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Korean AFRS Broadcasts

When the Korean War broke out, AFRS had Army broadcasters working from the old American Embassy Hotel in Seoul and mobile units were attached to combat units and followed the action.

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It is understandable that many of us have trouble understanding what the Korean War was about, let alone how or why it started. Nonetheless, even though a tenuous peace was established with the 1953 armistice, no formal peace treaty has been signed between North and South Korea which means that they are technically still at war. United States Forces Korea maintains a presence on the Korean peninsula with 28,500 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, and it is considered one of the most dangerous postings in the military outside the war zones in the Middle East.

Bob Hope in KoreaThe roots of eventual Korean War extend back to the turn of the twentieth century. As a result of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), Korea became a protectorate of the Japanese Empire and was formally annexed in 1910. Korean nationalists fled the peninsula, some of whom established themselves in Nationalist China, including a group led by US-educated Syngman Rhee. Others worked with the founders of the Chinese Communist Party. During WWII, Japan conscripted soldiers, laborers, and natural resources from Korea.

During meetings of the WWII Allied leaders at the Tehran Conference and the Yalta Conference, Joseph Stalin promised that the Soviet Union would join its Allies in defeating the Japanese in the Pacific within three months of defeating the Nazis. The USSR declared war on the Empire of Japan on August 9, 1945, and the following day, elements of the Red Army began to occupy the northern part of the Korean peninsula. The US State Department proposed that occupation zones be established on either side of the 38th Parallel. This extended the US commitment but kept the Korean capital out of Soviet hands.

Syngman Rhee arrived with the US Forces and established a military government in the South while the Soviets supported Kim Il-sung's formation of a Communist regime in the North. The Soviet troops withdrew in 1948 and the US the following year, while in China the Nationalist Kuomintang Party battled the Chinese Communists. The Kuomintang retreated to Taiwan in 1949, and Mainland China became communist.

In the spring of 1949, before the Chinese Civil War had ended, Kim Il-sung tried to persuade Stalin to support an invasion of the South. The USSR did not want to be dragged into a War against America, but by September the strategic picture had shifted. The Americans had not intervened in China, allowing it to go Communist, and the Soviets had developed their own atomic bomb. Stalin determined that the US would not let itself become embroiled in a conflict on the Korean peninsula, and so began arming the North Korean troops. Soon, the North was militarily superior to the South, and Stalin gave Kim permission to invade, provided China would commit to sending reinforcements should they be necessary. Under no conditions would Soviet troops be allowed into the fight to so as to avoid conflict with the US.

Bombing in KoreaOn June 25, 1950, North Korean soldiers crossed the 38th parallel behind an artillery barrage. The South Korean forces, who had not heavy artillery, tanks, or anti-tank weapons, were unable to stop the attack. On June 27 the United Nations Security Council recommended that member states lend military assistance to South Korea, and President Truman ordered air and sea forces to assist the south Korean regime.

The grunts, the troops on the ground, probably gave little thought to the political roots of the war. Like their older brothers had just a few short years before, they answered their nation's call (many of them were draftees) and simply wanted to do their duty so that they could return home and enjoy the post-WWII prosperity which was sweeping the nation. Many of the support activities which been put in place during the World War had stopped soon after VJ Day, but one which became functional quickly was restored for the conflict was the Armed Forces Radio Service.

AFRS had never really gone away after WWII and was serving the occupation forces in Europe and Japan. When the Korean War broke out, Army broadcasters were working from the old American Embassy Hotel in Seoul. Mobile units were attached to combat units and followed the action, while material from AFRS studios in Hollywood was provided for broadcast to the troops in the field. This collection gathers a broad sample of the material broadcast to our men in Korea during the conflict.

