Patrols from the 1-325th Battalion of the brigade found the Haitian people to be friendly, but hungry and scared.
"So far, it's not too bad," said Army Spc. Trevor Shafter, 24, of Ligonier. "I'm just glad that we can go on a deployment and not have to worry about the stuff in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The gravel yard housing the sweating paratroopers and Korean search and rescue teams, doctors and volunteers — for their version of the Peace Corps — was to be an electric utility run by South Korea's E-Power Corp.
"We went up in the mountains, to the suburbs. It was nice, but much of it was destroyed," said Jun-Kwon Song, 37, who is pulling together the Korean effort. "We went near the National Bank of Haiti. It was still standing, but the rest of the neighborhood was totally destroyed."
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