Korean War Legacy Project

Robert H. “Bob” Lewis

Bio

Robert H. “Bob” Lewis was born in Gary, Indiana. He was working as a delivery truck driver in Chicago, Illinois when he was drafted in November 1951. When he arrived in Pusan in December 1952, he was stationed with the B Battery Unit, 15th AAA supporting the 7th Infantry Division along the MLR. He served as a Corporal, and received 3 service bars, a Korean Service medal, United Nations Service medal, and National Defense ribbon for his service. Among the friends whom he recalls is Joe Kelly. After being discharged, he enrolled in University of Illinois.

Video Clips

Group Therapy and Camaraderie

This clip discusses how soldiers after WWII experienced the journey home after their service. During WWII, soldiers were in a solidified unit and were able to travel home together. Per Mr. Lewis, this camaraderie served as group therapy for the soldiers. After WWII, soldiers were shipped home individually, and were not able to experience the bonding that soldiers traveling together as a unit home, from a war, could possibly experience. Mr. Lewis also touches upon the fact that many contemporary soldiers suffer from PTSD.

Tags: Depression,Home front

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTUBbdcHwM8&start=990&end=1151

Early Training Prior to Korea

In this clip, Robert Lewis speaks about his basic training experience at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Additionally, he speaks his post basic training experience prior to being sent to Korea.

Tags: Basic training

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTUBbdcHwM8&start=0&end=148

First Experiences in Korea

In this clip, Robert Lewis talk about his experiences preparing for and traveling to Korea. He speaks of seasickness as well as his perceptions of what he expected. He believed he would “hear war” when he got off of the boat.

Tags: Impressions of Korea

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTUBbdcHwM8&start=161&end=347