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The Disrespectful Daughter

 
As Veteran’s Day 2004 approached, the KWE received the following communication from the daughter of one of the veterans whose memoirs are posted on the Korean War Educator website. The KWE responded to her comments in an expeditious manner. There were originally references in her letter and in the KWE’s response letter to this young lady that could reveal who her father is. Those references have been removed out of respect for the veteran. Otherwise, the contents of both messages are as they were received and sent.

The purpose of this posting on the Memoirs section of the KWE is twofold. (1) We wish the public to see comments from a disbelieving daughter of a Korean War veteran, as well as our response to that young adult (age 40) who was so disrespectful to her Korean War veteran parent. (2) We wish to continue to encourage Korean War veterans to submit their memoirs to the Korean War Educator, in spite of the naysayers.

We are fully aware that there are certain members of the general public who refuse to believe that the Korean War was anything more than a "little police action" in a small country that didn’t matter in the first place. It is our opinion that these are people with the same kind of mentality as those who believe there was never a Nazi holocaust during World War II. However, no matter how these people try to twist the facts to meet their own agenda, the truth about Korea will always remain the truth: It was one of the deadliest wars in American history, and 33,651 veterans lay dead in their graves to prove it. Countless others were wounded and maimed to prove it also.

The Korean War Educator believes that the one and only way to inform the next generation about the realities of the Korean War is by first-hand accounts described by the veterans who were actually there. There will be some who will think that the things you say are just too unbelievable to be true. Even your own children might not believe you, as witnessed by the following "Daughter’s Message".  Nevertheless, the truth about the Korean War must be told. Its veterans are the only ones who can actually tell it with accuracy.


The Daughter’s Message

To whom this may concern: I found this website when I Googled my maiden name. I read it and almost could not believe what I was reading!  My father contrived quite a story about all of his experiences and his family. I am sorry to report to you that it is highly embellished and much of it is not true! I would not bother to write this if I did not feel so strongly about this.

The KWE’s Response Letter

You are sadly mistaken if you think that your father's experiences in Korea were "embellished." His experiences were very much like that of all the other 400-plus Korean War veterans whom I have interviewed in full-length interviews that lasted from three to nine hours. The Korean War was one of the most gruesome wars in American history. The temperatures on the Korean peninsula dropped as low as 40 degrees below zero in the winter, and it was hot and miserable in the summer. It was a deadly place to be stationed during the war, and 33,651 American men and women did not make it out of there alive. There were enemy massacres of American soldiers, beheadings, torture of captured American POWs, sneak attacks and slitting of American throats, and mass enemy assaults on our allied troops. Furthermore, other Korean War veterans with a similar MOS described and experienced the same conditions that your father endured while he was in Korea. Allow me to send you to this link so that you can further understand how the veterans of the Korean War suffered:
www.koreanwar-educator.org/topics/nogun_ri/stories/NOGUN-RI EDITORIAL - LYNNITA.htm

Your comments are disrespectful to your father and show that you have absolutely no understanding whatsoever of the true nature of the Korean War. Young people haven't a clue what happened in Korea because neither high school nor college textbooks discuss it in anything more than brief mention. The purpose of the Korean War Educator is to inform the public of just what happened in Korea that nobody is telling anyone. I do not publish lies and embellishments on the Korean War Educator. My website is entirely factual.

Your father's experiences in basic training are identical to that of others who experienced it. His trip to Korea was identical to that of other veterans who experienced it. The cold and misery of Korea that he talked about in his memoirs are identical to that experienced by other Korean War veterans. His experiences with and opinions about the enemy that allied troops were fighting in Korea are identical to that of all the multitude of Korean War veterans I have interviewed. Many of his R&R experiences are identical to that of other veterans who were in Japan, too.

