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For veterans such as Charlie "Fang" Norton, America's so-called "forgotten war" still carries sharp, painful memories.
Norton was an officer in a clandestine group charged with gleaning intelligence and wreaking havoc behind enemy lines during the Korean War.
On Friday, some 60 years later, Army Unit 8240 and its Korean counterparts were honored with a memorial stone at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.

Join us as we welcome Korean War U.S. Air Force fighter pilots Dr. Buzz Aldrin and Major General Fredrick "Boots" Blesse - the highest ranking Korean War flying ace - on our National Memorial Day Parade float in Washington, DC! Parade begins at 2pm on Constitution Avenue in downtown Washington.
Find out more about the National Memorial Day Parade at http://www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com/about.htm.

Veterans of the "Forgotten War" will be remembered and honored in Brookings this coming weekend.
The Pentagon's Korean War Commemoration Committee is assisting in the event at the Day's Inn at 1 pm on Saturday. The commemoration celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Committee.
Amanda Burke, media relations at the Korean War Commemoration Committee, said they are expecting about 80 veterans and their families to attend the event.

The directors of Korea/Vietnam Memorial Inc. held a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to the Lehigh Valley’s Korean War veterans Sunday at Lehigh Carbon Community College. I’ve been to many such events over the years, but this was one of the most stirring.
Turnout was spectacular, causing a 40-minute delay in the start of the program as college President Don Snyder arranged to open up two partitions for more seating. Where the organizers had made seating available for as many as 277 people, and figured there’d be considerably fewer, more than 400 people showed up.

She entered the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant and first was assigned to stateside duty, including in a maternity hospital, but “I hadn't joined the Air Force to take care of babies,” she said.
Taylor served in Korea from 1951 until the end of hostilities in 1953 at an Air Force medical center where she treated “frontline troops and triaged soldiers back to Japan,” according to a Department of Defense biography.

Female Korean War veterans will be honored Friday to commemorate the war’s 60th anniversary, according to the Department of Defense.
The program will feature a panel of distinguished women veterans of the Korean War and multiple speakers from the Armed Forces, including the Director of Intelligence Operations, Plans and Policy and the Army Surgeon General. The documentary, “The Real MASH,” will also be screened.

With some prodding from his son, Charles P. Barrett Jr. finally received the recognition the Marine Corps says he was due for his actions 60 years ago.
On May 13, 1951 during the Korean War, then Marine Corps Cpl. Barrett was on refueling duties for a night combat operation when his fuel truck caught fire.
Rather than jump out of the burning truck, Barrett successfully drove it off the airfield, through a construction barrier and clear of all munitions before exiting the vehicle.

Directors of the Korea/Vietnam Memorial will mark the seventh anniversary of the U.S. Armed Forces Plaza at Lehigh Carbon Community College next month and are looking for local Korean War veterans to honor.
A ceremony at the plaza, site of the war monument, will feature the head of the Pentagon's 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee.

March is Women's History Month and an assistant secretary of the Army said the observance is a recognition of the value that women have had in society all along.

"There have been periods in our history where women have not been as in front of the decisions -- but behind the scenes women have had a tremendous role," said Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

Approximately 200 service members and civilians met at the Dover Air Force Base, Del., Air Mobility Command Museum Feb. 25, 2012, to participate in the 13th Annual Korean War Remembrance Ruck March, hosted by the 436th Security Forces Squadron. 

The marchers strapped on 30-pound ruck sacks and embarked on the 6.2 mile course that wrapped around the base's perimeter and down its main thoroughfare. Their goal - to pay tribute to a generation of service members who laid their lives on the line during what many refer to as "The Forgotten War."