51st Sig Bn

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Purpose of the website is to provide help those that served in Korea during the "Cold War Era" or what has become known as "2nd Korean War" among other titles, as well at those that served there during other times. We attempt to provide information and help for any looking, including finding others that served, information as to what took place, where it happened and documents or other media that would be of interest to them, regardless of where they were in Korea or when they served. The site changes frequently, so check back often.

UPDATED - September, 2017


Latest Veteran Contact


One recent contact is Robert (Bob) McCullough, C Company, Jul-69 to Jul-70. Bob has provided us with our newest yearbook as well, bringing the total yearbooks to 22. It is Company C, 1969-1970, thanks Bob. I have yet to "harvest" the names and add them to the "Roster" but will before long.

Other recent ones include Gerald Hobbs, B Company Oct 1970 - Nov 1971, when they moved to Camp Red Cloud. And Gil Avila who was in HqHq Company in 1957-1958 and looking for others.

Wayne L. Varnadore A nice contact with Wayne about our service at the 51st Signal Battalion. He got there in 1968 and in May became the commanding officer of Headquarters Company replacing Patrick O'Connel. Upon returning the US and completion of active duty he became a dentist and is still in the practice today. The talk brought back a lot of memories of his service in Korea and we were glad to get hold of him and talk about old service times and people.

James Gallegos just contacted us by email and provided some new pictures for our picture gallery. Thank you James. James was in Korea in D Company and was a lineman there and then went to Hq Co as a driver to finish out his tour. Be sure to check out the gallery and see his new photos if you were in D Company and other photos that may have been added since you were last there.

Just had a nice phone conversation with another of our 51st Signal Battalion Veterans, Barry Greenstein who was the Hq Company Clerk and was there during 1966 through early 1968, a total of about 22 months. He sent us an email through the website and he may even have another yearbook that we do not yet have on our website! It's those 51st Veterans that provide the yearbooks and pictures for all of us to enjoy and bring back memories from so many years ago. And those of us left really enjoy their willingness to share them with us. Thanks to each and every one of you.

One veteran that contacted us and served with us in 51st Signal Battalion is George J. Miceli. He served in Company B and later Company D as a lineman from 5 Aug 67 to 17 Jan 68. I have added him to the "Found" list on the right.

Thank you for the responses we get from each of you about our website!

We get a number of emails relating to the website and it's existance here, but it is ones like this that keeps us wanting to put in the effort and keeping it online and able to be used and enjoyed by each of you, for whatever reason.

"I want to thank you for putting me in contact with XXXXXXXX. His letter and papers I received from XXXX on B co 51st signal contributed to my service claim for prostate cancer that was granted."



Newest Yearbook Additions!

Yearbooks can be found in our Gallery linked just to the right of here.
Also, check out the "Found" listings! HERE

Yet another yearbook two more yearbooks are here and online! Thanks to Ray Lusebrink and Richard Moore Richard had several assignments while at the 51st including XO of D Company, CO of Hq Co and as Battalion Adjutant during his 68-69 tour there. Ray got there in 1969 and when he was promoted to 1LT in October he took over Hq Company Commander spot. While all the other books have the year or years on the front of them, this one for 1969 D Company does not, but the inside cover does say ----- 69 -----.

Also thanks to Juan Valdivia for providing the yearbook for D Company 1968 that has been added to our gallery. A great collection of memories for all to review and each addition, whether yearbooks, photos or memorabilia. When you just can't remember something because of the amount of time that has passed, these additions and the possible ability to connect with others that were there are invaluable to us veterans that served in Korea. We are always looking for additions to the site so contact us so that we can include what you have as well.

A new yearbook has appeared thanks to another new contact, Larry King, B Company 1968-1969. Had a few nice phone conversations with him after he contacted us wanting to know how he can share his yearbook on the site too since it was not already there.

We are now at a total of 22 yearbooks.



Several Have Said They Would Send Pictures But Haven't As Yet

Some of you have said you would send us pictures and things to include in the site, but seem to have forgotten about it. PLEASE take some time to look for what you have so that we may continue to add to the site. So many enjoy going through those old pictures from the past and remembering some of those that are in them or the places that so many saw while there. Let's keep adding to it, look for things that would be of interest to those that were there and contact us about including them in the site.



Recent 51st Vets Found and inquiries

Another 51st recent contact is Jack Johnstone, Company A Feb 68 to May 69 working on generator maintenance both on and off compound.

