Marine Strives to Keep Memory of 'Forgotten' Korean War Alive

By Patton, Charlie | The Florida Times Union, September 19, 2005 | Go to article overview

Marine Strives to Keep Memory of 'Forgotten' Korean War Alive


Patton, Charlie, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Charlie Patton

It's been called the "Forgotten War."

Taking place in the early 1950s, not long after the more celebrated exploits of the Greatest Generation during World War II and a decade before the noisy divisions of the Vietnam War, the Korean War has been easy to overlook.

Which is why people like Henry Moreland and Rudy Meares do what they do.

Moreland, a 70-year-old semi-retired psychology professor, is the current commander of the Korean War Veterans Association Northeast Florida Chapter 200. He took over the job of commander from Meares, who launched the chapter about five years ago. Both live in Jacksonville.

The Korean War -- which, like the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars and the current War on Terrorism, was not a declared war -- began June 25, 1950, when the forces of North Korea invaded South Korea. American forces, under a United Nations mandate, entered in the war and by late 1950 had overwhelmed the North Koreans and driven almost to the Yalu River, North Korea's border with Communist China.

Then the Chinese invaded and forced the Americans and their allies back. Eventually the war settled into a bitter stalemate. An armistice was signed July 27, 1953, although Moreland notes that no formal peace treaty was ever signed.

Moreland, who grew up in Williamsburg, Va., joined the Marines out of high school in 1952. He did a tour of duty in Korea in 1955. Although he did not see combat duty in Korea, he qualifies for membership on two counts. …

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