The Korean War: An Impact On My Ancestry

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The Korean War is a war not known by many. But for my family, it was the biggest impact in our family tree. War in itself is a needless action, and completely preventable. What started the Korean War was a simple disagreement on which government Korea, as a whole, should’ve had. The North being influenced by Russia to become communist and the South under America’s wing wanted a democracy. Kim Il Sung from the North invaded South Korea, taking them from surprise. The Korean War was ruthless and unnecessary, but like many other wars in history, resulted in unexpected and positive outcomes for the people impacted.
From an outside-perspective, the Korean War looked as though it was against North and South Korea. Although the actual war was in fact against these two countries, without the influence from the U.S. and Russia, it is doubtful that the war would’ve even started in the first place. The underlying reason for the war was that it was caused indirectly by the Cold War between America and the USSR. Both super nations used the Korean War as an excuse for going to war against each other without causing another massacring World War.
The split nation of Korea altered and majorly impacted the citizens of a once unified country. The North Koreans first attack was on the major city in the South of Korean, Seoul. When the North invaded the city of Seoul, now the capital of South Korean, the citizens had to either try fleeing the ruthless army, or surrendering. With surrendering to the communist, it was with the promise that you had to become communist and follow the communist lifestyle. Both options included immense risks that could be potentially fatal. Staying in the now conquered city, “they were subjected not only to the fates that might befall them should they be captured by the Communists, they also were exposed to fierce battles in the street of the city as well as regular overhead bombing raids” (Haan).
Both of my grandparents were exposed to this gruesome war. To my grandfather, signing up for the army was a dream for him to walk in his father’s footsteps. But for my great grandmother, having her only son sign up for a ruthless war was devastating, understandably. When asked what her reaction was when my grandfather came to her explaining why he wanted to defend his country, her response was: “I didn’t understand. His father died in World War II. I just didn’t know why he wanted to put me through all of that again. It was selfish really; I hadn’t even seen it from his point of view. He always said his father was a hero”.
For my grandmother, war wasn’t a choice. This epidemic of massacring innocents was bombarded on her, literally. My grandmother’s family inhabited Seoul of South Korea, and when the Russians and North Koreans took power, my great-grandparents defended their homestead against war hungry communists. Both my great grandmother and great grandfather were killed in front of their six children for not offering the North Korean...

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