Had contact with two more that served with 51st, John Socki (recently deceased), William (Dick) Garris and Greg Maliska. All were in Hq Co and one in A Co as well during their time there.

Spent a couple days exchanging email with James M. Sterling -Jim who was with the 51st from April 69 to May 70. He worked in the intellegence section (S2/3) and replaced SFC Bennett when he came.

Another Veteran found, WO Columbus H. Mize Jr. "John". Was just able to speak with him on the phone and enjoyed the conversation. Glad to add another to the list of "Found 51st Signal Battalion Veterans! Slowly but surely we are adding to those that have been contacted and sharing the memories of our service years.

Others contacting us include:
Lonnie Smaaladen 68-69 hq Co, Bob Mason 74-75 B Company, Frank Monroe 72-73, Thomas Dolan 65-66 D Company, James E Tribble 67-68 B Company, Hubert Francis 67-68 B Company, Marie J Grimes (husband: Johnny A. Grimes - 55th MP, deceased), William Farrell, Al Ortiz 70-71 A Company, >Mike Butler hq 64-65, Antonio Tony Macias 69-70 B Company, Bob McCullough 69-70 C Company, Gary Moore 69-70 55th MP, Robert Kubrick Jr 68 A Company, William Earl Todd 70-71.

Robert Kubrick, like many others, are trying to locate and get back with friends from that time, he specifically mentioned GARY THERRIAUT and RICHARD BLACK. It would thrill many of the vets that have contacted us to be able to get hold of others that served with them. If you are one that served there, please contact us and we will try to help you get together with others that are looking for you.



Recent Website Changes

We have now added an additional feature to the website and included many of those that have recently and over time contacted us. To see those that we have included visit the list HERE. We believe that all have been included but if you have contacted us and your name is not on there, please contact us so that you may be included. If you are a first time visitor here, Thank You for visiting and please take a moment to let us know something about yourself by clicking HERE and send us an email. We would like to include you in that list!(/p)

Browse through our 51st Signal Battalion site and enjoy! If you have something that you can add, please contact us.



Another 51st Vet Passed

Email received from Greg Maliska, who also is a 51st Sig Bn Vet
With deep sorrow I report that John Socki SP5 1967/68 HDQ CO. passed on 4/10/2017 in Lincolnwood, Il John will be remembered for just being a good soldier and great friend, RIP John, thank you for your time in the " Land of the mourning calm "
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Email notice from Jimmy Kelly's family "I'm writing to let you know that Jimmy Kelly passed away Friday, November 25th, at 4:30 AM", we are sorry for another family's loss.
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Email received from Joan Laufnick
"It is with great sadness, that I must tell you of the death of my husband, Joe Laufnick, on September 10, 2015, due to his liver failing from non-alcholic liver cirrhosis, caused by type II Diabetes. His appeals case for herbicide exposure is still open. He fought for our country, I will fight on for him."
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We received notice from the daughter of Sp5 Saburo Tanisaka that he has passed as a result of a battle with cancer on January 31, 2015. We have added him to our growing list of those that we are aware of that are no longer with us
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Also, it has been reported to us by Jim Morganegg (51st Sig Vet) that another Veteran has passed. SP5 Don E. Bright, 1968-69 Company C, 51st Signal Battalion. You can see the published obit
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We pass our sympathies on to those family and friends. Sorry to hear another Vet that served with us at the 51st Signal Battalion in Korea has gone.



More Veteran Victories With The VA!


After filing a FDC (fully developed claim), which the VA targets to be decided in a 5 month period, a 51st Signal veteran who was in Korea in 1968 got at least a partial decision back - 12 months later. With documents submitted on filing the claim (VA records, private medical records, military records and several statements in support and numerous documents), the VA admitted exposure to agent orange to the veteran and proceeded with C&P exams for Ischemic Heart Disease and Diebetes II and postponed decisions on other claims. The results of that was 100% disability for the heart disease and 20% for the diabetes, BUT it is not over for him.

Because of the change in law, the heart condition claim was backed up 1 year before the date of filing of a claim. So his backpay for the heart condition was for 2 years while diabetes backpay was for 1 year.

Also, I recently also got word from one of the 51st Signal Veterans that he had won his appeal a few days ago relating to Agent Orange exposure while serving in Korea. It was a lengthy process, but in the end, they conceeded his exposure and his claim was approved!

The support and information provided to him through some contacts here seemed to make a difference in supporting his claim from what he told me. And he thanks everyone for their help and support. Without this site and those like it, many 51st Veterans would be without the resources, information and help needed to prove what we did or what happened while in Korea so many years ago.

