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Boomerang Related Photos

Wartime Views from 2nd Infantry Division Book


From Behind

September 2001 Photos of the Boomerang Area

McGinn and Hamill Photos From OP Crush Communism

Hamill Papasan Photos

Newspaper Article 

Modern Photos of  Veterans


Wartime Photos and News Articles of Willard Hamill - Dealing with the June 14-15 attack and before. 

News Article A good article from Rock of the Marne with interviews, however the statement that Willard Hamill and Bill Brown evacuated their bunker is incorrect. 

Chinese Casualties 1(The center chest cavity is of a Chinese soldier blown apart by his own grenades in front of Willard Hamill's and Bill Brown's fighting bunker.), 2(Chiggies removing the bodies.), 3 (Behind is a jeep crushed by the withdrawing tank), and 4 (Chiggies dragging a Chinese body up the hill with commo wire.)

Emmanuel "Natureboy" Dalton and the area to the rear of the tank.   Willard Hamill spent his first night on the frontlines with Natureboy in the rightmost fighting position of the 3rd Inf. Division.  The 9th ROK Division held the area to the east.  Dalton was sent to the rear to be a chaplain's assistant, but he insisted on returning to the platoon and became a platoon runner.  As the battle began on June 13th, he told Lt. Hotelling that he believed he would be killed.  Hotelling sent him to the safety of a new well built bunker.  Hotelling had just left when the bunker took a direct hit, killing everyone inside.  

In trench on phone  Natureboy Dalton.

Lt. Cardenas Article - Being given an award for assisting the ROK 9th Division defense prior to the June 14-15 attack.  Cardenas was commander of Fox Company, 7th Regiment.  Drafted into the army in World War II, he served as a scout in the Pacific.  He served two tours in Korea plus service in Vietnam and retired as a Lt. Colonel.  He now lives in California.

Lt. Hotelling Article  Lt Hotelling was platoon leader, 2nd Platoon Fox Company.  Pvt. Hamill was a member of Lt. Hotelling first patrol toward enemy lines.  Hotelling was wounded on Boomerang and awarded the Silver Star, he remained in the Army and retired as a major.  He now lives in Hamilton, Ohio.

Pvt. Kendall Everett Article.  The squad sniper.  He turned 18 years of age on the front lines.  After the war he was assistant squad leader for Willard Hamill.  Photo.  Zoom.,  2  With Willard Hamill

Pvt. Ernie Clifford Article.  A baseball player.  Severely wounded in the knee June 15, 1953 on Boomerang and sent back to Walter Reed hospital where he and Lt. Hotelling were treated.  Photo.

Rear of Ridge near tank looking west  Frank Williams on left.  Possibly the 2nd Platoon CP bunker.

Frank Williams and William Willis awarded Silver Stars.

Chow Line  Extending down Boomerang with men spaced 10 yards apart.

Pvt. Hamill Photo 1,(with 57mm recoilless rifle ammo)  2 behind tank   3 (With Tex Jones. At the bottom is a roll of concertina wire.), 4 (with Belgian(?) weapon and Chinese burpgun (submachinegun) after battle of Boomerang during reconstitution of Fox Company because of heavy casualties)

Tex Jones and Bobby Wellman with submachinegun and attached flashlight that Willard Hamill removed from a dead Chinese soldier.

Papasan and Hill 399  399 was an enemy outpost which had been shelled regularly and resembled a pile of dirt.

Terrain to left of Papasan  No man's land.

Terrain to right of Papasan  clear view.

Terrain to right of Papasan  With white phosphorus shells exploding.

A Mountain  is this Papasan from another angle or another mountain entirely?

Deep Communications Trench  Leslie Martin, later wounded and returned to the company.

In a trench  Left: unknown Right: probably Elbert Davidson.

Along ridgeline  Looking west with the enemy toward the right.  Tank was positioned in saddle.  Some of the troops near here could see fighting at Outpost Harry before the Boomerang battles.

Rear area near showers  The truck had a pump which pumped water from a stream into the water heater then into the shower tent.

Terrain in front of Boomerang  No mans land with patrol activity.

Terrain and overhead camoflauge  Papasan may be in the background.

Bunker  Unknown.

Deep Trench

Bunker in rear  In foreground is "urination" tube, to be tactful.  Do you know any of these men? 


With a mattock in deep trench  Al Melvin of Long Island, NY.  Killed in action on Boomerang.  

In trench

bunker and terrain  Platoon CP?  To the right is Kumhwa valley.

in trench  Unknown.

Sign says 3rd Plat. End 3rd Squad, Squad Leader Cpl. Jones sign  Cpl. Norman "Jonesy" Jones (later wounded and shipped stateside), Nick Medori, and Jay Janezic holding a propaganda leaflet.  From Boomerang.  Background is one of the Jane Russell hills.(?)

Squad and danger backblast area sign  Foreground: Bobby Wellman and ROK 8, Middle: Tex Jones, Roland Stacey of NC killed by a short round on June 14, 1953, Willard Hamill then Bill Brown his BAR man, Jay Janezic  Back: Nick Medori. 

