Kramer was a radio operator with a lot of luck on his side.
"I actually didn't make it to Korea," he said. "The war ended the day I was being shipped there. So they sent me back to the states for a while...and my service was in Japan. They didn't know what to do with us, so they reassigned us."
That was good news for Kramer, who had been warned in radio school about what he faced if he went to war.
"The first thing they told us when we hit training, or the radio school, was that we had a life-expectancy once we hit combat, (of) two weeks. They said if we were airborne we had a life-expectancy of seven days, which made a very energetic group of people...
"There was a lot of relief. I can't really explain it because there was so much joy at the time. It was just a great day."
Kramer served from 1952 to 1956.
"It's all for your country," he said. "You go there to do what you're told to do and be proud of who you are and what you are."
Kramer said today's veterans are getting the respect they deserve.
"But the Korean vets and the Vietnam vets, especially the Vietnam vets, those poor guys, I really feel sorry for them," he said.
A salute to our veterans
Reporting by Josh Dulaney, Greg Mellen, Christina Villacorte
Photos by David Crane, Sean Hiller and Thomas R. Cordova.
Videos shot by Hans Gutknecht, Jeff Gritchen, Rachel Luna
Online production by Robert Meeks
Residence: San Bernardino
Conflict: Korean War
Gloria Antrobus was a teletype operator who handled encoded messages. She typed at least 60 words a minute. Antrobus said it was interesting, but not necessarily exciting work.
"It wasn't pressure," she said. "It was fast. We worked shifts. We had three different shifts that we worked, so it was open all the time. It was a 24-hour operation."
The Korean War became her ticket out of Rhode Island. Antrobus was inducted in Bainbridge, Md. She then went to school in Maryland and was transferred to Washington, D.C.
"For me it was an eye-opener because I had never been anywhere. I had never traveled. My first train trip was when I went to be inducted. So it was new.
"Back then things were a lot different. People now are more mobile and I had never had a car and I had never been on a train. So it was very eye-opening for me. I met my husband in the Navy."
- Josh Dulaney