Mo Green

Mo Green at the ready aboard a Quadmount, which fired four .50 caliber machine guns.

Mo Green was suddenly a long way from the sawmill he worked for in Sabine Parish, drafted into the Korean War and going to battle in 1952.

"It wasn't no bed of roses, I'll tell you," Mo says.

He was about 20 when he got that notice to head for the Army, then head for Korea, where he would fire away with a quadmount -- four 50-caliber machine guns -- in close fighting with the North.

"People say they didn't get scared. They're lying to you," Mo says. "You know somebody's going to kill you if you ain't very careful.

"See, we fired at night," Mo explained. "Anybody could've come up with hand grenades.

"I liked to got killed one time by my own soldiers," Mo said of another time. "You had a password. But we moved into another place at night. And I didn't know no password. And I heard that ol' M-1 -- pow pow. He put a round in. I knew he was fixing to shoot. So I explained to him where I was from and what I was doing."

Not only was the battle brutal, so were the conditions.

"It would get 20 below zero over there. That's cold for an ol' Louisiana boy," Mo said. "You try to dig a hole in the ground at 20 below, it's like concrete. But you'd be surprised how fast you could dig a hole."

It didn't take long for Mo to move up in the ranks, though not happily.

"I made sergeant 6 or 8 months after I got there because people getting killed," he explained.

He was then in charge of a couple of halftracks and their men, still on the front lines.

"You learn how to take care of Mo Green. You was my friend. But number one is Mo Green. We didn't use that gung ho thing. You wanted to get Mo Green back to Louisiana. That's what I worked hard for," Mo says of his battle for survival.

"I served my country. I did what I was supposed to do," Mo said, adding that he's glad he served.

He came home to northwest Louisiana after the war, got married, had a family, and went to work welding for Beaird in Shreveport. He stayed there 41 years, leaving as a superintendent and retiring in Shreveport.


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