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Voices from the Korean War

Voices from the Korean War

Personal Stories of American, Korean, and Chinese Soldiers

by Richard Peters and Xiaobing Li

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

312 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, photos, maps

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813122939
  • Published: February 2004


  • Paperback
  • 9780813191201
  • Published: February 2004



"In three days the number of so-called 'volunteers' reached over three hundred men. Very quickly they organized us into military units. Just like that I became a North Korean soldier and was on the way to some unknown place." -- from the book

South Korean Lee Young Ho was seventeen years old when he was forced to serve in the North Korean People's Army during the first year of the Korean War. After a few months, he deserted the NKPA and returned to Seoul where he joined the South Korean Marine Corps. Ho's experience is only one of the many compelling accounts found in Voices from the Korean War.

Unique in gathering war stories from veterans from all sides of the Korean War -- American, South Korean, North Korean, and Chinese -- this volume creates a vivid and multidimensional portrait of the three-year-long conflict told by those who experienced the ground war firsthand. Richard Peters and Xiaobing Li include a significant introduction that provides a concise history of the Korean conflict, as well as a geographical and a political backdrop for the soldiers' personal stories.