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USMC Tanker's Korea: The War in Photos, Sketches, and Letters Home Hardcover – February 1, 2001

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From the Author

Every since I arrived home to the United States of America from the Korean War battlefields I promised myself that someday I wanted to write about my experiences as a youth and as a Marine in Korea. I wanted to honor all those that served there no matter what branch of service. However my main reason was to honor those that were my friends and buddies that were killed and wounded while serving our country and the South Koreans who were brutally attacked by the North Koreans and Communist Chinese.

When I had the opportunity to finally write my first manuscript draft just a few years ago, I posted a few pages on a web site. I received several requests for a copy of my manuscript from those that served there as well as wives, daughters, sons and friends that either lost someone in the Korean War or could never get their husband, father or friend to talk about what they that survived had gone through. I even received a request from a high school student. I sent a copy of my manuscript to each one.

By God's grace I found a publisher that wished to publish my Korean War memoirs and it has been published just about a month before I boarded a ship destined for Korea. That was 50 years ago.

So, Mondal Ammons from Sweetwater, Texas; Robert "Red" Wheeler from Bakersfield, California and Leonard Todd of Austin, Texas...you have been with me all these years since you were killed serving your country. I will never forget you. Nor will I forget other buddies that served or were wounded or have since passed away. Ron Bay, Ernie Crawford, Lt. Joe Muser, Capt. Milton Raphael, SSgt Chris Sarno, Richard Drayer, Cecill Abbott, Shirley Cavender, John Putis, Raymond Faup, Virgil Cassady, John J. Campbell, George R. Saunders, Ashworth, Bill Koutz, "Doc" Holiday, and so many more including my Korean Marine Corps friend I called "Pisano."

Roger "Rog" G. Baker

About the Author

Roger G. Baker was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 2, 1932 and was the third child of Ralph W. Baker and June Worthington Baker. He has an elder sister, Bettie Jane Windsor, an elder brother, Ralph W. Baker Jr. and a younger brother, Barry W. Baker. His family moved to the desert of Pearblossem, California when he was about two years old. His earliest memories there, was walking over the barren desert among sidewinders and at night hearing the lonely cries of coyotes. The family eventually moved to Culver City, California where he attended Culver City Grammar School and Alexander Hamilton High School in West Lost Angeles. He was active in all sports, especially football. He spent summer vacations during high school at YMCA camp as an assistant lifeguard, camping and fishing one summer with a friend at Big Bear Lake. At the age of 16 he and his same friend, Gene Chamberlain, worked their way across much of the United States for three months starting out in a 1936 Oldsmobile. They dug ditches in New Mexico; delivered circulars for a market Grand Opening in Oklahoma; worked the wheat harvest in Kansas and Nebraska and potato farms in Minnesota. Roger joined the United States Marine Corps and was inducted on January 20, 1951 at age 18. After 10 weeks of boot camp at the USMC recruitment center in San Diego, he was then trained as a combat infantryman at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California. He spent a year in the Korean War with the 3rd Platoon, Able Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division with over 11 months of front line combat from July 1951 through July 1952, first as a loader and then as a tank gunner. Upon his return to the United States he spent some time in the Naval hospital as a result of a war injury. He was honorably discharged on January 19, 1954. After a year studying as a commercial artist at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and later working as a salesman for Nehi Beverage Company, be joined Executone of Southern California, an international telecommunications company, as an outside salesman in October 1956. He owned and ran his own Executone Distributorship (Executone of Hawaii, Ltd.) in Hawaii from 1962—1975. He continued his career with Executone both in sales and as the VP/GM for Executone of Colorado from 1978—1987 and later as the manager for two long distance companies in Southern California. Roger has four adult children, Dan Baker, Ellen Baker Rich, James Baker and Clint Baker. He resides in Pensacola, Florida with his wife of 23 years. After passing the Florida State Real Estate Sales exam, he sold real estate. In 1998 and 1999, he and his wife, Jan, were injured in serious automobile accidents, from which they are recovering. Roger is a Disabled American Veteran.

Product details

  • Publisher : Elderberry Press (February 1, 2001)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1930859058
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1930859050
  • Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.56 x 9.02 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

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