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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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More Than Ever a Veteran

More Than Ever a Veteran

(p.219) 8 More Than Ever a Veteran
In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Melinda L. Pash

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the lives of Korean War veterans in recent years. In particular, it considers the efforts of these soldiers to rekindle their veteran identity and to seek wider recognition for their service in Korea, in part by forming organizations such as the Chosin Few and the Korean War Veterans Association. It also examines the Korean War veterans' successful lobbying for a national memorial and for Veterans Administration medical benefits. Finally, it evaluates what these veterans think of the Korean War sixty years after, and in light of South Korea's progress and the greater willingness of Americans to recognize the sacrifices of those who served in the Far East in early the 1950s.

Keywords:   national memorial, Korean War veterans, Korea, Chosin Few, Korean War Veterans Association, medical benefits, Korean War, South Korea, Far East

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