergeant. During his time in Korea, he served in two campaigns and received a National Korean Service Medal, two UN Korean Service Medals, ROK Korean War Service Medal, Overseas Service, National Defense Service Medal, 50th/60th Anniversary ROK Commemorative Medal. After returning home from his rotation in 1952, he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas and participated in an atom bomb test at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada on May 25, 1952. Upon his discharge in September 1952, he went to work for a Texas Electric Service Company, where he worked until 1998 doing various jobs ranging from meter reader to payroll and personnel. Today, his hobbies include woodworking and he belongs to KWVA Chapter 215, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Picking Up The Dead After A Battle

Richard Vaughn talks about his memories of picking up dead enemy soldiers after a battle near where he was stationed.

Tags: Chuncheon,Daegu,Communists,Front lines,North Koreans

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