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Briar Hopper: On how to refer veteran of Korean War

Note: the headline was written at CM, not from the Governor's Office and has been changed. It was written as it was to save space to make a one line headline. Did note that the usage Mr. Hagy prefers is not universal. The National Park Service operates the "Korean War Veterans Memorial" in Washington, DC. And television station WPSD in Paducah, said "Korean War Veteran" referring to their Jackson Purchase native sun. We are often taken to task or referring to the fighting as the "Korean War," just because many remember that, when Dean Acheson was Secretary, it was "the Korean Conflict." But Kenneth Scott of Adair County, who was there, said "It was WAR." He's our authority on that subject." Still, we appreciate Mr. Hagy's point made in the interest of more clarity in communications - a goal we share with him.

By Briarhopper/BJ Hagy

This headline, whether it came from the Governor's office or if it was created by someone else (Perhaps by the one's taking credit as shown below, "By Kerri Richardson & Terry Sebastian," is incorrect. Never in a million years should a US military serviceman or servicewoman be referred to as a, "Korean War veteran."

CPL William F. Day is a United States War Veteran. A Korean War Veteran is someone who is a native Korean or someone who has fought or served in the Korean military. CPL Day, to the best of my knowledge is neither Korean, nor was he in the Korean military.

Granted he is a veteran from "The Korean War, or Korean Conflict," as it is more accurately referred to historically, but he is not a Korean, nor a Korean veteran.

If he was a member of my family I would be raising a racket, but many people may not be aware of this difference. As a fellow US military veteran, having served over 20 years myself, I felt it necessary to put someone on notice about this erroneous headline. Please, please have a correction made and extend a word of apology to this honorable veteran's family. It was probably an honest enough error but people need to be educated in some matters, especially matters such as these.

Thank you kindly for your attention to this detail. The headline article was probably published on CM Friday, April 4, 2014


BJ Hagy
44 Community Dr.
Concord, NH 03303


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