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Lao Soldiers: The Fight Continues

Lao Soldiers: The Fight Continues



Minnesota is home to a large number of Lao and Hmong warriors. In their homeland, they were recruited and trained by the CIA as part of its secret war and resettled in Minnesota after the war. Despite being credited with aiding the US, they are still pushing for recognition and veterans benefits

An Officer and a Dentist

An Officer and a Dentist

Today, Marjorie Johnson is famous as Minnesota’s “Blue Ribbon baker.” She became a television celebrity and cookbook author after earning thousands of State Fair ribbons for her sweet treats. During the Korean era, she was a military wife, sweet on her husband who served in the Air Force, not on the battlefield but in the dental office, caring for American troops.


One Veteran, Three Wars

One Veteran, Three Wars

While many veterans who were drafted or enlisted during the Korean War did not understand the demands of the battle that they would face, for one Minnesotan, it was a return to service. John Hougen, whose military career stretched across three American wars of the last century, holds a unique perspective on the Korean conflict.


Cold Combat

Cold Combat

Some of the most difficult situations in the Korean War came in two bitter winters when American troops were poorly prepared to face extended days of subzero temperatures and frostbite. Even Minnesota soldiers who grew up acclimated to months of wintry weather struggled in the harsh conditions.


The Woman Veteran

The Woman Veteran

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.


The GI Bill

The GI Bill

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.


The Veterans’ Wives

The Veterans’ Wives

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.


The President’s Detail

The President’s Detail

The commander-in-chief during the Korean War was President Harry Truman. Jim Bresnahan, a young Minnesota Air Force officer, was near the seat of power. The Hibbing native had the honor and duty of being assigned to the President as part of his security detail.


Meeting Marilyn

Meeting Marilyn

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.


Trudell Guerue – Episode 2

Trudell Guerue – Episode 2

Trudell Guerue, a Lakota who grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, speaks about how military service is part of a rich cultural tradition, and how he barely escaped being a combat casualty, after being wounded in Vietnam.


Michael Medina – Episode 3

Michael Medina – Episode 3

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.


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