Saturday, July 27, is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. This weekend, U. S. veterans who served during the Korean Conflict are being honored throughout the nation in big cities and small towns, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D. C. and hometown monuments, formal and informal ceremonies, and in public gatherings and private reflections. For some, it is the “forgotten” war, but for those who were a part of it, “forgotten” is something it will never be.
Yesterday, I posted an article about the horse, Reckless, who served in Korea with the Marines. Thanks to one of the veterans who read the article, additional information came to my attention after the fact. It’s true that Reckless was not spooked by the sounds of artillery fire, but the veteran pointed out that the name came from the reckless rifle, which was the kind carried by the Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marine Regiment. The entire text of his remarks can be found in the comments section of that article listed below.
My own father was in the Korean War. He served in the Army and received a Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant for Meritorious Achievement. This happened before I was ever born, but it has always been a quiet fact of my dad’s life. He didn’t talk about it much, wasn’t the type to tell war stories, but occasionally he would describe what it was like.
It wasn’t until I visited the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, that my dad’s stories of the marches through the mountains and the bitter cold came to life. One wall of the museum has a black and white, mural-size photo that shows the mountains covered with snow and soldiers making their way down the winding road in single file. I stood there and just stared at it.
Now, 60 years after the end of the war, we still honor those who served. As the years pass, you will still be honored and remembered.
Written by: Cynthia Collins, Senior Museum Correspondent