Monday, February 23, 2015

Military Monday Memories: "Sans Nookee Teepee" in Korea, Late 1952

Here is another photo from my dad Fred Pape's military scrapbook:

My dad, a Second Lieutenant navigator at the time, is kneeling in the center, with Paul Marks standing on the left and Al Nolan standing on the right.  On the back of the photograph, Dad wrote that Paul and Al were also navigators and "two great guys."  Unfortunately, I was unable to find out any additional information about either gentleman.

This photo was taken outside their tent at K-1, the Pusan West Air Base in South Korea (Their regular base, K-9 or Pusan East, was closed for rebuilding of a runway).  The back of the photograph is stamped "Kodacolor Print...Week of November 24, 1952," so the photo was taken sometime before that date.  Dad had been in Korea for just a couple months at that point.  Dad said they had the only tent with a red door, because his pilot partner, Captain Milton C. "Milt" Royles, had painted it that color (I posted a photo of him and my dad in front of this tent in May 2014).  If you look closely, you can see the words "Sans Nookee Teepee" also painted on the door.

There will be more about K-1 and tent alley in future posts.

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