Since our recent military tribute to those who fought so valiantly in the Viet Nam War, I’ve often thought about what is called the “forgotten” war in Korea, fought 50 years ago. Probably two-thirds of the population doesn’t even know why we even fought the war! I have some figures from the internet:
Among the dead in the Army and the 8th Army’s major units, a total of 57,356 were killed, 92,134 wounded, 4,820 missing in action, 7,245 prisoners of war and 2,847 died as POWs.
At 21 a high school sweetheart and I had planned to marry after he returned as a 1st lieutenant in the Army. He was in Korea for one month, at age 24, and was killed. Some can’t forget. Rachel Maddow has written a book called “Drift,” all about past presidents’ undeclared wars. It’s a great, smart, quick read and truly enlightening.
Forgive me if I’m viewed as “one of those” letter writers. I can’t help myself.