February 2013 Message from Jim Mazour
Dear 1960's decade JSA veterans:

SOLDIER'S MEDAL FOR 1967 NORTH KOREAN DEFECTION AT PANMUNJOM

From General Orders No. 38 - Headquarters Department of the Army, 18 September 1967

"VII..SOLDIER"S MEDAL. By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved 2 July 1926, a Soldier's Medal for heroism not involving actual combat with an enemy is awarded to:

Captain Thomas F. Bair, O4027927, Military Police Corps, United States Army, who distinguished himself by heroism while serving as Security Officer of the United States Army Support Group, Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea, on 22 March 1967. At the conclusion of the Military Armistice Commission meeting being held at Panmunjom, Korea, Mr. Su Kun Yi, Vice Chief of the official North Korean Central News Agency, entered a U.S. Army sedan seeking transportation to South Korea. Without thought for his own safety, Captain Bair immediately ran to the assistance of Mr. Su Kun Yi knocking two armed North Korean guards from the vehicle as they attempted to drag Mr. Su Kun Yi from the vehicle. Captain Bair's actions were instrumental in the successful flight of Mr. Su Kun Yi to asylum in the Republic of Korea. Captain Bair's heroic conduct is not only in the highest tradition of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Military Service but greatly enhanced the image of his unit and the United Nations Command.

Sergeant Terry L. McAnelly, US534077279, United States Army, who distinguished himself by heroism on 22 March 1967, while serving as an Assistant Section Sergeant of the United States Army Support Group, Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea. At the conclusion of the Military Armistice Commission meeting held at Panmunjom, Korea, Mr. Su Kun Yi, Vice Chief of the official North Korean Central News Agency, entered the U.S. Army sedan Sergeant McAnelly was driving seeking transportation to South Korea. Without thought for his own safety, Sergeant McAnelly immediately drove from the Joint Security Area amid a fusillade of small arms fire from the North Korean guards and unhesitatingly crashed through a North Korean barrier to the United States Support Group Advance Camp. His quick reaction and expert driving were instrumental in the successful flight of Mr. Yi to South Korea. Sergeant McAnelly's heroic conduct is not only in the highest tradition of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the Military Service but greatly enhanced the image of his unit and the United Nations Command.

Lieutenant Colonel Donald E. Thomson O35490, Artillery, United States Army, who distinguished himself by heroism on 22 March 1967, while serving as Commanding Officer of the United States Army Support Group, Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea. At the conclusion of the Military Armistice Commission meeting being held at panmunjom, Korea, Mr. Su Kun Yi, Vice Chief of the official North Korean Central News Agency, entered a U.S. Army sedan seeking transportation to South Korea. With disdain for his own safety, Lieutenant Colonel Thomson immediately went to and also entered the sedan occupied by Mr. Yi. In spite of North Korean guards attempts to drag Mr. Yi from the car, Lieutenant Colonel Thomson directed the car to be driven amid a fusillade of small arms fire from the North Korean guards. Lieutenant Colonel Thomson's quick actions and leadership were instrumental in the successful flight of Mr. Yi to the United States Army Support Group Advance Camp. Lieutenant Colonel Thomson's heroic conduct is not only in the highest tradition of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the Military Service but greatly enhanced the image of his unit and the United Nations Command."

GRAVE SITE LOCATIONS FOR AMERICAN JSA SOLDIERS KILLED IN ACTION

Sergeant James L. Anderson (age 20) of Camp Springs, Maryland - KIA 14 April 1968 Sgt Anderson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. His grave site can be found in Section 31 Site 4602 (row 46 grave site 02).

Specialist Fourth Class Larry M. Wood (age 20) of Barstow, Illinois - KIA 14 April 1968 SP4 Wood is buried in the Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona, Illinois. His site grave can be found near the cemetery entrance.

Captain Arthur G. Bonifas (age 33) of Newburgh, New york - KIA 18 August 1976 MAJ Bonifas (promoted posthumously to Major) is buried in the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery in West Point, New York. His grave site can be found in Section XXXIV and at the foot of the pyramid housing the remains of Egbert Viele

First Lieutenant Mark T. Barrett (age 26) of Columbia, South Carolina - KIA 18 August 1976 LT Barrett is buried in the Greenlawn Memorial Park cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina. His grave site can be found at the north end of the cemetery just south of a large tree.

