Lest We Forget: Korean War

Today we had another Lest We Forget session with our Korean War veterans. We had high school classes from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas participating.

Our panel members today were (l to r) Jim O’Malley, Redmond Sage, Al Rosinski, and Bill Gobert. Here is a sample of the questions students asked:

  • How much sleep did you get?
  • Do you think we should still have the draft?
  • Did you have any fond memories while you were overseas?
  • What did people do to support the Korean War at home?
  • I studied about Taskforce Smith. Why did we go into the war when we weren’t ready?
  • Were you drafted or did you volunteer?
  • What did you think of Truman firing MacArthur?
  • How did the local Korean population treat you?
  • Who decided to divide Korea?
  • What books or movies do you recommend to learn about the Korean War?
  • What did you miss most when you were overseas?

Mr. Bill Gobert brought his sleeping bag to illustrate the cold conditions. In this picture you can see how he modeled this experience for the students.

The veterans always appreciate patriotic decoration for these videoconferences, which this ROTC group did very well:

As always, these videoconferences are a great opportunity for students to hear first hand experiences from historical events. In addition, the veterans sure appreciate the opportunity to tell their stories and know that the younger generation is interested in their perspective.

We still have room in the May 14 Vietnam sessions, and we’d love to have YOUR class join us!

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