AS I reviewed our letters and the highlights of the war through the eyes of a number of historians, I was reminded that war is hell and that the Korean conflict was very much a war. The preparation of our story dredged up many essentially forgotten thoughts and feelings. Dick and I felt we needed this final chapter for some commentary and overall reflections. We wanted to express our opinions on a number of aspects of the Korean War.
Unfortunately, Dick passed away on July 21, 1998, after the most ferocious battle of his life—against an aggressive bone cancer. Now, for myself as an ex-corpsman, and on behalf of Dick Chappell, and without pretense of being a historian in any shape or form, I have done my best in this final chapter to reflect on the war in general and to share further impressions.
One can learn the complete story of the Korean conflict by reading the work of such excellent authors and historians as Walter G. Hermes (1966), Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway (1967), Pat Meid and James M. Yingling (1972), Edwin P. Hoyt (1985), Callum MacDonald (1986), Clay Blair (1987), Henry Berry (1988), Donald Knox and Alfred Coppel (1988), James L. Stokesbury (1988), and Rod Paschall (1995). We have read from these authors to refresh our memory of some of the events in the background sections and to ensure the accuracy of our descriptions of them.