He encourages all who have or need to file claims related to their service with the 51st Signal Battalion do so, do not give up, keep going until you get your entitlement. Same thing that several of us has been telling everyone. It's not an easy claim like "boots on the ground" Vietnam Vets have, but you CAN WIN. Your just have to do your part and not rely on the VA or even your rep to find the things you need. They don't know who your buddys were when you were there and they certainly will not find many of the documents and papers that you need to prove and support your claim. Do what you need to do, do not exagerate, tie everything together without contradicting information and PROCEED. It's your entitlement not a handout.



Check out our growing 51st Signal Battalion Korea Roster!

View it HERE and watch it grow!

The information for many of those listed came from yearbooks, company and battalion orders, morning reports and other documents obtained. But others listed are those that have contacted us. If you were a member of the 51st Signal Battalion in Korea please contact us and send us your information



After Looking For Vets From The 51st And Finding Many Of Them No Longer With Us


I thought some discussion relating to benefits and entitlements for those Veterans and their families are in order. Sometimes these entitlements can lead to more than $2000 and can make a big difference to those left to deal with a Veterans death and can provide those departed Veterans with their just recognition as well.

THESE ENTITLEMENTS CAN BE AVAILABLE ALSO TO THOSE VETERANS WITH A VA CLAIM THAT HAS NOT BEEN DECIDED OR IS ON APPEAL AT THE TIME OF DEATH AS WELL!

" the Veteran had an original or reopened claim for VA compensation or pension pending at the time of death and would have been entitled to benefits from a date prior to the date of death"

Read more HERE



Those 51st Signal Veterans That Has Left Us


We have now included list of those Veterans that have passed on that we are aware of and the obit information when it is available to us. Although they are gone, they are not forgotten and remembered fondly by those that served with them.

Those of you that knew or served with him in the 51st or any other units, feel free to contact and offer condolences through the site mentioned in the obituary. You can view this information by clicking on the link at the top right hand side of this page or by clicking the following link.

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New on Our Website


A big plus for finding information on our website! Our website search feature now include searches of not only the text within the website such as names, but also will search the "PDF" files that we have on the website. That means that many of the documents and forms that are on the website is now indexed so that they can be searched. Take advantage of the new search features to look through our site, hopefully this improvement will enable you to better enjoy and find what you need or are looking for.

NEW UPDATE ON THE ROSTER! Now hundreds of new names added from the yearbooks. Not all have been included from the yearbooks yet but the rest should be done before long. Check them out and view the roster from the link at the top right corner of this page.



A Few Emails Received


Thought I'd post a few emails of information we have received

Joseph (Joe) Laufnick
I was in the 51st Sig Bn, A Co. from Sept 1970 to Aug 1971. When I was discharged, I had the rank of E 5.

Greg Berleue
What a great web site, thank you your efforts and the efforts of all those who have provided so much information it is so greatly appreciated. I was assigned to B Co. from Dec 1970-Feb 1972. I worked at a couple different remote sites, mostly with the ROK Army. We operated and trained ROKs how to use the Tec7 (?) and TRC 24 equip. Then turn the site over to them. We would then jump to another site where equip. was brought in and it would start all over again, set up, train and turn over the reins. I was assigned to Okinawa from Mar 72 - May of 73, then back to Korea till May 75. I worked at hill 412, 468 and 754. Myself and another fellow by the name of James Jim Nipper installed the fly swatters on the edge of the hill at 468 overlooking CRC and the Uijongbu area, we then constructed the 2x4 frame work to house several stacks of ANGRC 50, TD352s TD206 gear configured as a terminal. We then set up and hardwired the frame with 26 pair that ran to the dial exchange on CRC. The set up at 468 was like the hub of a communications wheel for most all outsites within the 51st Sig Bn area of coverage. Jim was easy going and fun to hang out with, I learned a lot from him. If your out there and tuned in Jim - just want to say howdy from Virginia.
As Bob Hope said on the "Z" Thanks for the memories. take care and God bless.