I interviewed your father in a long, professional in-person interview several years ago. I am not some sort of ignoramus who falls for anything and everything someone tells me. I am a scholar and an educator, and one of the most learned persons in the USA on the subject of the Korean War. I know what is or isn't a lie about the Korean War. Your father never so much as hinted to me in that interview that he might be some sort of Korean War hero. Instead, he said exactly what he was: a volunteer. It was his choice, not a mandate, to enter the military, knowing full well that his ultimate destination would be the Korean peninsula and war. What your father did in his interview with me was to "tell it like it is"--just like so many other hundreds of Korean War veterans have done in what is now the world's largest oral history project on the Korean War. If you choose not to believe the truth about his wartime experiences, that is your problem, not mine.

Whether you like it or not, young lady, all Americans--including you and me, owe our freedom to veterans like your father. That freedom guarantees you the right to express your opinions without fear of retribution, no matter how wrong or how rude those opinions may be. In this instance, you are flat wrong. I encourage you to read the memoirs of other Korean War veterans posted on the Korean War Educator to learn the truth about what other veterans also experienced in Korea and to see just how wrong you are. (I hope you won't think that every American Korean War veteran is a liar.) There are also some excellent books on the subject of the Korean War, as well as some truly wonderful documentaries about it.

Your comments reinforce the fact that, when it comes to understanding the true nature of war, too many Americans are just downright ignorant to the harsh reality of the death and destruction that it causes. Children of veterans cannot begin to comprehend what their fathers went through when they were in combat. It is extremely difficult for a child to reconcile him or herself to the fact that the man they know only as "Dad" was actually once a professionally-trained, ruthless killer in war. I do understand that feeling. I'm still trying to fathom the fact that a soft-spoken and quiet little bookbinder here in my community was a saboteur in a Special Operations squad during the Korean War.

Your anger with your dad is quite clear in your message. Because of that anger, perhaps you only see what you perceive to be your father's "weaknesses." As such, I think that you refuse to see and admit those things that are his strengths. His honorable service in the military and his determination to survive Korea are two strengths that you should not overlook, no matter how angry you are at him for other personal reasons.

Korean War veterans believed in the sanctity of freedom so much that they were willing to fight, and even die, for it. As such, I hold all Korean War veterans in the highest regard. They endured the unendurable in Korea -- and so did your father.

Sincerely,
Lynnita Brown, Founder
Korean War Educator Foundation
111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953
Ph. 217-253-4620; e-mail lynnita@koreanwar-educator.org

Readers' Responses

James Walters, Georgia - February 2005

Thank you very much for the powerful words in your reply to the "disrespectful daughter." Perhaps people such as you can help change the attitude of so many who are totally ignorant of the sacrifice veterans have made for our great Republic - this nation we call America.

I am not a Korean veteran, but my oldest brother, George Norton Walters, was one of the many who were killed in action on that peninsula. Norton died on 7 AUG 52 near the village of Kumsong, North Korea. I was just a four year old boy at the time, but I will always remember standing with my mother and father on the depot platform in Lawrenceville, Georgia, as the flag-draped coffin was removed from the train. I will forever remember the anguish, pain and sorrow on their faces. I will never forget the rounds fired by the Honor Guard or the haunting notes of Taps echoing against the rolling hills of Marietta National Cemetery near Atlanta. Even after 50 years, I still visit his grave in honor of him and the sacrifice of my parents.

My descendants served in the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the War Between the States. My father was twice wounded in France during World War I and my uncle was killed during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. My brother was killed in Korea and I lost friends on battlefields in Indochina. I was in the U. S. Navy Reserve for 10 years, almost two years of which was on active duty during the war in Vietnam. As do you, I understand the cost of freedom.

Keep up the good work with the Korean War Educator and may God bless you.

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John Sonley, Korea 1951 - March 2005

I only wish that all I have written about and that has been published in the Purple Heart magazine, Military and the VFW magazine to name a few, was embellished.  That would make it so much more easier to not remember as well as the dreaming of the war, would not occur.

