Korean Veteran and member extraordinaire WGM asks that I publish this. So it is with great pride that I humbly take keyboard in hand to make sure that unknown cohort of men and women who served in the Korean Theatre get their due. Often, one theatre or another gets short shrift in a time of war. During Vietnam, many were unaware of the day to day hegemony that occurred along the Korean DMZ. For those on the front lines there, it must have been frustrating to be running around with no bullets in your gun. At the risk of igniting another conflict, soldiers were demilitarized in their own DMZ. This reeks of the same tyranny that ensued at Ft. Hood when the raghead Major went NASDAQ. 10,000 troops but no one could be entrusted with a rifle. Well, no one but civilian “security forces”.
A wonderful parallel would be the Roman generals returning from their campaigns to Gaul, Britannia and Germania. They were forced to leave their arms (and armies) on the far side of the Rubicon River and proceed into Rome without them as a show of peace. This ensured that they weren’t coming in to 86 the Praetorian Guard and take over. America’s military hierarchy seems to have embraced this wholeheartedly- hence the bloodbath at Ft. Hood.
WGM’s email :
I have yet to find a Korea Vet who is aware of the:
– the Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM)
– YouTube video , Korea Statue and Wall of Names Dedication Ceremony to those that died LOD since 1953. (just happened June 2012)
– Cold War Certificate (CWC). (A Cold War Medal is waiting for approval in Congress.)
Get the KDSM and CWC on Internet, four month wait.
Dedication Ceremony in Korea not USA.
Korean Vets are few in number, and often the most forgotten.
Except, for your kind of Vet, which is smaller in numbers, and even more forgotten.
Could We letum know on ASKNOD?
WGM, your wish is my command. This is your website. I’m just the clerk typist.
The Korean War was barely mentioned in school. I’d like to learn more. I came across a DOD number that 8,100 Americans are still unaccounted for from the Korean War. I feel sorry for the individuals living in N. Korea’s miserable totalitarian regime.
Both of my Korean Medals are listed on my DD 214, but all I got was ribbons and this Frenchie shoulder strap. Funny thing is that while I was there I never saw one Frenchie.I guess I got the strap for not going home with my tail between my legs like the Frenchies! Just finished getting the SPN number removed from my DD 214. I’ll wait abit before I bother the BCMR again.Don’t want to over load them.Getting too soon for my DRO hearing to be scheduled.It’s funny that Camp Casey now gets Combat Pay. Back in 71′, had to be on the DMZ 30 full days before getting Combat pay.Funny,the times I stayed at the DMZ always ended around 28 days.Remember my first time at DMZ and was shot at by some Northern tunnelers.After that experienced I asked why my plastic M-16 made by Mattel didn’t come with bullets. Their reply was that there was only 5 of them.And if it would have been a full blown attack by the North Koreans, they were closer to the armory than we were.We weren’t as smart back then as they are today. By todays standards we probably all would have gotten PTSD for combat zone and no bullets for our weapons.We all learned very quickly in Korea that should all Hell break loose in Korea………….. WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!! lol besides our YOBOS would protect us with their lives for that $100 a month service charge!! (what the hell is this ole fart talkin’ about??)Mikey
The Cold War Certificate is for anyone, Military or Civilian support; not just Korea Vets.
My home base in 1960, although I was on top of another Mountain supporting another Artillery base, “very small”, some 30 miles east on the DMZ. I was part of a 4 man team that ran a VHF site, http://www.qsl.net/wd4ngb/csb60-61.htm ……some great links also……peter
Don’t forget the Chosin Few who have been forgotten as well. I eagerly look forward to that final muster in the sky where all will be honored for answering the call…