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Some Task Force Smith Monument Photos

I took these photos last summer when I visited the Task Force Smith monument north of Osan prior to the 61st commemoration ceremony, marking America’s entry into the Korean War. Last summer construction started for a Task Force Smith/Korean War museum next to the monument. It was the first time to visit the monument since […]

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Task Force Smith — July 5, 1950

Today is the 61st anniversary of The Battle of Osan, which marked America’s entry into the Korean War when Task Force Smith battled over 20,000 North Korean troops and 33 Russian T-34 tanks north of Osan. This is what I wrote about Task Force Smith in my Korean War novel, War Remains: Five days after […]

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The Original Task Force Smith Memorial

On July 5, 1950 US troops in the hastily assembled Task Force Smith took on over 20,000 North Korean troops and 33 Russian T-34 tanks. Their objective was to delay the advancing North Korean forces to buy time for other US troops arriving in Korea. Perhaps some felt that once the North Koreans got a […]

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Task Force Smith Memorial — Osan, South Korea

Ahead of the 61st anniversary of Task Force Smith on July 5th, I went to Osan today to visit the memorial dedicated to the US task force, which was sent from Japan to stop the North Korean juggernaut in the opening days of the Korean War. The first time I visited the memorial was on […]

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Until they are home

In 2001, I attended two repatriation ceremonies for war remains at the Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. Both were moving and solemn ceremonies in that you knew that someone’s father, brother, uncle, or even grandfather was finally coming home from the war. When I sat down and started to write War Remains in the fall of […]

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Closure and a Peace of Mind for an 86-year-old Alzheimer’s Sufferer

I’m feeling pretty good about myself today. More specifically, I’m feeling pretty good about what my blog has done for an 86-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s, who, having lost her brother, Robert Golden in the Korean War in 1950, now can have some sense of closure and a peace of mind knowing what happened to […]

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The Accidental Journalist, Part 14 — Task Force Smith Heroics Remembered

In June 2000 I crashed the big Korean War Commemorative event at War Memorial, and attended a USO bash at the Hyatt Regency in Seoul to salute U.S. Korean War veterans (where I got to meet Piper Laurie who had been a USO entertainer during the war). And a week-and-a-half later I was on a […]

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