Much of the conflict over Korea comes from the fact there was never an armistice or cease fire.
“The only way we knew it was over is from flying pieces of paper saying there had been a truce,” Meza said.
“There was still shooting going on when I left in March 1954 and it never really stopped,” Lamb said.
Both Lamb and Meza are from Texas while Kassera hails from Wisconsin. None of the three were prepared for the harsh climate over there but made the best of it.
“Being from Laredo, Texas, I had never seen snow before, “ Meza said with a laugh. “I made a snowball and rolled it in front of a sergeant, who asked where it came from as I was supposed to be on duty.”
“I must have failed geography because I thought Korea was supposed to be more of a tropical country,” Lamb said, smiling.
Lamb contends another problem in citing Korea as a war is one you may not think of.
“When troops came home from World War II, veterans were considered shell shocked. With Vietnam, it was Agent Orange. With Iraq and Afghanistan, it was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Lamb said. “In Korea, we didn’t have anything like that. We simply came home.”
Kassera said there was no anomosity toward Americans by the Koreans in the years following the war.
“We didn’t worry about being mugged or really anything,” Kassera said. “The Koreans were very friendly toward Americans after things were done.”
In the years to come, the veterans hope Americans will remember the sacrifice made by all veterans.