Roderick Middleton’s first battle in Korea was also his last. As a 22 year-old platoon commander, he participated in an assault on a hill in central Korea in February 1951. Near the end of the day-long battle, Middleton suffered head injuries after a Chinese concussion grenade landed near him. Though he was out of combat for the rest of the war, Middleton remained in the military until 1976, retiring with the rank of major, Now 74, Middleton serves as a volunteer at the Museum of the Regiments in his home city of Calgary. A partial account to Calgary Bureau Chief Brian
Bergman of a day Middleton will never forget: The assault was carried out under heavy machine-gun fire. We took casualties, left and right, Guys wounded, guys killed. It did not go well. I could no longer find any of my soidiers, I got into a trench and found the body of a soldier from another platoon, 1 gave him some morphine, but I think ! was giving morphine to a dead man, I continued to crawl up the trench and met a Chinese soldier who stood up and had his rifle pointed at me. He shot, but his rifle misfired, i had lost my rifle, but still had my pistol. I shot, but my pistol didn’t fire, t cocked the action to get rid of the jammed round. This Chinese soldier was stiii coming, and I just
looked over and stitched him. He fell right in front of me. I watched as the cotton balls that flew out of his padded uniform slowly turned red. The thought went through my head, “This is not like a John Wayne movie. This is for real.”
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