Korean War Legacy Project

William Puls

Bio

William Puls was a junior in high school in Hempstead, New York, when the Korean War began.  After high school, he was drafted in 1952 to serve in the United States Army, then sent to serve as an Ammunition Bearer on the Korean War front. He explains being given duty as Nightwatchman on the ship journey to Japan, and later serving on stretcher duty to retrieve dead and wounded soldiers on the front.  After his military service, he became an electrician and later a safety director in a rendering company for many years.  He re-visited Korea in 2000 and in 2010, and shares his personal reflections upon traveling back.

Video Clips

Trench War and Stretcher Duty

William Puls describes his experience on trench patrol during the last part of the Korean War just before the Armistice. He describes fighting from a position at an outpost, then having to pick up dead bodies from the trenches, which were about three-hundred yards away. He shares the repercussions of having to fire massive amounts of ammunition during the fighting.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Fear,Front lines,Physical destruction,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNPGW2q14YE&start=469&end=658

The Impact of the Forgotten War

William Puls describes his revisits to South Korea in 2000 and 2010. He explains his amazement at the cleanliness and modernization of the cities in South Korea. He praises the South Koreans for their admiration and respect toward Korean War veterans. He shares his opinion on what can be done to resolve the continued division between the countries of North Korea and South Korea.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Incheon,Seoul,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,Message to Students,Modern Korea,North Koreans,Pride,Prior knowledge of Korea,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNPGW2q14YE&start=1027&end=1324

Nightwatchman and No Bath

William Puls describes arriving in Korea, and recalls a number of soldiers who were sick from the journey at sea. He tells of the landing at Incheon, and being transported to the front on Christmas Hill. He describes the circumstances of fighting for twenty-one consecutive days without being able to stop to shower because of the intensity. His references are in reflection of the fighting shortly before the Armistice.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Incheon,Food,Front lines,Living conditions,Weapons

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNPGW2q14YE&start=192&end=463

Photos

Williams Puls

Pictured is twenty year-old William Puls, at basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He is wearing his army uniform.
The photograph was taken in 1952.

Williams Puls

William Puls in front of Quonset Huts

William Puls is pictured standing in front of a Quonset hut. He helped build both the hut and the H Company sign. He is holding his equipment in the picture.

William Puls in front of Quonset Huts

William Puls next to 4.2 mm Mortar

William Puls is pictured standing next to a 4.2 mm mortar. He is located with the 3rd Division in the picture. The photograph was taken in 1954.

William Puls next to 4.2 mm Mortar

Shower Near Inje, 1953

Pictured is a shower next to a stream where the soldiers could bathe. They used kerosene heaters inside of the drum to warm the 55 gallons of water in the container. The water would then be spilled into a trough with holes.

Shower Near Inje, 1953

William Puls next to 81 mm mortar

William Puls is pictured kneeling next to an 81 mm mortar. The mortar was actually used during the Korean War. He spent much of his time working with mortars during his service in the war.

William Puls next to 81 mm mortar

William Puls Resting

William Puls is pictured resting at a reserve area. The area was where the 45th Division stayed when fighting stopped. The photograph was taken in front of a tent.

William Puls Resting

20 year old William Puls at basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky wearing arm uniform. Taken 1952

20 year old William Puls at basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky wearing arm uniform. Taken 1952

Puls posing at Fort Knox, Kentucky 1952

Puls posing at Fort Knox, Kentucky 1952

Puls with friend in Korea after the war in Aug 1953 in Inje, NW section of DMZ

Puls with friend in Korea after the war in Aug 1953 in Inje, NW section of DMZ

Puls at Inje Aug 1953

Puls at Inje Aug 1953

Puls with friend Henry on left at Inje 1953

Puls with friend Henry on left at Inje 1953

Puls sitting in the snow wearing special Mickey Mouse Boots (called because of its resemblance to Mickey Mouse's boots) which helped keep one's feet warm. Taken in winter of 1953

Puls sitting in the snow wearing special Mickey Mouse Boots (called because of its resemblance to Mickey Mouse's boots) which helped keep one's feet warm. Taken in winter of 1953

Mess hall where the H Company ate. Will helped make the building (he was a carpenter's helper)

Mess hall where the H Company ate. Will helped make the building (he was a carpenter's helper)

Tents where the soldiers slept

Tents where the soldiers slept

NW area of Korea, which is not far from DMZ

NW area of Korea, which is not far from DMZ

NW area of Korea, which is not far from DMZ

NW area of Korea, which is not far from DMZ

William Puls (L) and William Oelkers ( R) who was in the same platoon as Puls. Taken on June 25, 1998 at Hauppage Korean War Monument in Long Island

William Puls (L) and William Oelkers ( R) who was in the same platoon as Puls. Taken on June 25, 1998 at Hauppage Korean War Monument in Long Island