A Korean War Veteran Recalls his First Day of Combat
Sergeant Daniel Moon served in two wars: first in WWII when he was just 17, and then again in the Korean War.
Laura Moon and Daniel Moon after their StoryCorps interview in Chelsea, ME at the Togus VA Hospital on September 12, 2023. By Max Jungreis for StoryCorps.
He didn’t see combat during WWII, but his experiences during the Korean War were harrowing. He was a member of Fox Company 19th Infantry Regiment, and he sustained severe injuries during his first battle. He also witnessed the deaths of several fellow soldiers.
Sergeant Daniel Moon (Back row Right) with his Squad members at Camp Crawford, Hokkaido Japan, 1950. Photo courtesy Laura Moon.
He came to StoryCorps with his daughter, Laura Moon, to remember that day.
Top Photo: Daniel Moon in Seoul, Korea 1948
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Originally aired September 30th, 2023, on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
Wil and Olivia Smith Update
Note: StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. At the time of their first interview in 2012, Wil had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on February 22, 2015 at 46 years old.
For our 10th anniversary, we’re revisiting some favorite stories.
At 27, Wil Smith’s age wasn’t the only thing that set him apart from other college freshmen. He was also raising his infant daughter, Olivia. At StoryCorps, they looked back on their college days.
Just before recording, Wil found out he had cancer. Recently, they came back to tell us how they’re doing now.
Originally broadcast October 23, 2013.
Theresa and Dennis McLaughlin
Dennis McLaughlin was born in 1948 with spina bifida, a birth defect that left him unable to use his legs.
But his mother, Theresa McLaughlin — a single mom who worked at a local paper mill– knew that “from the neck up, he’s just fine.” So she treated Dennis just like any other kid.
At a StoryCorps mobile booth, Dennis payed tribute to the way Theresa raised him.
Originally aired May 11, 2012 on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Rebecca Fuller and Jenny Francis
Rebecca Fuller (left) and her sister Jenny Francis remember their younger brother, Marine First Lieutenant Travis John Fuller, who died in Iraq.
Originally aired January 26, 2007, on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Stephanie Butler and Joyce Butler
Joyce Butler and her daughter Stephanie remember Joyce’s mother and Stephanie’s grandmother, Dot, who worked in a shipyard during World War II. Dot was raising four children on her own and shipyard work was a high paying, so she quit her job in a department store and started working nights enabling her to spend her days with her family.
Originally aired December 15, 2006, on NPR’s Morning Edition.