“My Faith In Humanity Grew A Little”: An Engineer Officer During The Korean War

Norman Isler


Norman Isler graduated from Clarkson College with an engineering degree in 1951 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after four years of ROTC. He entered the engineer branch, and deployed to Korea in February, 1952. While in Korea, he participated in the suppression of the Koje-Do prison riot, building a new prison compound, and helped maintain the main supply routes through the country. In this interview, he talks about his experiences at Clarkson College and in ROTC. He describes his deployment to Korea, including his actions at Koje-Do and maintaining supply routes through the country. Finally, he reflects on the lessons he learned while serving in the Army during the Korean War.


conflicts Korean War
topics P.O.W.s Teamwork Leadership
interviewer David Siry
date 27 March 2017


name Norman Isler
institution Clarkson College
graduation year 1951
service Engineer
unit B Company, 439th Engineer Construction Battalion
service dates 1951 1953