Film helps renew search for 1st Black Navy pilot's remains
The film “Devotion” reignited efforts to repatriate the remains of Jesse Brown, America's first Black Navy pilot, who died in 1950 after having to crash land his damaged plane during the Korean War. Fred Smith, the founder of Memphis-based FedEx, financed the film about Brown because he thought Brown deserved wider recognition, a feeling his surviving relatives share, and lobbied the Trump administration to support the search efforts after consulting with Brown’s daughter, Pamela. “I’m still determined to try to get Jesse Brown home and put him where he ought to be in Arlington (National Cemetery),” Smith said.news.yahoo.com
Soldier who went missing during Korean War accounted for
A soldier from Massachusetts who went missing during the Korean War and was later reported to have died in a prisoner of war camp has been accounted for using modern scientific techniques, military officials said. Joseph J. Puopolo, 19, of East Boston, was accounted for in August, according to a statement Friday from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. It was the news his family — including his now 99-year-old sister Elizabeth Fiorentini — has been awaiting for decades, Fiorentini’s grandson and Puopolo’s grandnephew, Richard Graham, said in a telephone interview Saturday.news.yahoo.com
Korean War vet, 91, has been on a 70-year search for Japanese woman he says was his first love
A 91-year-old Korean War Navy veteran is hoping to find his first love, who he met during his time as a second class petty officer in Japan in 1953. Duane Mann, 91, wrote a Facebook post on May 1 hoping to find someone who recognizes the woman in a photo he took in 1953, whose name he says is Peggy Yamaguchi. In the post, Mann explains that while he was stationed in Japan from 1953 to 1954 at age 23, he met Yamaguchi at an Air Force NCO Club, where he worked as a slot machine repairman in his spare time and Yamaguchi worked as the “hat check girl.”news.yahoo.com
China charges blogger with insulting Korean War dead
A popular figure on Chinese social media has been arrested on charges he insulted soldiers who froze to death during a Korean War battle. Luo Changping referred to Chinese soldiers known as the “Ice Sculpture Company” as the “Sand Sculpture Company,” or “Stupid Company” in internet slang, on his Sina Weibo account. The “Ice Sculpture Company” were soldiers who froze to death during a battle with U.S.-led United Nations forces at Chosin Reservoir in November and December 1950.news.yahoo.com
On Veterans Day: Remembering the cost of live and health to our servicemen and women – Houston Public Media
Medical experts share what challenges and triumphs the veteran health care system has recently faced and a Korean War veteran reflects on his work, the Mural Wall at the Korean War Vets Memorial in D.C.houstonpublicmedia.org
EXPLAINER: Why North Korea wants sanctions lifted first
Days after outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in made possibly his last ambitious push to diplomatically resolve the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program, the North has rejected his call for a declaration ending the Korean War, making it clear it has no interest in political statements unless they bring badly needed relief from crippling economic sanctions.
Kim Jong Un's sister warns of 'destruction' of S.Korean ties
The powerful sister of North Korea’s leader has criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in and threatened a “complete destruction” of relations hours after Moon said South Korea’s growing missile capabilities will serve as a “sure deterrence” against North Korean provocations.
Japan court summons NKorea leader over repatriation program
A Japanese judge has summoned North Korea’s leader to a court session to face demands for compensation by several ethnic Korean residents of Japan who say they suffered human rights abuses in North Korea after joining a resettlement program therewashingtonpost.com
LETTERS: We created border crisis
During the summer of 1954 U.S. immigration law enforcement ran Operation Wetback, a campaign that resulted in the deportation of 1.1 million Mexican nationals. The Latin American workers were welcome until the Korean War ended in 1953. Those good(?), White Christians of the Southwest wanted those dark-skinned Catholics gone. Those good(?), White Christians still want those people gone and any excuse will do.myrgv.com
Illinois VA sued by estate of Korean War vet who died in coronavirus outbreak at state home in LaSalle
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is facing a $2 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of one of 36 residents who died at the state-run veterans home in LaSalle during a fall coronavirus outbreak.chicagotribune.com
Bellaire neighbors, family surprise 96-year-old WWII veteran
BELLAIRE – In honor of Veteran’s Day, a Bellaire neighborhood came together to honor a US Navy veteran, who served in WWII and the Korean War. The surprise brought 96-year-old veteran Joe Wardell Sr. to tears. He’s the original Joe Wardell, and he served in World War II and the Korean War,” Joe Wardell Jr. said. Wardell Sr. joined the Navy as a young man, fighting in WWII and then again as a lieutenant in the Korean War. There are lots of cards.”Sure enough, at 4 p.m., Wardell Sr. exited the garage to see the crowds of neighbors cheering him on.
