Army of Occupation Germany
Rothwesten - Constabulary training - Feb. 1947
Darmstadt - 14th Constabulary Squadron -July 1947
Fritzlar - 14th A/C Reg. U. S. Constabulary - Dec. 1947-1949
Korea - 1950 - 1952
April 1, 1951 awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and Purple Heart.
B. Aug., 28, 1929 Lakewood, OH.
D. Nov., 12, 2007 Las Angeles, CA.
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Written by Neil Aikin
I entered the Army in Los Angeles, CA on
September 23, 1946 so I could
take advantage of the GI Bill which would be expiring at the end of the
year. By enlisting for 3 years, I would get full benefits.
I was sent
Camp Beale (now Beale AFB) in Marysville, CA.
Within a week I was sent to Camp (now Fort) Polk, LA for basic
By the time I arrived there, the government decided to close the
down. So, they transferred me to Camp (now Fort) Lee, VA.
of 8 weeks Basic Training, I was shipped to Camp Kilmer, NJ to
shipment to Germany. I shipped over on a General ship. The
take no more than a week. Due to storms the trip took 2
weeks. We ran
low on rations & when we arrived in Bramerhaven we were all
After a brief stay in the kaserne, I was sent to Marburg. From
was sent to Rothwestern. When the train arrived in Kassel, I saw
of the damage it suffered from WWII. It was February, 1947, the worst
Europe had experienced in many years. Being from California, I
what cold was until then.
I was to take Constabulary training in
for a period of 8 weeks. After about 3 weeks, I was asked if I
become a radio operator. It meant an assignment to the 7718 EUCOM
School in Ansbach. It was located just a few kilometers outside
While there I came down with Diphtheria. I spent 11 weeks in the 385th
Station Hospital in Nurnburg. The 'Dip' ward was guarded around
by MP's. I found out that 'Red' the guy in the bed next to me was
for the guards. He was awaiting a Generals Court-martial.
It seems he
assigned to guard Hermann Goering during his trial there in Nurnburg.
he came on duty he and the guard he was relieving awakened Goering to
he was OK. When Red's relief came Goering was dead from a cyanide
he had somehow secreted in his cell. Red was being
dereliction of duty. I never found out the outcome.
I returned to school & finished with an
MOS of 0740. (intermediate
speed radio operator).
It served me well throughout the balance of my
I was assigned to A Troop, 14th
Constabulary Squadron in Darmstadt
July 1947. By December of that year, I had been admitted no less
times to 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt with Tonsillitis.
got the tonsils removed my outfit was tired of my trips to the hospital
so they transferred me to Regimental Headquarters in Fritzlar. I
The Radio Section, Hq Troop, 14th Constabulary Regiment where I
my tour for 1year. It was at that time I met Gil
Matherne who would be
my roomate until he rotated back to the ZI in August of '49. I was
to be his best man when he married Elizabeth. Bill Tevington was
during that time. I was sent home on an emergency furlough when My
had passed away in December, 1949.
After a 30-day furlough, I was
assigned to Hq Co, 1st Bn, 38th Inf,
2nd Division in Fort Lewis, WA as Bn Radio Chief to wait out my 7 month
balance of duty. 3 days before I was to be discharged, President Truman
froze discharges for 1 year. By then the Division was
be shipped to Korea. In August of 1950 my Division sailed for Korea,
at Pusan on August 19, 1950. By then only 17 miles of Korea was
controlled by the North Koreans. What was left was called the
Pusan Perimeter along the Naktong River. On September 18, the
Regiment spearheaded a breakthrough ending in Seoul and joining with
Marines who had landed at Inchon. By November, the Division had
their position to about 55 miles north of Kunu-ri. It was at this
that the Chinese Army entered the "Conflict". After attacking the
2nd Division's Quartermaster Depot 55 miles behind the main line of
at Kunu-ri, the Division's forward elements " attacked to the rear" and
lost almost 3000 men. The retreat ended at Seoul where we spent
On April 1, 1951 I was awarded the
Bronze Star for Valor. On
12 my outfit was pinned down in the vicinity of Hoengsong. Using my
I called in air strikes and artillery fire on the enemy for
On the 28th of May 1951 at Hyong-Ni, I was
shot point blank while
in a jeep, by a Chinese soldier using an American 30 caliber carbine on
full automatic. The first bullet glanced off my dog tags leaving
a piece in my neck with the second bullet entering my left shoulder.
I was air evaced from a MASH unit to
Tokyo, Japan for a one month
prior to being shipped home on a C54 MATS hospital litter plane. I
from 2 July 1951 to 29 February 1952 at Camp Cook Station Hospital, CA.
(now Vandenburg AFB) where I was put on permanent medical disability
I retired in 1992 after 32 years with Litton Guidance &
Division in Woodland Hills, CA.
Page updated June 22, 2008:
A note from the Editor Irene Moore. Neil Aikin passed away
Nov. 12, 2007. May he rest in peace. Visit our website TAPS.