On this Veterans Day, 2016, many Korean War veterans have new reasons to be compassionate toward their fallen comrades they had left behind more than 60 years ago, particularly after the Battle of Chosen Reservoir near the Manchurian Border. Between Nov. 17 to Dec. 13th, 1950, nearly half of 25,000 U. N. soldiers were brutally martyred by the bugle blowing, grenade throwing 120,000 Chinese troops.
Joint U.S.-North Korea remain search teams recovered 229 sets of American remains in this area between 1996 and 2005, brought them back, and buried them in military honors. But Washington gave up the efforts–after North Korea boasted its nuclear madness by test-firing a submarine-based ballistic missile, alarming the rest of the world. The U.S. military claimed that the remain-recovery is not safe for the workers and there was no guarantee to find more remains. Then 4 years ago, things got worse: North Korea began to construct 10 Hydroelectric Power-plants in that area, along the Chong-chon River, ruining the sacred ground where the U.N. troops were ambushed and martyred.
It’s not important that 14,000 North Koreans were mobilized to construct these hydroelectric plants or that the completion of this project was a big deal for the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Workers’ Party, which took place on August 28, 1946. What’s important here is that the “Leave no man behind” has been the U.S. military’s most sacred vow of its all vows for years. How do the families of the fallen heroes of the Forgotten War feel about this?