Many of you may not know that my Uncle Ted was MIA in the Korean War and was not found for 17 months. He was finally located on a Korean beach where he had been hastily interred. We were told that Ted was killed while rushing off a troop carrier, he was only 20 year old.
The Korean War is often called “The Forgotten War” but it will never be forgotten by my family.
Gratefully, it only lasted three years,
June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953.
What you may not realize is that The United States Armed Forces suffered 33,665 Americans killed in action in Korea.
As I researched my uncle’s military history and the record of his death on the Korean War Project Website, I found out that he died in the deadliest of all battles of the Korean War.
The Battle of the Pusan Perimeter which lasted from August 4, 1950-September 16, 1950, cost 3,603 American lives and although it was very early in the war it easily proved to be the deadliest battle. My Uncle was one of those 3,603 casualties.
My father and my other uncle, Joe, also served in the Korean war. I was born while my father was away serving our Navy many thousand of miles from home. I honor the fighting men of our nation who gave their last full measure of devotion for our freedom and also those who have given years of their young lives to serve our country!
THANK YOU for your sacrifices!
PFC THEODORE GROENEVELD
9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Army
Hostile, Died (KIA)
Date Of Loss: September 1, 1950
Location of Loss: YONGSAN, SOUTH KOREA
Born: August 21, 1930
HOMETOWN: TINLEY PARK, IL
Comments: Private First Class Groeneveld was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 1, 1950.
Korean War Project Key No: 11547