The Forgotten War

Sixty-four years ago today North Korean troops poured across the 38th Parallel, kicking off the first armed confrontation of the “Cold” War involving U.S. troops. Three years and 53,000 American lives later the war ground to a halt in stalemate.

Our soldiers and Marines fought in combat every bit as intense as that of WWII, against overwhelming numbers, in some of the worst weather American’s have ever endured, and stemmed the Communist tide, allowing  a prosperous and vibrant South Korea to survive and join the community of nations. South Korea didn’t forget the sacrifices made for their survival and fought along side us in Vietnam, their tough as nails and fearless soldiers and Marines earning the undying respect and admiration of their American comrades in arms, a reputation they still hold with the following generations of vets.

Most Americans today probably don’t even know that we fought there, and if they do they couldn’t tell you why. Fewer still could tell you that we are still technically at war with North Korea and that there are frequent cross border firefights and NorK incursions into the South.

The sacrifices and valor of Korean vets, many of them WWII “retreads” pressed back into emergency service during the first dire days of the war, should never be forgotten.



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    LC R6 growls and barks:

    Great post Crunch.

    And going on now:

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    watchyerlane growls and barks:

    When I was active duty, I met Cpl Rudolfo “Rudy” Hernandez at a Rakkasan Reunion. Truly one of the most amazing stories I ever heard. The stories out of Korea were every bit as brutal as you heard a few years prior in the European and Pacific theaters. God bless every one of ’em.

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    Retired Spook growls and barks:

    My dad served in Korea, 1951-1953. He came home with a chestful of ribbons, some Chinese scrap iron in his hip, and a full complement of demons, which he fought for the rest of his life.

    One of the few times I ever saw him cry was when I left for Korea in 1976. He said “I’m sorry, they wouldn’t let us finish it.”

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    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    Okay – this is really OT and I’m sorry about that, but I need to direct someone to ‘We Are Sith” – where is it?

    – MD

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Lest we forget, the Korean War was a NATO effort involving troops from a dozen nations.

    South Korea suffered 227,800 KIA, 717,000 WIA, missing 43,000. Not to mention the civilian massacres that numbered in the millions.

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    Library Czar growls and barks:

    A good start to reading about the war is recounted in The Last Stand of Fox Company. I’m sure Crunchie and Crumb Crunchie know about this as it is highlighted in the Marine Museum. Just google it. If reading it does not swell your chest and bring tears to your eyes you are not an American.

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    And the psychotics in the North are living that communist dream still. Not realizing that communism doesn’t fucking work. They take the South, the South collapses right along with them. :em08:

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E. says:

    And the psychotics in the North are living that communist dream still. Not realizing that communism doesn’t fucking work. They take the South, the South collapses right along with them.

    Yes, but enough about the damnyankees 😉

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC MuscleDaddy says:

    Okay – this is really OT and I’m sorry about that, but I need to direct someone to ‘We Are Sith” – where is it?

    – MD

    Last thing I have is the URL, which was, but it returns nothing but gibberish now.

    UPDATE: But wait, it’s still up at Sir George’s site: and

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    LCBrendan says:

    Lest we forget, the Korean War was a NATO effort involving troops from a dozen nations.

    U.N. actually, but yes, there were troops from Britain, Greece, Turkey, South Africa, even Columbia and Thailand. .

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Yes, there were. Every time I see one of these threads, no offence, Crunchie, I feel almost obliged to remind many that the US were not the only ones to lose people in that struggle, and that the South Koreans themselves paid with their dearest blood.

    My deepest respects to you, friend Crunchie, as always.

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    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I @ #:

    Much thanks – maybe it entices Chim to come play over here…

    – MD

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    bruce growls and barks:

    harry truman started that war when he stated that the us had no interest in that part of the world when the commies invaded the south harry looked like an ass hole.then he would not send enought troops to finish off the commies and any move that MAcArthur made harry would inform the un which told the commies what was any good democrap,harry snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and went for a stalemate.he should put enough men into korea to beat the north korean commies as well as the chi-coms. :em08:

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:


    Two things

    1. Paragraphs, for the love of God.

    2. F MINUS for content and accuracy.

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    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    LCBrendan @ #:

    I’m reminded of when I did an internship @ the public defender’s office – – on my last day, I printed off two whole packs of paper, filled with nothing but periods.

    On my way out of the office, I stopped at each attorney’s office, peeled off a handful from the stack, dropped it on the respective desk and said “Here, use these.”

    – MD

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    I am reliably informed Bruce has 2 brain cells.

    One is lost, the other is out looking for it.

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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Both my uncles fought in Korea. Clyde was a forward artillery spotter.

    Y’all might enjoy this: citizen pulls over an Illinois state trooper! watch the whole thing.

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    readerjp growls and barks:

    This has nothing to do with Korea, except to provide a favorable comparison to the U.S.


    However, it was by a 5-4 decisioon, which means that there are 4 Justices who don’t believe in the First Amendment, which is kind of scary.

    Hobby Lobby’s argument was based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, which protects the individual beliefs of citizens.

    The majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito dismissed the Department of Health and Human Services argument that the companies cannot sue because they are for-profit corporations and that the owners cannot sue because the regulations apply only to the companies. Alito said that “would leave merchants with a difficult choice: give up the right to seek judicial protection of their religious liberty or forgo the benefits of operating as corporations.”

    The opinion said the RFRA’s text “shows that Congress designed the statute to provide very broad protection for religious liberty and did not intend to put merchants to such a choice.”

    Alito said “the purpose of extending rights to corporations is to protect the rights of people associated with the corporation, including shareholders, officers, and employees.”


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    LC Xystus growls and barks:


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    readerjp growls and barks:

    Hillary Clinton Slams Hobby Lobby Ruling by Supreme Court

    Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Monday chastised the Supreme Court for ruling that an employer can refuse to provide women with contraception on religious grounds.

    “Well I obviously disagree,” Clinton said when asked about the court’s 5-4 decision during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. “I disagree with the reasoning as well as the conclusion. Just think about this for a minute.”

    Clinton noted that the ruling could be broadened out to include other medical procedures that other religions object to.

    “So does that mean if you have need for a blood transfusion your insurance doesn’t have to cover it?” she asked. “So I mean this is a really bad slippery slope.”

    She also guessed that some businesses would lie about religion just to avoid higher costs.

    “I think there should be a real outcry against this kind of decision,” she said. “Many more companies will claim religious beliefs and some will be sincere, but others maybe not. And we’re going to see this one insurable service cut out from many, many women.”

    Yeah, Ms. Clinton, fuck the First Amendment. Your mother should have had an abortion.

    SCOTUS Contraceptive Coverage Ruling Comes With Caveats
    Nightly News?



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