Frost Bite?

I got to Korea Christmas day 1950, No Christmas dinner there, peanut butter sand, cold coffee.

3rd bat 7th Just got out of Kotare and moved to nesaun we landed at Pusan from a Japanese ship, Christmas eve spent from Sasabo to Pusan, we stacked rifles put cig. pks on for decorations and they played white xmas over and over again. I went out on deck and there coming in to Sasabo was the prinston, My best friend was on the prinston hadn’t seen him for a couple of years, That really made me home sick, my first Christmas away from home.

A song of the times was “Bless them all, Bless them all, MacArthur & Ridgeway and all, they started a drive for the river Yalu while we froze our balls off at old Hagarue, so were saying goodbye to them all the large the short, the tall, we will be home for Christmas, the kids never missed us, so cheer up my boys bless them all, A

And another was “here comes a g-ok sneaking thru the grass playing burp gun boggy on chubby’s azs, so were moving on, been away too long, your flaying too high for my little old sky so were moving on. can’t remember the rest.

I do remember the Bob Hope show in Korea, that was a great show, a good lift for all of us, I think I would have given it up for a hot shower & a hot meal, but what to h-ll, didn’t have the choice.

I was wondering if there was any Marines out there that got frost bite, and what they do for it now. my legs hurt all the time, feel like they are giving out, and has poor circulation. Just would like to know what to do to make them feel better. If anybody knows let me know.

Bob (chubby cheeks) Langford, wep co 3rd bat 7th, 1126140 USMC


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  • sidney crews

    The legend of 3/7 lives on. Sid Crews Cpl. 3/7 mos 2311 Nov,66 thru July68. Hope you can get some help for your legs Semper FI. my friend

  • Harry Geagan

    I haven’t had frost bite, but for my peripheral neuropothy, I use a lotion called Topricin. It helps stop the itching and burning.

  • George R. O’Connell RM2(E5) USN 1956-64

    As one gets older and things become fuzzier and open to a little bit of embellishment, I fondly remember a USMC LTCOL, Enlisted in Korea and O during VN, –every year at Christmas he would relate the ‘story’ of a Christmas Day where the tree, decorated with whatever they could find and a troop returning from patrol looking at the tree and going “HO F’n HO”, “MERRY F’Nn CHRISTMAS”. Just a ‘throw in’ but I used to say I was SANE because I had a piece of paper to prove it and would be referring to my ‘passing’ of the US Military standard ‘Psych test’ that allowed me to attempt to serve in Submarines. The older I got the more I figured that the test wasn’t one to see if ‘WE’ were sane, but to see if ‘WE’ were CRAZY enough to live in a sunken tube, jump from a perfectly sound airplane, swim 20 miles in full gear etc etc etc RIP COL.

  • Bonnie Sload Tyrrell

    Anyone serve with my Dad in Korea? Gerald Asher Sload was his name; joined the USMC on Jan. 17, 1947. He took part in 6 major battles in Korea, including Inchon Landing and Chosen Reservior. He was Operations Chief, Integrated Management Liaison Office when he retired as a MSgt. in 1967. He got severe frostbite while serving in Korea and he bothered him his whole life. My Dad passed away on March 25, 2008. I would be honored to hear from those who served with my Dad. Semper Fi.

  • buzz alpert. Sgt E-5, USMC 1960-66

    Bob I would go to a major medical facility for your legs, if you can, and see specialist in vascular medicine. I just did and they found, with non invasive testing, that I have a blocked artery behind my left knee. They put blood pressure wraps around my legs in several places and recorded the results. They produced a chart and the vascular surgeon read it and said he could clear it by inserting a wire about hip level and punching through the blockage. It’s done under “twilight” anesthesia, which is no big deal with hardly any side effects and you are up and out in no time at all. He also ordered a CT scan and thank God Medicare paid for all of it. I’m 78 and still do push-ups, sit-ups, etc and I lived a healthy life, but stuff still happens as you age. But you need to go to a doc who specializes in your problem. If you want to ask me any questions my email is My advice is probably worth what I charge for it, nothing, but please contact me if you want to. My name is Buzz. I could never repay the Marine Corps for all it did for me. I wish all my fellow Marines, men and women, good health and God bless the Marine Corps.

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