Not the forgotten war, 58 years on

Not the forgotten war, 58 years on

The Korean War.

This war is mistakenly known as the "Forgotten War". Former President Donald Trump during his term in office became the first United States leader since the war to step onto North Korea's soil since the war.

No other president has ever done it before.

The war raged for three years before an uneasy truce was negotiated in 1953. No peace treaty was ever signed. The Korean conflict started on June 25, 1950, and ended in mid-1953. Technically both countries are still at war.

Former President Bill Clinton described Korea as one of the scariest places on earth. Australia committed 5000 troops to the war in support of the United Nations as an alliance package.

The Korean War was the first conflict to fall under the newly formed UN's watch. It was the first war where fighter jet planes became a common sight in the skies above the battlefield. And it was the first major conflict of the Cold War and the nuclear age.

North Korea has consistently threatened to invade the South, which would see Russia backing the North and the US supporting the South.

Since the war, there have been four Americans who defected to North Korea.

Former President Harry Truman described the reason for American troops' involvement as simply as acting in a "police action".

At this time we are on the 58th commemoration of ending of the war and remember all veterans of this war, and especially the late Charles Hosking (ex Navy) and the late Monty Luke.

Lest We Forget.

- Rob Williams,

Port Augusta

Like many other locals, I was pleased to see the High Voltage Transmission line project commence.

However, also like many others, I was disappointed to see that our high quality locally manufactured steel did not get a leg in the door " because it couldn't meet the criteria for this product"?

If there was a costing issue, then surely it would have been offset by the fact that local labor input from the ore to the finished product could have provided added national benefit.

But, If the "overseas steel" purchase is a product of China, then given the unprovoked and heartless blow that was dealt to our producers with the unjustified import tariffs that country applied to Australian goods, there needs to be a clearly published answer. Why?

- Bryan Lock,

Iron Knob