It’s not ‘Forgotten’

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Special to the Citizen

After Rudy Weddle returned from overseas combat in Korea and tried to join his local VFW post in Roanoke, Va., he was turned away.

“They wouldn’t let me join,” he said. “They said I hadn’t been in a war, that it was a ‘police action.’ It wasn’t a police action. Even though nobody attacked us, we were in a war.”

It’s called the “Forgotten War,” although those like Weddle, now 81, remember it.

July 27 marked the 61st anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War and the 58th anniversary of the day the fighting stopped with the signing of the armistice agreement.

Korea had been ruled by the Japanese from 1910 until the end of World War II in 1945.

Following Japan’s surrender, America and its allies divided the Korean peninsula along the 38th parallel, with U.S. troops occupying the southern part of the country and Soviet troops occupying the north.

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