The war was a civil war between the north and the south. For the U.S. it was also the beginning of the cold war with the communist lead Soviet Union. As always politics played a significant part in the battle. Because of fears that the war would escalate into a wider conflict and maybe start WWIII the U.S. started a long series of cease fire talks with the north.The troops had to endure almost weekly speculation that the war would end soon only to be disappointed when talks stalled.
Over 8,000 American troops are still listed as missing in action.
The median age of a Korean war vet is now around 79 years young.
131 Korean War participants received the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is Americas highest military honor, awarded for acts of personal valor above and beyond the call of duty. I would have given 5,720,000 Medals of Honor. They are all heroes to me.
African Americans played a significant and highly valued role during the Korean war. In October 1951, the all-black 24th Infantry Regiment, a unit established in 1869, which had served during the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the beginning of the Korean War, was disbanded, essentially ending segregation in the U.S. Army. In the last two years of the Korean War throughout the services, hundreds of blacks held command positions, were posted to elite units such as combat aviation and served in a variety of technical military specialties.They fought for their country even in a time when their fellow Americans back home did not always give them the respect for the brave and patriotic heroes they were. Real heroes do what they do because it's right. I have always believed that the African American soldiers in the Korean war had a significant impact on civil rights movement in America. Their patriotism, bravery and courage could no longer be over looked by reasonable people.
There were 7,140 POW’s during the Korean War. Of these, 4,418 returned to the United States, 2,701 died.
Nearly half of the Korean vets had a least some college education. That's 13% higher than the average person in the same age bracket.
There are estimated to be around 2.5 million Korean war vets still living.
This is just my personal experience but I have noticed something in the Korean war vets I have met. They have been very humble and soft spoken about what they did in Korea. I have always wondered why. I asked a vet this question one time and this is what he told me. He said there was never any closure for him because the cease fire ended combat but in his mind there was no victory.
There is no doubt that wars are about victory and defeat. That's how history judges war. War is also about people. There are millions of people living in a free and open society in South Korea. They are in that situation largely because of the sacrifice of U.S. soldiers. I wonder how many Korean war vets feel they never got closure when they came home?
This pattern is a tribute to all the men and women who served in the Korean war. If you have followed my blog for long you know that I am passionate about the respect that our men and women of the armed services deserve. These are my favorite patterns to design.