Korea Vets Tell It Like It Was

‘Little Police Action’ Quickly Turned Grim For Local GIs

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Posted: July 27, 2013

Korean War veteran J.C. Saylor of Broadway picked up an array of “hardware” from his 11 months in combat. “They really didn’t say it was a war,” he says. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
J.C. Saylor of Broadway reminisces about his experiences in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Wounded repeatedly, he kept going through 11 months of combat. “I didn’t go to the hospital, they needed me there,” he says.
Korean War veteran J.C. Saylor of Broadway was at Fort Lewis, Wash., when he got his first inkling war was coming. “You guys aren’t going home to furlough, we’re going to Korea,” he was told. At the time, he didn’t know where Korea was.
J.C. Saylor of Broadway believes his war experiences were “too much for an 18-year-old to handle.” After 60 years, the emotional scars remain.
Dwight Miller, who lives at the Bridgewater Retirement Community, finds himself in the Cruise Book of His Crew Four, which flew PBM-5 “Sugar Easy Four” during its deployments.
Dwight Miller, who lives at Bridgewater Retirement Community, flew a PBM seaplane during and after the war.
BROADWAY — In March 1950, J.C. Saylor had a packed duffel bag and was preparing to leave Fort Lewis, Wash., where he worked in the Army base’s kitchen, to go home to New Market on furlough.

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