This was my father's war. Although, politically speaking, they don't like to even refer to it, as a War. The PC version is that it was a "Conflict." which used to piss my dad off and every other Korean Veteran I know. Dad used to say, "Tell that to the young servicemen, fighting and dying, that it is only a "conflict." The fighting ended on 27 July 1953, when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war.
Dad didn't talk too much about it, like many war veterans, he stuffed it, or only talked with brothers who had served in WW2, and Korea. I remember him, having nightmares -
A year or so, before he died, he took me aside and tried to tell me, all the terrible things he did and saw - he couldn't. He just cried. That really upset me. Since then, I try and watch some of the old movies, and documentaries on the Korean War, to better understand what he went through.
Besides Mash, my dad's favorite movie was Pork Chop Hill. I've seen it several times, another good one, The Bridges at Toko-Ri.
On a lighter note: Dad was stationed at Fort Eustis, Va. after he came back in 1953 and they lived on the base. Word is, that is where I was conceived.
|Mom, 1953 - at Virginia Beach, VA - She was pregnant with me|
1953 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS:
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:
U.S. Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager sets speed record in X-1 rocket plane
An expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary is the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
James Watson and Francis Crick determine the structure of DNA
Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Female
First clear evidence linking lung cancer to cigarette smoking
World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn, 4-2 (fifth consecutive win)
St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore to become the Orioles
Boston Braves move to Milwaukee