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I Remember Korea: Veterans Tell Their Stories of the Korean War, 1950-53

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While current events have focused the public’s attention on Korea once again, many veterans of the conflict that occurred there half a century ago worry that their time spent fighting in this "Forgotten War" will not be remembered or understood unless their story is told. Award-winning nonfiction author Linda Granfield has collected the personal accounts of thirty-two men and women who served with the U.S. and Canadian forces in Korea during the years 1950—–53 and has written her own introduction describing the ...

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While current events have focused the public’s attention on Korea once again, many veterans of the conflict that occurred there half a century ago worry that their time spent fighting in this "Forgotten War" will not be remembered or understood unless their story is told. Award-winning nonfiction author Linda Granfield has collected the personal accounts of thirty-two men and women who served with the U.S. and Canadian forces in Korea during the years 1950—–53 and has written her own introduction describing the main events of the war. The veterans in this book represent a variety of service areas, including medical, supplies, infantry, and naval, and their moving, sometimes graphic, recollections are illustrated with their own personal photographs. As commemorative ceremonies mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War this year, attempting to understand the human face of war is more important than ever. Timeline, glossary, bibliography, Internet resources, index.

Personal accounts of more than thirty men and women who served with the American and Canadian forces in Korea during the years 1950-1953.

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"oral histories...thematic chapters that offer insights...will help young readers see the human side of this often overlooked conflict." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

"affecting, first-person accounts...wide range of attitudes and experiences...the voices ring true...may stimulate curriculum research in..."The Forgotten War." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"contributors speak for themselves in a few well-focused pages apiece...small snapshots make(s)the informal text all the more intimate." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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From rice paddies to the DMZ, from leaving home for the first time to returning home after the war, this book tells the stories of American and Canadian service men during the Korean war. There was the night Arnoldo Muniz was sure his unit was under attack by the Chinese, only to discover the loud cracking sounds were actually made by the near-by stream freezing in the extreme cold. After he volunteered to replace a telephone operator stationed at the top of a dangerous hill, Marshall Schack discovered that war in real-life is not as glamorous as it had seemed in the movies he'd watched as a young boy. And Jim Ramsay recalls eating a dead Chinese army mule when his group was sick of the lima beans they had been rationed. Although some of the stories are sad, and a few present the reader with slightly disturbing scenes—such as the bodies of those killed in action, many are touching accounts of young boys growing up quickly in situations they would like to have changed for the better. This book brings up many possible topics for discussion including prisoners of war, responsibility for war orphans, wartime conditions, and the suffering of those left at home. Although the accounts are accurate, they are appropriate for upper elementary through high school ages—graphic and gory details are omitted. Included are many black and white photos of the men and women whose stories are told. 2003, Clarion Books/ Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 12 up.
—Rebecca Watson
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Gr 6-10-Granfield has compiled this collection of 31 reminiscences and two poems to introduce readers to the "forgotten" conflict in Korea. Noted author Russell Freedman, a Korean War veteran, recounts his own experiences in the foreword. Granfield divides the oral histories into four thematic chapters that offer insights into the fear and courage demonstrated on the battlefield, the food and recreation opportunities for the troops, the war's impact on both Allied and Korean families, and the lasting effect on those who fought in this war. The readings describe incredible bravery and sacrifice, humorous incidents, and the tragedies of lost lives and missed opportunities. Only one story was contributed by a Korean woman, but several of those written by American and Canadian veterans include their observations of the conflict's effects on the Korean population. Illustrations include a map of Korea and black-and-white snapshots of the veterans and the countryside. While this book does not provide specific details about the reasons for or the military operations in the war, it will help young readers see the human side of this often overlooked conflict. It complements battle histories such as Maurice Isserman's recently updated Korean War (Facts On File, 2003).-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Granfield offers a short chronology of events in what is often termed "the forgotten war." Thirty-two men and women who were part of the U.S. and Canadian forces in Korea recount their experiences, emphasizing the human face of the conflict. Included are personal photographs, a time line, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and a list of relevant Web sites. A good choice for reluctant readers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618177400
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/17/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

Linda Granfield is the author of 20 nonfiction titles. Her book Cowboy: An Album (Ticknor & Fields, 1994) was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and a NCSS Notable Children's Trade Book in the field of Social Studies. She is a three-time winner of the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Table of Contents

I Remember the Korean War xiii
Map xviii
Introduction xix
"Korea" 1
Terror and Courage - 1950 3
Caught in a Typhoon 5
1004 Days 9
"A Mechanized Angel" 13
On the Battlefield 17
Things That Go Bump in the Night 20
"Very Similar to Me" 22
After the Battles 25
Two Wars, Two Years, Two Weeks 29
A Night of Fear 33
One of the "Train Busters" 35
Not Like the Movies 38
More Than One Kind of Enemy 42
Food, Fun, and Finally Rest - 1951 45
Lima Beans? No, Thanks! 47
Something to Enjoy 50
Some Warmth in the Cold 54
"Camouflage" 56
Special Missions 58
Family Matters - 1952 63
The Cost of War 65
A Brother's Love 68
Thank You 74
A Puff of Rice 77
One Twin Came Home 82
The "Kids" of the Korean War 87
The Incomparable Skosh 91
While Soldiers Sleep 94
After the War - 1953 97
A Blast of Luck 99
A Unique Cooling System 104
The Fruits of Labor 106
Welcome Home? 109
"I Will Survive" 112
"Unwanted Memories" 115
Afterword 117
Time Line 121
Glossary 125
Further Reading 129
Web Sites of Interest 129
Index 131
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