USS Benevolence (AH-13)
Retired naval historian seeks survivors of sinking hospital ship USS Benevolence (AH-13) sunk in the Golden
Gate on August 25, 1950 with loss of 12 MSTS civil service personnel and 11 naval personnel (two missing).
Included are MSTS members; Mare Island Naval Shipyard employees; crewmen of USS SKAGIT (AKA-105); personnel of
Mare Island Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet and some 125 naval medical personnel aboard. Also seek contact with
survivors' relatives. Objective is collection of oral history, artifacts, etc. leading to publication of a book
memorializing the maritime disaster.
7801 Pebble Hi Drive
Tallahassee FL 32317-9665
(Posted: September 28, 2002)
Chinese/American Relationships in the Early 1950s
I am researching information for a book on the history of Western relationships with China and the Chinese
between the 17th century and the present day. I am particularly interested in the influence of the events in
Korea in the early 1950s on relationships between Chinese and Americans in the U.S. Were these relationships
severely damaged or did events continue pretty much as normal? If any veteran could contact me with a brief
description of his or her role during the Korean War I would be very grateful. My email address is
email@example.com. Thank you. My book is provisionally
titled China: a Yellow Peril? Western relationships with the Chinese from the 17th to the 21st century. And will
hopefully be available on Amazon before the end of July 2009. - Richard Muirhead
Operation Showdown (Triangle Hill)
I am writing a book about the battle of Triangle Hill (Operation Showdown) and the U. S. soldiers engaged in
hat and related battles along the MLR in Korea during 1952 and 1953. My father, now deceased, was in the 31st
Regiment, and fought and was wounded in the battle. I have been working on the book for the past 18 months. In
addition to extensive documentary research in the US and Korea, I have been interviewing veterans of the battle
and those who were in the service during that period. To date, I have interviewed or corresponded with over 100
veterans of the battle. The battle was fought by elements of the 7th US Infantry Division and the 5th US Air
Force. I would appreciate it if you would alert your members about my effort and encourage any veterans who have
knowledge of this battle and the other hill battles during October-November, 1952 to contact me. Thanks very
(Posted: April 1, 2002)
17th Infantry Regiment, Chosin
I'm an actor/writer/graphic artist, and I've been doing a fair amount of research for a story based in part
on my dad's experiences in Korea. He was a squad leader from July 1950 to April 1951 in the 17th Regiment. He
made it all the way up to the Yalu River before the CCF invaded and really made a mess of things.
There is one point where my dad's account differs from the official record, though, and it is in how elements
of the 17th got up there. According to the official account, after Inchon and the 1st liberation of Seoul, the
17th got driven back to Pusan, hopped on a troop ship which sailed up the east coast, landed in Iwon and made it
up to the Yalu from there. Whereas Dad's unit (his was 1st squad, 2nd platoon, Company K) marched all the way up
there past the 38th parallel, making it to the Yalu entirely over land.
The only times he recalls being on a troop ship during his tour were Tokyo to Pusan, Pusan to Inchon, Hungnam
to Pusan and finally out of the country on the completion of his time over there. Any way that can be clarified
from an official or semiofficial standpoint? I'd love to know the circumstances under which certain elements of
the 17th split off from the rest and had to make it up the Yalu the hard way.
(Posted: November 10, 2002)
I was a photo interpreter with the 67th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron based at Kimpo Air Base in late
1951 and early 1952. In one of the Mission Review Reports that I was writing, I came across a remarkable event
on the photographs I was interpreting. It still remains vivid in my mind, even with the passage of over 50
years. But the unfortunate part of it is I do not remember the date or coordinates of the event.
A reconnaissance aircraft was flying over an installation in northwestern North Korea. The facility looked a
lot like a typical Korean school building with a large field adjacent to it. In this field a large number of
POWs were creating a standing formation spelling out P-O-W. The P and the O were complete and they were still
forming the W, which if I recall correctly was about half finished. I wonder if any of the men imprisoned there
at that time ever made it back and are readers of this website.
