28 Jun Remembering The Forgotten War on its 71st Anniversary- Memories of The Korean War
Often called “The Forgotten War”, the Veterans who served in the Korean War still remember every bit of it. Through subzero temperatures and frozen bodies all around, it was the unbinding faith in their service that kept the service members alive.
On the 71st anniversary of the war, Dick Earle, who served in the Korean War disrupting enemy supply lines, recalls how they would swim up and down the rivers blowing up the bridges. For him, it was a pleasure to serve his country.
However, for some, memories of the war weren’t as pleasant. Lawrence Wilson, who was captured for more than two years, recalls the gruesome journey to the camp as a POW. He recalls, “As we headed north, it was in circles going around every village, mainly to show a big, bad American could be captured.”
After his release, it was hard for him to see the family he hasn’t seen for so long. His baby boy was born in March of 1951. However, Lawerence first saw him when his son was three years old.
Like Lawerence, Jake Roth was a prisoner of war and remembered every second of his captivity. He recalls the day he thought he would die.
While sharing his trauma, he recalls how his captor kept a gun between his eyes and pulled the trigger twice. The gun didn’t fire. However, he was brutally beaten and was held in captivity for 37 months.
Seven decades later, the Veterans who served in the Korean war still showcase their faith in the armed services hoping that every sacrifice will be remembered.
To keep the memories alive and honor the Korean War Vets, the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum hosted the Traveling Korean War Memorial in Fayetteville from June 25-28, 2021.
And though the Korean War is often referred to as “The Forgotten War”, the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum stands evidence that the Veterans’ service, sacrifice and courage will always be honored and cherished.