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    total playtime 11 hours, 37 min
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      36 shows - total playtime 11 hours 37 minutes
      1. At Ease 1508 Afrs Victor Young & Orchestra.mp3
      2. Bob Carleton Show 40000x Afrs 199 Steamboat Bill Worn.mp3
      3. Bob Carleton Show 40000x Afrs 200 Guest Beryl Davis Worn.mp3
      4. Bob Hope Show 500131 Afrs 258 Guest Arthur Godfrey.mp3
      5. Clevelandaires 50000x Afrs 165 Friday.mp3
      6. Clevelandaires 510405 Afrs 204 Thurs .mp3
      7. Clevelandaires 510507 Afrs 226 Mon Ask Me No Questions.mp3
      8. Clevelandaires 510515 Afrs 232 Tuesday Why Worn .mp3
      9. Dave Garroway Show 520124 Afrs 334 Thursday.mp3
      10. Dave Garroway Show 520125 Afrs 335 Fri Button Overcoat.mp3
      11. Henry Jerome Remote 490223 Ons 1908 Green Room 2.mp3
      12. Henry Jerome Remote 490223 Ons 1908 Green Room.mp3
      13. Hymns From Home 325 Afrs Host Franklin Mccormack.mp3
      14. Jack Baker Show 510302 Afrs 134 Thurs.mp3
      15. Jack Baker Show 510303 Afrs 135 Friday.mp3
      16. Jack Berch Show 520209 Afrs 908 Wed Little Ole You Damaged.mp3
      17. Jack Berch Show 520908 Afrs 907 Tues Meet Tonight Dreamland.mp3
      18. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 01 Wondrous Cross.mp3
      19. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 02 Ye Servants Of God.mp3
      20. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 03 Come We Love Lord.mp3
      21. Navy Church Music Series B 010a Hd7mm4106 04 Spirit Of God.mp3
      22. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 01 Praise Him Hd7mm4107.mp3
      23. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 02 Expectans, Expectavi.mp3
      24. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 03 They That Wait Upon Lord.mp3
      25. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 04 Glory To God In Highest.mp3
      26. Navy Hour 500923 Afrs 013 National Guard March Worn.mp3
      27. Navy Hour 501118 Afrs 015 Guest Kate Smith.mp3
      28. Navy Hour 510120 Afrs 020 Georgia Gibbs, 2nd Anniversary.mp3
      29. Navy Hour 510120 Afrs 021 Delores Hawkins Ben Mitchell.mp3
      30. Navy Hour 510203 Afrs 022 Anita Ellis, Julius Larosa.mp3
      31. Navy Hour 520209 Afrs 066 Gateway To South.mp3
      32. Voice Of Firestone 520000 Afrs 013 Guest Lois Hunt.mp3
      33. Voice Of Firestone 520901 Afrs 013 Guest Lois Hunt.mp3
      34. Waltz Time 450921 Afrs 103 Love Letters Worn.mp3
      35. Words With Music 2300 Afrs Against My Wall Summer Weaves.mp3
      36. Words With Music 2301 Afrs Blame It On My Last Affair.mp3
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    total playtime 11 hours, 37 min
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      36 shows - total playtime 11 hours 37 minutes
      1. At Ease 1508 Afrs Victor Young & Orchestra.mp3
      2. Bob Carleton Show 40000x Afrs 199 Steamboat Bill Worn.mp3
      3. Bob Carleton Show 40000x Afrs 200 Guest Beryl Davis Worn.mp3
      4. Bob Hope Show 500131 Afrs 258 Guest Arthur Godfrey.mp3
      5. Clevelandaires 50000x Afrs 165 Friday.mp3
      6. Clevelandaires 510405 Afrs 204 Thurs .mp3
      7. Clevelandaires 510507 Afrs 226 Mon Ask Me No Questions.mp3
      8. Clevelandaires 510515 Afrs 232 Tuesday Why Worn .mp3
      9. Dave Garroway Show 520124 Afrs 334 Thursday.mp3
      10. Dave Garroway Show 520125 Afrs 335 Fri Button Overcoat.mp3
      11. Henry Jerome Remote 490223 Ons 1908 Green Room 2.mp3
      12. Henry Jerome Remote 490223 Ons 1908 Green Room.mp3
      13. Hymns From Home 325 Afrs Host Franklin Mccormack.mp3
      14. Jack Baker Show 510302 Afrs 134 Thurs.mp3
      15. Jack Baker Show 510303 Afrs 135 Friday.mp3
      16. Jack Berch Show 520209 Afrs 908 Wed Little Ole You Damaged.mp3
      17. Jack Berch Show 520908 Afrs 907 Tues Meet Tonight Dreamland.mp3
      18. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 01 Wondrous Cross.mp3
      19. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 02 Ye Servants Of God.mp3
      20. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 03 Come We Love Lord.mp3
      21. Navy Church Music Series B 010a Hd7mm4106 04 Spirit Of God.mp3
      22. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 01 Praise Him Hd7mm4107.mp3
      23. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 02 Expectans, Expectavi.mp3
      24. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 03 They That Wait Upon Lord.mp3
      25. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 04 Glory To God In Highest.mp3
      26. Navy Hour 500923 Afrs 013 National Guard March Worn.mp3
      27. Navy Hour 501118 Afrs 015 Guest Kate Smith.mp3
      28. Navy Hour 510120 Afrs 020 Georgia Gibbs, 2nd Anniversary.mp3
      29. Navy Hour 510120 Afrs 021 Delores Hawkins Ben Mitchell.mp3
      30. Navy Hour 510203 Afrs 022 Anita Ellis, Julius Larosa.mp3
      31. Navy Hour 520209 Afrs 066 Gateway To South.mp3
      32. Voice Of Firestone 520000 Afrs 013 Guest Lois Hunt.mp3
      33. Voice Of Firestone 520901 Afrs 013 Guest Lois Hunt.mp3
      34. Waltz Time 450921 Afrs 103 Love Letters Worn.mp3
      35. Words With Music 2300 Afrs Against My Wall Summer Weaves.mp3
      36. Words With Music 2301 Afrs Blame It On My Last Affair.mp3
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    36 recordings on 12 Audio CDs
    total playtime 11 hours, 37 min

