On 67th anniversary, Korean War veteran making sure conflict isn't forgotten

Comstock Park resident, and Korean War veteran, Glen Bailey is making sure people never forget this war.

COMSTOCK PARK, MICH. - June 25, 1950 -- that was the date the Korean War began. 

Around 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People's Army poured across the 38th parallel, which was the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south.

The invasion was considered to be the first military action of the Cold War. By July 1950, American troops had entered the war on on South Korea's behalf. Casualties began to pile up, while the Americans aggressively tried to negotiate an armistice with North Korea.

When the Korean War ended in 1953, five million soldiers and civilians lost their lives.

The Korean Peninsula is still divided today.

Glen Bailey, 85, a United States Army veteran who fought in the Korean War, is on a mission to make sure this campaign is never forgotten. He has posted a giant sign in the front lawn of his Comstock Park home, making sure that every person who walks, rides, jogs or drives by his home, they're forced to never forget.

"I feel I need to get people's attention and make them realize what we went through over there," Bailey said, referring to his time in Korea 67 years ago. "We had World War II equipment, and it was junk.

"We didn't have any winter clothing, so we froze to death over there. They had no replacements coming in, so if you had a wound that wasn't life-threatening, you stayed there.

"We went over there and got shot up; we got a lot of them killed, and for what?"

Bailey says the sign in his yard isn't just for him, it's for Korean War veterans everywhere.

"June 25 marked the 67th anniversary of the Korean War beginning," Bailey said. "I never see any remembrances on the news about it, so that's why I posted the sign."

Bailey says he's not sure when or if he'll take the sign down. 

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