Friday, July 17, 2009

Anderson W. Busbea Korean War Collection

Image on left: Anderson W. Busbea in dress uniform, ca. 1950.
Location in Collection: Box 1, File 12, Item 1

Born: September 6, 1925, in Dardanelle, Arkansas
Korean War Service: 11th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1950-1951

Anderson W. Busbea was born in Dardanelle, Arkansas in 1925. He was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1943, serving in the 4th Marine Division. Following World War II, he returned to Arkansas and joined the Marine Corps Reserve. Busbea served in the Korean War for seven months as a corporal in the 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division beginning in September 1950. Busbea worked as a truck driver, delivering ammunition for the regiment’s artillery pieces. He participated in the Inchon Landing, the liberation of Seoul, and the Chosin Reservoir Campaign. During the dedication of the Korean War Memorial in Little Rock, Busbea expressed the desire to return a South Korean flag that flew on his truck during his service in the Korean War. In May of 2008, he returned to South Korea to see his flag on display in Hanam. Busbea currently lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Anderwson W. Busbea Korean War Collection consists of one box containing documents and photographs relating to his Korean War military service. Busbea was interviewed on May 12, 2009; audio and video copies of the interview are included in the collection.

Anderson W. Busbea in Hanam, Korea, May 2008.
Location in Collection: Box 1, File 12, Item 7

Anderson W. Busbea shaking hands for Mayor Gyo Bum Lee in front of the Korean flag on display, Hanam Historical Museum, Hanam, Korea, May 2008.
Location in Collection: Box 1, File 12, Item 10

Click here to access the complete finding aid. Selected documents can be found here and selected photographs here. The audio version of the oral history interview is available here.

Contributed by Stephanie Bayless, Manuscripts Department.


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