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"The thing that bothered me more than anything when I was over there was children, stepping on land mines, having to work on them." (Video interview, 14:33).

   James O. Stapleton
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James Stapleton [detail from video]
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Army
Unit: 25th Infantry Division; 2nd Division; GHQ (General Headquarters) 1st Raider Company, X Corps
Service Location: Japan; Korea
Rank: Corporal
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Ten days after marrying his wife, 21-year-old Corporal James Stapleton shipped out to Korea. Assigned to serve as a medic for an elite Army Rangers platoon, the dangers of combat, even for medical personnel, quickly became evident: on his first patrol, he spotted a helmet on the ground that bore both a Red Cross and a bullet hole. While he endured frostbite on his ears, he was spared serious injury. After four months with the Rangers, he served with a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit, eventually returning home to his new bride in 1952.

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Assignment to serve with an Army Rangers platoon; going on patrol; weaponry used. (01:45) High incidence of land mine casualties; treating Korean civilians. (00:43) Funny incident which took place on a patrol. (00:36)

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