Keep It A Secret
In August 1953 the 25th Div was scheduled to replace the 7th Div on the DMZ.  As usual, this
rotation was hush hush, so the 25th issued strict orders to keep the movement a secret.  Units
were to keep their preparations low-key, not mention the move to anybody, and all vehicles were
to have their unit designations, which were painted on bumpers, taped over for secrecy.
The move to the DMZ was completed fast on the scheduled day and positions vacated by the 7th
were quickly occupied by units of the 25th, so the transition would not be noticed. The next
morning looking across the DMZ at the slopes manned by CCF units, we saw large banners
proclaiming:    
GOODBYE 7th  -  WELCOME 25th!

                             Make It Safe
Security was an important issue and the CIC Detachment made the rounds inspecting all unit
headquarters to make sure that everything was as per AR-35. Wall maps were to be covered when
not in use, and classified documents kept in a safe.  Safes were supposed to be chained to the
floor!  
We later learned that enemy raiders who failed to open one such safe, had simply taken it along
with them!

                           Mapping It Out
Camps and bivouacs were scattered all over the countryside, sometimes in the middle of
farmland. Farmers continued to work their fields just outside our barbed wire fences.
We noticed this woman working her rice paddy every day - except that she showed up at a
different location every day, gradually moving farther and farther along the line.
When the CIC finally decided to apprehend her several days later, they found detailed maps of all
the units along her route, like an Order of Battle.

Submitted By;
Kameron Ince
4th Turkish Brigade
25th Inf Div, 1953 - 1954
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                              The General

Because of the nature of their work, CIC (Counter-Intelligence Corps) agents did not wear any
insignia of rank on their uniforms , so that sometimes a sergeant could "interview" a colonel, etc.
This situation created a certain amount of resentment among the officers, but there was nothing
they could do about it.

One day the Div CG was riding to Seoul in the backseat of his sedan, which displayed his 2 stars on
the red license plate on the front bumper.  They passed a group of men in military fatigues
alongside the highway, and they didn't pay much attention to the general.

He ordered his driver to stop and back up, then stepped out of the car and approached the group of
men, who stopped whatever they were doing and stared at the general. "Just because you are with
CIC, have you men forgotten about military courtesy?"  bellowed the general.  "Who's in charge
here?"  he demanded. An elderly man, also dressed in fatigues, approached the general.  "I am
Professor So-and-so,"he said calmly, "and we are from the Anthropology Department of the
University of Pennsylvania"he explained.  "The 8th Army was kind enough to issue us these
uniforms..."

The general made a quick about-face and his driver hit the gas as soon as he was seated.
 

Submitted By;
Kameron Ince
4th Turkish Brigade
25th Infantry Division
1953 - 1954
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             NEVER  UNDERESTIMATE  A  .45

    After we took up positions on the DMZ the training continued.  The Recon Co was conducting one
such exercise to simulate an ambush, and I was along as an observer.  The selected location was in
a narrow valley, and as the ambush developed, the company CO fired his 45 into the air as a signal.
    In the simulated firefight that ensued, we saw a jeep coming over the hill, its occupant waving
excitedly...  Turns out one of the 25th's units had a bivuac a mile away in another valley.  One of its
members was in a tent trying to rest, when a bullet tore through the top and landed just inches
away from him.  It's easy to understand his reaction!
    We followed the jeep to the scene to see the hole in the roof - and sure enough, it was at least a
mile away!

   Lessons learned:  Always coordinate with neighboring units,  and respect the good old Colt .45

Submitted By;
Kameron Ince
4th Turkish Brigade
25th Infantry Division
1953 - 1954