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Sixty years after their country forgot them, the Tennessee Valley's Korean War veterans finally received the fanfare and recognition they deserve.

"It didn't bother me then, but it does now when you see people come home," Albert Bertin, who served in the Air Force during the Korean War, said of the lack of recognition Korean War veterans received upon their return home to the U.S. "(After) World War II everyone was welcome. When the ship comes back into port they're all welcomed. We got nothing."

 
More than 150 Korean War veterans will fly Saturday from Alabama to D.C. to see the monument dedicated to their military service for the first time.
Graduate student Stefan Celuch spent about seven months organizing this day-long trip, raising $100,000 to fly 180 veterans and volunteer assistants to see the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.
Fifty-eight years after serving in Korea, the veterans will spend the day visiting the monuments honoring veterans of World War II and the Vietnam and Korean wars.

 
Colonel David Clark stood among guests at the Boston Marriot Hotel in Quincy Monday evening, Oct. 31, sharing recollections of his visit to Marshfield in May 2011.
“It was a moving experience,” he said. “The Marshfield veterans stood in formation and many of them were in uniform. That love of country and dedication to service never leaves them.”
Clark had been in Marshfield to honor local heroes who had served in the conflict and recognize them for their service on behalf of then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

 
At long last, World War II veteran Henry “Duke” Boswell witnessed the monument built in recognition of the sacrifice he and fellow service members made more than a half century ago.
“As I stood there before the monument, it brought back memories of the ones I knew best,” said Boswell, 88, of his fallen comrades. “I appreciated it on their behalf.”

 
In 1949, Robert Desmond of Milton, a recent Boston College High School graduate, joined the Air Force because his family couldn’t afford to send him to college.
Several months later, North Korean soldiers were crossing the 38th Parallel and launching a surprise attack on the Republic of Korea to the south.
The Korean War had begun and the 19-year-old Desmond soon found himself near the front lines as an air controller relaying radio reports on the whereabouts of enemy ground troops to American pilots.

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Gov. Mark Dayton, winding up a trade mission to Japan and Korea, hosted a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial on Friday.
Dayton is leading a delegation of 24 Minnesota leaders on his first trade mission as governor. He left Minnesota Sept. 23 and visited business and government leaders in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, Japan, before flying to Seoul, Korea on Tuesday. His wreath-laying ceremony was in honor of Minnesota veterans. 

 
There are nearly two dozen war memorials in Kansas City, Missouri. Until yesterday there was nothing to honor members of the armed forces who served in the Korean War. Several hundred people went to Washington Square Park to dedicate the community project.
Veterans of what was known at the time in the 1950's as "the Korean conflict" or the 'police action' sat in a few rows watching and listening to a repeated message, that those who served and lived, those who died and those 8 thousand still listed as missing in action will be remembered for their service.

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