|The pictures show views of the (2) Colorful 1956 U.S. Serviceman Korean Christmas Greeting Cards in this lot. The first picture shows the two card fronts. The second picture shows the first card opened and the third picture shows the second card opened. These cards were found in an old scrap book. They are still attached to the scrapbook page at the top of the card backs. The Soldier simply known as 39;39;Big Ed39;39; on the bottom card was in the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. The top card was sent to his Son 39;39;Eddie39;39; and the bottom one was sent to his 39;39;Darling39;39; (Wife ?) for Christmas in 1956.|
The first card pictures South Korea in 1956 with holly leaves and a candle. On the inside it has a bayonet or dagger with the red and black 7th Infantry insignia. The bottom card has colorful Asian scenery on the front and inside. It is marked by the maker as follows:
To judge the sizes the top card closed measures 5-3/439;39; x 6-7/839;39;. The two cards are in excellent condition as pictured. Apparently the cards had been hung with some tape on the two top corners because there is a little surface paper loss there. They are also still attached to the scrapbook page as mentioned above. For reference below here is some information that was found on the 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War:
When troops were pulled back from the Korean peninsula, the 7th Infantry Division was currently stationed in Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War. They were present during the Inchon Landing and were at the Yalu River when the Chinese entered the war. The 7th led the charge to the north, and was one of the first units to reach the Yalu River. Task Force Faith, a regimental sized unit formed from several division elements, was trapped east of the Chosin Reservoir by two Chinese divisions and wiped out in furious fighting. The 7th participated in battles such as Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, Battle of Porkchop Hill, and the Battle of Old Baldy. Alongside them for much of the time were members of the three successive Kagnew Battalions sent by Emperor Haile Sellassie of Ethiopia as part of the United Nations forces. Twelve members of the Division received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Korean War. Six members were with the 17th Infantry Regiment, Charles H. Barker (June 4, 1953), Raymond Harvey (March 9, 1951), Einar H. Ingman, Jr. (February 26, 1951), William F. Lyell (August 31, 1951), Joseph C. Rodriguez (May 21, 1951) and Richard Thomas Shea (July 6, July 7, and July 8, 1953). Four members were with the 31st Infantry Regiment, Jack G. Hanson (June 7, 1951), Ralph E. Pomeroy (May 20, 1951), Edward R. Schowalter, Jr. (October 14, 1952) and Benjamin F. Wilson (June 5, 1951). The 1st Battalion of the 32nd Infantry Regiment39;s commanding officer was a recipient, Don C. Faith, Jr. (November 27 through December 1, 1950). The 13th Engineer Combat Battalion also had a recipient, Daniel D. Schoonover (July 8 to July 10, 1953). Between 1953 to 1971, the 7th Infantry Division defended the DMZ. Its main garrison was Camp Casey, South Korea.