Wisconsin Korean War Stories

Wisconsin Korean War Stories

by Sarah A. Larsen, Jennifer M. Miller
     
 

A companion book to the documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Korean War Stories tells the story of the "forgotten war" through first-person interviews, photographs and letters. These are the voices of green infantrymen who fought and failed to take Heartbreak Ridge, of farm boys from the heartland who survived three years

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Overview

A companion book to the documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Korean War Stories tells the story of the "forgotten war" through first-person interviews, photographs and letters. These are the voices of green infantrymen who fought and failed to take Heartbreak Ridge, of farm boys from the heartland who survived three years as prisoners of war, and of small-town nurses in MASH units who treated the wounded and sometimes sent them back into the fray. From enlistment to front line combat, air support missions to dreams of home on moonless nights, Wisconsin Korean War Stories is an unforgettable collection.

The "Wisconsin Korean War Stories" project is a partnership of the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television, in association with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Marty Russ, David Halberstam — a lot of us including myself — have written of Korea and its 'coldest' war. For an entire state to salute its own veterans of that war is astonishing. Well done, Wisconsin! The stories are superbly reported, meticulously and soberly. Wisconsin vets and their families and friends will be moved and should be proud." (James Brady, Korean veteran and author of Why Marines Fight and The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea)
 
"The experiences of these veterans are important to remember as they provide insight into the lives of ordinary citizens during extraordinary times. . . . This is a publication worthy of its subject." (Richard Zeitlin, Former Director, Wisconsin Veterans Museum)
 
"This important collection moves beyond the high-ranking diplomatic personnel and prominent military strategists to bring the Korean War home in ways that are too often ignored. Here is the real 'Forgotten War,' told by those on the front lines who will never forget it. Mesmerizing, powerful reading." (Mitchell Lerner, Associate Professor of History, Ohio State University)
Library Journal

This companion book to a documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Television offers a perspective on a war in which 132,000 Wisconsinites served. From combat soldiers and POWs to nurses, green recruits, and veterans of other wars, all had stories to tell, often of harrowing experiences. Military history at this personal level tells little about the origin or the course of the war, although each chapter has a one- or two-page summary; rather, this is about each individual's experiences. A lot of these veterans remember the cold more than anything. Others remember their friends, the soldiers in the next hole, the Turkish regiment on the next hill, the dead. Few recall the ideological and political challenges over which the UN went to war. Their war was no grand crusade, just something to survive. With many contemporary photos and a few maps, this is a useful if not vital addition to Korean War collections.
—Edwin B. Burgess

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870203947
Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,219,906
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Sarah A. Larsen spent countless hours as a production assistant for the documentary produced in partnership with this project, screening and interviewing the men and women whose stories appear in these pages. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Larsen also worked on the production of Wisconsin World War II Stories with the History Unit of Wisconsin Public Television.

Jennifer M. Miller has taught history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a member of the Society for American Foreign Relations. She received her Master's degree in 2005, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in American-Japanese relations in the 1950s.

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