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Unforgettable: The Korean War

Easy Company (E-Company), 13th Infantry Battalion, Marine Corps Reserve unit activated for the Korean conflict in July of 1950.
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Easy Company (E-Company), 13th Infantry Battalion, Marine Corps Reserve unit activated for the Korean conflict in July of 1950.

Airs Monday, June 21, 2010 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Korean War veterans recount their memories of America in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when young men from all over the country were being shipped off to defend South Korea against the advancing Red Army in the north.

"Unforgettable: The Korean War" recalls the "un-won" war that never ended...no one even wanted to call it a war: it was "the Korean conflict" or a "police action." Finally, it was called the Forgotten War. No matter the name, the Korean War killed tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers and affected many more lives at home.

As veteran Spencer Titley from the United States Army recalls, “I know no great novel written about it. And there is no poetry written. No songs. Nothing on the culture side marks the passage of Korea. It was basically over and done with and forgotten.”

Preview: Unforgettable: The Korean War