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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 the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Melinda L. Pash

NYU Press

This book explores the upbringing, military training, wartime experiences, attitudes, and post-Korea lives of Americans who served in the Korean War. It examines the impact of the Korean War on veterans and on the world to which they returned. It also considers the various circumstances that compelled Americans to accept military service and join the armed forces in the early 1950s, along with the experiences of American prisoners of war captured by the enemies. It also discusses recent efforts by Korean War veterans to rekindle their veteran identity and to seek wider recognition for their service, such as forming organizations like the Chosin Few and the Korean War Veterans Association, as well as lobbying for a national memorial and for Veterans Administration medical benefits.

Keywords:   military training, Korean War, military service, prisoners of war, Korean War veterans, Chosin Few, Korean War Veterans Association, national memorial, medical benefits

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