I join Hearn in being fed up listening to and reading about Vietnam veterans being mistreated by the public and being the only people who ever fought a war.
Hearn's letter was well written and very much to the point--that being that Korea was a very real and dirty war. We suffered more casualties--killed, wounded and missing in action in a shorter period of time than Vietnam.
There were so many wounded at times that only "head and belly" wounds could be flown out by the H-13 M.A.S.H. helicopters. Our pilot friend of mine flew 21,000 hours in a six-month period. That is an average of almost six hours per day, every day and that was during the bitter cold winter of 1951! The helicopters had no heaters and we had no heated blankets to cover the patients on the litters, which were mounted outside and in the rotor down wash.
I am a veteran of World War II and Korea and I must admit that notwithstanding the huge jungle, heat, malaria and the suicidal Japanese of World War II, Korea was the worst place in the world to fight a war, including Vietnam! Let me tell you there is no meaner S.O.B. than a North Korean soldier! Ask the few POW who survived the Korean War about tough conditions in the POW camps.