Name: Guy Junior Soland
Born: April 19, 1933 Amherst Township, Fillmore County, MN
Military Occupational Specialty: 0311
Award(s): National Defense Serivce Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal
Jan. 16, 1952: Joined USMC in Minneapolis, MN.
Jan-Apr. 1952: Assigned to 6th Rec. Training Bn., Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San Diego, CA.
Began USMC service as a trained replacement infantryman, later took specialty training as machine gunner (MOS: 0311) at Camp Joseph H. Pendleton.
Apr. 1952-Apr. 1953: Assigned to Co. "D" 2nd Bn. 9th Regt. 3rdMarDiv., Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA.
Apr.19, 1953: Transferred to "Roger" Company 2nd Infantry Replacement Company.
May 20, 1953: Departed San Diego bound for ROK aboard the troopship USS General M. C. Meigs (AP-116) for a 17 day sea voayage to Japan.
June 1953: Made stopovers in Japan at Kobe and Sasebo before heading on to the Korean port of Inchon.
Arrived at ASCOM City (Army Support Command), a massive transit and supply base for arriving and departing Marines linked to Inchon harbor & by railroad to the M.L.R. (Main Line of Resistance, i.e. the front). ROK assigned to 3rd Section MG, 3rd Plt., Co. "F", 2nd Bn. 7th Regt. 1st MarDiv. Joined unit at Corps Reserve base Camp Indian Head north of Panmunjom, Gyeonggi Prov. ROK.
Jul. 6- Jul. 27, 1953: Time spent on frontline.
Jul. 6-7, 1953: His unit relieved the Turkish Bde. at Outposts "Berlin", "East Berlin" and "Boulder City" (Hill 119). The evening of the 6th at 8PM Chinese forces advanced under artillery cover against "Boulder City" and the Berlin Complex, during the fighting Great Uncle Junior would fire a total of 26 belts of .30 Caliber Machine Gun ammo in defense of his position. Chinese forces succeeded in overrunning "Berlin" and "East Berlin" but "Boulder City" remained in UN hands. The battle continued over the course of the day and night of July 8th.
July 9, 1953: Great Uncle Junior's unit fell back 2 miles off "Boulder City" leaving their weapons and ammo behind.
July 10, 1953: Receives word that the 3rd Marines retook "Berlin" and ""East Berlin." Casualties for Fox Company at this time are 107 out 170 WIA or KIA.
July 11, 1953: Great Uncle Junior is sent on a "Mercury" (the code-name for recon patrol) along the trench lines of "Berlin" and "East Berlin." He later wrote that this was his first and thankfully last such patrol.
July 24-26, 1953: Participated in the Battle of Samichon River. During two nights of the battle Fox Co. took 70% casualties.
Jul. 25, 1953: During a night attack near Songuch-on, Fox Company's SSGt. Ambrosio Guillen was killed. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. (https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgudk)
July 27, 1953: Engaged in last minute fighting with the Chinese prior to the Panmunjom Armistice taking effect at 10PM that night.
Sept-Oct 1953: Following the Armistice, he was assigned to 1st Provisional DMZ Police Co., 1st MarDiv. responsible for patrolling the DMZ and overseeing POWs from DPRK and PRC who refused to be repatriated.
At some point took R&R for 5 days and 5 nights in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan and was greatly impressed by the beauty of the ancient Japanese capital.
Jan. 1954: By this time he was assigned to H&S Co., 5th Marines, 1st MarDiv.
Aug.1, 1954: Returned USA after 14 months in ROK. Departed from Inchon w/ a brief stopover in Sasebo, Japan followed by 16 days on the Pacific en route to Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.
Spent last 96 remaining days in the USMC at Camp Pendleton w/ the Marine 2nd Infantry Training Regiment
Jan. 16, 1955: Separated from USMC.