Remembering those from Carroll County who served in the Korean War

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Remembering those who served in The Forgotten War - "By Kevin Dayhoff, 9:32 a.m. EDT, August 5, 2013,0,6922260.story

Saturday, July 27, was the 60th anniversary for what is known as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.

Never heard of it? You are not alone.

It was 60 years ago that, according to my 1970 edition of "A Concise History of The United States Marine Corps 1775-1969," "Finally, after two years of frustrating and often fruitless meetings with the Communist negotiators, an armistice was signed at Panmunjom, and the fighting (in Korea) ended on 27 July 1953 …""

Unlike armed conflicts of the past, there was really nothing conclusive about the end of the active hostilities.

There has never been a peace treaty. Technically, the Korean War never ended. To this day, the U.S. still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea in an effort to maintain an uneasy peace.

Growing up in Carroll County in the 1950s, I recall very little mention of the Korean War. At the time, Carroll, like much of the country, was trying to get accustomed to a new post-World War II economy. Residents were busy with new houses, jobs and the task of raising young families that followed the six years of World War II.

Many historians refer to the Korean conflict as "The Forgotten War." I tend to refer to it as "The Inconvenient War." History has unceremoniously relegated it to a footnote wedged in between World War II and Vietnam.

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