Bobbie Edward Browning was from Kayford, West Virginia. He was born December 28, 1931, and by the time he was 14, he was an orphan. He enlisted in the army on June 25, 1950: the same day the war officially began. He was 18. He went to basic training first at Fort Knox and then at Fort Belviour in Virginia where he married the girl he grew up next door to on October 9, 1950. She took a train there, they got married in Alexandria, and then she went back to WV. He was sent to Korea shortly thereafter. He never talked much about his time there until near the end of his life. He was stationed in El Paso after he came home from Korea and he worked on the bomb project at White Sands, NM. He was with the second guided missile group putting V1 and V2 missiles on the pad for launch. After his discharge he went back to WV but there were no jobs other than coal mining so he and his wife moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he became an electrician at a steel mill. He worked there for 35 years and raised 4 children. They were married for 58 years before he died of lung cancer on January 16, 2009.
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Korean War - Key Events
December 6, 1950
The U.S. Marines at the Chosin Reservoir begin their “attack in a different direction” as they engage in a fighting retreat to the port of Hŭngnam. Two entire Chinese armies have been tasked with the destruction of the 1st Marine Division. They succeed in driving the American force from North Korean territory but pay an enormous price: as many as 80,000 Chinese troops are killed or wounded, and the CPVF Ninth Army Group is rendered combat-ineffective for months. “Frozen Chosin” becomes one of the most-storied episodes in U.S. Marine Corps history.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica