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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Company D, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
  • Location of Service: Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Camp Stoneman, California; Camp Gifu, Japan; Korea
  • Highest Rank: Corporal

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“’We don’t need cooks in Korea; we need soldiers. So we’re going to give you a choice of carrying a machine gun or a radio.’” (Video Interview, 11:39)

Walter Dowdy’s military career was marked by frustration. He enlisted in 1948 out of high school, passed a test to enter Officer Candidate School but was instead shipped off to Japan in early 1950. He finally received orders to report to OCS back in the U.S. in September, but the Korean War broke out and the Army assigned him to a combat unit. Dowdy was surprised to find that it was an all-black unit, as he had served in Japan under white officers. In July 1950, he was hit in the face with shrapnel; among his hospital visitors in Japan was General Douglas MacArthur. His military career ended in 1951, but Dowdy was a success as an educational administrator, despite encountering obstacles because of his race and his disability.

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About this Item

Title

  • Walter Dowdy, Jr. Collection

Names

  • WRCB-TV Channel 3
  • Bowen, Sarah
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • Michelle Kreidler
  • Dowdy Jr., Walter
  • Willie, Michael

State of Birth

  • AR

Home State

  • TN

Headings

  • -  Dowdy Jr., Walter
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • Black or African American

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Company D, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
    • Location of Service: Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Camp Stoneman, California; Camp Gifu, Japan; Korea
    • Highest Rank: Corporal
    • Dates of Service: 1948-1951
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: Betacam SP [2 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 02/18/2004)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of video recording (collected 05/24/2013)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/20008

Cite as

  • Walter Dowdy, Jr. Collection (AFC/2001/001/20008), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • online text
  • video

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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.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

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

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), 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:

Wrcb-Tv Channel 3, Sarah Bowen, National Court Reporters Association, Michelle Kreidler, Walter Dowdy Jr, and Michael Willie. Walter Dowdy, Jr. Collection. 1948. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.20008/.

APA citation style:

Wrcb-Tv Channel 3, Bowen, S., National Court Reporters Association, Michelle Kreidler, Dowdy Jr, W. & Willie, M. (1948) Walter Dowdy, Jr. Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.20008/.

MLA citation style:

Wrcb-Tv Channel 3, et al. Walter Dowdy, Jr. Collection. 1948. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.20008/>.