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Veterans' Voices a radio series exploring the knowledge, experience and leadership of Minnesota service members | Supported by the Minnesota Humanities Center
Veterans' Voices Korea Podcast | Extended podcast versions of interviews with some of the Minnesota Veterans of the Korean War featured in our radio series Veteran’s Voices Korea. Made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
Korea | Memories and stories from Minnesota’s Korean War Veterans
World War II | first-hand accounts of what it was like to serve in WWII
Native Warriors | Native American veterans explain why protecting our land and resources is an important part of Native culture and traditions
Vietnam | Stories and memories of Minnesota’s Vietnam veterans
Veterans' Voices Vietnam Podcast | Extended podcast versions of Kevyn Burger’s interviews with some of the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans featured in our radio series
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
Double Purple Heart recipient Bruce Nordan has chosen to remain tight-lipped about his combat experience in Korea. In some cases, even wives and children of veterans who served don’t know much about their wartime experiences.
Some of Minnesota’s Korean War veterans have found friendship and camaraderie with one another, many decades after their years of service ended. Kevyn Burger has the story of a group that has been meeting monthly for many years, bonded by their common experience.
Many Korean War veterans who returned home from a conflict that was not popular got the message that people did not want to hear their stories. They also came from a generation taught to remain stoic about hardships and grief. For veteran Larry Dittel, the time has come to break silence
The men and women who fought in the Korean War are elders now, but many of them were teenagers or young adults when they were called to serve. James Dwyer was stationed on a ship and admitted that he was missing Minnesota when he heard an unexpected voice from home.
Today, the veterans who served in the Korean War are dwindling in number.
The survivors, who are now in their 80’s and 90’s, still have stories to tell. Today, they often connect when one of the brethren is laid to rest.
The government of South Korea has invited many Korean War Veterans to return and visit their country, to see how it is doing now, decades later, and to express their gratitude. Kevyn Burger has the story.