A Review of the Coldest War: a Memoir of Korea Essay

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A Review of The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
“Men joined the Marine Corps for many reasons . . . I’d joined up to dodge the draft and ended up being sent to war” (Brady 8-9). This brief yet poignant statement begins the story of how James Brady ended up serving in the Korean War. As a young adult the draft was being reinstated and Brady did not feel the desire to fight in a war. He and a few of his friends decided instead to join the Platoon Leaders Class with the Marines, which had students spend two summers at the marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Virginia. After these two summers, graduates would become Lieutenants, but they could not be drafted. Shortly after Brady graduated, the war began in Korea and his class learned they
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I never knew about it, but once I read the book I felt more knowledgeable and it made me want to go out and read more information on the topic. There were a couple of pictures included in the book which really brought the reality of the war. There are candid pictures of Brady as he passed the time in the snow and photos of human bones found after snow had began to melt. As I read The Coldest War, I was fascinated by the different kinds of weapons used – from the 20 pound BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) to the guns called “burp guns” with their distinct firing sounds. I also found myself laughing at some of the interactions Brady had with other men and feeling sorry for the men in their unfortunate conditions. This book obviously applied to our class because it explains an important war that needs to be discussed. It shows the war from a behind-the-scenes point of view and it gives little known facts. After reading this book, not only do I feel like I have a better understanding of the Korean War overall, but I also have more respect for those who have served and are currently serving in any type of military branch. I took this class because I see more and more of my friends and family being sent off to protect America. I wanted to gain more knowledge of why they are going, and how they are part of a long generation of soldiers. This class has helped me understand more,

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