Death did not take a holiday, not one day that I can recall, not even on Easter Sunday in March of 1951. The blood was always flowing, more than I care to remember. Dead enemy soldiers or any civilians for that matter, never touched me, but to see a dead American on stretcher covered by a blanket or poncho would take me apart. I looked at it as, that kid no longer could go to a drive in movie, go to the hot dog stand or the corner drug store for a malt. Never to be with the girl friend again and most of all, never have a Christmas dinner with the family.

I do not call what I have written as "embellishment". I call that the hard facts of a war. That daughter should be made to read a lot of books as to what war is really all about.

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John Kirby - August 2005

Unbelieving--I call it a little bit stupid. If she really wanted to know what happened to a lot of 15 and above years old soldiers at the outbreak of the Korean War, look into her history books! I know I was one of these 17 year olds who went to defend that country. We died by the hundreds, just so she could call us liars and not believe her own dad. She should tell her dad just what she finds out about his so-called lies. My unit came to Korea from Okinawa 1800 men strong. 900 lasted 4 1/2 hours look it up, I challenge her.  The other 900 less 260+ were killed at a place called Anui. The balance were killed at the Bloody Gap just outside Chin-in-Ju Korea a few days later. Send that young woman to me. I can sure straighten her out in a hurry. I was there from July 27/50 to the middle of 1951, so I had the opportunity to have a hand in it as an infantry man. Mad or not at her father, she should get on her knees and say she's sorry! He is not a liar.

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George Miles - February 2006

I read your reply to the lady that said her father probably embellished his story. From everything I have read (I am particularly interested in Task Force Smith) the stories may have actually been under told by men that wanted to spare the families of knowing how horrible it really was.

The brave young men that died at Task Force Smith had no idea what laid ahead. I feel no one could. Their gallant fight against all odds have left many unanswered question. The family I am searching the web for did not have real proof of what happened to their loved one, he was listed as missing and then KIA. Although now there is just one brother he would love to just know someone knew his brother Army PFC Ralph C. Merrill.

It is impossible for many to accurately put into words the hell these men and women in Korea and most wars endured. No memorial, no words can properly thank them for putting their lives on the line for what they believed to be worth fighting for.

Peace to all and God Bless America.

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Kathy Powe - February 2006

I read your posting to the disrespecting daughter. I am so happy you put her in her place.

I am so proud of my Dad.  He has four battle stars from Korea and although he did not share a lot of it with us, what he did share was enough. Our uncle Frank was also a paratrooper during the Korean War, so my grandmother had two boys fighting at the same time.

My Dad has passed now, but I have pictures of him in Korea that I am sharing with websites and museums, My pride in him continues. My brother and my husband were in Desert Storm and I am just as proud of them.

So shame on that girl.  It's because of her father that she has the right to write and say she is ashamed of him.  That’s terrible.

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Erin Walter - March 2006

Just wanted to let you know that not all of us that fall into the 40 year old generation are as ignorant of the facts as some. I just finished reading the memoirs of James Putnam, who happens to be my uncle. I was not aware of the site until after his death on March 13th. I did know he was in the Korean war, but never had an in depth conversation about it. I wish I would have had the chance to personally thank him. My father was also a marine in between Korea and Vietnam (or I may not have known him.) I personally remember as a child in elementary school (in Michigan in the early 1970's) having a large group of Vietnamese refugees come and integrate into our school. While they were learning English, we learned some of their language, including how to count and their national anthem that no longer exists. I can still count and sing it to this day. I also remember some of the parents giving out the Vietnamese currency for Halloween. Among those children was a girl from Korea who was also going through the same thing. She became a good friend during that time. These children all came from a real place that was war torn and devastated. Our veterans from those wars (all wars) are never to be forgotten and always upheld as honorable. My guess is there are many untold stories out there that need to be told. I believe so much of the truth is being rewritten while most are apathetic about it. Thanks for your site and hard work keeping the truth out there!

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Charles "Chris" Christian, Co. A, 35th Inf Regt, 25th Inf Div, Korea 1950-51 - May 2006

I just read the disrespectful daughter's comments and your response to her. I salute you for for those remarks and what you are doing with this web site. It is a marvelous tribute to those of us that gave our all for the cause of freedom.

