Army colonel donates rare Korean War photos showing life away from front lines
GYERYONG, South Korea — An Army colonel has donated hundreds of color Korean War photographs to the South Korean army that provide a rare glimpse into daily life away from the front lines.
Col. Brandon Newton handed over 239 images taken by his grandfather, then-Master Sgt. Thomas Hutton, during a ceremony Tuesday at the South Korean Army Personnel Command headquarters in Gyeryong, about 90 miles south of Seoul.
“[The photos] provide a very accurate and important history of what Korea was like in 1952,” Newton said. “It helps us understand our alliance is not just about the relationship between our militaries but also between our people.”
Hutton’s photos were shot mostly near the cities of Daegu and Daejon, where he was assigned to the 91st Ordnance Company. Some images show locals walking along dirt streets completing their daily chores, while others give a behind-the-scenes peek at American and South Korean soldiers living and working together.
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