It came as no surprise that The Herald neglected to mention the 62nd Anniversary of the Korean War on Monday. It looks as though the historians and pundits were right on target when they coined the phrase, “The Forgotten War.”
The Korean War, often referred to as Harry Truman’s “Police Action,” took a terrible toll of American lives. War would rage in the “Land of the Morning Calm” for 36 months. In only 30 months, U.S. killed in action would exceed 30,000 with over 103,00 wounded in action.
In addition, over 7,000 Americans would be listed as prisoners of war, with 51 percent perishing in these camps. Another 8,000-plus would be listed as missing in action. This latter figure still a national disgrace, as our government did very little to seek their recovery.
The “Forgotten War” will certainly be remembered by those who fought there. While thousands fought, bled, and died in Korea. Thousands more fought, bled, and survived. It is to those Americans we must express our gratitude and make certain their efforts will never be forgotten. They also have the satisfaction in knowing they stopped communism in its tracks. Furthermore; the “Police Action” insured a prosperous, democratic South Korea. Just ask the South Korean people if they remember the “Forgotten War,” and what freedom means to them.
Unlike in the USA, this date in history is no doubt studied by those whose very existence hinged on the “Forgotten War.”