Korean War Legacy Project

Richard S. Smith

Bio

Richard “Dick” Smith enlisted in the U.S. Navy right out of high school. After his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Base, the Navy cut back its numbers, sending him to an active reserve unit until the outbreak of the Korean War. While serving in Korea aboard the USS New Jersey as a radioman and machinist mate, his ship largely patrolled the east coast of the country with occasional trips along the west coast as part of the Spring and Summer Offensives. For his dedication and service, he received an American Defense Service Medal, a Korean Service Medal with two stars, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Good Conduct Ribbon, an Expert Battleman Medal, a US Korean War Service Medal, a ROK Service Medal, and a Korean Presidential Medal. He is proud to have served his country and the Korean people.

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Patrolling the Coast of Wonsan

Richard S. Smith recalls his time ten months aboard the USS New Jersey was largely spent most of patrolling the east coast of Korea around Wonsan and occasional trips up the west coast He remembers a feeling of excitement about this experience as he knew he was well-trained and possessed the weapons to carry out his duties.

Tags: Wonsan,Chinese,Living conditions,Weapons

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Memories of the Korean War and Coming Home

Richard S. Smith does not recall any really difficult parts of the war but he notes that this might because he was such a young man at the time. He remembers there were times he was pretty scared but that he really doesn't count that as a difficulty. He concludes that the happiest time of his service was the coming home which included a trip through the Panama Canal and an awaiting soon-to-be bride.

Tags: Fear,Home front

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Photos

Richard Smith in front of palm trees

Richard Smith in front of palm trees

The Battle for the Battleships 1

The Battle for the Battleships 1

The Battle for the Battleships 2

The Battle for the Battleships 2

The Battle for the Battleships 3

The Battle for the Battleships 3

The Battle for the Battleships 4

The Battle for the Battleships 4

Description on "Charlie" Division - It is the "C" Division aboard the New Jersey that has as its job the efficient use and maintenance of all radio and teletype equipment used for communications.

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