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In the Shadow of the Greatest GenerationThe Americans Who Fought the Korean War$
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Melinda L. Pash

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767696

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767696.001.0001

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Timing Is Everything

Timing Is Everything

(p.7) 1 Timing Is Everything
In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Melinda L. Pash

NYU Press

This chapter examines the generational background of Korean War veterans. Raised during the Great Depression and World War II, the men and women who served in the Korean War learned first-hand the sacrifices that Americans might be called upon to make in the name of country. Following the defeat of the Nazis and Japanese, however, few expected that one day they would be asked by the U.S. government to participate in a ground war of their own. Still, situated between World War II and the Vietnam War, this generation chose to show their patriotism by accepting military service instead of avoiding the draft and shunning volunteering the way their sons and daughters did in the 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   draft, Great Depression, World War II, Korean War, Americans, Vietnam War, Korean War veterans, military service

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