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July 27, 1953

An American soldier demonstrates the essential utility of the M1 helmet... as he gives his dogs a rest.

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Fifty-six years after the signing of the Military Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom, Americans remain grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our Korean War veterans. More than 600,000 United States and allied combatants lost their lives in Korea during the 3 years of bitter warfare that ended on July 27, 1953. Many were also injured, taken as prisoners of war, and missing in action. These dedicated servicemen and women, under the banner of the United Nations, fought to secure the blessings of freedom and democracy on the Korean Peninsula, and they deserve our unending respect and gratitude.

Every day we are reminded of the selfless service of these veterans. The Korean War Veterans Memorial stands in our Nation's Capital as an enduring tribute to them. Marching among juniper bushes and rows of granite, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen
silently remind all who glimpse their faces of the great challenges that so many Americans overcame. The strong partnership between the United States and the Republic of Korea is also a proud testament to our men and women in uniform.

Today we remember and honor the valor of Korean War veterans and the extraordinary sacrifices that they and their families made in the cause of peace.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 27, 2009, as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. I call upon all Americans to
observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that honor and give thanks to our distinguished Korean War veterans. I also ask Federal departments and agencies and interested groups, organizations, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff on July 27, 2009, in memory of the Americans who died as a result of their service in Korea.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

The national and Army flags fly from half-staff this day at Castle Argghhh!, having ridden to the top of the truck before coming halfway down, a path they will mirror later in the evening.

It is once again the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam of the fallen of all allied nations in Korea, to include those who fell after the Armistice.  And we salute those who served and came home to talk about it (or not, as is their way) - especially the one who fathered the Armorer, Colonel (ret) Timothy H. Donovan.  He counts extra.  Feel free to leave the names of others in the comments.  Including yours, if you're a vet of the war.


Thank you SSG Oswald Kirkland, WWII & Korea vet.
Guess we can't keep calling it "The Forgotten War" then, huh?

Underappreciated and vastly misunderstood by the layman, but not Forgotten anymore. 
Thank you, Seaman T.J. Mears, WWII and Korea vet.
There are just too many names to begin. But, as I look at the times, those who sacrificed on many levels, will never be forgotten. But as we consider warfare, there are some things we must must remember. 1.)  Lessons Learned, 2.) Lessons Applied and last, but not least, 3.) Lessons Communicated through the generations, this is how we learn.

ATTN: COL. Timothy H. Donavan (RET.), first, *Thank you,* for your service to this Nation. Thank you, for your son, John. He has also served this Nation in the Military. But even in his present status, he participates in the "Lessons Cycle" with all of us. Sir, all of this is written in your "jacket", in a sense.

On the lighter side, COLONEL, you can rest assured, John, is not suffering from "BS Deficit".  If he shows any signs, we know the cure. Somebody on the commenters' list will find the right dosage and method of administration to bring him up to a therapeutic level.

Seriously, many of "Lessons Learned" from Korea are being applied today.
Thank you SFC Earl Fox. 2ID 50-51. And thanks to ALL the "forgotten"heros. He just happens to be mine.
USN Corpsman Jerry Calkins, Korea