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All Along the DMZ — Part IV

This is Part IV of a five-part series on the Korean DMZ inspired by Barry Lancet’s geopolitical thriller, The Spy Across the Table and my articles and essays about the DMZ and JSA. This originally appeared in Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm. “How would you like to fly up to the […]

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Book Review: Letters from Joseon

Korea in the late nineteenth century was a turbulent time. John Mahelm Berry Sill, the American Minister to Korea from 1894-1897, couldn’t have asked for a more difficult posting. In that time there would be the Sino-Japanese War, the Gabo Reforms, the murder of a Korean queen, and the subsequent refuge of King Gojong in […]

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1968: A Year to Remember

It was no mistake when I started writing my novella Ice Cream Headache what year the story would be set. I have always been fascinated with the year 1968 because it was the year that I really became aware of the world around me. More importantly, the events which took place during this year would shape […]

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Welcome Home, Corporal James Rexford Hare

It could be a page right out of the Korean War novel, War Remains. Another soldier, Corporal James Rexford Hare, has come home from a forgotten war. And this time, it’s a soldier who was captured during the battle at Hoengseong. Hare was in the 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was part […]

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Military Demarcation Line — Panmunjom

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice on July 27, 1953 which ended the three-year conflict. For over 60 years, the two Koreas have remained technically at war with numerous incidents to remind the world of the fragile peace which has existed on the peninsula. My first book, […]

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Welcome Home Army Pfc. Glenn S. Schoenmann

Today, there is one less service member missing from the Korean War. The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Glenn […]

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Welcome Home, Bobby

It took sixty years, but one more soldier is coming home. Bobby Ray King went to war more than 60 years ago and never came back. His parents and immediate relatives died without knowing what happened to the 19-year-old with the gap-toothed grin, and King became a footnote in family history. But the military didn’t […]

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Armistice Day

That’s what my grandparents called Veteran’s Day. Back when I was a child growing up in the 1960s, I often spent Armistice Day/Veteran’s Day at my grandparents’ house east of LaSalle. It was on one of those Armistice/Veteran’s Day when my grandmother told me about the origins of the holiday. “The armistice was signed on […]

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Welcome Home Pfc James Mullins

And just in time for Veteran’s Day. A Korean War soldier who went missing 62 years ago has been buried with full military honors in a North Carolina veterans cemetery, after his remains were finally identified. The Fatyetteville Observer reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/Sj8D2y) that Army Pfc. James Curtis Mullins was buried in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery […]

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Full-Circle

In 2001, while writing for the Korea Times as a feature writer, I had the opportunity and the the honor to meet a group of Korean War veterans who came to Korea to visit the Chipyong-ni battlefield near Wonju and Hoengseong. One of the veterans I met was Oscar Cortez, who was captured by the […]

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