A rememberance of those who served in Korea, and a happy birthday to my daughter
25 June 2000
One-half century ago today, North Korea invaded South Korea. That act started the Korean "police action," the "forgotten war." The F-84 Thunderjet was a significant player in Korea, not so much in a fighter-intercepter role as in a figher-bomber role. Because the F-84 was not particularly successful as an intercepter, it took a back seat to the F-86, which as the state-of-the-art fighter-intercepter in Korea, got the bulk of the headlines. Even at this time of the "50th Anniversary" of the Korean War, much more press is given to WWI, WWII, and Viet Nam than is given to Korea. So, notwithstanding other opinions that the F-80 was the "forgotten fighter," in fact, the F-84 is even more the "forgotten fighter" of the "forgotten war."
One-quarter century ago today, in one of those small coincidences of life, my youngest daughter was born. So, along with this rememberance of the men and women who fought in Korea -- one of my brothers among them -- I also wish my daughter a very happy birthday.