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December 1, 2009 | By David G. Savage
The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a death sentence for a decorated Korean War veteran, ruling for the first time that combat stress must be considered by a jury before it hands down the harshest punishment. "Our nation has a long tradition of according leniency to veterans in recognition of their service, especially for those who fought on the front lines as [George] Porter did," the justices said in a unanimous, unsigned opinion. "Moreover, the relevance of Porter's extensive combat experience is not only that he served honorably . . . but also that the jury might find mitigating the intense stress and mental and emotional toll that combat took on Porter."
November 30, 1989
I am writing to express some disappointment about Broder's article. As the author of a congressional House Resolution honoring the achievements of the majority black 24th Infantry, I was dismayed by the article's negative overtones and perpetuation of biased accounts of their overall performance in the Korean War. The article states the assertion of the 24th Infantry combat veterans that their regiment "fought no worse, in many instances fought...
February 20, 1997 | LORI HAYCOX
The city has a policy of not naming parks after people, but officials have bent the rules for an exceptional man. The park proposed next to Irvine Civic Center will be called William E. Barber Park in honor of the 23-year resident who received a Medal of Honor for his leadership during the Korean War. The medal is the nation's highest military award for bravery.
May 26, 2009 | Rebekah Davis, Davis writes for the Washington Post.
Col. Harold E. Fischer Jr., a fighter pilot who became one of the top Air Force aces of the Korean War before being shot down by the enemy and imprisoned for more than two years by the Chinese, died April 30 of complications from back surgery at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 83. Fischer grew up on a farm in Iowa and enlisted in the U.S. Army after two years at Iowa State University. He transferred to the Air Force in 1950 and achieved a remarkable combat record during 105 missions.
September 7, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
During an illustrious military career, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Clifford Ryan was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was killed at the age of 27 in 1950 in a battle with Chinese forces in Unsan, North Korea. And there his body lay unrecovered for decades. On Thursday morning, the flag-draped casket bearing his remains — identified in early 2011 through DNA testing — finally made it to Southern California. He is to be buried Saturday at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside.
March 12, 2014 | Tony Perry
Like many Americans of his generation, Kurt Chew-Een Lee was eager to fight in World War II. He left college at age 18 to enlist in the Marine Corps. Beyond a deeply felt patriotism, Lee had a personal motive: "I wanted to dispel the notion about the Chinese being meek, bland and obsequious," he told The Times in 2010. Rather than a combat billet, he was assigned as a language instructor in San Diego teaching Japanese. He was deeply disappointed but decided to remain in the Marine Corps after the war. He became an officer, one of the first Asian American officers in the Marine Corps.
June 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan's Emperor Akihito made a surprise visit to a memorial honoring the Korean War dead on the second day of a trip to the Northern Mariana island of Saipan, site of one of World War II's defining conflicts. The visit comes amid anger in China and the Koreas over what many there see as Japan's failure to make amends for wartime atrocities, and visits by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals.
June 5, 2000 | Reuters
The Pentagon has revised downward the number of U.S. troops who died in the 1950-53 Korean War and said the "primary culprit" for the error was an unnamed clerk, Time magazine reported Sunday. The Pentagon cut the death toll from 54,246 to 36,940, Time said. The higher toll was given after a bureaucrat mistakenly added all noncombat deaths worldwide to the toll of combat deaths in Korea, Time reported. That meant that the death toll was inflated by more than 17,000 for about half a century.
June 11, 1991
Four years after its original design and location drew criticism, a new proposal for a Korean War veterans memorial in San Pedro has been approved by the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission, according to an organizer of the memorial. The decision Monday sends the project to the state Coastal Commission before returning for final city action in the coming months, said Scott Smith of the International Korean Veterans Memorial Committee.
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