Monday, June 25, 2012

Of Korea and Essex

On 25 June 1950, forces of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) crossed the 38th parallel into the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Korean War started.  If you are a history buff, you may remember reading about the Punsan Perimeter, Inchon Landings and the Chosin Reservoir.  During this time the world was worried because the USSR had exploded an atomic bomb 29 August 1949. 
The Essex during the Korean War
The Essex returns to the US from Korea 
Dad had a tour of duty in South Korea many Dog Moons before I was born.  He later met a very nice Lady that had been a child refugee.  Her family had escaped from the north and entered south Korea.  Dad can't remember if it was before or during the War.  The Koreans he has met have been noble people.

According to Dog Dad, his college room mates father was an aviator aboard the Essex during the Korean War. We all know that I was named after Essexmas which dogs celebrated every 25th of December. 
Essex during Essexmas
Dog Speed,

Essex

1 comment:

Bailey said...

Mom's Dad was an army vet of WWII and a Marine Core Vet of the Korean War.

We never met her Dad, but we know she is very proud of his service to his country.