When Japanese Emperor Hirohito formally surrendered to the United States aboard the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, to end World War II, many Americans believed that would be the last time this country would become embroiled in such an epic, bloody and life-altering conflict.
However, in just five short years scores of servicemen would be called back to active duty and young men would be drafted to enter into a civil war between what is now known as North and South Korea.
In this, the 50th year since the start of the Korean War, we want to make certain the brave men and women who served this country during that war are remembered in the same breath as those veterans who fought, and died, during World War I and II and all the wars in which Americans have served before and since.
The Korean War, in many veterans' estimation, is considered a forgotten war, a time of service and heroics by our boys that doesn't get the kind of polished shine and "at-a-boy" sentimentality of WWII. Following World War II, the U.S. was a more united nation than at any time in the country's history. America was the undisputed victor in a war that pitted the good guys against the evil Axis powers and it's almost cartoonishly evil leaders Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hirohito.