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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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In Country in Korea

In Country in Korea

A War Like Any Other?

(p.91) 4 In Country in Korea
In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Melinda L. Pash

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the wartime experiences of Americans who served in Korea. Hastily pulled from civilian life or from the peacetime American military, the men and women stuck at ground view during the Korean War did not immediately understand the reasons for their sacrifices or the forces that swept them to the Korean Peninsula. American air and ground personnel committed to Korea in the early months of the war had no idea what to expect. The first men sent to the war zone to protect South Korea against North Korean aggression thought that they would be back to the good life in Japan in thirty days after defeating the enemy, but many of them did not return for years, if at all. In reality, most Americans spent far more time living in Korea than fighting there. This chapter also considers the things that made life in Korea unpalatable for Americans as well as the soldiers' feelings toward the home front.

Keywords:   war zone, Korean War, Korean Peninsula, South Korea, North Korea, Japan, soldiers

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