Roland Dean Brown

Roland Brown was born in Tennessee during the Great Depression and joined the Army in 1950. He recalls his first impressions of Korea upon landing in Pusan in 1951, detailing the poor conditions. He recounts his experience with friendly fire and adds that many men were killed due to inadequate training and a lack of communication. He details the food scarcity endured on the front lines and offers an account of having to fend off Chinese and North Korean soldiers to secure provisions from an American airdrop. He shares his experience with PTSD upon his return home and reflects upon Korea of the past and its progress through the years. He is proud of his service and of the economic gains Korea has made since the war.

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Korean War Legacy

This person has a detailed oral history page on the Korean War Legacy Foundation website, including a video interview, annotated clips, and more personal details:



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Korean War - Key Events

January 12, 1950

In a speech to the National Press Club, U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlines a U.S. Pacific defense posture that includes Japan and the Philippines but does not explicitly include Korea. In fact, he states that, “so far as the military security of other areas in the Pacific is concerned, it must be clear that no person can guarantee these areas against military attack.”

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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