Available NOW! Gone to Graveyards: A Novel of the Korean War
Foreward to Gone to Graveyards:
As a newly-commissioned Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corp, I first met Brewster Milton Robertson at the Army Medical Field Service School in San Antonio, Texas in January 1953. Following MFSS, we served together at Camp Pickett, Virginia, and in July 1953, flew together to Japan and on to Korea. In Korea, I was assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), an hour north of Seoul, and Robertson was assigned to the 121st Evacuation Hospital, just south of Seoul across the Han River from Kimpo AFB, where we served from July to November 1953, when we both were released from active duty and sent back home.
It is a travesty of history that the Korean War has come to be known as the "Forgotten War." Incredibly today, over a half-century after the Korean truce was signed, daily headlines portend the ominous threat of North Korea‘s nuclear ambition while UN troops still anxiously patrol the Demilitarized Zone at the 38th Parallel.
Most of the meager legacy of written history about the so-called "Forgotten War" would have current and future generations believe the Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when the North Koreans crossed the 38th Parallel into Seoul, and ended slightly over one year later on July 10, 1951, the date both sides sat down at negotiating tables at Panmunjom, a village a few miles north of Seoul.
This is the farthest thing from the truth.
During the ensuing two years of bickering between the negotiators before the truce was finally signed on July 27, 1953, the bitter and bloody fighting continued to rage—literally within a day‘s march of the truce tents themselves—on meaningless land features nicknamed Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, Whitehorse Mountain, Bloody Ridge, Iron Triangle, Heartbreak Ridge, et. al., with a mind-boggling total loss of life and limb to over 400,000 American and UN soldiers and an estimated 1,200,000 of the North Korean and Chinese, as well.
Revealing long-kept-secret atrocities eclipsing the Vietnam massacres at My Lai and My Khe, Brewster Milton Robertson‘s novel, Gone to Graveyards, examines under the burning glass, the soul-scarring psychological and physical toll the carnage this reprehensible conflict exacted upon a world still quaking under the shadow of mushroom clouds—delivering after a half-century clouded in obscurity, the all-encompassing history of the Korean War.
Paul Golden Price
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November 15, 2010