I will be sending you a CD regarding my experiences during this ugly period of time. It is titled "Korea 1950-1951 (My Time In Hell)". It is rather lengthy, but, I think you will find it quite interesting and informative.

Keep up the wonderful work that you are doing and God bless you for your faith in us who fought, got wounded, and died.

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Michael Sanchez - June 2006

Hope this finds you well as can be. I was surfing the 'Net to discover new information about my uncle James R. Sanchez who was KIA somewhere in Korea when I ran across the Korean War Educator. What a fascinating website! Thank you, Ma'am, for putting that disrespectful daughter in her place, by the way. I work at the VA Medical Center here in San Francisco. Several times a week I meet Korean War Vets who still feel the sting of public opinion and ignorance about the Forgotten War.

I heard from my father that Uncle Jimmy enlisted at age 15 and was sent to combat at 16, the price one pays for lying about one's age to get into the military. I also heard from another relative that Uncle Jimmy was killed in a mortar attack, but where and the other details remain to be discovered.

I will be spending much gleeful time reading the myriad of material on your website. Thank you again for meeting the need of public awareness and education, Ms. Jean. From the KW Vets here in the City by the Bay, thank you as well.

That's all. Just grateful that you took and still take the time, Ma'am.

God's best to you.

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R.G. Jerore, Michigan, Honorable Discharge USAF (1952-1956) - August 2006

I’ve read your letter in response to the "Disrespectful Daughter’s" comment about her father’s "embellished account" of his tour of duty in Korea. I would like to make this comment:

To you, Lynnita Brown, speaking for the Korean War Educator Foundation:
To all Fathers and Grandfathers, who went to war:
And Finally, To "The Disrespectful Daughter" of a Korean War Veteran:

When the Korean War draft looked like it was going to "gobble me up," I decide I wasn’t going to wait around long enough to let that happen. I enlisted in the USAF. I was certain I had a better chance of surviving a war if I was in any other branch of service, other than the Army. I admit... at 18 years of age, I was afraid to go to war.

Well, the Good Lord makes all decisions in our life. We think we do, but actually we only put his thoughts into motion. I served in Korea with the 605th Tac Con Sqd. 502 Radio Relay Sqd. from January 1953-December 1953. I had enough of war, and saw enough of needless destruction, to realize it’s a senseless happening in all lives. Oh, don’t misunderstand me. I believe in fighting for the right to be a free person and to raise my children and grandchildren to know a safe life. I would always want that to be in their future. But... let's face it. War is senseless passage of time in any man's life. For those who provoke war and lose, they have nothing to be proud of for their attempt and loss. For those who have to go to war to protect their country and families, they are destined to pay dearly afterwards, to rebuild the devastation, in order to prove democracy is a better way.

With that said, this is some of the response I’ve read, while surfing the Internet over the last few years, looking for information about the Korean War. I’ve read many inflammatory remarks made by South Korean youth concerning, "Why are the US Forces still in South Korea as peace keepers?" These children (if I may refer to them as such) are now at least three generations removed from the Korean conflict. They boast about how progressive they have become in education, business, the arts, and building technology, for a few examples. Many have assumed westernized appearance not only in dress, but cosmetically as well. Many are looking for direct connections to get them into the US either to live or further their education.

Still, they admonish this nation. "Look at us," they say... "Do we look like we need US military walking around in our country, carrying weapons, claiming it’s for our protection? Just who do they think we need protection from?" These youth do not know war. It's something they can read about in history books.

I have done a bit of research in order to write "facts into fictional writing." The object is to make fiction very plausible. However, when researching facts... the more distant a researcher is from the "flames of truth," the more difficult it is to find real truths in cold embers. Soon words are nothing more than just words. Not only do the youth of South Korea believe they’re safe from wars, but American youth (i.e., the Disrespectful Daughter) is faced with the same dilemma. Words of fact today are not educationally a part of their birthright.