Holly Brown
Granddaughter of SGM Wilfred Dare
(after my responding back to her to ensure her that it was her "Papa" that we served with in Korea)

Howdy!
Did you feel the world move?? That was me jumping for joy that we are talking about the same person!!! Yay! That is my Papa!
My Papa saw me when I was baby but I have no memory of him... He asked to see me but he died before I arrive...I was only 7 years old. I have always felt a strong connection to my Papa. I travel as often as I can to his grave, in Augusta, Ga.
I will email you again soon to set up a time call. This made my day and my Dad's! My Dad is my Papa's son and he lives with me. It put a smile on his face!
Take care,
Holly

Good evening! I just got back from Indiana. While was there I found my Papa's copy of the year book that you sent me. I also spoke with my Grammy, my Papa's wife while he was in the Army.

Thomas Miller
my name is Thomas Miller and I was stationed in Korea from June '68 to June '69 at B Co 51st Sig Bn

Robert Williams Sgt
I was in Company A with Lt. Upton 1965-66

Frank J. Panetto
Hi, I was at 51st Signal Korea in 1969

And even a few vets that were there with other units, which of course are always welcome!

Michael R. Wood
Radio operator for I Corp (GP) stationed at Camp St. Barbara in 1968 and 1969. Was on some of the remote sites that were operated by 51st Signal Battalion at times. Remembers even having chow trucked in while on assignments there.

Albert E. Slade
Was in Korea from February 1956 to June 1957 and served in B Battery, 49th Field Artillery Battalion, attached to the 7th Division.

Other Contacts


ANOTHER 51st Signal Veteran FOUND!

Before long we are going to put up pages relating to those that contact us as new contacts. Keep checking back with us to see current updates.

A 51st veteran located is Al Coppock who served in Co A. His wife Lynn happened upon our site while talking about Veterans Day with their grandchildren and their "papa". According to her, she was really surprised to see some names she knew and was familar with. One at a time we keep finding those that area still left and familiar memories of them keep coming back!

Also, we now have a few others to report on. One being Command Sargent Major (CSM) Roger Babbie (retired). Roger Babbie was the Battalion top enlisted man serving with Lt Col Eddington at Battalion Headquarters during 1968 and 1969.

Beside recent contact with Gary Lundholm (C Company 1968-1969) we also received an email from another veteran, Kenneth Copp sent an email regarding his service there - "I was a photographer assigned to HQ company, in the 51st in UIjongbu, Korea from Oct 1955 to Jan 1957. During the last 9-10 months I was the manager of Debbie's Hideaway." Thanks Kenneth for the contact. Charles Anderson, who served with 51st during 1955 asked about more that served before many of us and hopefully more are still around from both his time and later that will contact us so that some of these "early birds" can reconnect and share stories, photos and memorabilia with all of us!

We have located and been in contact with another veteran from 51st Sig Bn. The latest one is Coy Whit. Coy was in B Company on two different tours, one covering part of 69. Along with him Thomas Miller has been in contact with us recently and was at B Company during 1968 and 1969. We have made contact again with LTC Phil Cuny (Retired) and one of our members had a nice conversation with him about old times, the life and times in Korea and general chatting. Also, just today I was able to locate and contact one of the company commanders during 67 and 68. Then Lt. Courtenay P. O'Connell, now retired LTC O'Connell. Needless to say we had a very pleasant conversation and memories of times past and people were refreshed. He was company commander at Hq Company and also was assigned to A Company when Lt Boyce Morrow was company commander there. Great talking with him!



Korean Veterans Get Together After 45 Years!


Article Published In Fountain Valley News - Colorado

This is an article that was written and submitted to the local newspaper where the get-together took place. To go directly to the newspaper article, click HERE.

(Clicking on article below and enlarging it may make it easier to read - click your back button to return) Article.



Get Your Korean Defense Service Medal!


Thanks Gary Lundholm (C Company, 51st Signal Battalion) for reminding us to get this included on our website.

Many of the Korean Veterans that served with us are unaware that they may be entitled to additional medals and certificates that have never been awarded and do not reflect on official military records. One such medal that was authorized after many of us left the service is the Korean Defense Service Medal. To find out how to get yours click HERE.



Updates Coming Soon!


Updates to our Roster, additional Morning Reports and more coming soon!

Sorry to have been a while in getting some more included for our website, I have a good excuse, but that doesn't matter really. Now I can get back onto getting some of the updates and additions that have been delayed in getting to you on the website. I now have some more morning reports to scan, scrub names from and get added to the roster and gallery area. I also have some new pictures sent by some to be included in the gallery area that others have given for us to view.

Also, a few of the Veterans recently had a small gathering in Colorado Springs, CO and perhaps some will be shared on that as well shortly.



VETERAN'S CORNER


New addition to the website!