Unfortunately, I do not have grave site location information for the three Republic of Korea KATUSA JSA soldiers who were killed in action. However, they are not forgotten by JSA veterans, and I include their names below.

Corporal Lee Son Kyoo (age unknown) of the Republic of Korea - KIA 14 April 1968 Private First Class Kim Ik Hong (age unknown) of the Republic of Korea - KIA 14 April 1968 Corporal Jang Myung Ki (age unknown) of the Republic of Korea - KIA 23 November 1984

Perhaps our ROK/KATUSA JSA Old Boy veterans reading this e-mail may be able to provide some additional information on the ages, home towns and grave site locations for these JSA soldiers killed in action?

DEATH OF JOSEPH KNELLER

Joseph Kneller (66-67) of Honesdale, Pennsylvania died on February 04, 2013. He served as S-4 clerk in the JSA unit and was a good friend of Larry Wood (above KIA). Joe provided photographs of the March 1967 North Korean defector incident at Panmunjom (described above), which were shown at the 2007 Las Vegas reunion.

DEATH OF JOHN SASSO

John Sasso (56-57) of Chicopee, Massachusetts died on December 27, 2012 following a long illness. He was a big supporter of preserving JSA history, and shared a number of photographs and stories about his time in the JSA unit. Below is a link to the John V. Sasso Page containing some of these photographs and a few stories.

http://www.bob-west.com/SASSO.html

DEATH OF LONNIE MEDLEY JR

Lonnie Medley Jr (63-64) of Bidwell, Ohio died on October 27, 2011. He served with the communications section of the JSA unit and participated in 1963-64 Military Armistice Commission meetings regarding negotiations for the release of two US Army aviators held prisoners in North Korea for one year. In 2008, Medley wrote a book entitled, "Panmunjon, Korea - The Truce Place," which detailed his experiences in the unit.

MORE 1973 JSA PHOTOGRAPHS FROM BRUCE BERTZ

Bruce Bertz (73-74) of Ypsilanti, Michigan recently wrote the following: I've been working to improve the quality of the pictures I originally posted on Flickr. I have re-posted the pictures and added many new pictures. The pictures are in a Flickr collection of three sets. One set contains pictures in and around JSA and the DMZ. Another set is the 1973 JSA yearbook. The third set is pictures I took on my travels to Seoul. Please share with everybody on your mailing list. The below link should connect you to all 3 sets: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brb_pictures/collections/72157632449438526/

This month, January 2013, marks 40 years since I set foot in Korea. I arrived at JSA around January 17th. I remember soon after arriving at JSA a couple of camp veterans took me across the road to O's snack bar where we consumed several bottles of Oscar Champagne. That stuff didn't agree with my stomach and later that night in a dash to the nearest latrine I painted the snow covered camp purple with Oscars. That was my introduction to Camp Kitty Hawk! Despite the champagne it turned out to be a great tour of duty.

Bruce Bertz
Escort Section
Jan 1973 - Jan 1974Thanks Bruce for sharing these photographs and story about O's snack bar. Mr O - now known as Wilson Osee and living in Dallas, Texas, attended the 2011 JSA veterans reunion in Orlando, Florida where there were many wonderful stories shared about experiences at this little Korean snack bar located just outside the Advance Camp/Camp Kitty Hawk.

STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL BOOK

Retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal has just written a book about his 34-year military career entitled, "My Share of the Task: A Memoir" (Penguin Books). In 1981-82, then Captain McChrystal served in the intelligence/operations section of the Joint Security Area unit at Camp Kitty Hawk. Following his retirement in 2010, McChrystal is now a partner at The McChrystal Group, an Alexandria, Virginia based consulting firm.

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR JSA VETERANS GROUP

If you know of a JSA veteran who is not receiving my periodic JSA veterans information e-mails, please forward it to him - if you have his e-mail. Or photocopy this e-mail and mail it to him - if you know his mailing address. Any JSA veteran wanting to be added to my e-mail mailing list should contact me and provide me with an e-mail address. It is that simple.

Jim Mazour, JSA 1973-74

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