This is my Uncle, Sgt. Patrick James Ging ("Buzz" to his friends and family). He was assigned to a 1-5-5 in the 92nd Armored Field Artillery at Churwon and Kumhwa Valley in support of the Second Division.
It took a crew of six men to operate the 1-5-5 by the book, but it could be operated by less and every man had to know the others job, just in case.
As with most of the equiptment in Korea, the 1-5-5's were left over from WWII. My Uncle didn't feel they were the best equipted army, but still they were nobody to mess with. He had a lot of respect for Gen. Ridgeway, but really had nothing good to say about MacAuthur. And speaking of Gen. MacAuthur, the guys were given a case of beer each week, but the beer was from the Phillipeans from a brewery that MacAurthur owned. At night the guys would put a few empty beer cans in the 1-5-5 and fire them over the communist lines. He said the noise was incredible and nobody got any sleep over there. Every night they would harass the communists with the empty beer cans and with live rounds to keep things interesting and to keep them off guard.
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