Each day, the VA honors a special military veteran for their dedicated service on their blog, VAntage Point. Today’s featured military member is a veteran who served as a public information officer during the Korean War.
Robert Krishef worked as a journalist for the Minnesota Daily News before being drafted into the army in 1952. He completed his basic training at Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania and was soon deployed overseas to Sasebo, Japan and Busan, South Korea.
He served with the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey in Dongducheon, South Korea, as a clerk when his unit received artillery fire in 1953, shortly before North and South Korea signed an armistice on July 27th, 1953.
Krishef was then transferred to the Public information Office, where he wrote stories published in the Stars and Stripes Army Times and eventually became a non-commissioned officer in charge of the Public Information Office. One of his most fun duties during his time in the Public Information Office was the making of arrangements for visitors to Camp Hovey, including film star Marilyn Monroe.
Krishef was discharged from the Amy in 1954 and attended the University of Minnesota where he obtained his master’s degree in journalism. He then used his degree to work as a reporter in Waterville, Iowa, as a general manager and editor at the American Jewish World publication, and a public relations writer at an advertising agency in Minneapolis. Krishef also published a country music newspaper, wrote children’s books, and founded a resume writing service before his retirement in 1998.
After 9/11, Krishef joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He passed away in November 2015.
We honor his service.