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William Orcutt's Album From the Korean War

View a collection of photographs taken during the Korean War by San Diego Veteran William Orcutt and the men under his command in the Army Signal Corps.

William Orcutt is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  During World War II he was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps in Belgium.  He returned to San Diego, married, and was recalled to service in 1952.  As a second lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps he photographed enemy territory in Korea for military intelligence.  A photograph of Orcutt was found in a collection of portraits lent to KPBS by San Diego photographer, Ken Petsch.  A log book listed the address of the home his family has owned in San Diego since about 1950.  In San Diego's DNA: Military Roots, Orcutt shares his extensive collection of photographs from the Korean War.

William Orcutt is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. During World War II he was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps in Belgium. He returned to San Diego, married, and was recalled to service in 1952. As a second lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps he photographed enemy territory in Korea for military intelligence. A photograph of Orcutt was found in a collection of portraits lent to KPBS by San Diego photographer, Ken Petsch. A log book listed the address of the home his family has owned in San Diego since about 1950. In San Diego's DNA: Military Roots, Orcutt shares his extensive collection of photographs from the Korean War.

Published on June 13, 2009

Self portrait, William Orcutt.  Caption written by William Orcutt (to his wife Beverly), “May, 1952 Lt. Orcutt, Signal Corps Photo Officer, tours the front in his personal plane (show to Frank) (Tell him these liaison pilots have it made!! A 1st Lt. gets around $520 a month!)”

Self portrait, William Orcutt. Caption written by William Orcutt (to his wife Beverly), “May, 1952 Lt. Orcutt, Signal Corps Photo Officer, tours the front in his personal plane (show to Frank) (Tell him these liaison pilots have it made!! A 1st Lt. gets around $520 a month!)”

Published on June 13, 2009

U.S. Army Signal Corps Second Lieutenant William Orcutt standing in front of his bunk during the Korean War.  Caption written by William Orcutt (to his wife Beverly) “An un-light-steady view of your husband in his battalion abode”

U.S. Army Signal Corps Second Lieutenant William Orcutt standing in front of his bunk during the Korean War. Caption written by William Orcutt (to his wife Beverly) “An un-light-steady view of your husband in his battalion abode”

Published on June 13, 2009

U.S. Army Signal Corps plane.  Caption written by William Orcutt, “Over the hills of Korea with Lt. Hurst & 4th Signal Bu plane (that’s me in the back seat [William Orcutt]) June 1952”

U.S. Army Signal Corps plane. Caption written by William Orcutt, “Over the hills of Korea with Lt. Hurst & 4th Signal Bu plane (that’s me in the back seat [William Orcutt]) June 1952”

Published on June 13, 2009

American GI in Korea with Owl.  Caption, “Great horned owl meets ‘night owl’ disk spinner at Armed Force Radio Station ‘Tronbidove’ at Signal Corps Headquarters.”

American GI in Korea with Owl. Caption, “Great horned owl meets ‘night owl’ disk spinner at Armed Force Radio Station ‘Tronbidove’ at Signal Corps Headquarters.”

Published on June 13, 2009

Two American GIs basting a turkey under the watchful eye of an elderly Korean man.  Photo taken during the Korean War.  Caption written by William Orcutt: “Papa-san, meet turkey-san. An American custom”

Two American GIs basting a turkey under the watchful eye of an elderly Korean man. Photo taken during the Korean War. Caption written by William Orcutt: “Papa-san, meet turkey-san. An American custom”

Published on June 13, 2009

American GI sitting on the back of a mule-drawn buggy typing on a typewriter with elderly Korean man looking on.  Photo taken during the Korean War.

American GI sitting on the back of a mule-drawn buggy typing on a typewriter with elderly Korean man looking on. Photo taken during the Korean War.