The fathers and grandfathers who fought this war--"who have been there... done that," didn’t come home to brag about horrors that happened in far off places. That would include Korea’s war veterans, as well as American veterans. As a matter-of-fact, many American actions in war were just as horrendous. During the Korean War, our brave men believed, they did the right thing for their country and for freedom-loving Koreans. We returned home to a safer place.  It was time to put ugly behind and get on with our lives.

The Korean War was an instance that became politically and educationally squelched.  We lost lives, but we did a good thing because of the "Old Guard" of involved nations who believed in freedom.  Governmental agreements were written to prevent war from returning. Our military remains in Korea to assure that freedom and to protect Korean youth of today from another occurrence like that of 50-plus years ago. Stories of that war didn’t go much beyond the Korean or American generations who lived it.

"The Disrespectful Daughter" had been protected... I thank God for that, but she evidently doesn’t understand "protected from what or why." Somewhere we failed to carry the message to our new generations. Is the statement about her being disrespectful a "slap in the face" that she is not deserving of? Where lies the real fault for her reasoning, and who should we place blame on? In doing research, have we gotten too far from the flames now, to find truths or to educate our newer generations, and/or to place blame where it really belongs for their lack of knowledge? Think about it.

And...to Disrespectful Daughter, for you this forum might be the place that will help bring some facts into light. To you as well as other condescending persons who would be tempted to speak without clear knowledge of facts, there are incidents in many people's lives that go without recognition or merit for doing the right thing. Had there been more acknowledgement about this war early on in your life, you might have made a totally different comment about your father. I guarantee you...he didn't ask for that war. Nor did thousands of others who gave their lives to fight it or those who were wounded during that conflict, then sent home as shells of better men they might have become.

Somewhere along your educational path, and paths of other dissidents' lives, there was a stone, or maybe several stones, left unturned. Beneath many of these stones were explanations for wars such as the Korean War, for the anguish which war brings to many, for tears of those at home who will never see loved ones who went off to war.  More than likely, there was an answer that could have prevented your remarks about your father.

Education is a powerful tool. Man and woman alike are one of the few animals on this planet who have the ability to utilize education to their advantage. We do not always use it well, and when we don't use it to its fullest, we tend to make bad decisions and judgment.

Last of all, dear Daughter of a Veteran, we may owe you an apology--not for unfounded remarks about your father, but for the fact we, as a nation, didn't see to it that you received a thorough education. You would feel much safer today had you known all of the facts. War is a Hell we can all be exposed to on this earth. May God Bless you that you shall never know it.

To other vets out there who read this forum, now is the time for you to contribute some of your stones of education about the Korean War. Where better should this education come from than from those who lived it?

I’m proud to be an American. I still get tears in my eyes and choke up when the Stars and Stripes pass me by in a parade. I have reason to feel that way.

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Al Gigliotti

I am a veteran of the Korean War (not Conflict).  Have that girl who wrote a letter about her father to read "Raw Guts", then let's hear from her. Raw Guts was about a POW of the 24th Infantry Division, which I missed by two months. I landed in Pusan 9/5/50 at 18 years old and couldn't eat for two weeks because of the smell of Death. I was with the 51st signal Battalion, attached to the 82nd Airborne I Corps.  We got to Anju by November 1950, then retreated to the present location today. I grew up fast. Tears and all. This book is all about the life of a POW by both the North Korean and Chinese solders. Please go to Barnes & Noble and have them order it for you. It's worth the read. I called Carl Cossin who wrote the book, and now we communicate once a week. He was a World War II vet also, in special forces skiing the Italian Alps. My company built the first Truce Conference line thru the rice paddies from the 38th to North Korea. I have pictures of that also. This girl obviously needs medical help. I was with the 51st from 6/48 until 12/5/51 and was honorably discharged 1/5/52 with five bronze stars.

