Thursday, July 19, 2012
A couple of months ago I self-published a book with my mom for my grandfather – Love Ed. The book is a collection of letters written by him, to his family, during his service in the U.S. army during the Korean War. To see the full book please click on the link above which will take you to the online publishing company (whom incidentally caused endless pain in their not-so-well designed set-up and web-site). Here’s an excerpt from the inside cover:
In the years following World War II patriotism was at a high and thousands of young men across the country were signing up to be the next war heros. Ed Thompson, like so many of his compatriots, was only 17 when he signed on with the U.S. Army reserves.
The U.S. and her allies had just won the Second World War but remnants of decisions made, lines arbitrarily drawn on maps, would quickly turn into another war. The hostilities between Communist countries and those who considered themselves free nations soon boiled into the Korean War, when the newly formed North Korea began invading the southern half of the peninsula. Buried, nearly forgotten, between WW II and the Vietnam War, the Korean war remains one of the bloodiest and costliest wars in U.S. history.
Ed’s letters to his parents and sisters reveal his undying faithfulness to his family and hometown, and his experiences in the infantry – from camp, to the reserves, and his time at the front, or at least the parts he wanted to share with his worried mother. His first hand accounts are filled with honesty, a keen sense of humor and a sense of irony, all which speak to a specific time and culture in American history. As his time in Korea drags on, his growing sense of frustration towards the organization with which he had signed on peaks, when he exclaims:
“…once I get out no matter how hard times get I will never inlist in any thing which even resembles the army including the boy Scouts. So much for that.”
Nevertheless, Ed comes from a generation who remain faithful to their country with a belief in the American Dream, a generation who believed in personal sacrifice for their country’s freedom, their rights and the rights of humanity around the globe, a generation of heroes.