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
April 25, 1951
Vastly outnumbered UN forces check the Chinese advance on Seoul at the Battles of Kapyong and the Imjin River. Two Commonwealth battalions—the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment and the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment—rebuff an entire Chinese division at Kapyong, and 4,000 men of the British 29th Brigade stage a successful delaying action against nearly 30,000 troops of the Chinese 63rd Army at the Imjin River. Some 650 men of the 1st Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment (the “Glorious Glosters”), engage in a Thermopylae-like stand against more than 10,000 Chinese infantry at Imjin. Although the overwhelming majority of the Glosters are killed or captured, their sacrifice allows UN forces to consolidate their lines around the South Korean capital.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica
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