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   Earl R. Hufford
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Earl Hufford, Korea, ca 1952.
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Army
Unit: 11th Evacuation Hospital, Medical Corps
Service Location: Fort Meade, Maryland; Camp Pickett, Virginia; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Lewis, Washington; Seoul, Wanju, Inchon and Inje, South Korea
Rank: Private First Class
Place of Birth: OH
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“If you ever watch MASH on television, that’s the way it is,” says Earl Hufford, who was there, in Korea, not as a sardonic doctor like Hawkeye Pierce but working a variety of support jobs, including stints as a chaplain’s assistant. Hufford was a college student in Ohio with a Methodist preacher’s license when he was drafted. His aptitude for things medical landed him in a series of courses—he even learned how to do autopsies. Although his unit treated wounded North Korean soldiers and built a hospital for them, the enemy didn’t return any favors. They bombed Hufford’s facility, thinking it was a bacteriological weapons site, although it was plainly marked with a red cross.

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Activities with the Korean War Veterans Association. (01:46) Treating North Korean wounded; building a hospital for them. (01:13) Organization of medical facilities; duties as a chaplain’s assistant. (03:38)
Rough trip to Korea; the fighting at Inchon. (03:13) Activities with the Korean War Veterans Association. Part 2 (01:51) 
  
 
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