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Service marks 61st anniversary of Korean War end

BY STEVE LEVIN Californian staff writer
Sunday, Jul 27 2014 08:06 PM

Humberto C. Marquez tampered with his birth certificate to sign up with the U.S. Marines when he was 16. Less than a year later he landed in Pusan, South Korea in September 1950.

Sunday afternoon, before a ceremony recognizing the 61st anniversary of the Korean War cease fire, Marquez, 80, recalled the reason behind his service in a three-year war that cost more than 36,500 American lives and still plagues him with nightmares.

"We went because there was a people there and they didn't know us and we didn't know them," the Wasco resident said. "But they needed our help."

About 100 people gathered Sunday for the ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial at Jastro Park, to celebrate what several speakers referred to as "the forgotten victory" as opposed to the sobriquet "the forgotten war" the conflict has often been tagged with.

Although traffic along Truxtun Avenue occasionally drowned out some speakers' words, it did not dampen their spirit.

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