The Korean War was marked by many brutal battles. One highly decorated Minnesota soldier was injured in combat, patched up and then returned to the battlefield —more than once. The late Marvin Pellerin, Senior, who was a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, shared his story of bravery and survival.
The people of South Korea have long expressed gratitude to the American troops who fought for their freedom during the Korean War. The current government has demonstrated its appreciation by inviting some of the former fighting men to return to see the nation’s modern changes. Two Minnesota veterans who made the trip as honored guests recall their memorable visit.
Peter Razor was abandoned as a baby and became a ward of the state, raised in Minnesota institutions. After being drafted into the Army and stationed in Korea, Razor learned a trade and developed leadership skills that helped him come to terms with his past and prepared him for his future after his service ended
During the Korean era, the Army recruited a team of Midwestern farm boys who were comfortable with animals and livestock. They were trained to work with dogs and then patrolled the demilitarized zone with a pack of German shepherds. Roger Davis of Owatonna served at what was known as Camp Bow Wow with a canine called Prince.
Now in their eighties and nineties, veterans of the Korean War are now more than sixty years away from their military service. One veteran said that some who have been reluctant to relive their wartime memories may now be ready to talk to family members who want to listen.
By the time the Army sent Henry Dabruzzi to South Korea, an armistice ending the years of shooting had been signed. The Minnesotan was assigned to work as a military policeman and part of his work involved protecting the independent observers who monitored the cease fire.
The Korean War took a tragic toll, with a high number of injuries and casualties and soldiers who survived battles that were horror-filled. At the same time, others
who served during the Korean era were sent to other spots around the globe to maintain an American presence and where the duty was not so harsh.
What many Americans know about the Korean War comes from the popular television show MASH, which was set during the conflict. One GI from Albert Lea got a close-up view of the mobile field hospitals portrayed in the series when he recovered from his combat injuries there.