The letter and photographs are used with the permission of Mary Elizabeth Zill VandenBerghe. To view more letters and photographs of Kenneth and Rosalie Zill, visit koreanwarletters.com.
The following letter is one of many that Kenneth Zill wrote to his girlfriend Rosalie Nash. Zill was a Cpl. in the 45th Division, 180th Regiment, E Company, 2nd Battalion from 1951-1952. He arrived in Korea on December 6, 1951 and would be there until he was wounded on June 12, 1952. Ken and Rosalie later got married.
7 Feb 1952
My Dearest Rosalie
I hope you’ll forgive me, but this is my second letter to you today. Haven’t got anything to write, but I feel in the writing mood. I guess that I’m just in a gay mood tonight, feel like going somewhere, but there ain’t too many places to go.
Got another sweet letter from my true love today and you asked about my camera. I got it over here with me. I’m taking pictures all the time, but it is awful hard to get them developed. We got to wait til someone goes on R and R to either Tokyo or Seoul.
Our patrols over here aren’t too bad. Our company has drawn it about 10 times and only once we’ve seen any Koreans. That was back on Jan. 12th. That day we really seen the Koreans. We were supposed to take a hill with about a squad or so on it, anyway when we got up there, there was a battalion waiting for us. We didn’t retreat from the hill, we got chased off. I was never so scared in all my life as I was that day. Its times like that you really know there’s a God up above you looking after you. Some of the boys weren’t as lucky as I. They got hit. Maybe I shouldn’t tell you this, but all the guys in “E” Company wasn’t going to mention it in their letters home. But Bob Barsantee (in G Company) wrote home and told all about it. He made it sound a lot worse that it really was. So I figured I’d better tell you about it before you hear a lot of wild rumors. The whole thing lasted about 3 hours I guess that we were actually in contact with the enemy. Someday I’ll tell you all the details but right now I‘d just as soon forget about it.
Well sweetheart that’s about all I can think of so I’ll close for now, but first darling, I’m going to tell you that I love you with all my heart and really miss you. It won’t be long and I won’t be missing you I’ll be there with you, – for always
Bye for now
All my Love