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Reflections upon Korean War


July 27th is the day set aside to honor Korean War Veterans. It is

considered “National Korean War Armistice Day.” The basic facts

most people are aware of that the war lasted from June, 1950 until

July (27), 1953.

During this period, the Allies from W.W. II. were unified and United

Nations supported the South Koreans’ government. With the North

getting their weapons and funding from China and the Soviet Union.

We gave around 88% support with our many troops, which totaled

with the other Allies, over 300,000 soldiers! We maintained our support

of the independent South Korea, trying to fight off the invasion of the

Northern part, which most know were Communists, at the time.

These are only facts, but somewhat daunting. I realized how many of our

families in this country were affected when I read those numbers. We

chose the side of a government that was trying to be more fair to their

citizens. None of my immediate family went into the Korean War, but my

father working for NASA, always felt he did his part for our nation and

made scientific strides in the areas of nuclear power and space.

How many of your fathers, uncles or other relatives fought in this war?

I am a pacifist but see the reason behind this war and the world wars. I

am not always sure about Vietnam, due to my twin second cousins’

serving and their subsequent mixed emotions, including Post Traumatic

Stress Disorder.

I asked Lenny, he said his father served in the United States Army, but did

not want to talk about the Korean War; ever!

In the seventies, my parents always said to my brothers while we ate dinner,

watching the Vietnam War photographs and film coverage that they would

prefer they move to Canada than to serve in that war! Sorry, not to offend

those who served or believed in that war! My parents were liberal and I am

fairly much a pacifist, too.

My family prays for the American troops, supports the vets, loves the young

men who serve and support their being wherever they are in the world. We

have a lot of faith in the choices that the nation and United Nations make.

We sincerely hope, though, that one day there will not be a need for any wars.

Peace and thoughts of those who have served our country on this auspicious

day of armistice!