Schaefer, Paul Laverne, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 131X, USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Service Years
1948 - 1951
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Carlinville
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 20, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Body Not Recovered

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Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
From Month/Year
November / 1951
To Month/Year
April / 1952

Description
As 1951 drew to a close, a lull had settled over the battlefield. Fighting tapered off to a routine of patrol clashes, raids, and bitter small-unit struggles for key outpost positions. The lull resulted from Ridgway's decision to halt offensive operations in Korea, because the cost of major assaults on the enemy's defenses would be more than the results could justify. Furthermore, the possibility of an armistice agreement emerging from the recently reopened talks ruled out the mounting of any large-scale offensive by either side. On 21 November Ridgway ordered the Eighth Army to cease offensive operations and begin an active defense of its front. Attacks were limited to those necessary to strengthen the main line of resistance and to establish an adequate outpost line.

In the third week of December the U.S. 45th Division, the first National Guard division to fight in Korea, replaced the 1st Cavalry Division in the I Corps sector north of Seoul. The 1st Cavalry Division returned to Japan.

In the air, U.N. bombers and fighter-bombers continued the interdiction campaign (Operation STRANGLE, which the Far East Air Forces had begun on 15 August 1951) against railroad tracks, bridges, and highway traffic. At sea, naval units of nine nations tightened their blockade around the coastline of North Korea. Carrier-based planes blasted railroads, bridges, and boxcars, and destroyers bombarded enemy gun emplacements and supply depots. On the ground, the 155-mile front remained generally quiet in the opening days of 1952. Later in January the Eighth Army opened a month-long artillery-air campaign against enemy positions, which forced the enemy to dig in deeply. During March and April Van Fleet shifted his units along the front to give the ROK Army a greater share in defending the battle line and to concentrate American fire power in the vulnerable western sector.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
November / 1951
To Month/Year
April / 1952
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Boxer departed San Diego for her second Korean tour on 2 March 1951. Again she operated with TF 77 supporting the ground troops.

   
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  156 Also There at This Battle:
  • Amos, Bobby, PO1, (1949-1969)
  • Bass, Richard Daniel, LTJG, (1951-1953)
  • Beckwith, Eugene Gerrard, PO2, (1951-1955)
  • Camp, Paul, LT, (1951-1967)
  • Carlyle, Robert, CPO, (1951-1990)
  • Crecelius, Don, PO3, (1948-1952)
  • Emrich, William, LCDR, (1950-1975)
  • Flynn, Leo, PO1, (1945-1975)
  • Foster, James, SN, (1950-1955)
  • Hall, Gerald, AN, (1951-1955)
  • Handley, Gilbert, PO2, (1944-1952)
  • Harman, Frederick, CWO4, (1948-1978)
  • Hatchitt, Jack, PO3, (1951-1955)
  • Lacore, Pete, PO3, (1951-1955)
  • Leahy, John Patrick, CAPT, (1947-1979)
  • Legere, Robert, FN, (1948-1952)
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