THE GRAHAMS’ OF COCHRAN COUNTY – CHAPTER 59
After my squad had delivered the prisoners to the lst Battalion area we then were transported by jeeps up to the front again. This time we were crossing the 38th Parallel that used to be the dividing line between North and South Korea before the war started. Our task was to probe the area going north to find the enemy. I was hoping that we would find some more enemy that were willing to give themselves up and not give us any fight. We were north of the town of Inje and close to the Hongch’on Reservoir. We were involved in an operation that the big wigs called Operations Rugged and Dauntless. I think they liked to use those big words to impress themselves. All it meant to me and my squad was more walking and climbing hills and trying to get shot at so we could find the enemy.
At night we would secure a hill and the surrounding road so we could keep the enemy from getting behind us and causing havoc. These Chinese especially liked to do just that. When we would stop for the night we dug fox holes and put out watch stations out front with trip wires to set off flares to notify us of welcomed guests. The next morning we would retrieve all the wires and flares to be used at the next stop. From April lst to April 11th we made good headway and found only a few stragglers who were wounded or just had had enough war. It was on the evening of April 11th that the Captain came up to my position and said “Graham you are being rotated home tomorrow”. With that good news I started digging my foxhole a few feet deeper.
True to the Captain’s comments, just after morning chow a jeep came up on the road and I took my gear and headed behind our lines to be processed and get out of this terrible unfriendly environment. I did ask the jeep driver to stop by the 7th Division Headquarters area so I could see my old buddies from the G-3 section. One of my buddies was Robert Tate and he snapped a picture of me leaving the front that I did not know about until I make contact with him 60 years later.
It is interesting to know that Truman fired MacArthur that same day so I can say I share significant history with one of our Generals.