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Paul Alexander Steppe Jr., Baltimore, MD. December 1950

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Service Unit/Ship: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
  • Location of Service: Korea
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/4941

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"My best friend had been killed while he was asleep. I had no desire to grieve over the misfortune of the enemy. Was I becoming too hard? No! I believe I was becoming experienced too fast in the ways of the war." Memoirs, page 72

Paul Steppe, a Marine infantry corporal serving in Korea, saw fierce action, punctuated by long nights when he and his foxhole buddies alternated two-hour watches. Wounded by a grenade on Christmas Eve 1951, Steppe was evacuated to a hospital, narrowly escaping death when his transport plane lost its landing gear on takeoff. In his memoirs, An Everlasting Watch, Steppe notes that American troops are still "on watch" in the Korean peninsula, his war's resolution still incomplete. His mother, Meda Brendall, is featured on this site, under Women At War, for her service as a welder during World War II.

Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Paul Alexander Steppe, Jr. Collection

Names

  • Bishop, Linda
  • Long, Bryon
  • Steppe Jr., Paul Alexander
  • American Legion Post 22, Towson, Maryland

Home State

  • Maryland

Headings

  • -  Steppe Jr., Paul Alexander
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Service Unit/Ship: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
    • Location of Service: Korea
    • Highest Rank: Corporal
    • Dates of Service: 1950-1952
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Video: Digital Betacam [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Memoir [1 item] -- (collected 1999)
  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [4 items] -- Photographs (collected 1950-1952)
  • Video: S-VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2003-02-08)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/4941

Cite as

  • Paul Alexander Steppe, Jr. Collection (AFC/2001/001/4941), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Bishop, Linda, Bryon Long, Paul Alexander Steppe Jr, and Towson American Legion Post 22. Paul Alexander Steppe, Jr. Collection. 1950. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.04941/.

APA citation style:

Bishop, L., Long, B., Steppe Jr, P. A. & American Legion Post 22, T. (1950) Paul Alexander Steppe, Jr. Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.04941/.

MLA citation style:

Bishop, Linda, et al. Paul Alexander Steppe, Jr. Collection. 1950. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.04941/>.