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SC Honors Veterans of "Forgotten War" in Korea

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The Korean War is known as "The Forgotten War", but South Carolina tried to change that by honoring its Korean War veterans with a special ceremony Monday.

The Columbia event attracted Korean vets from across the state, including William Bishop of Boiling Springs, who served in the Army and was in the combat zone from June 1951 until April 1952.

He says the war was forgotten because it started just five years after World War II ended. "People were tired of war, and Korea was a place they never heard of," he says. When he got home from the war, "It was kind of low key. No big celebrations. You just came back, got discharged out of the Army and no big celebrations of any kind. This is the biggest thing that I've experienced since I came back." 

The veterans were given certificates and service medals.

Keynote speaker Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told them that they fought to contain communism at a time when it needed to be contained, and the evidence of their accomplishment is obvious in the differences between life in free South Korea compared to communist North Korea.

"What can we learn from Korea? When America believes that threats are behind us and we dismantle our military, we pay a heavy price," he said. "Does that sound like anything familiar? Have you heard of sequestration? That's Latin for 'politicians doing really dumb things.'"

He pointed out that the U.S. had all but dismantled its military after World War II ended, and that caused problems at the start of the Korean War.

Around 26,000 South Carolinians served in the Far East during the war. 472 of them were killed and 1,327 were wounded.


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