January 13, 2014
During November, we take time to salute our veterans. My father, Thomas, was a United States Marine during the Korean War era. After high school, he enlisted in the Marines, and during the time he was in basic training, the cease fire agreement was signed. Thankfully my father never saw combat, but he did spend 14 months in Korea as part of a peace keeping force. However, his older brother, Jack, who was serving in the Navy was part of combat missions in Korea.
My father never talked a lot about his time in Korea, and being a kid I never thought to ask him. Now that I am older, I wish I had asked him to share his stories before he passed away. Many years later, after my both my grandmother and my father had passed away, we found some letters that my father and my Uncle Jack had written to my grandmother while they were in Korea. It was quite an experience to read these letters, and I still have them today.
If you have family members that have served in the military, the Midwest Genealogy Center can help you preserve their stories about their time in the military. We have an oral history program that allows you to record your family member's stories. For more information or to set up an appointment for the oral history program, please contact the Midwest Genealogy Center at 816.252.7228.
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