Another soldier has come home.
More than 60 years after an early Korean War battle, Sgt. 1st Class Edris “Eddie” A. Viers is returning home to Iowa.
Viers, a 32-year old Swan, Iowa native serving with Battery A, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, was last seen Aug. 12, 1950 as his unit engaged with North Korean forces near Pongam-ni, Republic of [South] Korea in what became known as the “Battle of Bloody Gulch.” During the fighting, enemy forces overran the 90th and 555th Field Artillery Battalions, inflicting heavy casualties on U.S. forces.
Read the rest of the story here.
The other day, I was asked if Bobby Washkowiak, the main character in War Remains, was based on a real person. Bobby is based on all the men who come home.
Welcome home, Sgt. 1st Class Viers.
Rest in Peace, Sir.
People who have read my Korean War novel War Remains have often asked me, “why did you choose this particular battle? I never heard of it.” Well, that’s one of the reasons.
Unless you are well-read and up on your history of Korean War, you’ve probably never heard of the battle which took place here on February 11-13, 1951. And that was why I chose this battle to open my novel because I wanted people to remember that the US lost a lot of men during those three days:
38th Infantry Regiment: 462 KIA; 15th FA Battalion: 208 KIA and the 503rd FA Battalion: 56 KIA.
Support Force 21 was comprised of these units which was in support of the ROK 8th Division (which suffered many casualties; some estimates as high as 10,000 men).
This is a photo of Changbong-ni where my novel begins. It was here, where the Support Force was dug in.
War Remains, A Korean War Novel.
My Korean War novel, War Remains has been nominated for two awards by MWSA, the Military Writers Society of America: Special Korean War Book Award for 2011 and the Military-Army Award for 2011.
Winners will be announced on October 1st at the MWSA National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
I am honored and humbled to be among the list of nominees this year.