Korean War Vet Reflects on His Service During ‘The Forgotten War’

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It may be known as “The Forgotten War,” but for men like Leonard Martin, it is a moment in time they will always remember. The Korean War was an important point in our history, and it is important to listen to the stories of vets like Leonard.

He was only 17 when he began his military service. Two weeks after turning 18, his unit was activated. Seven weeks later, he was on a ship headed overseas. The Korean conflict spread quickly and men like Martin were pulled from their normal lives to enter the conflict.

Leonard Martin’s service came so quickly that he was shipped to Korea before he even finished boot camp. It’s hard to imagine, but young Americans like him were off fighting in Korea before many in their hometown even knew they were gone. Read more and here his story in his own words here.


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