Joseph Lewerk

Initially in the Connecticut Army National Guard following graduation from high school, Joseph George Lewerk (16 Nov 1927, Connecticut – 28 May 1966, Los Angeles, California) was presumably activated and deployed for federal service at the beginning of Korean War. He was possibly located at Hill 222, just north of the Imjin River and above the Wyoming OPLR in late 1950 through mid-1950.

Based on the only 2 photos I have of him associated with his time in the ROK and unverified family stories, he may also have been present for occupation duty after World War II. One photo is of the Roman Catholic cathedral in Daegu and the other (posted as the profile image with a fellow soldier named “Cope” to the right) is in front of a probable Japanese colonial era monument, also presumably in Daegu. He completed his draft registration card on 16 Nov 1945.

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Korean War - Key Events

October 25, 1950

Having destroyed the bulk of the North Korean army, UN troops have pressed on into North Korea and are now approaching the Yalu River. Chinese People’s Volunteers Force (CPVF) troops under veteran commander Gen. Peng Dehuai cross into North Korea and inflict serious losses on the lead units of the UN advance. The sudden appearance of Chinese forces sends the main body of UN forces reeling back to the south bank of the Ch’ŏngch’ŏn River.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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