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[일반] Message to staff

  • WriterJoe Kenick Jr
  • Date2007-05-11 14:09:21
  • Count2114

Warmest greetings Ms. Park,

As an American soldier it was my privilege and honor to make a very tiny contribution toward protecting the ROK until it could become what it is today.

I still mourn the death of a comrade who died there in late October 1957. Through the internet I have now found many other former American soldiers who mourn lost comrades as well.

It is very gratifying to share with them how beautifully the ROK keeps the memory of those in the U.N. command who lost their lives there.

The people of your beautiful land have not wasted that sacrifice. And you have not dishonored it by forgetting or down-playing the importance of it in ROK history.

Thank you, your superiors and the government of the ROK for helping to assure me that the terrible price we paid was not paid in vain.

Joseph L. Kenick Jr.
U.S. Army in the ROK 1957 and 1958

P.S. I served beside, and became the friend of a fine ROK soldier who was a KATUSA. His name was Won Young Duek and his ROK service number was 10044746. I still treasure a small photo he gave me when we were parting. On the back he wrote his name and ROK Army service number.
I do not know if he still lives but if he does, it would give me great pleasure to know how his life has been since we parted in 1958.
Is there any way he can be located today so that we may write to each other and perhaps meet again after 50 years?
Thank you,
Joe Kenick Jr.
"Sukoshi Joe"
181 Signal Company (depot)
ASCOM (Bup Yeong) 1957 and 1958