Published on June 13, 2009

U.S. Marine Corps plane makes emergency landing during the Korean War.  Caption, “14, May 1952 Marine Corsair fighter plane, which has landed by 2nd Lt Winon E Coaley, who was wounded and partially blinded, is towed from US Signal Corps landing strip, Korea. US Army photo by PFC Bonatsos (SK) 4th Sig BN Staff distribution only – not for duplication unless released by HQS FEC P10”

U.S. Marine Corps plane makes emergency landing during the Korean War. Caption, “14, May 1952 Marine Corsair fighter plane, which has landed by 2nd Lt Winon E Coaley, who was wounded and partially blinded, is towed from US Signal Corps landing strip, Korea. US Army photo by PFC Bonatsos (SK) 4th Sig BN Staff distribution only – not for duplication unless released by HQS FEC P10”

Published on June 13, 2009

Wounded Marine on stretcher in front of U.S. Army helicopter.  Caption, “14, May 1952 Lt. Winon E. Coaley, Marine Fighter Pilot, landed his f4U Corsair while wounded, placed on helicopter at U.S. Signal Corps Airstrip Korea, for evacuation to the 109th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Eighth US Army. Lt Coaley landed his plane with a full load of 6 250LB bombs. US Army photo by Cpl Rickless (SK)”

Wounded Marine on stretcher in front of U.S. Army helicopter. Caption, “14, May 1952 Lt. Winon E. Coaley, Marine Fighter Pilot, landed his f4U Corsair while wounded, placed on helicopter at U.S. Signal Corps Airstrip Korea, for evacuation to the 109th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Eighth US Army. Lt Coaley landed his plane with a full load of 6 250LB bombs. US Army photo by Cpl Rickless (SK)”

Published on June 13, 2009

Actress Betty Hutton sits at a switchboard posing on a visit to Korea with the USO during the Korean War.  Caption written by William Orcutt: “Betty Hutton operates 4th Signal switchboard (before I came here)”

Actress Betty Hutton sits at a switchboard posing on a visit to Korea with the USO during the Korean War. Caption written by William Orcutt: “Betty Hutton operates 4th Signal switchboard (before I came here)”

Published on June 13, 2009

Korean merchant shop selling dried fish and seaweed.  Taken in Seoul during the Korean War.

Korean merchant shop selling dried fish and seaweed. Taken in Seoul during the Korean War.

Published on June 13, 2009

American GI in the trenches during the Korean War.

American GI in the trenches during the Korean War.

Published on June 13, 2009

United States Army Lieutenant General Williston B. Palmer.  Caption written by William Orcutt, “The ‘lovable’ old gentleman himself; ‘Willie’ as he’s known at Signal Corps command post (Lt. Gen. Williston B. Palmer) June, 1952"

United States Army Lieutenant General Williston B. Palmer. Caption written by William Orcutt, “The ‘lovable’ old gentleman himself; ‘Willie’ as he’s known at Signal Corps command post (Lt. Gen. Williston B. Palmer) June, 1952"

Published on June 13, 2009

A young boy carrying a large bundle of wood.  Caption written by William Orcutt, “Even the kids work hard in Korea! May, 1952 (note Signal Corps work in background.)”

A young boy carrying a large bundle of wood. Caption written by William Orcutt, “Even the kids work hard in Korea! May, 1952 (note Signal Corps work in background.)”

Published on June 13, 2009

American GIs grimace as gun fires.  Caption written by William Orcutt, “Artillery unit up front lets the enemy have an 8” shell at night. May, 1952 Korea (note the angle, indicating almost direct fire.)”

American GIs grimace as gun fires. Caption written by William Orcutt, “Artillery unit up front lets the enemy have an 8” shell at night. May, 1952 Korea (note the angle, indicating almost direct fire.)”

Published on June 13, 2009

"The Jazz Singer" African-American soldier yells to protect his eardrums as he shoots off a 105 mm howitzer.  Photo taken by U.S. Army staff photographer during the Korean War.  From the photo collection of William Orcutt.

"The Jazz Singer" African-American soldier yells to protect his eardrums as he shoots off a 105 mm howitzer. Photo taken by U.S. Army staff photographer during the Korean War. From the photo collection of William Orcutt.

Published on June 13, 2009

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