Displays at 2nd ID's museum focus on those who served in Korean War, Iraq
October 9, 2004
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The 2nd Infantry Division plans to immortalize the actions of its soldiers in two displays at the 2nd ID Museum in South Korea.
The displays will include a tribute to the 2nd ID soldiers who fought in the battle of Chipyong-ni during the Korean War and an audio-visual display chronicling the actions of the division’s soldiers in Iraq, 2nd ID Museum NCO in charge Staff Sgt. Ricky Bryant said.
2nd ID’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Strike Force) recently deployed from South Korea to Ramadi, Iraq, while 3rd Brigade (Stryker Brigade), based at Fort Lewis, Wash., has been serving in and around Mosul since late last year.
The Iraq display, which will be in the museum’s “changing gallery,” will include a terrain model illustrating part of the 2nd ID units’ area of operations in Iraq, possibly Ramadi, said 2nd ID Museum technician Incha Koslosky.
Also on display will be a video with photographs from Iraq taken by Stars and Stripes set to music by the 2nd ID band, she said.
The Iraq display was proposed by the recently departed 2nd ID commander, Lt. Gen. John R. Wood, Koslosky said.
“The CG (commanding general) wanted to have the Iraq display for the deploying soldiers so they would know (about where they are headed),” she said.
The Korean War display will feature several objects recovered from the battlefield at Chipyong-ni, where the division won its greatest victory in February 1951. During the battle, 5,000 men from the 23rd Infantry Regimental Combat Team held out against six Chinese divisions of more than 60,000 men, Bryant said.
The victory was the first for United Nations forces since the Chinese entered the war, he said. Historians say it was enough to persuade Gen. Douglas MacArthur not to use 52 atomic bombs he had stockpiled on Guam to stem the Chinese advance.
Objects in the display will include a fur-lined Chinese winter hat, a Chinese bugle and a medal of honor won by one of the 2nd ID soldiers during the battle.
Photographs of the battle will be on display, as well as a terrain model of the battle featuring hundreds of tiny soldiers and models of military equipment, Bryant said.
The Chipyong-ni display first was proposed in 2000 but the museum’s budget didn’t allow it until this year, Koslosky said. Each display will cost $30,000, to be funded with money left over from last year’s museum budget, she said.
“It is the biggest project the museum has done for a long time,” she said.