After the success of the first article and the comments and feedback we are getting, we got another one that we are including for your enjoyment and it is now included. Check the "VETERAN'S CORNER" ON THE RIGHT TO GO TO THEM. Be sure to check back frequently to see new additions to this area.

We haven't yet added some names into the roster area from some yearbooks and copies of orders that have been sent to us, BUT that is coming soon. So check back often to see updates as they are posted



Wonder What 51st Signal Looks Like Now?

There are some pictures just taken by 51st Sig Veteran Denis Oneial that just returned from a trip to Korea. You can view them in our gallery, a direct link by clicking HERE



Why Vets Love The VA Medical Facilities and Claims Process

Now we will tell of one persons recent VA Medical procedures where his claim and treatment was involved. It should be noted that in the last five weeks, he has had seven appointments, some he saw doctors, some he did not. He has to travel about 100 miles round trip just to get to these appointment so you can imagine the expense, time involved, not to mention the waiting time while at the facility.

Just this past week he was scheduled to go in for a psychological evaluation. Because of his wife's health issues he made sure that the appointment would not conflict with a surgery that she was to have performed that coming Thursday.

Read about his experience HERE



Difficulties Obtaining Records? Read This!

We thought it would appropriate to put on the website one veterans experience that relates to obtaining records from various sources. The report covers considerable years with his attempts. A period of time of about 12 years and although there are gaps of time between the attempts, the reason for the gaps are explained. It also gives some opinions about the experience along the way of the veteran giving a good idea of what he went through and what other veterans may have or be experiencing when they too attempt to get records to support claims or for other reasons. In it are listed the names of those the contacted, who they were associated with and the results of each of the contact.

Hopefully others do not have the problems that he did and perhaps reading this can help prevent some problems or point out how inefficient the system is for the veteran in obtaining records that may support a claim. It is long but may be worth the read.

This Veterans Records Quest



Forgotten Veterans - recognition still not received

Those that were there remember about their service, those that came before and after never knew the full story - and still don't. It's beginning to look more and more like they never will. There were few news stories simply because of concerted efforts to prevent it. Social and political times just couldn't deal with "a second war front" or the threat of it in Asia. Those that came back didn't want to talk about it and those that did found their experiences fell on deaf ears, and still do for the most part.

Here you can get an idea of just a very few the happenings that I have found that give only an inkling of what transpired on a daily basis to those that were there. There are MANY, MANY more, undocumented, unreported and untold.

THE QUIET VICTORY
Scenes From an Unfinished War
Three Quarter Ton Truck Attacked
Korea Herald 1-25-68-a
Korea Herald 1-25-68-b
Stars and Strips 19Oct67 Body Recovery

Incidents like the Body Recover would have been excluded in the figures of deaths by combat because it could have been listed as "accidental" rather that combat related because of the cause of death determination. There are figures out now that, while most likely still does not include all, give figures that are substantially higher by as much a three times what the official reports claimed. Very often government just didn't want information to be known and often information was released or reported with "spin" on it.



NEW! We are now including some forms that may be useful to our Veterans!

Go to the forms section HERE and you can see the forms we offer on our website for the convenience, education and information for ALL veterans, not just our Korean Veterans.



We have been made aware that a number of veterans have errors on their records!

Or they need or want to change something related and are entitled to changes. Also included now in the site are some of the forms and instructions relating to those issues. They are not intended just for Korean Veterans, but for ALL veterans who may need information relating to these issues. The forms and information relating to this are at the bottom of our forms page.


View it HERE to see if the information and forms there for help, guides and information. Go to the bottom of the page and look under Correction or Change of Military Records





About This Site


After doing much internet searching relating to Korean Veterans and more specifically the 51st Signal Battalion, we found that there is little available during the time period of many veterans they were searching for, that of the late 60's and early 70's. It seems to have been almost left out of history entirely. What we did there to this day goes unrecognized and lost with much of the government documents destroyed over time or was never recorded to begin with. What is available is outdated or hard to sift through to gather information and with a great deal of misinformation.

We believe many units are in this position, so this site is decided to all those that served in Korea during that period of time. We will not exclude ANY veteran and welcome their comments and participation regardless of when they served or where they served. All veterans deserve the respect and gratitude of the nation, the people within it as well as those in the countries that we sought to defend and protect.


The site is here for you veterans of Korea, their families and anyone who is interested

Special thanks to those that contributed information, documents, pictures and albums necessary to provide the website to you. Send us yours so we can include and share them with others!

Thank You!

from 51st Signal Battalion Korean Veterans

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