Edward Conwisar (March 6th 1931- March 11 2015) was born in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish immigrant parents. His two older brothers served in World War II. Edward was drafted into the U.S . Army and assigned to an artillery unit within the 45th Infantry Division based in Oklahoma. Edward was deployed to South Korea in the Spring of 1952. He recalled the fierce fight during the Battle of Old Baldy. During the battle Edward told of firing intense artillery barrages as Chinese forces advanced toward the allied lines. He also told of a friendly fire incident that occurred as the USAF attempted to halt Chinese advances on their position. Among Edward’s other recollections was of the morale boost as Turkish troops passed through their position toward the front and of the extremes in weather on the peninsula. Upon returning to the United States, Edward was diagnosed with permanent profound hearing loss due to the concussive forces of firing the Howitzer cannons, requiring the life long use of hearing aids.
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