Korean War Legacy Project

Keith Gunn


Keith Gunn served in England’s military during the Korean War. He recounts his time spent in both Japan and Korea, detailing his duties charging and delivering batteries to differing stations. He offers a view of what his living conditions were like while there, sharing his thoughts on the positive impact the Korean War had on Korea. He emphasizes that the Korean War should not be a forgotten war due to its impact and existing as the first major United Nations effort. He is proud to have served and shares his thoughts on the importance of teaching about the Korean War.

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A War That is Worthy

Keith Gunn recounts his first impressions of Korea upon landing, expanding upon his opinion regarding the worth of the war. He details Korea's poor state at the time, comparing it to England. He speaks highly of the progress Korea has made since the war, ultimately agreeing that the war was worth the effort.

Tags: 1953 Battle of the Hook, 5/28-29,1953 Armistice 7/27,Busan,Impressions of Korea,Physical destruction,Poverty,South Koreans

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No Major Danger

Keith Gunn details life in Korea regarding his living conditions and everyday matters. He recounts showering roughly once a week, eating both rations and cooked meals. He adds that he encountered no major danger or difficulties while serving in Korea compared to troops on the front lines.

Tags: Food,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions

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The Forgotten War

Keith Gunn shares that the Korean War, also known as the Forgotten War, received little attention during the effort as well as today despite the positive outcome. He adds that the Korean War was the first major United Nations effort and therefore should receive more attention. He also offers his opinion on political correctness and the role he feels it is playing today regarding content being taught in schools.

Tags: Home front,Impressions of Korea,Message to Students,Pride,South Koreans

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