Korean War Legacy Project

Stanley I. Hashiro


Stanley I. Hashiro was drafted in the Army in 1952 after finishing business school in Honolulu, Hawaii.  After initiation, he soon found himself in the midst of the Korean War.  In the Korean War, he describes moving around Korea many times to different destinations and the conditions he inhabited there.  He also describes his job duties of processing medals and decorations for honored soldiers. He reflects on the legacy of the Korean War and the status of South Korea today.

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"I probably won't come home."

Stanley I. Hashiro had a long chaotic journey leaving Japan and arriving in Incheon, South Korea. He travelled from ship, train, and bus, having no clue where his final destination was. Stanley I. Hashiro realizes in this moment of his life that he is in the midst of the war now and probably will not come back home.

Tags: Incheon,Basic training,Fear,Front lines,Home front,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions

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Process to Receive an Award

Once Stanley I. Hashiro found his station in Korea, he was assigned his duties while in Korea. He worked on paper work to deliver special awards/decorations to combat soldiers. He reveals even how this had to be done in secret for soldiers who were Prisoners of War, due to their delicate situation.

Tags: Front lines,Living conditions,Pride

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Moving from Place to Place

Stanley I. Hashiro moved around a lot with his unit in Korea. He had to live in desolate conditions, taking baths in the river, and living in bombed out concrete buildings. Within the desolate mountain valleys was another location that Stanley I. Hashiro had to stay in the extreme weather conditions.

Tags: Cold winters,Fear,Front lines,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,Physical destruction,Poverty

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