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Kettle Moraine Lutheran High Schoolers visit with 93-year-old Korean War veteran Norbert Carter | By KML

Jackson, WI – Korean War Veteran, Norbert Carter, 93, spoke to students in Mr. Zeamer’s Cold War studies class at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School about his involvement in the Korean War.
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Portions of his message included his combat experiences and that he still has recurring nightmares of his time in Korea 72 years later.

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Carter was one of 7 boys in the family; four of his siblings were also in the service. “My dad was in World War I; my oldest brother was in the Navy during Pearl Harbor. Two of my brothers were in Germany, two of us were in Korea and my youngest son was in Desert Storm.”

Carter went to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania for basic training. That was followed by a stint in Washington and later he spent 17 days on a ship to Japan.

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“We spent one night in Japan, got back on the boat and I spent the next 15 months and 22 days in Korea,” Carter said.

 

Immediately stationed on the front line, Carter recalls his orders.

 

“We were on night patrol and walked up to one area and were handed a steel vest and they said ‘put it on — this is the area where you need it’ and we walked some more and pretty soon we were up on Old Baldy,” he said referencing the site of five engagements during a 10-month span of the Korean War.

“For 32 days I helped build bridges while we were under fire,” Carter said. “There were some Army tanks on a couple mountains up there and we had to get them back for service work.

Norbert and his wife, Lucy, have been married 75 years and are members at Good Shepherd, West Bend.
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Thank you for your service to our country, Mr. Carter, and for sharing your experiences with us.
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