Only a small number of the veterans of the Korean War era are women.
Ruth Perry originally joined the service during World War 2 but she extended her Army career during the Korean era, with an assignment to support the troops.
What is officially called the Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act is more commonly known as the GI Bill. Established after World War 2, Congress extended the GI Bill to cover Korean War veterans. The benefit allowed many of them to get a college education that would have otherwise been out of the question.
When a group of Minnesota Korean War veterans began meeting on a monthly basis more than three decades ago, some of their wives tagged along. They’ve continued to gather informally, creating their own friendships and learning how to support their spouses.
One of the biggest stars in Hollywood toured military bases in Korea to entertain thousands of lonely US servicemen. One Minnesota veteran remembers his close up view of Marilyn Monroe as she performed in a USO show.
Fifty years after his service, veteran Michael Medina returned to Vietnam as a tourist. Medina shares how the journey helped him come to terms with his experiences as a Navy Seabee, after many years of grappling with PTSD before anyone had a name for it.
Valerie Buchan tells about being recruited by the Army, and serving as the head nurse in an emergency room in Vietnam, caring for soldiers who endured life threatening injuries. After coming home, Buchan became an early supporter of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, devoted to the contributions of military nurses.
Peter Molenda talks about his assignment in Vietnam as a motion picture photographer, for the Department of Defense’s photo team. His job was to document the positive actions of the US military in the country, but what he saw through his camera’s lens changed his attitude about the war.
Former Marine infantry soldier Fletcher Hinds speaks about his own struggles with reintegrating after returning from the war zone. As part of his healing, he’s returned to southeast Asia on humanitarian missions and co-founded a charity that rebuilds the country that was once the enemy.