Janezic, Hamill, and Medori with Kumhwa valley behind

Group Photo  ROK 8, Bobby Wellman, ROK 20, Ernie Clifford, Al Melvin, and Bill Brown.

In Trench

In trench  Unknown

In trench  Unknown.

In trench  Unknown

ROK 8, Hamill, Ernie Clifford, Al Melvin with tools

Looking back down the hill  Chow line?

Decorations Article  in Rock of the Marne.

Cleaning Weapons  Second from left is William Willis who is mentioned in an article about Boomerang.  Center is Janezic.  Others unknown.

Sorting out gear after Boomerang fight  Foreground: Bill Brown.  Far right: Tex Jones.  Area was within sight of Boomerang.

Hamill sorting gear after fight

Weapons sorting after battle

Pile of weapons  In rear area after major battle on Boomerang.

Bill Brown and Willard Hamill in area behind Boomerang  Boomerang in background?

Willard Hamill eating C rations

Jay Janezic with Kuhwha valley

ROK 20 and Kendall Everett by River  Near the war's end.

Bronze Star Recommendation

Bronze Star Recommendation Part 2

Bronze Star List

Bronze Star List Part 2

Bronze Star Citation

Bronze Star Article  in Roanoke Times and World News.

Combat Infantryman's Badge List  

CIB Card

Bill Brown cleaning BAR

Group and Terrain  Janezic, Medori, Hamill, and Brown.  Kumhwa valley behind.

M47/48 tank(?) just behind its fighting position (it looks like an M26 Pershing)

Willard Hamill at entrance to Fighting Position (AR 952 was bunker number)

Douglas Ford, later killed, cutting Willard Hamill's hair (with view of terrain in background)

Willard Hamill and Bill Brown, the BAR man

Willard Hamill, ROKs, JooIn Kyoo(ROK 8) and RaByung Jin (ROK 20) with terrain (in front of platoon CP?)

Nick Medori and Jay Janezic

Willard Hamill and the BAR

Propandaga Leaflet

Propaganda Leaflet Part 2

ROKs and US  Made on the way back to corps HQ.  Kendall Everett and three ROKs.

Armistice Notice

Post War

Willard Hamill with carbine and Kendall Everett   during a deer hunt after the war.

group  Willard Hamill, Rich Gregori, Robert 'Beatle Bailey' Martin, Lawson, unknown

Korean Flag  displayed by William Heady, Charles(?) Brown

group  'RA' Kendall Everett, Dezel Ball, Kenneth Bright

Doc  Willard Hamill, Frank 'Doc' Williams

Large Group    Top Row: Willard Hamill, Rich Gregori, Kenney, Raphael Dicicco, Kenneth Bright, Dunn ;  Middle Row: ROK, Billy Jo Reams, Bobby Wellman, ROK, Kendall Everett ; Bottom Row: Lawson, George Barnett, "Beatle Bailey" Martin, Sam Alston, ROK

Large Group 2   Top Row second from left: Larry McSherry

Group of Four  Front: Jimmy Johnson, Willard Hamill, Left: Barnett, Right: Dicicco

Group of Three  Willard Hamill, George Barnett, Bobby Wellman

Medic Frank Williams.  Clowns are Raphael Dicicco and George Barnett

Charlie Brown, Willard Hamill, Peterson, two unknowns, Kenneth Bright behind

Ziarkowski (squad leader of 2nd squad of 2nd platoon), right unknown

Harold Fink, Harold Hollingsworth, and Willard Hamill

Unknown  Who are these?

Unknown  Who are these?

3rd Division Sign

7th Regt Sign


Hamill and Sgt. Russell Mertens

Chapel Article  in the Rock of the Marne.  Post War.

Another Chapel Article

Service Schedule


Chapel Sign

Chapel and terrain  2nd Bn. HQ area several miles south of Kumhwa.

Outside Chapel  and the chaplain.

Hamill with "Has Done" Sign and terrain  The 15th was the Can Do Regiment.  

ROKs  The two older are chiggies, civilians who worked on the front lines.

Group Photo  Post War.  3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Fox Company.  Squad leader Hamill is back left.

Hamill and Lausier twist drying under aerial camoflauge

Group Photo  3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Fox Co.

Color Photos

A toilet box.

Sfc. Mertens with a peak of Jane Russell in background.  Zoom.

Lt. Maguire on left and Belgians.  Zoom.  Lt. Maguire replaced Lt. Hotelling as platoon leader after Hotelling's wounding.  On the back of the picture it has two dates, June 23rd and July 3rd, 1953.  On Jane Russell.

Boomerang Veterans Please Contact Us!   Please help us identify the men in these pictures.  We would be happy to put your photos, remembrances, or important documents on this webpage, or just talk.  I am forming a basic understanding of this battle, but there is still much I don't know.  The battles at Boomerang should not be forgotten but will be unless your memories are recorded.  A retired journalist, Alan Eysen, is writing a book which will include accounts of the events of June 14-15.  He is interviewing veterans but has only found a small number so far.  Both he and I would be happy to hear from you.

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