EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Jim Badger was nineteen when he joined the Army in 1950.
By 1951 he was landing in Korea with the 45th Division. After leaving the ship, Badger was transported by train and then by truck into the frigid mountains of Korea.
How cold did it get? "Thirty below zero," answered Badger.
American forces were unprepared for such extremely cold weather.
"Got my first frostbite...hands...feet," he added.
Because of the frozen clay ground, the troops couldn't dig foxholes for protection. They had to either hide behind rocks or lay on the ground. The fighting was intense, particularly after Chinese communist soldiers joined the North Korean Army in battle.
"We fought against the Chinese and Koreans," remembered Badger.
Vastly superior enemy numbers soon pushed U.N. forces to a line well south of Seoul, but by March of 1951, U.N. forces had regrouped and pushed the communist forces back to the 38th parallel.
"We crossed it and they crossed it," Badger said.
Fighting was back and forth at the 38th Parallel Battle Line until an Armistance was declared in July of 1953.
After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1953, Jim Badger went to work for the space program at Cape Canaveral, always proud of his service to our country.