Urban “Barney” Koster

Urban “Barney” Koster was born on August 18, 1929 in Breda, Iowa. Barney was drafted and stationed for 18 months in Tokyo, Japan during the Korean War. Barney had the honor of serving in the Army’s Honor Guard. He and his unit protected General Douglas MacArthur and his successors during the Korean conflict. Barney recalled that the general’s home always required a minimum of three guards during the day and a minimum of five guards during the night. The men in his unit also were stationed in old bomb shelters that had been occupied by the Japanese during World War II. The Army’s Honor Guard had little turnover and few opportunities for promotion. Barney was discharged after his 18 months of service and returned to Iowa as a corporal. He continues to live in Iowa with his wife, Pat.


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Korean War - Key Events

June 27, 1950

The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 83, authorizing UN member states to provide military assistance to South Korea. The Soviets, who could have vetoed the resolution, are boycotting the proceedings because the Nationalist government on Taiwan still occupies China’s seat on the Security Council. Seoul falls the following day.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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