Robert Roth

Robert Roth found himself  in Korea by way of Bloomsburg State College. Playing on a football scholarship, as a freshman, he wasn’t starting and receiving much playing time, so he left college and decided to play semi-professional football in the coal regions of Pennsylvania instead. As a result of leaving college, he had to report to the draft board as being eligible for the draft. In January of 1951, he was drafted into the Army where he served for the next two years. He did his basic training at Camp Polk in Louisiana. From there his unit was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia where they would perform artillery demonstrations at Fort Benning. In approximately March of 1952, he was sent to Korea. To get to Korea, his unit was flown to Washington and departed there by ship to Korea. The ship arrived at Incheon and was sent from there to the front line not far from Seoul to the Kumeu Valley (no-man’s land). His unit’s job was communications. He commanded six crews whose jobs were to lay communication wires throughout no-man’s land. He and his crew would be sent out at night to place communications wires to designated spots. They were frequently under fire, mostly by mortar. He was successful in his missions and was rewarded with additional responsibilities. At the time of discharge, he had about 35 men under him. He left Korea in approximately January of 1953.


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September 30, 2021 03:13 pm
Mary Huffman
Communications is such an important aspect of any war, but it was the difference between life and death during the Korean War. During my interviews of Korean War veterans, many of them recognize the bravery of the "communication boys." You should be so proud!

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Korean War - Key Events

July 27, 1953

Mark W. Clark for the UN Command, Peng Dehuai for the Chinese, and Kim Il-Sung for North Korea conclude an armistice ending hostilities. A demilitarized zone is created that roughly follows the prewar border along the 38th parallel. South Korean Pres. Syngman Rhee announces his acceptance of the agreement, but no representative of South Korea ever signs the document.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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