Korean War Veterans
The Korean war, was also known as the forgotten war. There is now an official Korean Armistice Day for Wisconsin to honor all those who served in Korea. I and a group of Vietnam Veterans were lucky and honored to have witnessed the signing of the Korean Armistice Day bill as the same time our Vietnam Veteran's day bill was being signed. Korean Armistice Day is now recognized on July 27th of each year. Please let these Veterans know you know and celebrate with them their very own day. See all Korean Era Veterans listed below.
Harold (Joe) Jackson- WI
32 Regiment and 7th Infantry Division
Awarded two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars
Harold was wounded twice in Korea. The first time he was wounded was only after being in Korea for three days. The first time he was wounded, he was hit in the hip by motor shell. This was at Triangle Hill on October 30, 1952. his second wound was in the lower right arm. he was hot by a hand grenade. This was at old baldy on May 1, 1953. Harold explained that the mash Unit is exactly as it is on the Mash television show.
After the war, Harold married his wife Joanne and they have four sons. He worked at the Northern center in Chippewa Falls as an aide. He once owned Jackson Trucking, and then his son took it over.
Harold was the Commander of the American Legion for two years for Unit 326. He
also was a member of the VFW Post 1038, and DAV Charter 21.
Harold recently came on my television show to share his story. It was not only my first time interviewing a Korean Veteran, but Harold's first time sharing his story. I was really honored by that. I also really appreciate Harold's honesty and humility when sharing his story. Please learn more about that experience and my reflections here.
Picture one: Harold and his buddies hanging out the last time two days before being sent to Korea.
Picture two: Harold arriving on the shores of Korea
Picture three: Harold with American Legion (Commander at the time) getting ready
to tear up the mortgage for their facility they paid off. A very proud moment.