I have made several attempts to get a copy of that reconnaissance photo from the National Archives, so far
unsuccessfully. They report to having a very limited staff and if a person cannot provide them with the
coordinates and a date, there is not much hope in acquiring those photos or a copy of the report I wrote.
If there were someone that was there and reads this, I would greatly appreciate hearing from him. The S/Sgt
that worked with me in Korea is collaborating with me in writing a book about reconnaissance and photo
interpretation during the first part of the Korean War.
9443 E. Heaney Circle
Santee, CA 92071-2919.
(Posted: November 10, 2002)
Greek Armed Forces in Korea
I live in Athens, Greece. I'm 31 years old and I work as a literary journalist. I'm researching the history
of the Greek armed forces in Korea. My father is a Korean War vet, though in the Air Force (2nd Lt., June
1951-August 1952), but my interest is not merely on the Air Force, but on the Battalion as well. With regards to
Greek soldiers, I want to know: how they fought, what they did, their relationship with US forces, anything that
you feel is interesting-even a negative comment (say, cases of cowardice on behalf of the Greeks, etc.). After
all, I'm trying to work on an objective historical account, not a Greek epic. Even small details would do. If
you know American soldiers who contacted Greeks during the war, please let me know. (Among other things, Greek
pilots, flying C-47 saved many US marines during the ordeal at Chosin in December 1950.
Yours sincerely, Elias Maglinis
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Posted: November 10, 2002)
UNC/US/Koreans during the Korean War
I am researching the effectiveness of the Combined Forces Command staff here in Korea today, but I need some
historical perspectives on how the UNC/US/Korean staffs worked during the Korean War. Focus is on G2, G3 and G4
staff interactions. Any and all comments and information will be greatly appreciated. Please give your sources,
names, dates, etc. Thanks.
Ltc. Pouliot, Combined Forces Command
USFK, Yongsan, Korea
(Posted: December 26, 2002)
I am a filmmaker from Oregon who is making a documentary about the Hungnam evacuation. If you know of anyone
who I should interview for this film, please let me know. Thanks for your help.
White Knuckles Productions
3633 Franklin Ave
Astoria OR 97103
(Posted: November 2, 2004)
I am researching a group of South Korean actresses who were parachuted behind enemy lines in late 1950. Their
mission was to attach themselves as concubines to high-ranking North Korean or Chinese officers, extract any
information, and escape back to friendly lines. Upon return, they would give a special password and be debriefed
by U.S. Intelligence. They were known as Rabbits and were part of Operation Aviary.
I spoke to BG Heine Aderholt, who was the pilot for several of the drops, and he indicated that no records
were kept of the operations and that a Lt. Robert Brewer was their handler. However, Brewer has since passed
away. Additionally, I contacted Ed Evanhoe and Michael Haas, both of whom are experts in Korean War Special
Operation. Unfortunately, they, too, are tapped out.
If you come across any information, please let me know. I am the author of Silent Warriors: The Alamo Scouts
Behind Japanese Lines; Elite Warriors: 300 Years of America's Best Fighting Troops, and other books on U.S.
Special Operation, and am the historian for the Alamo Scouts Association. Many of our members are also veterans
of the Korean War.
1816 W. Broughton Ct., Peoria, IL 61614
(Posted: August 13, 2005)
I have been trying to find some written history on an event my outfit was in called Operation Mousetrap.
I have read a couple of books on the Korean War and in one, written by a Marine, he mentioned the event but he
was in the 5th Regiment and they did not take part in this battle. In searching for any information on
your website, I found pictures of Operation Mousetrap. It was a real surprise as I have some of the
identical pictures. The Mairne in the foxhole took the pictures. He was in the battle but in a
different unit than I was, however, several weeks later I met up with him and got copies of the same pictures.
I am still looking for some history of the operation. It was no great event in the eyes of some, I
guess, but to us who were there it was pretty hairy at times. Maybe someday someone will write the story
Contact: F.R. (Bud) Cavin Jr., USMC (50-53), email@example.com.