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Lisa (Farnum) Leivdal - April 22, 2008

As the daughter of a retired Army man who served in World War II and Korea, then went on to serve in the National Guard until he retired in 1984, then died in 1985, I'd like to assure you that, although he really never talked about what happened in either war, we never doubted what he did say. He taught us all to have pride in our country and to respect those who have served and sacrificed for what we have today. The lessons were so well taught two of my brothers were National Guard, one was Navy, and the baby of 11--well, she joined the Marines. Keep up the good work and Thank you for what you are doing.

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Bill Dillon - July 29, 2008

I remember when I first got home I could not speak about my past 18 months I spent in Korea. It took me 50 years to finally open up and tell my story, which I have done on this website under short stories in Memoirs. I also remember hearing stories from people like you, Disrespectful Daughter, while I was suffering posttraumatic stress. I must have had it pretty bad because I couldn’t even say the word Korea. I referred to it as the Far East instead.

I had no trouble defending myself in the midst of the fighting while I was there. But after I got home, I remember my wife’s girlfriends laughing and joking about the war in Korea. I had no idea why people thought of the war in Korea as being a joke. They called it "The Little Skirmish." I had no fight left in me to defend myself or my dead buddies. I wish I could meet those ladies today!

I realize now it was because of their ignorance and stupidity such as yours. I don’t know your name so I'll just have to call you Disrespectful Daughter (although I can think of plenty of other names I would like to call you).  My secret dream was to have people like you follow me through a minefield or accompany me through the next mortar attack or artillery barrage, just for you to experience what your poor Dad went through.

I think the very worst thing both he and I had to experience in life--even worse than all that we had to go through in Korea--was having a Disrespectful Daughter like you. And me having a Disrespectful Son just like you! I disowned him too!

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Patricia Thursby, Labor Day 2008

I read what the daughter had to say about her father. Maybe there was some bitterness in her life concerning him. I was blessed to have a wonderful father. Even if that was not the case at least I would have the respect for what they did in Korea. My father was shot down on his way back from a mission and received the PURPLE HEART for his injury. I am lucky my father came home. Some of his friends that were pilots like my father never made it back. She should at least have respect for the men who fought in the war. It upsets me when the Korean War vet does not get the respect they deserve. Thank you for listening to me.

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Rick Russell, December 29, 2008

After reading her message about her father I am filled with anger. My father was in 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, and 1st Marine Regiment. He arrived in Korea at Inchon 15 Sept 1950 (Blue Beach). He left 8 Dec 1953 after being in four main battles including Inchon and Chosin, He received two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and five Purple Hearts. I am a former Marine and am very proud of my father.  I know exactly how hard it was to endure what he did. To anyone who thinks Korea was nothing, strap on their boots and walk in their footsteps. That is the only way you have the right to speak.

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Sara Morelan, May 16, 2009

I read your entry on the disrespectful daughter.  I can not believe how this woman could say that about her own father. The sad part is that she probably even said it to his face. I could never imagine saying that to my grandfather. My grandpa James W. Miller fought in Korea from November 1951 to August 1953. He was on Pork Chop Hill right before he was discharged. He never talked about the war, but right before he died he started to have flashbacks 40 years after the war. He never had any problems before as far as any family can remember. He started to believe that the enemy was trying to poison him, so he wouldn't eat. He asked my uncle to guard him while he slept because he thought the enemy was going to cut his throat. He talked about having to hide under dead bodies to survive.  He watched one of his friends get shot in the head and then had to carry his body. Now if this wouldn't be terrifying enough, he begged to be saved right before he had his last surgery. My grandpa was Christian and he was scared that some of the things that happened there might keep him from getting into Heaven. My grandpa was proud to serve his country and I'm proud of him. I know what those soldiers experienced was terrifying and it's something that they'll never forget. All of them should be honored and respected instead of being called a liar like this woman did to her father.

