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

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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