The interior of one of the many bunkers I have lived in.

The interior of one of the many bunkers I have lived in.

Note my flash swinging bed, rigged around two piquets.

"Killer Dawson" "355" underneath. 1953.



Bunkers

This was a good class bunker for 355 area, Charlie never gave us the chance to build anything substantial. Each morning at the first sign of fresh earth tossed around, he would shell and mortar the crap out of it. Note the fancy swinging bed made from wiring piquets, signal wire and some sort of mesh. This art-work was suspended from the logs which made up the bottom layer of the overhead cover of the bunker.

Piquets, or pickets, were poles about 6' long, used for many tasks such as stringing the barbed wire boundaries for mine fields and as defensive positions permitted.

Barbed wire mounted on pickets establishing mine field boundaries, used in static positions late in Korean War

The majority of foxholes or bunkers were very basic, a hole dug deep enough to at least crouch inside. Bunks cut into the walls, there were sometimes three men to a hole in the front-line positions. The roof was made of logs, piquets, several layers of filled sandbags, old ponchos or tarpaulin if obtainable for water proofing. This was topped by a foot or more of soil and perhaps shrubs. Rocks were avoided in the topping as it was believed they caused more damage if hit by incoming mortars or shells.

The finished product was at ground level on the forward positions, to make them less obvious to Charlie. Those at the rear didn't need to go to so much trouble as they were generally out of sight. Thus you had two different types of living quarters on the one hill.


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