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   George Zimmer
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War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Army
Unit: 955th Field Artillery Battalion
Service Location: Kumya, North Korea
Rank: First Lieutenant
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Arriving in Korea to be assigned to communications work for which he was not trained; his duties; coming under fire more often than he anticipated. (02:29) Poor condition of radios, left over from World War II; having one repairman available. (01:42) Receiving brand-new equipment in April 1953 but still experiencing difficulties; confrontation with a South Korean general accusing him of holding one of his men hostage; learning later that the general was nicknamed "the Butcher" and had publicly executed three of his men for failing to do their duty. (08:25)
A close encounter, possibly of the third kind, on a nighttime Korean road. (04:54) June 8, 1953: coming under attack from artillery shells while laying communication lines; their work undone and trying to redo it; his unit losing more men in the last weeks of the war than in all previous months. (06:39) Thousands of North Koreans POWs released from a camp in the South on June 18, 1953, blending in with population; Zimmer and his driver making their way through a crowd of suspicious-looking men who may have been enemy soldiers in disguise as monks. (06:55)
Last-ditch Chinese attack on July 13. (09:42) Last-ditch Chinese attack on July 13. (03:23) Events on the day of the armistice; some random firing from enemy; eerie feeling with absence of sights and sounds of war. (03:43)
  
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