Bobbie Browning

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

June 27, 1950

The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 83, authorizing UN member states to provide military assistance to South Korea. The Soviets, who could have vetoed the resolution, are boycotting the proceedings because the Nationalist government on Taiwan still occupies China’s seat on the Security Council. Seoul falls the following day.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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