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Korean War Poems by Monte Manka

Updated on April 11, 2015
Here's the younger Monte at the time these writing were inspired.
Here's the younger Monte at the time these writing were inspired. | Source

An Octogenarian Writes Poems about His Experiences in Korea

Monte Manka went off to Korea in the 1950s as part of the occupying forces after growing up on a Kansas farm in the 1930s/40s. His experiences in Korea triggered some poetry that's entertaining and insightful.

In his mid-eighties, Monte keeps writing those poems about being a Kansas farm boy and about adjusting to the very foreign culture of Korea and the restrictions of the military. Enjoy his poems and be sure to leave a comment for Monte.

(photo provided by Monte Manka)


Graphic from Zazzle: Liberty's Price Korean Vet by fightcancertees

Army Training Camp Poetry - by Monte Manka

You can read Monte's poems on the Our Echo website. I'm linking to individual poems so they will be easier for you to find.

Learn More about the Korean War - books available from Amazon

Most Americans have a very vague concept of what happened during the Korean War, how it started and how it ended. I admit that most of what I know came from watching episodes of MASH on TV.

Learn more about this war that made such an impact on this Kansas farm boy.

Monte Manka's Korean Experience

Monte explains his role in Korea: World War II ended when I was headed for the invasion of Japan. We were called off the troop train in Kansas and told that Harry had dropped the bomb and the war was over. Can't take any credit for any battles, strictly Occupation of Korea. I was in Korea during the occupation, the "Police Action" started after I left for home.

Korean Woman with Parasol - Photo by Monte Manka

korean war woman with parasol umbrella
korean war woman with parasol umbrella

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Korean Women Washing Clothes in a Stream - Photo by Monte Manka

korean war women washing clothes in river
korean war women washing clothes in river

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A Sampling of Photos Showing the Korean War

MASH - Complete Set of DVDs

Most people think of MASH when the Korean War is mentioned. They are fun, insightful and you can have the complete set to watch whenever you want.

Korean Shrine - Photo by Monte Manka

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Korean Farmer Carrying a Heavy Load - Photo by Monte Manka

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korean farmer carrying a heavy load korean war

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I close my eyes

Seems like yesterday

When I was in Korea

Thousands of miles away.

More Photos of Monte Manka in the Army


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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Thank you for providing this historic resource on Korean War poetry. This poet provides a unique insight.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      My dad was in the Navy in the Korean War.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Poet Monte Manka, thank you for your service and for sharing you wonderful poems.

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      alicecheryl 5 years ago

      good story of poem.

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      joeldgreat 5 years ago

      Germany was already united. but until now, Korea is still divided. I wonder when????

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      My Dad was in the Korean war too; in the Army. Thank you for your service, Monte & for the great poetry you've shared with us.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Mr. Manka--I enjoyed your poems! I was too young to know very much about the Korean War but your poems gave me a personal insight into that time and war. Thanks for the real-life glimpse of how it was!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I have read only your first poem about the kind and creative leadership of your Captain Knight. "Little Nell Two Ten Yen" is a great story. I am sending a link to all these poems to my daughter in South Korea. She is there teaching English. Thank you. I look forward to reading the rest!

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