Korean War Veteran Received Two Purple Hearts
Jack Stringer, born and raised in Moweaqua, grew up with soldiers sharing stories making World War II sound "fun." Stringer said he was "madder than hell" when the second World War ended before he was able to enlist.
He was so intrigued by the stories that he left high school at age 18 and enlisted in the Marines, serving from January 1950 to January 1954.
Stringer arrived in Korea on Sept. 15, 1950, when the Marines made an amphibious landing in Inchon, Korea. "It gave you a feeling of security," he said. "There were so many of us." The landing made it possible for South Korean allies to recapture Seoul later that month.
Another battle Stringer vividly remembers was the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, describing it as "very cold; very, very cold."
When nearly 120,000 Chinese troops came into the Chosin Reservoir, "that changed the game," Stringer said. The troops cut off the main road and railroad that supplied the Chinese troops." That was the object," he said.
Stringer received two Purple Hearts while fighting in the Korean War: one he from the head injury, and another from shrapnel going into his hand and knee. Stringer was also an expert rifleman and on a pistol shooting team. He left the service as a Staff Sergeant.
"As far as my feelings, I know one thing: I didn't want to get into any combat anymore," Stringer said. "It wasn't as fun as I thought it would be."
"It's far different than I thought it would be. I was watching all these movies from World War II, and it wasn't like that at all," Stringer said. "It was pretty scary."