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Mehmet Aksoy

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Mehmet Aksoy served in the Turkish Army during the Korean War. His father was a builder and his mother was a housewife. Mehemt Aksoy only completed school to the fourth grade, which is fairly common. He volunteered for the army and went to Korea in 1952. He served along some fierce battle fronts as Wire Communication. Mehmet Aksoy was responsible for the wire that sent messages to the fronts from headquarters. He has revisited Korea and sees Koreans as brothers and sisters. Most importantly, Mehmet Aksoy is proud of what Koreans have accomplished. He is also very proud of his service and what Turkish forces were able to achieve.

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Yusuf Artuc

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Yusuf Artuc served in the Turkish Infantry as a Fortification Sergeant during the Korean War. He was born to parents who farmed for a living and went to school until the sixth grade, which is very common. The military drafted him into the military in 1952. This made him part of the third wave of Turkish soldiers that went to Korea. He participated in the notable Sandbag Castle or Kumkale. He has revisited Korea and the Korean people are so thankful for his service. Korea is like a brother to Yusuf Artuc.

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Veli Atasoy

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Veli Atasoy served in the Turkish Army as part of the medic unit during the Korean War. Taken prisoner during the Battle of Kunu-ri, aka Battle of Wawon, he spent over three years in a Prisoner of War (POW) Camp. His faith in Islam and Allah "above" helped him get through imprisonment. He was instrumental in helping other Turkish troops survive the harsh conditions near Pyoktong, North Korea. The imprisonment shaped Veli Atasoy's life and continues to impact him today. However, he is proud of his military service. He is also gratified by the success of the Korean people.

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Mehmet Boran

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Mehmet Arif Boran served in the Turkish Infantry during the Korean War. He was part of the third group of Turkish soldiers. This group saw heavy fighting at Sandbag Castle and the Nevada Complex. Turkish soldiers generally served for twenty four months. However, due to heavy fighting and the importance of the Nevada Complex, Mehmet Arif Boran and other third group infantry served an addition four months as volunteers. He was injured from an artillery shell. However, he is proud of his service. He is delighted at what Korea has become and has a love for Koreans.

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Mehmet Copten

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Mehmet Çöpten served in the Turkish infantry as a Sergeant during the Korean War. He was part of the 3rd Brigade of Turkish soldiers that went to Korea in 1952. He saw action Cheorwon and the Nevada Complex. His unit encountered the Chinese on many occasions. None of the soldiers under Mehmet Çöpten's command were ever injured. He is proud of his service during the Korean War. He has revisited and Korea progressed more than he could have ever imagined.

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Ali Dagbagli

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Ali Dagbagli served in the Turkish army during the Korean War. He was born one of eight siblings and ultimately graduated from elementary school. He left for Korea in September of 1950 and after that arrived in Busan harbor by October. Ali Dagbagli was part of the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment that consequently took him all over the Korean Peninsula. He took part in Battle of Kunu-ri (aka Battle of Wawon) and as a result was shot four times. Ali Dabagli has revisited South Korea in 2002 and the cleanliness of Seoul amazed him.

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Ziya Dilimer

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Ziya Dilimer served in the Turkish military as a Sergeant of Technicians during the Korean War. Ziya Dilimer used his technical high school education repairing cars and guns. Zika Dilimer's war experience is different from most other Turkish soldiers. He did not see the battlefield specifically. However, repairing weapons played an important role during the Korean War. He was part of the third battalion of Turkish soldiers that served in Korea. He has never revisited the country he fought for. However, he is proud of what Korea has turned into.

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Osman Eken

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Osman Eken served in the Turkish infantry during the Korean War. He was part of the third group of Turkish soldiers that served at the Nevada Complex. He saw the suffering of the people of Korea. This suffering made fighting even more urgent. The fierce fighting left a lasting impression on Osman Eken. Overall, Osman Eken is very proud and passionate about his service in Korea.

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Mehmet Esen

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Mehmet Esen served in the Turkish infantry as a corporal during the Korean War. He was part of the first Turkish soldiers that went to Korea. These soldiers fought in the memorable battle of Kunu-ri. Mehmet Esen spent time in the hospital after a wound in battle. There he met an orphaned Korean girl Chin Chol and provided her money for school. He revisited Korea in 2016. He has much love for the country he served in.

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Ibrahim Gulek

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Ibrahim Gulek served in the Turkish army as an infantryman during the Korean War. He was one of eight children born in Edine, Turkey. He enlisted in the Turkish military in 1952 and left for Korea in 1953. In Korea, Ibrahim Gulek was one of few who could read and write. He became a teacher for other Turkish soldiers to help them learn Turkish. His specialty in the Korean War was being a sniper. Ibrahim Gulek served along the Nevada Complex and at Sandbag Castle during the Korean War.

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Rahim Gunay

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Rahim Günay served as a Sergeant for the Turkish army during the Korean War. His specialty was cryptanalyst and signal officer. Importantly his role for relaying messages about battlefield conditions helped with the overall war effort. He was part of the 3rd Brigade of Turkish soldiers in Korea. These soldiers saw significant action at Cheorwon and the Vegas Complex. Because of services like Rahim Günay, offensives from the Chinese military stalled. Rahim Günay is proud of his military service. He has revisited Korea and the transformation amazes him.

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Ayhan Karabulut

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Ayhan Karabulut served in the Turkish Army as a soldier in the Heavy Weapons section. He grew up as one of four siblings and lost his father at the age of eight. He went to Korea at the age of twenty in 1951. Ayhan Karabulut served on the front lines and was eventually wounded at six different places in battle. He also lost many friends and the memories are something that have stuck with him in his dreams. Ayhan Karabulut is proud of his military service and hopes to see a united Korea.

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Muzaffer Kocabalkan

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Ali Muzaffer Kocabalkan served as a Private in the Turkish Army during the Korean War. His family name is well known and dates back to the Ottoman Empire. His father served as a Captain in the Balkan Wars and one of his brothers also served in the Korean War. Ali Muzaffer Kocabalkan served near Cheorwon, which is close to the 38th Parallel before and came home after the signing of the Armistice. Ali Muzaffer Korabalkan has revisited South Korea and is proud of his service.

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Galip Okay

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Galip Fethi Okay served as a Corporal in the Turkish Army. He was one of two siblings and born in 1930. He went to Korea to serve only one year in the Turkish military, instead of the normal three. Galip Fethi Okay is a highly decorated military veteran and served on three different fronts in Korea (Vegas, Elco and Berlin). His military specialty was artillery initially. However, he changed to a wireman. After his military service, he starred in Turkish movie productions, including one about the Korean War.

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Ismail Pasoglu

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Ismail Pasoglu served in the Turkish Army Artillery Division. He joined the army in 1951 and went to Korea in 1952. Sandbag Castle was one of the larger engagements that he served at. He is very proud of the Turkish fighting spirit. He believes that the Turkish fighters saved the War for the Allies. Ismail Pasoglu has re-visited Korea on two separate occasions. On one occasion, he revisited with then President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül.

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Ali Saglik

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Ali Saglik served as a Sergeant of the 11th Artillery Company in the Turkish Army during the Korean War. He came from humble beginnings, born one of five children to a father that was a farmer. He originally enlisted in the gendarmerie of Turkey, but because of his small stature was sent to Korea. Ali Saglik saw action in Korea at the Battle of Kunu-ri and Hill Sandbag Castle. The loss of men and friends has caused him nightmares. However, he is proud of his service and his contribution to the Korean people.

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