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

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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