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The Grahams’ of Cochran County – Chapter 57

The Graham siblings about 1934 after the death of Beatrice Graham. She was the second born child of G. A. Graham and Bessie Graham. Beatrice died of meningitis. Pictured is tallest: Marguerite then George with Leola on his left. Janie, the shortest of the bunch, the Bob next to her then yours truly Charles chewing on something with Katie to my left the Mary to the left of Katie.

The Grahams’ of Cochran County – Chapter 57

Charles Graham who is shown in the caption above with the funny hat on top of his head was now over his head in Korean War. Actually he and his lst Battalion of the 32nd Infantry had been relieved from the front lines in Korea. They were behind the lines a few miles so they could take a bath after two weeks in the same clothes. The section that set up these bath stations would give the soldier a large bag to put there personal possessions in and these were secured in lockers. The troops then stripped to birthday clothes and stepped into these showers that were set up near a creek. Water was heated up and each soldier was given a bar or soap. Lather down and come out the other side were the instructions. A clean towel was thrown to each soldier and just beyond that station we were given shirts, pants, socks new boots if we needed them. We never saw the old clothes again. They probably burned them.

We then were given a few days off to write home and visit a portable Canteen where we could purchase tooth paste etc. There was a very popular mail call. My oldest sister Marguerite who is the tallest in the picture above sent me some stationary and I was glad to have that to write a few letters back home.

There was a lot of criticism of Truman for not letting MacArthur use the atomic bomb against the hordes of Chinese Communist fighters who chased us out of North Korea and were heading south over the 38th parallel. We were wondering why we did not get enough air support on the missions we were doing on those hills just north of us. We were wondering when we would get out of this God forsaken place.

Here it was in February and March of 1951 and I was wondering when the powers that be were going to start rotations home. I got to Korea in 1948 and my enlistment should have been up in October 1950. I did not like Truman very much for extending my enlistment without my permission. I was not alone in those sentiments.

I was beginning to wonder about my sanity for joining Company B of the 32nd Infantry. I thought I was getting a ticket to leave for the states early and here I was getting equipped to return to the front lines in a few days. One of the medics in our group started getting yellow eyeballs and he got out right away. I was wondering how did he do that? Some said he may have taken too much of that anti malaria stuff.