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Tucson show to air nationally

KUAT documentary tells stories of Korean War veterans

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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 11:00 pm

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The Public Broadcasting System has picked up the Arizona Public Media production formerly known as "Tucson Remembers: The Korean War."

"Unforgettable: The Korean War," is airing nationally this Monday, June 21, at 10 p.m. It honors the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

"Unforgettable," produced and directed by award-winning Desert Speaks producer Tom Kleespie, is the second program from KUAT/Arizona Public Media that's been aired on a national level by PBS, a release said.

Korea was the "un-won" war that never ended … no one even wanted to declare it a war, the release said. It was the "Korean Conflict," a "Police Action" and finally, the "Forgotten War."

"No matter the name, what happened in Korea was still a war, killing millions and affecting hundreds of thousands here at home," it continued.

"Unforgettable: The Korean War" is "a powerful journey with Korean War veterans as they recount their emotions and their memories of the war and of America in the early 1950s, when young men from all over the world were being shipped off to defend South Korea against the advancing Communist army."

The war period was "a discordant time for many nations," it continued. "Former World War II allies were suddenly potential enemies. People who were eager to enjoy peace and prosperity after the sacrifices of World War II — many of them had never even heard of Korea — now had to digest the news that their loved ones were being shipped overseas yet again.

Korean War veterans from different branches of the U.S. armed forces share their stories. "They don't call it the forgotten war for nothing… nobody remembers Korea," said Bill Williams, U.S. Air Force.

"Is it a forgotten war? Of course it's a forgotten war. It was forgotten when I walked home and people said to me, 'Johnny, what are you doing in that uniform?,'" said John Martin Meek, U.S. Navy.

"Unforgettable: The Korean War" is being made available from PBS Home Video: ShopPBS.org; 800-531-4727, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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