Graybeards - Korean War Veterans Association

Graybeards - Korean War Veterans Association

Recon Missions

Any “Persuaders” in the Audience?

I served in Korea from June 1951 to June 1952 with the 17th

FA BN Btry B, also known as the “Persuaders.” After I spent

about two weeks hauling ammunition and stringing barbed wire

on the Kansas line, Lt.

Edminston asked me if I

would like to transfer to

fire direction center.

I told him I would

welcome the job. This

turned out to be the one

of the best jobs I had

while in Korea, even

though it was a 24/7


The 17th was assigned to the 8th Army and further assigned

to U. S. divisions within the 1st and 9th Corps. We spent some

time around Kumsong and Heartbreak Ridge. Captain Stivers,

from IL, was our battery commander.

I have enclosed some pictures taken while I was in Korea.

Maybe someone will recognize them. If anyone remembers the

17th FA BN, you can get in touch with me.

Gail E. Fasse, 504 NW Durango Ct., Blue Springs,

MO 64014, 816-427-5330,

Capt. Stivers, Btry Cmdr.,

17th FA BN, Btry B

Sgt. Gail Fasse at Exec Post

32nd QM Base Depot – 55 QM Depot, 530th

Service Co. – MHE – Shop?

Who are the Soldiers in the photo with Jerry Simonar? (He is

seated in the front.) Please let him know.

Jerry Simonar, 1619 Main Street, Luxemburg, WI,

920-845-2555 or 920-845-5151

Lt. Edminston and Jimmy Baker, orphan adopted by Baker Co., with First

Sergeant in background

Sgt. Gail Fasse with

Jimmy Baker at 8th



Who are these members of 32nd QM Base Depot – 55 QM Depot, 530th

Service Co., MHE – Shop with Jerry Simonar?

September – October 2010

The Graybeards

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