The editors headlined the article “Woodstock veteran recalls time spent in ‘That Forgotten War,’” referring to the Korean War that began 63 years ago June 25, 1950.
It may have been forgotten by some but not by those of us who served in that war, a war that still hasn’t ended. American troops still man the line dividing North and South Korea, and with North Korea still rattling the sabers of nuclear war as recently as a month ago, it likely will go on much longer.
That Korean War, the story said, was as real to Jack Wilroy as any soldier who fought in any of the wars that have plagued the world throughout the 20th Century. I was one of those thousands called to serve in that “Forgotten War,” but unlike Mr. Wilroy, I never saw the front lines, nor did I carry a rifle, except during training exercises.
I admit that my service in that war was not as hair-raising as was that of Mr. Wilroy because I began my service a year later, and was involved mainly in monitoring the terms and implementation of the so-called “cease fire” that ended the shooting war in 1954.
We Korean veterans, like those veterans of World War II, are all well aged now, in our 70s, 80s, even 90s. And many of these veterans are now seeing again those same seeds of war being sown today that caused that “Forgotten War,” the seeds of hatred, greed, pride and the desire for power; the power to control the lives of the masses by the “elite” who believe we “little people” need to be governed — by them.
That Korean “conflict” provides, at least for me, the perfect example of what happens to a nation when the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are removed from that nation and “Rulers Law” imposed upon the people.
It has been 63 years since the North Koreans invaded South Korea. Few people remember those first months that Mr. Wilroy tells about in the article, but it wasn’t nice.
Had not President Truman acted immediately and stepped in to stop the North Koreans there would not be a South Korea today, a small but very industrious nation, a people who have enjoyed the fruits of freedom for these many years while the people of North Korea, ruled by a despotic tyrant has been totally deprived of the fruits of freedom, and in many cases even the necessities of life with many humanitarian organizations stepping in at appropriate times to prevent the death of millions by starvation.
Recently while reading my scriptures one verse jumped out at me with words that describe what is happening here in America today almost to a tee. It reads: “When the people sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.”
When conditions within a nation reach the point referred in these scripture and the “fulness of the gospel” is removed from among those people the people suffer, many unto death and destruction.
Those of us old enough to remember World War II watched the total destruction of Germany, Japan, Italy, even Russia, because each of those nations had totally removed God from their governments. This should worry all Americans who love their freedoms because America’s history is very clear on God’s involvement in the implementation of ‘the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God’ as the cornerstones of America’s freedoms.
Now they see how progressives are attacking America’s precious freedoms: religion, speech, assembly, self-protection, etc, and a fear is fast spreading across all America.
This Tribune story provides the perfect example to show the difference between a free South Korea and an enslaved North Korea, even after 63 years. No freedom-loving American should miss the contrast between freedom and enslavement — epitomized by modern day South and North Korea.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.