Korean War Legacy Project

Theodore Paul

Bio

Theodore Paul enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1950 and served in the Korean War as part of the 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion. He participated in two of the most memorable battles during the Korean War–the Battle of Inchon Landing and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He reflects on his experiences in the military during both, admitting his fears at the time but adds that he did what he had to do just like every other serviceman. He is proud of his service and expresses that it was an honor to have served. He applauds modern day Korea for its development since the war, from total devastation to world power.

Clips

We're Going to War!

Theodore Paul describes how he received the news of the outbreak of the Korean War. He recounts playing baseball with other fellow corpsmen when a truck drove onto the field with the driver yelling for them to get in the truck because they were going to war in Korea. He adds that he knew where Korea was due to having a grammar school teacher who taught his class where countries were.

Tags: Home front,Living conditions,Prior knowledge of Korea

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbODicPiq4E&start=180&end=414

Chinese and Napalm in the Chosin Reservoir

Theodore Paul recalls his experience at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He describes it as disturbing and shares memories of seeing napalm dropped. He recounts fighting the Chinese from all directions.

Tags: 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, 11/27-12/13,Chinese,Fear,Front lines,Physical destruction,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbODicPiq4E&start=1241&end=1395

Reflections on Service

Theodore Paul reflects on his service and participation in two of the most memorable battles during the Korean War--the Battle of Inchon Landing and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He admits that he was scared but did what every other soldier does. He applauds Korea's development since the war and commends the efforts of the Korean people to become a world superpower.

Tags: 1950 Inchon Landing, 9/15-9/19,1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, 11/27-12/13,Incheon,Fear,Front lines,Impressions of Korea,Message to Students,Modern Korea,Pride

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbODicPiq4E&start=2259&end=2475