Dad would not talk about Korea. My wife’s dad did not talk about what he did in the Korean War. Like many solders that had seen the front line action, there are memories they would rather suppress for a lifetime. But unfortunately, he never talked about it. To our loss, he died, and we may not have ever known all he had done for his county.
My wife wanted to know more about her dad’s service in Korea, so his kids and grandkids could know for generations to come. She knew he had received some medals. What for and why she was not sure because he had given them the medals to play with as kids. She had a few names of people her dad had served with in Korea. She was able to contact one gentleman; it happened to be his close friend when he served in Korea. But they had lost contact after he was transferred to another unit. He was so glad she had called him. She had found out why her dad did not talk about the war .He told her about the brave solders they served with and that they saw killed. He also told her the untold stories about her dad’s bravery and the things he did for his county and how he looked out for the solders under his command.
My wife asked how she would find out what medals her dad had earned in Korea. He said a friend’s daughter had looked in to getting replacement medals of he dad’s that was in Korea on her own, and it took about a year and a half to get them. He suggested getting all of her information together and calling her local United States Senator to see if he or she could help. So she called United States senator Sherrod Brown, in about three months, my wife set down with her sisters and their children and grandchildren and told the stories she had learned about her dad’s service and his bravery. At the end of the stories, she showed them the medals he had received. Five metals in all — one of them was the Purple Heart.
Thanks to Ohio’s United States Senator Sherrod Brown, generations will not only hear of these stories, but will see the medals their grandfather earned in Korea and be inspired for generations to come.
Tim Wiseman, Sr.
Washington Court House, Ohio