posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 03:30 AM
Yeah, I don't think I've ever met a Korean vet, at least knowingly, even though Canada did participate in that war. Unfortunately none of my living
relatives fought in the war, so I can't ask them about their experiences.
My one great grandfather fought in WWI, and he wouldn't ever talk about his experiences. All we know is he signed up underage, he was Austrian, so
we know what side he was on, and we know that 70 years after the war, he would still wake up screaming at nightmares of whatever he saw over there. I
think some of my other great grandfathers were in WWI on the Allies side, but they all died before I was born. One grandfather wasn't a soldier, but
he was an army cook, and my other grandfather refused to sign a waiver to go overseas, so they gave him the crappiest domestic jobs possible to try
and get him to change his mind, but he didn't budge.
I haven't met a lot of war veterans, partly because being here in Canada, we didn't actually fight in any wars between the Korean War and the Gulf
War, which is a pretty big gap, so anyone who has seen war here is either some guy my age in Afghanistan or somebody in their 70s (for Korea) or older
(for WW2). I do have a friend who did some peacekeeping in Bosnia (he actually introduced me to ATS) but he never saw any combat, though the
potential was there.