- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
- CDC sees measles spike and ‘failure to vaccinate’
Korean War ‘forgotten’ no more
Tournament of Roses to honor veterans, successes they made
SAN DIEGO — It has been almost 60 years since James McEachin returned home with a bullet lodged in his chest, finding an America indifferent toward the troops who fought in Korea. Now he will get the homecoming parade he had expected.
The Defense Department for the first time will put a float in Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses — one of the country’s most watched parades — to commemorate the veterans from a conflict that still casts a shadow over the world.
“I think it’s a magnificent gesture and it cures a lot of ills,” said Mr. McEachin, who will be among six veterans riding on the float Tuesday. The 82-year-old author and actor starred in Perry Mason TV movies, among other things.
The $247,000 flower-covered float will be a replica of the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the Mall in Washington.
The Pentagon’s float is making its debut ahead of events marking the 60th anniversary of the July 1953 armistice that halted the bloodshed but did not declare peace.
It has taken decades for the success of the war’s efforts to be recognized, and the department wanted to remind Americans about the sacrifices that were made by the veterans, most of whom are now in their 80s, Col. Clark said.
As a result of the war, South Korea developed into a thriving democratic U.S. ally in sharp contrast to its bitterly poor, communist neighbor that is seen as a global threat.
“As a nation, this may be our last opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to them and honor their service,” said Col. Clark, director of the department’s 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee.
The war began when North Korea invaded the South to try to reunify the nation, a liberated Japanese colony sliced in two in 1945 by the U.S. and Soviet victors of World War II.
North Korea had the upper hand at first and almost pushed a weak South Korean-U.S. force off the peninsula, but then U.S. reinforcements poured in and pushed them back.
In late 1950, communist China stepped in and the Americans and South Koreans were forced back to the peninsula’s midsection. The two sides battled there for two years before ending with a stalemate.
“We didn’t march home in victory. We did what we were supposed to do, which is stop this aggressive force called communism,” said Mr. McEachin, a Silver Star recipient.
Edward Chang, director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California at Riverside, said U.S. intervention gave South Korea the opportunity to become one of the world’s major economies.
“Most Americans simply are not aware of what is happening in Korea and how it happened,” he said.
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- MILLER: Obamacare enrollees include 101 members of the House of Representatives
- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on 'outdated' agencies
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
A politically conservative and morally liberal Hebrew alpha male hunts left-wing viper
This column will cover anything that has anything remotely to do with the game of baseball, from the game itself to mid-summer trades to offseason moves.
Entertainment News and Reviews from Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Political satirist and Christian apologist Bob Siegel discusses religion and politics.
White House pets gone wild!