Harry S Truman, 1952, in explaining his refusal to force the return of North Korean and Chinese POWs who wished to stay in the West.
An uncle of PopeWatch fought in the Korean War. A Protestant, he was given a rosary by a Catholic family out in California just before he shipped out for Korea, the father of the family, a World War I vet, saying he carried it with him in France. He carried it through bloody hill battles in Korea and it was with him every day after he got back to the States. He used to tell PopeWatch that the best thing he had ever done in his life, outside of his family, was to fight to make certain that South Korea did not fall under Communism.
North Korea has apparently declined an invitation to send Catholic believers to a mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Seoul later this month, a South Korean Church official said.
In a letter, the North’s state-run Korean Catholics Association (KCA) cited Seoul’s refusal to cancel an upcoming joint military drill with US forces as the main reason for its decision.
Pope Francis is to conduct a special Korean reconciliation mass in Seoul on the last day of his visit to South Korea between 14-18 August, and church officials in the South had sent several requests to Pyongyang to send a group of Catholics to attend.
But the day of the mass coincides with the launch of the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military drill, which the North has condemned as a rehearsal for nuclear war.
Go here to read the rest. Uncle Ralph, how right you were. A thousand Hail Marys for the
33, 686 Americans who, unlike Uncle Ralph, never came home from the Korean War.