"Truce" as it is called is just that, a truce, a cease-fire, a
stoppage of ALL hostilities! This supposedly happened in 1953, at
least the signing happened, but not the stoppage of the hostilities! The
North Korean Peoples Army (NKPA) have continually ignored the documents that
are over 40,000 reported breaches of the cease-fire, with over 1500*
killed in action (KIA)!
continues to test our defenses and build up their forces for another foray into
is NOT over!
continues today! Those that served since 1954 are
of this, "The
Forgotten War"! As
we all now know,
has finally admitted they have a nuclear program in the works. As always,
getting the truth out of North Korea is like trying to pull the teeth of a great
white shark, something not easily done, if at all! This is the kind of
crap that our troops in
have been facing since 1954.
When I was there in 1959 - 1960 it was "Hot" then. There were (and
still are) incidents that not many know about. Until recently, the news
media always had more important things to report than an incident in a forgotten
place that is so seldom otherwise in the news, if they were even informed of the
incidents in the first place?! As it turns out, there were MANY incidents
that did not get reported! At least they do not show up in today's records
and as such, those KIA', WIA and POW figures may not reflect anywhere near the
actual numbers, they may never be known. Some KIA's came home with a toe
tag that said "Died in a training accident". Yea, right!
Believe that, and I have some waterfront property and a few bridges that I would
like to sell you!!
my links, I will "try" to point you to more complete
information than what I provide here. I do have information, stories and
pictures on site, more stories have been left by visitors when they signed the
guest book, don't overlook them or the "DMZ Incidents" page! The
guest book is back on the first page. You are welcome to sign the guest
book whether you leave a story or not, just tell us who you are, and if you
served, where and when. If you have a story to tell, please check out the
"DMZ Incidents" page! I prefer that you send your stories to me
rather than leave them in the guest book, if the guest book crashes (and they
do), it will be lost, but not if you send (email) the story to me. Either
way, if you have something to say, say it!
Do you know that those that served (and those even today) in
since the "Truce" was signed received a "slap in the face"
by our government - by not recognizing their service with medals or awards?
and other recent hot spots, Korean service since 27 July 1954 is not recognized
by ANY service award (Medal). The bullets were real back then and they still are
today! The awards have been earned by all that served there and those that
continue to serve in
! Other UN partners in
still give appropriate awards, why not our military?!?
In 1962 I was laughed out of the local VFW
(building) because "I only served in
" (after 1954) and did not have the Korea Service Medal, shown the
door and told "Don't
let it hit you in the f------ ass". Needless to say, that was one
Hell of a shock! It embarrassed the Hell out of me and in front of two of
my friends and several strangers (VFW Members)! How many others got this
treatment over the years??? Totally unacceptable and completely asinine.
Veterans with Korea service (after 1954) are the
only ones that are NOW eligible to join the VFW that do not have the service
medals that they earned and deserve! That eligibility only happened in 1995.
all changed on 12-02-02 when President George W. Bush signed the fiscal
year 2003 Defense Budget Authorization Bill which included the
Defense Service Medal Authorization. The KDSM has been created for our
service and is now being issued to active duty troops and veterans (Veterans,
you must request it) - See the "KDSM" page!
deployment was and still is a United
why no recognition by the United Nations!! What in the world is the United
Nations and our military thinking?? Our own military finally recognizes
our Korea Defense service, now it is the UN's turn!!! We (this includes
the families of those killed in
since 28 July, 1954), earned and deserve the United Nations Korea Service Medal
service always was, and still is, a United Nations Deployment. The U.N.
needs to re-issue the UNKSM, this time to Korea Defense Veterans!
There have been over 1,500 KIA's in
since 1954. How many troops deployed to
since 1954 that were not killed by hostile action but were killed or died by
other means?? I sure don't have a count on that, but the question remains,
"How many of them would be alive today if they had not been sent to
in the first place?". "If 'he' had not been in
, 'he' would not have been in 'that bar' and stabbed to death in 'that' bar
was not a hot spot, a potential flash point, 'he' would not have been sent
there in the first place! You get the idea.. Their survivors are now
eligible for the KDSM and should have something other than a telegram and their
personal items! The medal that the KDVA fought for is not only for us, the
living, but for all of our fallen brothers that no longer have a voice.
Let's see to it that the survivors are not only given their loved ones KDSM, but
an apology that for some comes 50 years late! Help get the word out to the
families of the fallen that the KDSM is available to them (with proof of
The KDVA leadership team, its
members and supporters are all due a big round of applause for a job well done!