By Dick Martin
BOB LUDENS arrived in Korea for his tour of duty in 1952. Because of the static nature of the war at that time, Bob got a chance to see and experience the Korean culture. The American cooks had trouble with the local hungry children stealing food from the mess area. The adjacent companion South Korean allied army had less of a problem because of the way they handled it. When the South Korean cooks caught local hungry children stealing from the mess area, their throats were cut and they were hung by the legs from the camp gate for everyone to see to persuade others from trying the same thing.
by Dick Martin
JOE UKEN JR may have been the luckiest man in the United States Navy during WWII. He was transferred from two submarines that were shortly thereafter sunk with all aboard lost. He later was on the crew of the submarine Darter, the submarine that before running aground located the Japanese fleet, sank two Japanese ships and became one of the most important parts of maybe the most decisive naval battle in the Pacific War, the allied victory in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
This web page is a work in progress. It has been created through the donated efforts of Laura Genant Martin, Dick Martin, and Jim Hornstra. When Laura was made aware of what we needed, she took the initiative to research and educate herself on how to create a web site to identify, respect and honor the military veterans in Springfield. The web site had to be easy to navigate and had to provide the viewer a method of providing feedback. Most of the written material has been provided by Dick Martin over the past couple of years with some important contributions from others, i.e. Jim Kirk. Jim Hornstra has been the reliable source as he has been the collector of information concerning Springfield Veterans and has provided Laura much of what has gone into the web site.