REMEMBERANCE OF FORGOTTEN HEROES

KOREA

My fellow hubbers today, June 25, 2010 is the 60th anniversary of the inception of the Korean War or Conflict or police action as various people throughout our history called it. The men and women who fought this war to preserve our freedom deserve our respect for their sacrifice and that is my purpose by publishing this hub.

On June 25, 1950 The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea attacked their neighbors to the south, The Republic of Korea that we American’s supported through the ruse of The UN. Make no mistake about it this war was fought by American heroes and we owe much to these brave soldiers.

Throughout this war our brave heroes faced many challenges and never came up short in courage or deed. They not only beat back Communist aggression from the North Koreans they also faced an onslaught by Red Chinese forces. The result of this attack by hostile Chinese Communist was a direct cause of the firing of one of our greatest generals Douglas McArthur. This is analogous to the recent firing of General Stanley McChrystal due to insubordination to a leader who was clueless.

This war was carried out until General Eisenhower was elected POTUS and brought a truce to the Korean peninsula on July 27, 1953.

The grim statistics show 36,940 American dead, and 169,365 total American casualties.

Let’s all take a moment from our busy lives and lift our cups in a toast to the heroes who fought and died for our freedom in that God forsaken place so many years ago. They gave us their best and they deserve this recognition from us. GOD BLESS EVERY ONE OF YOU HEROES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Thank you, Tom...Korea is a little remembered war totally lost between WWII and Vietnam. It was a meat-grinder horrible little war with waves and waves of people with sticks willing to beat you to death. When you shoot all of them and expended most of your ammunition, the last wave would show up with their guns at the ready...we strugged greatly in that war and there were many, many heroes both in those who died and those who survived it. Thanks for a good hub. WB


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Wayne,

Thank you for your insightful comments. We owe these heroes very much!!!!!!!!!!


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TinaMarieTad 6 years ago from Michigan

Tom, Great Hub! I had two uncles that served in Korea. You are right, it is forgotten and so are the men who served there. Thanks for bringing the anniversary to our attention..God Bless our Troops!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

TinaMarie Tad,

You are welcome. I thought I owed these heroes who sacrificed so much some due respect.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

I love the troops and troopers

those who live and who died

paid the price for freedom.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Vladimir,

Thank you for your supportive comment.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I remember that I was in high school during the Korean war so I was not in it. My brother was an Army reserves in a military government unit--if that is the correct term. he did not get activated, he told me because his function was taken ofver by the UN. May not have anything to do with anything but I thought it inteesting.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

dahoglund,

Activities on the home front are very interesting. My mom and dad were considering adopting a little Korean brother for me after the Korean War. I really wanted him because my big brother had been so great to me, but it never happened.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great tribute to our heroes who hardly get a mention. Thank you.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pop,

You are welcome. These heroes deserve recognition because they have sacrficed so much for us!!!!!!!!!!


SusanP 6 years ago

I remember the day the radio announcement came saying we were involved in a 'conflict' in Korea and more American troops were being sent. My mother began crying because she thought my brother would be called to go to 'war.' Your brother would have been around the same age, Tom. Do you have any recollection of this?? I think the Korean War vets have finally began getting recognition though it was a long time coming. The South Koreans live a very peaceful life presently, thanks to those who sacrificed 60 years ago. I love your reference to a clueless leader. How true that is and history has shown it to be so and probably will again. Thanks.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

SusanP,

My brother didn't graduate at Moundsville High School until 1952 and then had a student deferment to go to West Liberty State College (now University) so he luckily wasn't involved in Korea. I do remember the time.

Truman was cluless with McArthur like Obama was with McCrystal!!!!!!!!!!!!


SusanP 6 years ago

My brother did not go to the Korean War because he was attending college in Kentucky on a scholarship, but my mother did not understand student deferrments. She merely reacted to the news and feared that her 'baby boy' and his friends would be required to go. This 'conflict,' happening only 5 years after WWII, had adults very anxious that we were going to war again, even though it was never officially declared a 'war.' But regardless of its not being called a 'war,' the sacrifice was the same and Korean 'War' vets have never gotten the honor they deserve. You are so correct to notice and to call our attention to it.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

SusanP

You are correct about the sacrifice of these brave soldiers. We owe them very much!!!!!!!!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Tom, I'm glad you wrote this hub as we need to remember the sacrifice those brave men made for our country.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pamela,

It seems Korea is the forgotten war and I think we must remember. Thank you for your visit and your kind comments.

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