JACK J. KRON

Lieutenant Colonel | Field Artillery

 

Field artillery units in the first year of the Korean War were fraught with difficulties not often faced by cannoneers since the turn of the century.  Often overrun, constantly attacking and retreating, understrength, undersupplied, and completely overwhelmed, after two weeks in combat the three 105mm battalions had been combined into just one provisional battalion for the defense of Taejon.  Major Kron, the 13th Field executive officer, saw that the situation was grim.

It was perhaps the toughest period of his career that spanned a decade and several theaters of war.  He commanded a battery of 155mm cannons with the 36th Field Artillery from the Tunisian desert through Sicily and into Italy.  The regiment is credited with firing the first artillery round into continental Europe, an achievement his battalion in Korea could later claim as well.  He left the European theater in 1944 to return to the States before serving in China during the final year of the war.  Five years later, he was in the Far East once again.

He pressed on through 1950 and tried to maintain morale within his unit.  In mid-May, Kron took over command of the 52d Field Artillery from Marshall Armor, a welcome change for his new unit.  Armor had not earned much respect among his men who did little to see him off after the change of command ceremony.  During his tenure as commander of the 52d, Armor had recommended only one man for an award of the Bronze or Silver Star and it was himself.  Kron cared much more for his subordinates and was genially welcomed into the new battalion.  At this time the artillery war in Korea became much more predictable and stable once a stagnant front was established.  Only outposts frequently changed and a hill or ridge might be contested over by the infantry, but the cannoneers could rest a bit easier knowing that they would no longer need to defend their guns in hand to hand fights.

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kron219 Chicago airplane 2 Aug 1947
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kron005 Col Hoollack at party I threw fo
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kron013 Good ol Korean roads
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kron018 Capts Route Johnson and Schlitz.
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kron024 We drank a lot of beer here This
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kron049 Gook monument by grave sight cen
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kron058 Artillery fire
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kron065 The S Korean capitol bldg in Seo
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kron048 my driver and jeep
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kron071 this is a view of our artillery
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kron079 Bn FDC foreground is Capt Stakel
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kron074 L19 liaison plane landing
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kron095 This is what awaits Chink _Russi
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kron095 This is what awaits Chink _Russi
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kron114 infantry 4_2in mortar
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kron091 Our Div Arty Cmdr Gen Meyer and
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kron099 A firing battery moving into pos
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kron097 Artillery fire
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kron113 From R to L Gen Mayer unk Maj Mo
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kron111 Our battery commanders_someone e
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kron107 Kim Little S Korean boy who was
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kron108 HQs Btry Guidon 52d FA Bn Capt R
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kron115 firing battery position
kron137 Special Services passing out dou
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kron130 105mm howitzer in recoil firing
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kron136 Hall Cockerham Shuhey
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kron145 Capt Steele Major Hall Capt Roge
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kron143 Hwachon Reservoir Power Plant
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kron142 Hwachon reservoir Power plant
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kron151 Artillery fire in distance note
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kron156 Air shot of capitol in Seoul_Fro
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kron158 Kimpo airfield just out of Seoul
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kron177 A cup of coffee fore moving on
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kron170 Kron Panter Waldrop
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kron217 My jeep driver he is now gone on
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kron193 Maj Hall Capt Cockerham Maj Hyde
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kron198 Beer is so good_Capt. Ludaszak
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kron241 4_2in Mortar and 105mm Howitzer
kron227 Capt Cockerham and Hallihan
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kron237 Captured Chink Anti Aircraft Gun
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kron250 Kron Benny Perez Barnett L to R.
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kron240 My Jeep and driver
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kron271 Capitol Bldg Seoul left rear vie
kron270 Flying in an L-19 artillery liai
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kron265 Approaching bridge crossing Han
kron263 Artillery Fire
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kron251 Kron Benny Col Perez Barnett
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kron246 Hwachon Reservoir Dam
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kron239 Mortar and Howitzer rounds
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kron236 Soldiers swimming in the Pukhan
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kron233 Enough said
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