Steptoe Valley High School had the honor of having Mr. Munson stop by and discuss his experiences in the Korean War.
In recognition of Veteran’s Day (November 11th) we were able to have him as a guest speaker.
The Korean War was fought from June 25,1950 to July 27, 1953, which was 63-66 years ago. The age you could enlist into the armed services was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1942 and Mr. Munson was drafted into the Army at age 19, about 1 year after graduating from high school – he will be 85 on Jan. 2.
The Korean War, also known as “The Forgotten War”, was the first military action of the Cold War. Fighting took place across the 38th parallel, which is still the boundary between North Korea and South Korea today.
America joined in July 1950, on South Korea’s behalf and felt it was a war against the forces of international communism itself. Casualties of the Korean War are hard to determine since there are about 8,700 fighters who have never been found; however, the approximate number of casualties is estimated to be 5 million soldier and civilian (with half being civilian).
About 47,000 Americans died and another 100,000 were wounded in the Korean War.
Last year Mr. Munson, along with his son and other Korean Vets, were invited to South Korea for a celebration honoring Korean War Veterans, who “will always be (their) hero”.
Mr. Munson today feels the war was worth it as he can see how much South Korea has changed for the better and is happy to see it is still a free democracy and seems to be flourishing.
The staff and students of SVHS would like to again thank Mr. Munson for coming in and sharing his experiences with us. With respect and gratitude, we would also like to thank all of the Veterans for their service and for the sacrifices they’ve made for our freedom.