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Pentagon Plans Events To Remember the 60th Anniversary of the End of the Korean War

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Yonhap has an interview with Colonel David Clark who was picked by the Pentagon to lead efforts to remember the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War:

 ”So, this is part of the significance we try to pass on,” said Clark, who also handles foreign intelligence in the Army.

He served with U.S. Forces Korea for six years. That, along with his interest in history, is apparently behind the Pentagon’s decision to pick him to lead the anniversary committee in 2010.

He emphasized the importance of reaching out to Korean War veterans in the U.S. and other nations, their families and younger generations.

The campaign has become more urgent as Korean War veterans are aging. There are hundreds of thousands of living American Korean War veterans.

The effort has drawn bipartisan support from Congress. The Senate recently adopted a resolution designating 2012-2013 as the “Year of the Korean War Veteran.” A similar bill is pending in the House.

Clark said this year is especially important as the strength of the alliance comes under scrutiny with the launch of a new government in Seoul.

“In our final year, we really want to make headway into reaching many more veterans,” he said.

He said his committee will invite President Barack Obama to attend an Armistice Day event on July 27.

“We are optimistic,” he said.  [Yonhap]

You can read more of the planned events at the link, but I have always thought that if the Pentagon really wants to get people to remember the sacrifices of those who fought in the Korean War than try and get Hollywood to make a Band of Brothers like TV series featuring a unit that fought in the Korean War.  This would do more to increase the public’s awareness about the Korean War than any other event.

  • tbonetylr
    7:58 am on January 12th, 2013 1

    What a crock of you know what. :shock: Their definition of “end” is much different than mine and these “events” is absolutely a waste of money :cry: Talk about “entitlements.” :roll:

  • tbonetylr
    8:09 am on January 12th, 2013 2

    The biggest fallacy of the Korean war is that it “ended.” Are they going to prop up “Mission Accomplished” signs at all the stupid events?

  • Glans
    8:23 am on January 12th, 2013 3

    Have you forgotten “Mash”? Me too.

  • Vince
    10:24 am on January 12th, 2013 4

    Six years in Korea? He’s still a FNG!

  • 2ID Doc
    9:26 pm on January 12th, 2013 5

    Did anyone ask South Korea about this? As I understand, they (Syngman Rhee) never signed the armistice…

  • Hamilton
    4:06 pm on January 13th, 2013 6

    5. You haven’t done your homework. Syngman Rhee placed all his forces OPCON under the UNC. The Armistice was a military document, even Kim Il Sung signed as the commander of all NK forces.

  • Bill
    12:41 am on January 14th, 2013 7

    As an old KorWar vet, I’m interested in anything that will help the world remember our “forgotten” conflict.

    The “Band of Brothers” movie idea might not work as well as it did for WWII because no single combat unit fought all the way through the Korean campaign. There were limited tours of duty and frequent replacements.

    I’d rather see something that covers both sides. Maybe interviews with North Korean and Chinese veterans would provide important information. I’ve often wondered about my old enemies — how they felt about the war and how it influenced their lives.


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