Veteran resident Harold Stevens, then and now
Harold Stevens enlisted in the U.S. Navy, March 1945. Received assault training in the Seabees and shipped to the Pacific, arriving in Japan in September and assigned to a group operating a small railroad. He returned to the states and was discharged in December 1946. Finding civilian life not interesting, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 11, 1947. Following a basic refresher training and a maintenance course, he was shipped to Korea for occupation duty. At that time, Korea was still recovering from WWII and 40 years of occupation by the Japanese. He was assigned to the Korean Military Advisor Group until May 1948 when he was sent back to Japan and assigned to the 8th Combat Engineers, 1st Calvary Division and transferred to the military railroad service where he served as a conductor on allied trains. The war in Korea broke out on June 26, 1950. He returned in early July and was assigned to the 8th Army headquarters as a driver/escort protecting war correspondents, and delivering ammunition to the fighting units. After 17 months of combat, he was rotated back to the U.S. in October 1951. In February 1952, he was sent back to Korea as a gun chief in the 25th Division firing 155 millimeter howitzers. In February 1953, he was medically evacuated to Japan. Following recovery, he was assigned to XVI on the island of Hokkaido, where on April 28, 1954, he married Chiyoko Okada (Mike). In May 1954, they returned to the U.S. and served in several states until August 1965, when he was transferred (with Mike) to Germany. In December 1966, after 22 years, he retired from the U.S. Army as a First Sergeant.
by Kim Grogan
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