Local veteran witnesses firsthand changes resulting from Korean War

Last November, News Tribune readers were introduced to local veteran Bob Kettler.

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Having served 17 months as an investigator with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Kettler could never have foreseen the profound changes that the sacrifice of he and his fellow veterans would have on the lives of the South Korean people.

But through a lightly advertised program called the “Korea Revisit Program,” Kettler and other Korean War veterans have been extended the opportunity to visit the land they fought to defend almost 60 years ago, and to witness firsthand the unbelievable changes in the country’s economy and appearance.

Kettler’s most recent journey to Korea began last year when he received a letter signed by the South Korean president recognizing the 60th anniversary of the war and thanking Kettler for his service.

“The letter mentioned they (South Korea) were inviting Korean War vets and their families over for a Korean Revisit Tour,” explained Kettler. “After numerous inquiries, I was directed to the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) and found information on how to acquire an invite to the tour.”

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