Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Korean War veteran recalls military duty

Dale Block had just celebrated his 21st birthday, and was perfectly happy with his life of working on the family farm with his father. Nothing could have prepared him for what the next two years would bring—as he went from the crop fields of Nebraska to the battle fields of Korea.

It was July 1951, when Block received his draft notice from the U.S. Army. He had lived in the Gothenburg area all his life, so the thought of leaving behind his family and rural life was a foreign concept to the young man. He reported to Fort Riley, Kan., for 16 weeks of basic training in the Infantry. From Kansas he went to Seattle, Wash., where he boarded a ship bound for Tokoyo, Japan on the way to Korea.

“A few days after we arrived in Tokoyo they pulled 40 of us Infantry soldiers out and told us we were going to school in Japan to be medics,” Block recalls.

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