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Brad M. Rybczynski, October 09, 2011

I am writing to you after reading the note the “disrespectful daughter” wrote to you and your response to her. My father is a combat veteran having served on the DMZ in Korea as an infantryman with the 2nd Division, 9th Infantry. I am 36 years old and grew up hearing my father tell of some of the awful weather conditions, disgusting c-rations and living in a hole for about a month at a time. He rarely spoke of the combat he saw until recently. Maybe it is time or his coming to terms with what he saw and did that has loosened his tongue. Whatever the case, I couldn’t care less. I feel as if I have spent a night or two in that fox hole with my father. I am the type of person who likes to talk, but when I have the honor o hearing about his service I am deathly silent.

As a young man attending college I opted for a course about the Vietnam War along with my older brother. He and I had had an obvious respect and much different view of the experience our soldiers faced. That was in 1993 and thank God attitudes have changed. It is not uncommon for salutes to be offered on TV, during sporting events or in the streets. Still, the men and women who came home from Vietnam, the Korean War and most notably those who served on the “Z” do not get the respect and recognition they are due.

I appreciate your reply to the “disrespectful daughter” and couldn’t have said it any better myself except to change the moniker you have given this obviously spoiled, self-centered and ungrateful brat. I would not have been as respectful as you were. I do want you to know that there are young people who do appreciate the service of those who fought bravely and honorably in the “Forgotten War.” The “Frozen Chosen” are in fact a topic of great interest to me. It was looking for casualty numbers from 1953 – 1994 on the 38th that brought me to the site.

My father, now 64 years old and a little less able to do the things he once was, is more my hero now that he ever was and he has always been my hero. Yes, in part because he answered the call and fought, but also for many other reasons. He taught us so much more than right from wrong and he did it by example. His service in the Army and in Korea played a large role in molding him and making him the great father and man he is today. After all, he was just a young man when he served and saw more than any teenager should.

Please know that I respect you and your work as well as those who were in country during the Korean War and on the DMZ as well as all those who served. There are young people who care and who have benefited from those who returned and will not forget those who did not.

Thank you for all you are doing and please continue to keep the memory alive. Keep up the fire.

- Brad M. Rybczynski, Grateful Son
(Father – Spec. 4 Julian P. Rybczynski, U.S. Army)

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Sabrina Halley - September 2013

I am a college student who has just finished reading your response to the "disrespectful daughter" and would consider it a pleasure to shake your hand if we were to ever meet face to face. To sum it up briefly, I appreciate your forward and honest reply. It seems we are now living in a society wrought with a sense of entitlement and used to comfort. I can't help but feel these post-war generations, of which I am a part, either take for granted or have failed to consider the blood and tears spilled for the freedoms we enjoy today. Disrespect and selfishness are all too common these days, and it is shameful to say the least. Words like honor, courage, and duty seem to have lost the meaning they once held. I, for one, hope future generations will as least consider the high cost of liberty, and remember that it was a cost paid by those before us. And I can only hope that our generation be willing and courageous enough to pay the price if freedom is ever compromised again. I hope our attitude of "what can my country do for me" changes back to "what can I do for my country." God willing.

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Stu Cameron - November 2014

Ma'am, I read "The Disrespectful Daughter" today.The most valuable lesson I learned in High School in Chambersburg Pennsylvania was to never discount anyone else's stories. My father had served four or five years in the Army by the time I was born in 1971, and he remained on Active Duty several years after I enlisted in 1989. Though I retired from the Army in 2011, was an Army Contractor, and became a Department of the Army Civilian this last July; I spent much of my life (as a youth and an adult) dressed as a civilian, living off-base and attending civilian schools and businesses. However (personally and professionally) I was raised by people who spent their youth standing watch in dangerous places. ...and anyone who travels far from home, lives and works around dangerous equipment, and rubs elbows with desperate people will have seen things (both good and bad) that the vast majority of people (ESPECIALLY U.S. Citizens) can't imagine. Because of previous veterans, I have had the privilege of returning from visits to Munich, Dachau, Hoff, Nuremburg, Paris, Venice, Naples, Rome, Seoul, Panmunjom, Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, Kandahar, Kabul and Washington D.C. Thank you for what you do as an educator.

 

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