September 10th, 2011

Enlisted Women in the Korean War

Greetings,

My story takes place in Korea, in a M*A*S*H unit, during 1951-1952.

I am just curious about what an enlisted woman's daily duties would have been during the Korean War in a M*A*S*H unit. I'm curious to know would they have been assigned to clerical work, or would they have been assigned to duties as litter bearers or even KP duty. I have found some conflicting information on that, so that's one of the reasons I came here.

I have put my research methods, as well as some of the information I found under a cut.

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Any help you can give me would be most appreciated. If my questions are not specific enough, please let me know and I would be happy to give more detail. Thanks!

NYC- sites, neighborhoods, business districts, auction houses, hotels

Setting: NYC 2000's

I've searched all the tags related to NYC here as well as googling parks and sesarching NYC's map in wikipedia and subsequent neighborhoods I found there. I referred to this site: http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/index.jsp?map_feature=landscapes-points-of-interest&park_quadrant=&page=5 for my Central Park questions, but there are still details I can't find.

So:

Pertaining to Central Park, are there any sections of the park where it's quiet and elusive that anyone who doesn't want to be seen or heard can hide?

I'm also looking for sites and places in New York City that'll make good secret meeting places- beautifiul and dingy places alike.

As for neighborhoods, I have a character who is a student and works parttime therefore she cannot afford much. She does have a roommate who can split the rent. I want her to live in a neighborhood where rent is cheap, has a bad reputation with crime, but in fact is relatively safe because of the tight knit community where neighbors look out for each other. I'm leaning towards Astoria but I don't know if it'll fit all the criteria above.

Regarding the business section of NYC.  I'm looking for a business block where renovations have occurred recently where older buildings have been bought and torn down by bigger corporations to build corporate offices/hotels, etc.

Also, I need suggestions for locations of auction houses by a prominent politician.

And finally, what are some recently built hotels in the Financial District (I mean within the last few years) where you could have seen the WTC before the towers were struck down?