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Region veterans of the Korean War

"Anybody that I know of that are going to join the service, I tell them join the Navy."

Wray Loney went from working at Wonder Bread in Tolleston to spending the Korean War aboard the USS Missouri.

"That's my favorite ship - The Big Mo."

"That's my favorite ship - The Big Mo."

Korean War veteran Tom Donovan talks about his time aboard the USS Missouri.

"War is a terrible thing."

"War is a terrible thing."

Veteran Ron Miller served in the Korean War, helping the U.S. Army's transportation as an as…

"There's not a day that goes by that I'm not in Korea..."

"There's not a day that goes by that I'm not in Korea..."

Portage's Elliott Sortillo was 15 years old when he enlisted with the Army. He was quickly i…

"I kept firing, and I didn't let the enemy through."

"I kept firing, and I didn't let the enemy through."

Hammond's John Gamez was wounded twice and earned the Silver Star Medal for his courageous a…

"The Chinese would attack with thousands at night, screaming."

"The Chinese would attack with thousands at night, screaming."

Lithuanian emigrant Kestutis Sidabras was among the first U.S. draftees to serve in the Kore…

Hal Kostka performs

Hal Kostka performs

Korean War veteran Hal Kostka, performs a U.S. Army routine from more than 60 years ago.

"I guess I'm one of the lucky ones."

"I guess I'm one of the lucky ones."

Veteran Hal Kostka talks about his experience in the Korean War as an entertainment speciali…

"First time I ever flew, I jumped out."

"First time I ever flew, I jumped out."

Portage's Eugene Hollingsworth talks about his time in the Korean War as a paratrooper with …

"I kept saying to myself, 'Did I walk into hell?' "

"I kept saying to myself, 'Did I walk into hell?' "

Valparaiso's James Watkin spent nearly two years overseas in the Korean War, serving as radi…

"It's an experience I don't want to have anymore."

"It's an experience I don't want to have anymore."

Robert E. Montgomery II of Highland talks about his time during the Korean War serving with …

"I developed a great sense of appreciation for the United States."

"I developed a great sense of appreciation for the United States."

Korean War veteran Fred Schultz of Munster talks about his experiences during his 15-month t…

Valpo sailor went head to head in Korean War

Valpo sailor went head to head in Korean War

Sailor Wray Loney, of Valparaiso, spent most of his time in the head during the Korean War. But then, that was his job.

July 27, 2014 7:30 pm Video Photos

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Vet dished out food, 55-pound shells

Vet dished out food, 55-pound shells

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tom Donovan, of Portage, never set foot in Korea during the Korean War.

July 13, 2014 8:30 pm Video Photos

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Friends helped lift spirits, duties in Korea

Friends helped lift spirits, duties in Korea

As a longtime Hammond Times newspaper carrier, Ron Miller figured he knew a copy of the paper when he saw one.

July 06, 2014 10:30 pm Video

Portage man spent nearly entire Korean War in captivity

Portage man spent nearly entire Korean War in captivity

For Elliott Sortillo, 79, of Portage, fighting in the Korean War meant fighting for survival. He was a prisoner of war for 30 months, nearly t…

June 29, 2014 7:00 pm Video Photos

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Lansing vet worked with POWs here, in Korea

Lansing vet worked with POWs here, in Korea

Gerhard Henning worked in a Lansing onion field as a youngster, alongside German prisoners of war, during World War II. That set the stage for…

June 09, 2014 10:15 am Video Photos

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Korean service just a stop on Lithuanian expatriate's odyssey

Korean service just a stop on Lithuanian expatriate's odyssey

Lithuania lost an estimated 30 percent of its population from 1940 to 1953 as tens of thousands of Lithuanians fled the eastern European natio…

June 01, 2014 4:45 pm Photos

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Kostka's Korean War role was entertaining — literally

Kostka's Korean War role was entertaining — literally

Many Korean War veterans can say they saw Marilyn Monroe perform there in a slinky purple sequin dress.

May 25, 2014 7:00 pm Video Photos

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Korean War veteran kept eye on ball, plus track

Korean War veteran kept eye on ball, plus track

Most of the action paratrooper Eugene Hollingsworth saw in the Korean War was in athletic competitions, not on the battlefield.

March 23, 2014 7:45 pm Video Photos

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After bomb burst, flag wasn't still there

After bomb burst, flag wasn't still there

The Fourth of July always brings back memories of the Korean War for James Watkin, of Valparaiso.

March 16, 2014 8:30 pm Video Photos

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Highland man used T-square, camera in war effort

Highland man used T-square, camera in war effort

Robert E. Montgomery II was in Korea to rebuild and preserve, not to search and destroy, in the waning days of the Korean War.

