Korean War Legacy Project

Robert Fickbohm

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Robert Fickbohm experienced the Korean War as a scout dog handler with the 26th Infantry Scout Dog Division. He speaks highly of the role the scout dogs played during the war. He shares multiple stories of dogs saving the lives of American soldiers. He explains that a brotherhood has formed between scout dog handlers from World War II to present. He recounts the day the Armistice was signed and details his return home to the States.

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Infantry Scout Dogs Saving Lives

Robert Fickbohm explains the role and duties of the scout dog in the Korean War. He shares multiple stories of scout dogs saving the lives of American soldiers. He recounts the importance of the scout dog during the war and elaborates on its ability to sense danger.

Tags: Chinese,Front lines,Pride,South Koreans,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FiMcwHI_as&start=943&end=1660

Friendships and Brotherhood among Dog Handlers

Robert Fickbohm explains that friendships were made within the 26th Infantry Scout Dog Division. He shares that a brotherhood has formed not only within his particular unit but among all dog handlers in the military, from World War II to present. He discloses that he continues to share his experiences with United States Army Special Operations teams.

Tags: Home front,Living conditions,Pride

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FiMcwHI_as&start=2403&end=2610

And Then The Firing Stopped

Robert Fickbohm recounts the day the Armistice was signed. He shares that the artillery on both sides continued and that he and the men he was with did not think there was going to be a truce. He recollects that late that night, the firing stopped and it was completely quiet.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Chinese,Front lines,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FiMcwHI_as&start=2708&end=2823

Return Home

Robert Fickbohm details his return home. He expresses that there was very little attention paid to the veterans returning and that it was rather disappointing. He does mention that it was a better reception than that given to Vietnam veterans.

Tags: Home front,Impressions of Korea

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FiMcwHI_as&start=2953&end=3026