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July 27, 2013

Local Korea vets reflect after 60 years

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“Overall, it was a good experience,” he said.

The Korean War made a big difference for the people of South Korea, he said. But, the allies “should have finished what they started.” The results today are the current actions of North Korea.

Middlefield resident Robert O’Con, 81, said he served in the Navy during the Korean War, but he was stationed in a submarine squadron in San Diego. While they were in several locations in the Pacific Ocean, they never went to Korea.

When he graduated from Baldwin High School in 1950, he knew he would be drafted, so he he joined the Naval Reserves and requested active duty.

At the time of the cease-fire, “everyone wanted to come home,” so he was glad it was signed. In retrospect, he said Gen. Douglas MacArthur had the right idea when he said “There is no substitute for victory,” he said.

MacArthur was the commander of the American-led coalition of United Nations forces, until relieved by Pres. Harry Truman. If that had occurred, “the world would have been a better place,” O’Con said.

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