What follows is courtesy of Ryan Shaffer.
Carl G. (Bud) Shaffer was born March 10, 1928 in Stoystown PA. He s the ninth child and sixth son of Homer and Jenny Shaffer.
Carl enlisted in the US Army on June 29, 1946 and was inducted in Harrisburg PA. He took basic training at Fort McClelland, Alexandria AL.
After basic training, Carl was sent to Japan to serve during the occupation of that country. He left the US on October 30, 1946 and returned home on October 18, 1947. While in Japan, Carl was attached to the 22nd Ordinance Battalion. He worked in receiving where his job was collection of weapons as the country of Japan was being disarmed .
Carl was called back to active duty on October 18, 1950 at Fort Campbell, KY. After a month of refresher training, he was shipped to Camp Stoneman, CA. On December 7, 1950 he sailed aboard the USS General Meigs, arriving in Yokohama, Japan on December 20, 1950. After a two day layover Carl left for Korea on December 22. He arrived at Inchon Korea on Christmas Day, 1950.
Upon arrival Carl was attached to the 24th Infantry Division, 19th regiment, 1st Battalion, Headquarters Company Intelligence and Reconnaissance.
Carl spent nearly nine months in combat, fighting the North Koreans and Chinese Communists, as well as enduring the mountainous terrain and one of the coldest winters in Asian history.
Carl was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, given to recognize the skill and heroism of American Infantryman, the Bronze Star with a V for Valor, which he was awarded for his part in defending a battalion observation post, and the Korean Campaign Ribbon with three bronze battle stars. These actions took place on May 17-18, 1951.
Staff Sergeant Carl Shaffer left Inchon Korea on August 20, 1951 and after a short layover in Japan, arrived in Seattle Washington on September 3, 1951. He Returned to Fort Indiantown Gap and was released from active duty on the 14th of September 1951.