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Jerry Newton in was in the midst of his Army career when he was given his most difficult and dreadful assignment: he was the officer who notified families when their soldier sons were killed in combat. What he experienced prompted him to volunteer to go to Vietnam; he figured even serving in the war zone would not be as awful as his notification work

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Stabbed and Shot

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 Long Slog

When the Korean War began, the expectation was that the US involvement would be short and decisive. But the war dragged on far longer than the public and the men sent there to fight had anticipated…and the duty came with a far heavier toll.


Back to Korea

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.


A Warrior Matures

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


The Dog Handler

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.


“It’s Time I Let Someone Know”

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.


The Military Policeman

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.


Luck of the Draw

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.


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