OSHKOSH - The Korean War came to a close sixty years ago Saturday.
The conflict started in 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea.
U.S. troops were sent as part of a United Nations police action.
An armistice agreement was signed on July 27, 1953.
“It seems like yesterday,” said Bill Willard, an army veteran from Rochester, Indiana. “They sent me to Korea.”
For veterans setting up EAA AirVenture like Willard and Brown, seeing these military aircraft brings back a flood of memories from the so-called "forgotten war."
“Our tent was from here to that one from us to there off the end of the runway,” said Willard.
As aircraft start arriving to Warbird Alley, veterans say it's a time to share their stories. So the “forgotten war,” won't be forgotten.
“Thank you for your service!” Brown told Willard.
“Thank you for your service!” Willard replied.
This pair of veterans had never met until Saturday.
But the men bonded quickly over their shared experience in Korea.
“When I look back on it now, I didn't see much reason for it. And you're right, it's called the forgotten war, it wasn't even declared a war. It was just declared a police action, which is crazy. It was a sad time. Very sad,” said Brown.
“You appreciated the United States. That was really my achievement to come back home, because being a gunner on a quad 50, the lifespan wasn't too much on them,” said Willard.
Both Willard and Brown say as they look back on the anniversary of the conflict, they look forward to sharing their pieces of history with younger generations this week.
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