With North and South Korea divided and turmoil brewing once again in the region, we are reminded of the war that led to the division of Korea. Sixty years ago, the United States sent its young but brave soldiers to fight for the freedom and democracy of the Korean people. Although many years have passed, U.S. soldiers have remained in the hearts and minds of the Korean people, who today are able to enjoy freedom of speech, religion and advancements of technology.
On April 24, Sgt. Charles Brown was honored and thanked by his taekwondo community at Victory Martial Arts of Huntington Beach for his sacrifice and selfless service in the Korean War. Brown (3rd Div., 7th Regiment, 1st Battalion, Co. D., 81 Millimeter Mortar Squad) had been stationed in a communist-held region for two years, during which he had lost more than 30 of his fellow soldiers. To this day, he remembers the names and places of those encountered during this horrific war.