    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A001

    1. At Ease 1508 Afrs Victor Young & Orchestra
    2. Bob Carleton Show 40000x Afrs 199 Steamboat Bill Worn
    3. Bob Carleton Show 40000x Afrs 200 Guest Beryl Davis Worn

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A002

    1. Clevelandaires 50000x Afrs 165 Friday
    2. Hymns From Home 325 Afrs Host Franklin Mccormack
    3. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 01 Wondrous Cross
    4. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 02 Ye Servants Of God
    5. Navy Church Music Series B 010a 4106 03 Come We Love Lord
    6. Navy Church Music Series B 010a Hd7mm4106 04 Spirit Of God
    7. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 01 Praise Him Hd7mm4107
    8. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 02 Expectans, Expectavi
    9. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 03 They That Wait Upon Lord
    10. Navy Church Music Series B 010b 04 Glory To God In Highest

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A003

    1. Words With Music 2300 Afrs Against My Wall Summer Weaves
    2. Words With Music 2301 Afrs Blame It On My Last Affair
    3. Waltz Time 450921 Afrs 103 Love Letters Worn

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A004

    1. Henry Jerome Remote 490223 Ons 1908 Green Room 2
    2. Henry Jerome Remote 490223 Ons 1908 Green Room

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A005

    1. Bob Hope Show 500131 Afrs 258 Guest Arthur Godfrey
    2. Navy Hour 500923 Afrs 013 National Guard March Worn

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A006

    1. Navy Hour 501118 Afrs 015 Guest Kate Smith
    2. Navy Hour 510120 Afrs 020 Georgia Gibbs, 2nd Anniversary

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A007

    1. Navy Hour 510120 Afrs 021 Delores Hawkins Ben Mitchell
    2. Navy Hour 510203 Afrs 022 Anita Ellis, Julius Larosa

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A008

    1. Jack Baker Show 510302 Afrs 134 Thurs
    2. Jack Baker Show 510303 Afrs 135 Friday
    3. Clevelandaires 510405 Afrs 204 Thurs

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A009

    1. Clevelandaires 510507 Afrs 226 Mon Ask Me No Questions
    2. Clevelandaires 510515 Afrs 232 Tuesday Why Worn

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A010

    1. Voice Of Firestone 520000 Afrs 013 Guest Lois Hunt
    2. Dave Garroway Show 520124 Afrs 334 Thursday
    3. Dave Garroway Show 520125 Afrs 335 Fri Button Overcoat

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A011

    1. Jack Berch Show 520209 Afrs 908 Wed Little Ole You Damaged
    2. Navy Hour 520209 Afrs 066 Gateway To South

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    Korean AFRS Broadcasts Disc A012

    1. Voice Of Firestone 520901 Afrs 013 Guest Lois Hunt
    2. Jack Berch Show 520908 Afrs 907 Tues Meet Tonight Dreamland

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