The Currahees in South Korea
are serving our country just as well as we have done
in the past. The 506th Plaque Presentation
to the 1st BN, 506th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division could
not have been more appropriate or thoughtful. Our Association can
be very proud of these soldiers who are truly on the point, and
first in harms way at the South Korean MLR.
Fifty years ago, we went to Korea and, along with the ROK forces and those soldiers of other United Nations countries, we were able to eventually save South Korea from Communist dictatorship. When we veterans left the country, the destruction was vast. Today we see the miracle that has now emerged as modern South Korea.
Our soldiers there today are now part of that process, and will represent our nation to preserve freedom and democracy wherever they may be sent. It was an honor and privilege to express the everlasting gratitude of the veterans who went before them.
The 101st Infantry Division, from 1950-1953, was a three Regiment Training Division at Camp Breckinridge, KY sending soldiers to Korea every 12 weeks. Needless to say, we were processed quickly to the MLR, and most of us never served beyond Company or Battalion. We had good commanders and strived to be just as good at our own levels. It is important for you to understand that the 1st BN, 506th now in Korea is the linkage to this 1950 heritage. They are just as important now as we were 50 years ago.
The 50th Anniversary Trip 2000 will be shared later on, for Ann and I were just overwhelmed with the hospitality that was given to us: from the Honor Guard at the airport; the 8th Army Command and all their soldiers; the Republic of South Korea; the USO; the recognition and medals; and most of all, the South Korean children, parents, and grandparents. I am very proud to have served; to come home to work and raise a family in America; then, 50 years later as a guest, return and to observe their Commemoration of success and gratitude.