Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. It’s when the peninsula was divided into North and South Korea.
KHON2 spoke with veterans of that war who reflect on what happened then, and since.
The Korean War is what some call the forgotten war.
Veterans say it’s important to remember what happened then.
“It’s very important, and the reason for that is that we share our memories, we remember our forgotten, our lost brothers,” Korean War Vet Herb Schreiner said.
60 years ago, the Korean War ended but not before thousands. Many of them from Hawaii gave their lives in sacrifice.
One of those was Allen Schreiner, the 17-year-old brother of Herb.
“And when I went back five years ago, it was an honor,” Schreiner said. “My brother, 17-years-old was killed up north. And for me to go back and see what they took with the freedom was rewarding for me, and I’m sure for all of my comrades.”
Nick Nishimoto was a prisoner of war for much of the Korean conflict. KHON2 asked him, what he thought people should remember from the lessons 60 years ago.
“If you go to war, be careful,” Korean War POW Nick Nishimoto said. “Be alert to everything. And to help each other.”