Korean War Legacy Project

Werner Lamprecht


Werner Lamprecht was born in Yorktown, Texas. He lived on a farm before his family moved into town. He graduated from Yorktown High School at age sixteen and worked at a bank until he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1951. After basic training, he was sent to Japan where he initially folded maps to be used in Korea by pilots. He then became a typist, and he was eventually moved into cryptography where he deciphered incoming messages and then coded outgoing messages. He left the Navy in 1955 and has never been to Korea, but he said he is amazed at what modern-day Korea has become. He shares that being in the Navy impacted him because it made him more independent.

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Cryptography in Japan

Werner Lamprecht discusses going to Japan in March of 1952 and remaining in Japan during the Korean War. He shares that during his time in Japan, he folded maps all day long for Navy and Marine pilots, was a typist, and then served as a cryptographer receiving classified information. He recalls how some of the messages he decoded were disheartening.

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Impact of the Navy

Werner Lamprecht explains the Navy impacted his life after returning home. He shares he learned how to be independent even though he missed his wife and parents. He expresses that the experience changed him from a little man to a big man. He notes he has not been to Korea but shares his amazement of what the Korean government has done for Korean War veterans.

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Modern Day Korea

Werner Lamprecht discusses reading the book "Korea Reborn" in one night, and he describes his amazement of the progress South Korea has made since the end of the Korean War. He blames Stalin for extending the war by two years because Stalin wanted North Korean prisoners of war (POWs) to be returned even though the POWs did not want to return to North Korea to live under communism. He supports reunification as long as North Korea agrees to our terms.

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