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I was LTC Montano’s RTO during 1/38th DMZ Mission in 1984.
Sir, thank you for your service and supporting the ROK-U.S. Alliance. If you click on the above journal, there’s a button at the top that will enable to you download the journal. From there you can print the journal. At this time, we are only providing electronic copies of the journal.
I am SSG (Retired) William B. Davis Jr. I got stationed at Camp Coiner in 1985 when I was released from Recruiting Duty. I spent 3 years recruiting soldiers, received a Gold Badge, and decided I’d prefer to go back into the Army. In Korea, I was assigned as an Airport Liaison NCO. I greeted flights from the states and got the new soldiers to Camp Coiner from Kim’po Airport during the week, and Osan Air Force Base once every other week. Besides greeting incoming flights, I was responsible for taking tour buses up to the DMZ every other weekend. I learned many tales of adventure and indeed heroism. In 1977, there was the axe murder incident. In 1984, there was the rescue of the North Korean defector.
In 2015, I was surprised to learn that a good friend of mine at the time, who would today be my brother-in-law, was stationed in the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. He was stationed there in 1967-68, for a year and a half. One day, I was reading my VFW Magazine and noticed it requested people who had served on the DMZ between the years 1966-68 and were assigned to units of the 2ID, should have a physical performed to determine if they are to receive benefits for an ailment they may have. I showed the article to Bob, and he and I drove to the Columbus VA to have him checked out. They said that due to his having diabetes, heart and lung diseases, he would be considered 40% disabled. Then, two months later, he had to go back to tell them his Doctor had found terminal cancer. When the VA tested that prognosis, they determined his ailments netted him 100% disability. He was told the cancer was inoperable, and they predicted he would die from his ailments in about a year (he actually lived 15 months). His wife now collects her share (about 50%) of the entitlement.
I was shocked to learn that those soldiers who had served on the DMZ 1966-69, should be medically checked out for any conditions which may be caused by Agent Orange. Yes, that is what Bob officially had been diagnosed with, Agent Orange.
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