Amid U.S. election, China uses war stories to rally long-term resistance to Washington
aggression” during the Korean War. The Chinese Communist Party’s narrative brushes over North Korea’s invasion of the South and focuses instead on American intervention and Chinese resistance. American narratives tend to skip over how the U.S. changed its original mandate from protecting South Korea to invading North Korea, “just like the North invaded the South,” he said. American officials also tend to rationalize the war as a “defense of this great liberal democracy in South Korea,” Delury said. The regime the U.S. supported in South Korea, however, was a dictatorship that massacred more than 100,000 civilians, according to findings from South Korean truth and reconciliation commissions.latimes.com
Houston community invited to celebrate Korean War Veteran’s 89th birthday with parade
HOUSTON – A Houston veteran is celebrating a special milestone on Saturday and the community is invited. is turning 89 years old on Aug. 8 and everyone is on the invitation list for his socially distanced birthday parade. The 88-year-old served in the U.S. Army for 22 years, is Purple Heart recipient and Korean War veteran. When he was released 33 months later, Houston welcomed him home with a parade on August 10, 1953, two days after his birthday. So it’s fitting Houstonians will parade down the streets for him once more on his 89th birthday on August 8.
N Korea's Kim boasts of his nukes amid stalled talks with US
People visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum to lay flowers on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, which the country celebrates as the day of "victory in the fatherland liberation war" in Pyongyang, Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
N Korea's Kim boasts of his nukes amid stalled talks with US
(AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)SEOUL North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said his countrys hard-won nuclear weapons were a solid security guarantee and a reliable, effective deterrent that could prevent a second Korean War, state media reported Tuesday. Kim Jong Un and Trump met three times since Kim in 2018 abruptly reached out to Washington and Seoul for talks after expressing his intent to deal away his advancing nuclear arsenals. The nuclear diplomacy remains largely stalled since a second Kim-Trump meeting in February 2019 in Vietnam collapsed without reaching any agreement because Trump Kim rejected Kims proposal to get extensive sanctions relief in return for a limited denuclearization step. Kim entered this year with a vow to bolster his nuclear program and threatened to unveil a new strategic weapon. Kim hasnt performed such high-profile weapons tests, which some analysts say could completely derail diplomacy with the United States.
New film tells tale of North Korean orphans sent to Europe
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL Six decades after they returned to their homeland, traces of thousands of North Korean children orphaned by the Korean War linger for the elderly Europeans whose lives they briefly touched. At the same time the North Koreans were being sent for education in Eastern Europe, thousands of South Korean orphans were being adopted by families in North America and Western Europe. When the North Koreans started arriving in Europe, the countries were still reeling from the devastation of World War II. The film shows Bulgarians giving flowers to North Korean children, clad in identical dark hats and jackets, upon their arrival in 1952. Haesung Lee, chief of Korean studies at Poland's University of Wroclaw, said three former North Korean diplomats dispatched to Poland and a fourth who taught Polish at a Pyongyang university were orphans sent to Poland.
Asia Today: Beijing reinstates virus controls as cases rise
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)BEIJING China reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday as the capital Beijing reinstated measures to contain a resurgence. Of the new cases, 36 were reported in Beijing, traced to a wholesale market that supplies much of the citys meat and vegetables. Ten of the other cases were brought from outside the country and three were found in Hebei province just outside Beijing. Beijing health officials said gene sequencing showed the virus strain causing the new outbreak was related to that in Europe, though it wasnt clear if it was being spread by the movement of people or transportation of food. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region: South Korea reported 37 new cases, bringing its caseload to 12,121 infections, including 277 deaths.
