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Oklahoma Korean War veterans remember anniversary of war's end

Veterans gathered Friday in Oklahoma City to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: July 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm •  Published: July 27, 2013
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Those who survived the battle are called the Chosin Few.

“They call us that because few went up there, and very few came back,” Sherry said.

“It was 30 or 40 below zero. That's what I remember the most.”

‘Our last opportunity'

Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Division also served in the Korean War.

The Oklahoma National Guard division was called up in 1951 and served along the front lines — which had devolved to trench warfare — from December of 1951 until the end of the fighting.

Burns said it's important for veterans to get together and remember anniversaries because, like World War II veterans, many Korean vets are aging.

“This is about our last opportunity,” Burns said.

Even those who were teenagers when they served are closing in on their 80s. He said it's up to him and his fellow veterans to tell their stories while they still can.

“They call it the ‘forgotten war' because it was between the two big ones with World War II and Vietnam,” Burns said.

“There was no TV like there was in Vietnam, and you didn't have the number of troops you had in World War II. We're all that's left.”