Reflections on a House Divided

Their Due

The epic struggle against Soviet Communism lasted over 40 years.
Our victory when it came was sudden and unexpected. And, many of the most bitter struggles that marked its course were fought in shadows, the men and women who waged them un-named, hence forgotten. But, even the memory of many of the most public of its campaigns - including those in which thousands of American fighting men fought and died - have also largely faded from public consciousness as well. 

The Korean War is  primary amongst these almost forgotten theatres of conflict. I.e. particularly those which occurred during the early phases of the Cold War and in which the first rush of Soviet aggression was largely halted through the efforts of America and its allies - whose collective will had just begun to coalesce around the necessity for a protracted resistance against this newly recognized threat.

 The Korean War Veterans Memorial

"June 25, 1950 the 38th Parallel marked the beginning of a war that was to be like no other. Many years have passed since the end of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in North Korea. The American public has all but forgotten the violence and valor that took place there at the fighting man's level...

The location of this line largely above the 38th Parallel is historic evidence that in Korea, aggression did not pay. In Korea the American soldier with his Korean and United Nations allies fought with bravery and skill against his communist foes."

About 33, 000 American fighting men were killed in this conflict. In addition, there were almost 140,000 fatalities inflicted on our allies in the forces of The Republic of South Korea, along with thousands more incurred amongst military units contributed by our other allies : Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom
More on Korean War 

Please remember these fallen among your thoughts and prayers for all our veterans and those of our allies during this Memorial period.

{S} 6,24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee; {S} 6,25 The LORD make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; {S} 6,26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

(C) David Aronin 2008