At the end of World War II, we were a generation of young folks who felt an obligation to serve our country.
When war broke out in Korea, most of us had never heard of Korea. Many of us joined the various services. The Marine Corps did have to resort to the draft to fill their quota. I enlisted in the Army. This country was not ready for another conflict. All of our equipment was of World War II manufacture and outdated as far as suitability for Korea was concerned. At first, we were able to slow the advance of the North Koreans but were pushed south until more troops were sent to help us. The Inchon landings provided enough relief that our troops in the south at Pusan could break out and start north. We pushed the North Koreans north to the Yalu River, until the Chinese (yes the same that are now loaning us money to cover our great debt) came in hoards across and pushed us back. We ended up re-taking most of the territory we lost and ended up in a static, bunker warfare until the truce. The North Koreans and Chinese treated our prisoners of war in inhumane ways and were never called to answer for it. So much for the United Nations. Anyway, just wanted you to know that there are very few of us still alive that remember; we will never forget this war that effected so many lives. Long remember the “Forgotten war.”