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
January 12, 1950
In a speech to the National Press Club, U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlines a U.S. Pacific defense posture that includes Japan and the Philippines but does not explicitly include Korea. In fact, he states that, “so far as the military security of other areas in the Pacific is concerned, it must be clear that no person can guarantee these areas against military attack.”
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica