Local Korean War Veteran Talks About His Experience
As we observe Veterans Day, we also honor those who served in the Korean War.
Local Korean War Veteran, Keith Brodey, member of the 370th bomb squadron talks about his experience in the war..
Transcript: Local Korean War Veteran Talks About His Experience
we salute the men and women who have fought for our freedom. ((kristin)) some of the unsung heroes put their lives on the line during the korean war... one which gets little attention... i sat down with a local veteran who says if given the chance... he'd serve overseas all over again. the forgotten war the unkown war korean conflict all terms used to describe the korean war. a war many people don't know much about -- but that impacted the lives of many veterans here in the stateline. keith brodey - korean war veteran "i'm glad i was a part of it and i'd do it again if it had to...i'm 85 years old now though " korean war veteran keith bodey was a member of the 370 bomb squadron stationed in japan assisting b-29 bombers and their pilots preparing for flight. he was there for 14 months before coming home on thanksgiving and proposing to his wife. keith brodey - korean war veteran " i'm happy that i was there and that i think everyone pulled in and did a good job and did what we were there for and we managed it " dr. martin quirk is a history professor from rock valley college who believes the korean war tends to be overlooked because it didn't affect the country the same way other wars have. dr. martin quirk - history professor at rvc if you think about it- it's the 1950s economy is booming the war on korea effects a relatively small amount of people and it's easy to let it slip from your mind. if you look at ww2 you had widespread rationing - millions of people are working in the war industry - millions of people are serving in the military people whole lives were repositioned." and there's something else people don't realize about the korean war -- the fact that it's still ongoing. dr. martin quirk - history professor at rvc "we negotiated a cease fire not a truce but a simple cease fire. so technically we are still at war with korea to this day.
" "people forget it's a war that bubbles up from time to time -the dmz for americans stationed in south korea is hazardous duty.
" brodey knows that while the korean war historically doesn't get much attention he feels that schools know are making an effort to change that keith brodey - korean war veteran "got to thank the teachers" now there are they have a big programs and bring the kids to the gym and they sing songs and draw pictures.its really something." i'm proud theyre taught this.
" trt: 2:20 ((kristin)) as you heard - bodey said he'd go back if he could - but instead he continues to serve with the honor gaurd in belvidere - hes been serving on that for over 20 years.
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