Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 11, 2014

Korean War: On film and firsthand

Local man was with unit portrayed in documentary

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Jim Fields can attest to the accuracy of the documentary film “Hold at All Costs — The Battle for Outpost Harry.”

Fields, 81, of Boyd County, was an infantryman assigned to an 81-mm mortar during the Korean War. He was there when the events depicted in the documentary took place.

“It’s about an eight-day battle over in Korea. I was in the unit that fought on Outpost Harry in that eight-day battle,” said Fields, explaining he and others who fought in the battle have been working with the film’s producers for several years.

“Hold at All Costs” will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday during the monthly Military Roundtable Meeting of the Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society at the Lamp Post Café, followed by a question-and-answer session with Fields.

“They did an excellent job on it, I think,” Fields said, noting he and others first saw clips of the film during a recent Outpost Harry reunion.

“I had a bit of trouble staying in the room,” he said, recalling the first look at the documentary.

EKMHS President Matt Potter said the opportunity to view “Hold at All Costs” as a group and talk to Fields afterward will provide a unique perspective about the war in Korea.

“This one is going to be good for everyone who has an interest in military history,” said Potter, explaining the get-together will be enjoyable for veterans who want to share their own stories and experiences, “and for young people — they’re going to be exposed to what is referred to as the Forgotten War. This will be Mr. Fields’ first time discussing his experiences with anyone, so it will be a humbling experience for all in attendance. He will also answer questions and expand on things discussed in the film throughout the screening.”

Potter said there is no cost to watch the film and participate in the roundtable.

“Seating may be limited, so all are encouraged to arrive early,” he said. “You will have the option to eat dinner at your own cost.”

For more information, call (606) 547-2607.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.