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Korean War Vet Troubled By Lack of Local 60th Anniversary Ceremonies

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Thousands of American lives were lost fighting in the conflict and yet it's still referred to as "The Forgotten War."

News 3 called Savannah area American Legion Posts and the VFW but there wasn't a memorial planned for the anniversary.

While the Korean War may be known as "The Forgotten War" those who served during that time say it was anything but forgettable.

"It's sad, it's sad, knowing so many good men gave their lives," said Korean War veteran, Jerry Gill.

At 18-years-old, Jerry Gill along with 181 other men from the Dog Company Marine Corps Reserve unit formed in Savannah, shipped out to Korea.

"Seeing so many old people, and women, and kids walking the roads trying to find safety somewhere it was just as far as you could see walking from the north section going down to the south," said Gill.

The veteran said his company lost five men during the 1950 to 1953 war.

"It's hard to realize it has been that length of time and your losing so many of your friends now," said Gill.

When the radio operator was able to go home there wasn't much of a hero's welcome.

"My mother, my aunt, my brother, and my future wife met me and that was it," said Gill.

Gill is making sure that doesn't happen to any other service member by working with the USO.

"That gives me great warmth to see these troops coming in and be able to welcome them," said Gill.

The veteran said as time continues to go by he hopes "The Forgotten War" doesn't get left in the past. 

"I just wish they would remember it a little bit more. They put a lot of emphasis on other wars," said Gill.

There were more than 36,000 U.S. military casualties during the Korean War.


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