Something to Write Home About
Sixty years ago, a group of 44 MU students and graduates reunited in Seoul, South Korea.
Sixty years ago, a group of 44 MU students and graduates gathered in a hotel in Seoul, South Korea. There was a dinner, speeches and — after a long day on the front lines — a few drinks. The late Homer Ball, BS PA ’51, was there that night in February 1952 and wrote his wife, Diane Ball, BS BA ’52, about it in a letter composed on a typewriter. The couple corresponded daily while he served in the Korean War, and this is one of the few letters she saved. Homer, a second lieutenant at the Seoul Air Base, wrote of the mini reunion: “IT WAS GREAT! I don’t know of anything that could have made it a nicer dinner and time, for the location and circumstances, that is.” He mentioned Lt. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor’s talk about his childhood in Missouri and a tape-recorded message from football Coach Don Faurot. (Unfortunately, no one remembers what Faurot said.) Homer spent most of the five-page letter describing fellow Tigers at the event. “I guess the first guy I saw when I walked into the hotel lobby was Hardin Cox,” Homer wrote. “Big, friendly Sig Chi football player who went with a Tri Delt, remember him? I didn’t even know he was in Korea, either.” Cox, BS BA ’51, a first lieutenant for the United States Forces in Korea, still recalls that night. “We got a bunch of Missourians together — and a lot of us had known one another before school — and told stories,” Cox says. “We knew we were all comrades in arms.”