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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Preparing for "Bedcheck Charlie"

Preparing for "Bedcheck Charlie"

In recognition of all veterans, it seems appropriate to share this photo of my neighbor Jim, now age 82. This image was taken in Korea, sometime during 1952-53. A U.S. Army enlisted man, Jim is oiling a .50 caliber Browning M2 machine gun. In this instance, the gun was used for base defense against "Bedcheck Charlie," a catch-all name for North Korean pilots who flew fabric-skinned biplanes on moonless nights, dropping molotov cocktails and the like on allied installations. These intrusions created little damage, but they were effective in interrupting people's sleep. Bedcheck Charlie was the conceptual descendent of the infamous Japanese "Washing Machine Charlie" of World War II. View full size.

Thank you for this picture

My 86 year old father served in Korea in 1951-52. He is now rapidly declining due to Alzheimers. Cheers to all the Korea vets, and their families. These guys never got their due. It was hell on earth.

I have lots of old B/W prints of those days, including Army stuff and my parents' early days that I can scan to this site. Of course, I need to buy a scanner!

 
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