S Korea's leader calls on North to stop raising tensions
Korean War veterans of South Korea salute during a ceremony to unveil an installation artwork to commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Korean War, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 15, 2020. South Korea on Sunday convened an emergency security meeting and urged North Korea to uphold reconciliation agreements, hours after the North threatened to demolish a liaison office and take military action against its rival. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL South Koreas president called on North Korea to stop raising animosities and return to talks, saying Monday the rivals must not reverse the peace deals that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached during 2018 summits. North Korea has recently unleashed a slew of harsh rhetoric against South Korea, accusing it of failing to prevent activists from launching propaganda leaflets across their border. In an apparent bid to soothe North Korea, Moons government vowed to ban civilian leafleting campaign.
The fall of the Berlin Wall once gave South Korea hope. Not anymore
AdvertisementAt the onset of the Cold War, both Germany and Korea were divided up by Allied powers, with the Soviet Union taking control of what became East Germany and North Korea. When the Berlin Wall came down, the predominant emotion in South Korea was envy, soon followed by hope. More than anything, South Koreans today worry about how much unification with North Korea would cost their already flagging economy. It may not be an exaggeration to say theres been more discussion about the cost of German unification in South Korea than in Germany, the researchers wrote. South and North Korean officials attend at an opening ceremony for two nations first liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, in 2018.latimes.com
Check out JJ Watt's special new shoe that honors his grandfather and veterans
JJ Watt announced a new shoe in honor of his grandfather, a Korean War veteran on Nov. 10, 2019. HOUSTON - JJ Watt announced a new shoe on Twitter Sunday night with a special meaning for him and his family and with a special purpose. Last year, in honor of Veterans Day, Watt released the Valor shoe that was designed with a Navy Seal. In keeping with tradition, Watt announced a new shoe Sunday night, the "JJ III Valor Edition" to honor veterans and active-duty military servicemen. Available tonight at midnight.https://t.co/FfXs88iNQQThank you pic.twitter.com/YAAjinRTod JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 11, 2019Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
S Korea deports N Korean fishermen suspected of mass killing at sea
SEOUL - South Korea has deported two North Korean fishermen suspected of killing 16 fellow crew members, including the boat's captain, before fleeing to South Korean waters. The fishermen then killed 15 other crew members to cover up their action and dumped the bodies overboard, South Korean officials said. The two men then fled North Korea in the squid fishing boat and crossed South Korea's maritime border, according to South Korean investigators. In November 2017, a dramatic escape of a North Korean soldier through Panmunjom was captured on security cameras. China, a close ally of Pyongyang, does not consider North Korean defectors refugees, instead seeing them as illegal economic migrants.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem urges United States to end Korean War
Speaking outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Gloria Steinem urged the U.S. to agree to formally end the Korean War. SEOUL, South Korea - Political activist Gloria Steinem was in high school when the Korean War started. Changing politicsThere have been some signs recently that the Korean War could come to an end. In 1948, two ideologically opposite countries were established: The Republic of Korea, or South Korea, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea. While South Korea became a developed country, North Korea closed itself off, and many of its citizens continue to live in poverty.
Reward increased to $25K in Baytown man's shooting death
BAYTOWN, Texas - The search for 84-year old Sam Wingates killer continues a year after he was shot and killed. You'd never dream in your whole life that you would go through something like this, Wingates son Donnie said. Police also released new information that links the weapons used in Wingates murder to a similar shooting in the Heights on July 24, 2018. Houston police recovered a shell casing at that scene which Baytown investigators were able to match forensically to shell casings found in Wingates shooting. If you have any information what should you do:Youre asked to call Baytown Crime Stoppers at 281-427-TIPS (8477).
Obama signs into law water, Congressional Gold Medal bills
Obama signs into law water, Congressional Gold Medal bills The president signed a bill authorizing $12.3 billion in infrastructure and another to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers, a segregated infantry unit comprised of primarily Puerto Rican soldiers who served in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.cbsnews.com