Robert Chisolm, influenced by the attack on Pearl Harbor, volunteered for WWII as a seventeen-year-old in 1942. He was trained as a paratrooper and joined the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, to participate in D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge. During the Korean War, he entered the war with the 187th Parachute Regiment 7th Infantry Division and led L Company during the Battle at Pork Chop Hill. While serving in the Vietnam war, he was an advisor in 1963 to train the South Vietnamese. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army.
Battle of Pork Chop Hill
Robert Chisolm shares how he was assigned to the 187th Parachute Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He recalls being stationed right near Pork Chop Hill in the Cheorwon Valley in defensive positions. He recounts how the Chinese attacked on July 25, 1953, (a few days before the ceasefire) and how he was tasked with calling for an artillery barrage.
Living Conditions During the Battle of Pork Chop Hill
Robert Chisolm recalls how he and others were not able to shower until they came returned to camp. He recounts sleeping inside a bunker near his trenches with three other men in the company command post.
Letters Home and Life on the Home Front
Robert Chisolm shares he married his childhood sweetheart in 1946 and wrote letters to her throughout the Korean War. He notes that she volunteered with the Red Cross. He recalls a time she had to ask the Red Cross to determine if he was alright after the Battle of Pork Chop Hill since their local newspaper wrote a large article about his regiment in that major battle.