Bob Evans was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1930 but grew up in Wales until his town was bombed by the Nazis in 1940. His parents sent him to live with a couple in Canada until the end of World War II, when he returned to Wales. He moved to Illinois in 1948 and was attending law school when he decided to enlist in the Army rather than be drafted. He was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant in June, 1950, and shipped to Korea, arriving in time to see action in the Pusan Perimeter in August, 1950 as an infantry platoon leader. Over the next several months he was in the thick of some of the most brutal combat ever experienced by the U.S. Army.