It's Photo Friday, and you know what that means...well, pretty much what it says, photos upon this sunny Friday. And don't I have a doozy. I know I say that every week, but I MEAN IT every week! I was looking at some photos of a handsome mid century couple and their pretty much adorable offspring when I came across a whole slew of photos the father had taken in Korea during the US involvement in that conflict. BUST. MY. BUTTONS. These are even better than a lot of the history books, owing to tank driver/photography enthusiast Roy Hatch's keen eye for a good picture, and the jaw-dropping clarity of the Kodachrome color slides after all these years.
I don't know nearly enough about the in's and out's of military life and especially at this particular place and time, so I'll just share with you the photos that really caught my eye and look like they came directly from a Spieldburg calibre movie about it, along with the flickr user's comments on each for identification purposes. I love that the dad chimed in on some of these! See the original posts (along with other user comments and extra photos) here, click right to start the progression.
|"C-124 loading troops from Seoul, South Korea to Kokura, Japan for R & R. Korea 1953"|
|"Lunch is Served"|
|"Tank Training with ROK Army"|
|"ROK Army Training"|
|"Big Gun School"|
|"Training with ROK Army"|
|"M-46's--This was the 2nd Platoon, 64th Tank Battalion. (Note each number starts with a 2 and 21 would be the platoon leaders tank)"|
|"View From the Tank"|
|"Children View from US Army Tank"|
|"Ride with a View"|
|"Boat Ride Home"|
So! I hope you enjoyed these photos, and remember to check out the rest of the photostream here. As always, I thank the people who took the pictures of yesteryear I enjoy digging up every week, almost as much as I thank the flickr user/family member for uploading them so the world could see little pieces of history on the internet for free. A treat indeed!
Have a great weekend! I am gone with the wind for this week, but I'll see you back here Monday! Take care (maybe I'll see you at the Flea Market, Tennesseans!). Til then.