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Inchon Landing — September 15, 1950

Today is the 62nd anniversary of Operation Chromite or as it is better known as, the Inchon Landing. In 2000, when I was a feature writer for the Korea Times, I covered the ceremony as part of the newspaper’s coverage of  Korean War commemorative events. On that day, a typhoon was battering the peninsula and […]

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Soda Jerk

I don’t recall ever seeing a soda jerk in action, but I do remember as a young child going to a drugstore and having an ice cream soda at the store’s soda fountain. Years later, when I was in high school, I would often go to Ford Hopkin’s drugstore in downtown LaSalle, Illinois which had […]

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Synopsis: Ice Cream Headache

Set in a small town in Illinois in 1968, the novella centers on the lives of a community of people whose lives intertwine on one fateful day in May of that year, including: Ray Jackson, isolated and strong in the face of losing his business and wife; Johnny Fitzpatrick, who has decided to run off […]

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Battle of Taejon — July 14, 1950

On this day in 1950, the Battle of Taejon (Daejeon) began. After U.S. forces, (Task Force Smith) were overrun north of Osan on July 5 and Chonan fell three days later on July 8th, the North Korean juggernaut rolled into Tajeon. One week later, Taejon would fall, but not before the U.S. 24th Infantry Division […]

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Some people say the nicest things

Bumped into a colleague today who had just finished reading War Remains. He bought two copies of it from me last week, one for himself and one for his father in Australia. Anyway, he told me how much he liked it and asked me if it was based on a true story. I told him […]

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War Remains — 2012 Global E-Book Awards Finalist

Just a little over a week after I was featured in a Korean War documentary on MBC television in Korea talking about my novel War Remains and the Battle of Hoengseong, I received an email the other day that War Remains was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Global E-Book Awards. The awards ceremony […]

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Korean War Documentary on MBC (South Korea)

Two months ago I was approached by a Korean filmmaker who asked me if I would be interested in taking part in a documentary he was making on the Korean War. Turns out the documentary he was making was about the Battle of Hoengseong which I described in my novel War Remains and that one […]

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Return to Massacre Valley: Command Post for 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment — Hoenseong, South Korea

After shooting some footage in Hoengseong near the site of the Netherlands’ Battalion, for the next part of the documentary, we entered Massacre Valley and went to the location where the command post for the 3rd Battalion of the 38th Infantry Regiment was located in and around the village of Saemal. I describe Saemal in […]

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Chris Backe’s Review of Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm

There hasn’t been much press about my recent book, Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm, but Chris Backe has some good things to say about it in his review last December. This was going to be the book that I had thought about writing in 2009 when I wanted to compile all […]

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Return to Massacre Valley; The road from Changbong-ni — Hoengseong, South Korea

Down a small grassy knoll behind the US Second Infantry Division Monument in Massacre Valley is the original road which ran from Changbong-ni to Hoengseong. Although the road was narrower and unpaved in 1951, one can still see how dangerous it would be for withdrawing troops to use this road. They men were literally sitting […]

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