SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii–On a sunny Friday afternoon, retired Private 2nd Class Warren H. Schuster stepped foot on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and returned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division after more than 71 years.

“Oh, it’s emotional…” said Schuster. “It’s just nice to be back and think about all the things that happened.”

In early 1951, at the young age of 20, Schuster volunteered for service and quickly found himself on Schofield Barracks, attached to the 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, preparing to deploy to Korea in the midst of some of the heaviest fighting of the war.

By September of that year, he was part of Item (I) Company who, along with Love (L) Company, attempted to secure and hold two hills in the vicinity of Tangwon-ni, Korea, and subsequently engaged in one of the deadliest battles of the Korean War.