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Letters From A Korean Foxhole-Remembered Words of a Forgotten War
“I’m okay Ma. Don’t worry about me. By the way–– thanks for the salami.” For many young men serving in the Korean War, their happiest thoughts were the hope that a salami would arrive from home. These thoughts of a simple soldier, and many more, are described in Elizabeth Venturini’s book Letters from a Korean Foxhole: Remembered Words of a Forgotten War. The words both–– simple and raw––were written by Elizabeth’s father as a 20-year-old soldier fighting in Korea. A trove of letters sent home, preserved in a shoe box, show a much different War than Hollywood portrayed. They tell a story shared by many young men with a common background who fought in a country no one had heard of, for a people no one knew. The Korean War was known as the Forgotten War––except to those who fought it. This book honors all those soldiers who fought in obedience to their country. They were faithful, they stood up to their challenges, and they mattered. This is one of the many everyday soldiers who did their duty and did it well.