Frank Dollins began serving his country in 1950 at the age of eighteen. He was soon stationed in Japan. In 1951, he was sent to Korea. The memories from that period of his life are still difficult for him to talk about. He remembers friends and fellow soldiers with fondness and respect. However, he was well aware of the seriousness of his mission. He recalled that it was not a situation in which they experienced much fun together. He sums it up best when he says “It’s not like TV… maybe more like a football game where everyone is fighting for ground until someone wins or dies or you run out of food or people.” He remembers being injured by shrapnel, noting that he left his own blood in Korea. Mr. Dollins served honorably and he continued to live his life with honor upon his return home. Today, he is thought of as a wonderful person who is much loved and respected. We are thankful for his service.
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