January 3, 2013

I was a teenager at the end of World War II, and I remember how proud we all were of the returning victorious soldiers who paraded through Manhattan. In 1951, I was a private in the Marine Corps, a wounded veteran of three of the most ferocious battles in the Korean War, including Chosin Reservoir. Rather than getting a parade, we returned to San Diego by troopship, were bused to Camp Pendleton and sent home on leave.

My fellow veterans and I were initially rejected for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars because, as we were told, “Korea was not a war, it was a police action.” This was rectified but not before thousands of us felt forgotten by the country that had sent us to fight in a foreign land.

Many Korean War veterans still carry the scars of this rejection. Thus it was with great pride that I read the Jan. 1 news article “Korean War vets riding in ‘the parade they never got.’ ” I can’t describe the pleasure of learning that we would have our own float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Thank you for taking the time to remember us old veterans on the 60th anniversary of the armistice, which was signed on July 27, 1953. 

We can now proudly say: “Forgotten no more.”

Warren Wiedhahn, Annandale