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July 26, 2013

Korean War vets left proud legacy

South Korea was saved by 15 nations of U.N. forces

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The legacy of the United Nations forces is that these combined forces prevented South Korea from being absorbed into the horror that has befallen to the citizens of North Korea.

A recently-published book, "Escape from Camp 14 in North Korea," is the incredible story of a man who was born in the world’s largest prison camp. The book tells the story of what South Korea would be like if United Nations forces had lost.

It has been a holocaust for North Korea's people that has lasted for 60 years and will continue for many more. Millions remain in prison with no future or live in squalor, starving to death.

Korean youths will justly reap the rewards of our efforts and form the future of South Korea and, perhaps, someday North Korea.

The U.N. forces prevailed. We must admire the South Korean people who survived.

The book tells the story of what South Korea would be like if United Nations forces had lost. We veterans have indeed left a proud legacy.

Pell Johnson of St. Peter is an Army veteran who served with the 5th Calvary Regiment Division and was stationed in Korea from July 1951 to July 1953.

 

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