North Korea Summit: Local Veterans Share Their Thoughts on the Historic Meeting
While it may be some time before we see the signs of change, this meeting already means a lot to many who have served our country.
“The war, maybe this will bring an end to it. It’s quite an accomplishment,” American Legion Post 228 Commander Dean Kleinschrodt, said.
Dean Kleinschrodt served in the U.S Army just after the fighting ended in Korea.
He hopes the positive communication between the two countries helps bring closure for many families affected by the war.
“Part of American Legion is the POW’s, prisoners of war, missing in action, this will probably be a better chance for more of the MIA’s to get back home,” Dean, added.
For others this meeting hits even closer to home.
“I spent parts of 1975 and ’76 in Korea, military intelligence and we would go up to the DMZ [for] routine problems,” VFW Post 1518 Jr. Vice President James Steward, said.
James Steward served on the border of North and South Korea.
What he experienced there is still very tough to speak about.
“In 1976 going back about 10 years, we lost about 1500 Americans at the DMZ,” James, explained.
For James the ongoing dialogue between the countries is a welcome surprise.
“I never thought I’d see the things that happened in the last six to twelve months, I think it’s extremely encouraging, it makes me feel that the time I spent there was good. We all want to know, that we made a difference with our service,” James, added.
He’s hoping the U.S. continues to remain tough to see the denuclearization agreement through.
“Anything we can do to stabilize that area, needs to be done but like I said we have to keep our guard up to make sure the terms of any agreement are held to,” he said.