By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
On June 25, we honor the service and sacrifices of our Korean War Veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.
This conflict is known as the “Forgotten War” because of the lack of public attention it received during and after the war, relative to the scale of World War II and the Vietnam War.
Nearly six million Americans served in Korea with courage and fortitude. From our successful surprise assault at Inchon to the fierce battle at Chosin, we proved that our forces can endure a harsh environment and a determined enemy.
Since then, we’ve continued to defend our nation and its citizens at home and abroad – no matter the challenge or conflict.
We remember the “Forgotten War” so the lessons of history can educate our Soldiers today and inspire new generations of young men and women to serve.
We are grateful to our Allies – Japan, South Korea, Australia and others – who remain present in the region with us, maintaining peace and security and sharing our national security interests and common values.
Join us in reflecting upon the generations of American service members stationed in the Republic of Korea who have contributed to its collective defense and cooperative security.
We thank each of them for their selfless service, and we thank each of you for continuing to serve on our Team of Teams.
Victory Starts Here… Victory Through Skill!
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)