Korean War Legacy Project

Tereda Mersha


Tereda Mersha was born in Ethiopia in 1936. He joined the military at age 16 and journeyed to fight in Korea with the 3rd Kagnew Battalion in 1953. He fought in the frontlines during the last six months of the conflict. Tereda Mersha was severely wounded at Yoke Mountain and has struggled with his health since. He does not regret his service and asks that Korea educates his descendents to learn more about his experiences.

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Wounded in Action

Tereda Mersha describes his arrival on the frontlines and action at Yoke Mountain. His unit lost their commander in the fighting. Tereda Mersha was shot three times and believes he only survived death with the help of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Tags: 1953 Battle of Pork Chop Hill, 3/23-7/16,Front lines,Personal Loss

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Recovery, Return, and Rejection

Tereda Mersha discusses recovering in a division hospital and returning wounded to Ethiopia. He struggled to move due to his wounds and spent time in the hospital back home. When the communists took power, he was denied medical care. Tereda Mersha describes being deprived of care and being seen as the enemy by the communist government.

Tags: Communists,Home front

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