March 09, 2014 5:30 pm Video Photos

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'Harbor guy' saw many faces of Korea as war wound down

'Harbor guy' saw many faces of Korea as war wound down

The only time Fred Schultz so much as felt menaced in his 15-month stint as an Air Force radio operator in the Korean War was during a torch-l…

March 02, 2014 11:30 pm Video Photos

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Korean War veteran went from seasick to homesick

Korean War veteran went from seasick to homesick

Ed Zurawski's mailman, a family friend, was reluctant to give him the envelope in 1952.

February 23, 2014 9:00 pm Video Photos

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Vet convinced God was protecting him

Vet convinced God was protecting him

There were times when Ed Wroblewski had to feel there was someone watching over him as he served aboard the USS Floyd B. Parks in the Korean War.

February 09, 2014 8:30 pm Video Photos

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'I was always scared,' Korean War vet recalls

'I was always scared,' Korean War vet recalls

When Ray Dorulla was sailing to Korea, the seas were rough because of a hurricane.

February 02, 2014 5:45 pm Video Photos

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Mechanic battled rust, disengaged clutches in Korea

Mechanic battled rust, disengaged clutches in Korea

Larry Skonie violated the Army's cardinal rule: Never volunteer for anything.

January 26, 2014 9:00 pm Video Photos

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Army ambulance driver 'shot upon quite a bit' in Korea

Army ambulance driver 'shot upon quite a bit' in Korea

Ed Mech, 85, saw death face to face as a U.S. Army ambulance driver in the Korean War.

January 19, 2014 5:30 pm Video Photos

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Memorial Day 1953 memorable for Korean War vet

Memorial Day 1953 memorable for Korean War vet

Memorial Day 1953 proved to be one of the most terrible days of the Korean War for then Army Pvt. Louis Kaplan.

January 12, 2014 8:30 pm Video Photos

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Lansing vet recalls weather extremes in Korean War

Lansing vet recalls weather extremes in Korean War

The memories of battle have faded a bit, dates and years not easily accessible in his 81-year-old mind, but Bruce Ross, of Lansing, can still …

January 05, 2014 6:30 pm Video

Marine survived close calls, even before reaching Korea

Marine survived close calls, even before reaching Korea

George Rosenbaum had some close calls in the Korean War, beginning with his trip to the Asian nation.

December 30, 2013 10:13 am Video

Chef's goose nearly cooked in Korean War

Chef's goose nearly cooked in Korean War

The obsolete, World War II-era Army truck John R. Rattray Sr. called home for a year in Korea was "the most important vehicle we had" because …

December 22, 2013 6:15 pm Video

Korean War radar operator saw more than blips

Korean War radar operator saw more than blips

Eugene Hanyzewski Sr. had a mountaintop experience in the Korean War. Literally.

December 08, 2013 10:30 pm Video Photos

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Korean War veteran recalls bumpy road to U.S. citizenship

Korean War veteran recalls bumpy road to U.S. citizenship

Korean War veteran Manoly Traycoff didn't take a nationally known pop singer's vow seriously, but he took an induction center Army officer at …

November 24, 2013 6:00 pm Video

Valpo-area vet recalls time in Korea

Valpo-area vet recalls time in Korea

VALPARAISO | Stories of combat and death, of survival and camaraderie have been sealed in the mind of William Parks for more than 60 years. 

November 17, 2013 11:00 pm Video Photos

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Veteran: Friend's death in Korea shaped his life forever

Veteran: Friend's death in Korea shaped his life forever

Joe Pupillo made a promise to God on a frigid battlefield in Korea 63 years ago that he believes saved his life and brought peace to the famil…

November 10, 2013 10:45 pm Video Photos

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Separated by war, reunited after 63 years

Separated by war, reunited after 63 years

Ted Erceg spent 63 years wondering if the boy who grew up a block away in Gary's Kirk Yard neighborhood made it out of the Korean War alive.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am Video Photos

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'They aren't forgotten'

'They aren't forgotten'

CALUMET CITY | Thomas Crane has a purpose in the poetry he writes for veterans.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Korea's bitter cold hard on troops

Korea's bitter cold hard on troops

For Ted Erceg, seeing Korean War refugees travel through hard-crusted snow in 40 below zero temperatures amid Siberian winds was bad. Worse ye…

November 09, 2013 11:46 pm Video Related

Not forgotten: Event honors local Korean War veterans

Not forgotten: Event honors local Korean War veterans

VALPARAISO | The Forgotten War. The No-Win War. The "died for a tie" war.

November 07, 2013 7:58 pm Video Photos

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Free tribute concert for veterans on VU campus

The Times Media Co., Valparaiso University and One Region are co-sponsoring a free Veterans Day concert at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center fo…

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Six decades later, Korean War wounds remain

Six decades later, Korean War wounds remain

Charles "Mike" Mikovetz wears two pairs of socks to keep his feet warm. Even in the summer.

October 26, 2013 10:43 pm Video Photos

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