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Esipion Abril Rodriguez

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Esipion Abril Rodriguez served in the Colombia army during the Korean War. He entered the military years before, in 1945, tasked with breaking up strikes. He went to Korea for a sense of adventure. In Korea, he served as part of the "Platoon of Tigers" that saw combat as part of Operation Nomad. This platoon saw many battles and did not lose a soldier while he was serving. One of the fiercest battles was El Chamizo. He is proud of his service and of how South Korea has helped Colombia recently with free trade. South Korea buys Colombian coffee that he is proud his country produces.

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Eduardo Arguello Montenegro

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Eduardo Arguello Montenegro served in the Colombian Army during the Korean War. He graduated high school so he could serve in the military. After high school, he volunteered for Korea to fight for the people. When he arrived in April of 1951, Korea had seen lots of fighting and destruction. Most of the action he participated in was near the 38th Parallel. He saw particular action at the engagement of Operation Nomad, a United Nations offensive. Operation Nomad was very brutal and costly to the UN forces. He revisited Korea twice and was extremely welcomed both times. Eduardo Arguello Montenegro sirvió en el ejército colombiano durante la Guerra de Corea. Se graduó de la escuela secundaria para poder servir en el ejército. Después de la secundaria, se ofreció como voluntario en Corea para luchar por la gente. Cuando llegó en abril de 1951, Corea había visto muchas batallas y destrucción. La mayor parte de la acción en la que participó el, fue cerca del paralelo 38. Vio la batalla más impactante cuando participo en el compromiso de la Operación nómada, una ofensiva de las Naciones Unidas. La Operación Nómada fue muy brutal y muchas de las tropas de la ONU fallecieron. Él ha vuelto a visitar Corea dos veces y ha sido muy bien recibido en ambas ocasiones por la gente coreana.  

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Guidberto Barona Silva

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Admiral Guidberto Barona Silva served in the Colombian Navy during the Korean War. He served aboard the ARC Frigate Almirante Brion, originally named the USS Burlington. The primary role of the ship was to provide logistical support. They would escort essential military materials from Japan for combat in Korea. While serving, he learned the essential skill of anti-submarine warfare. This skill helped him with his career in the navy. The Colombian Navy learned invaluable skills of organization and management by participating in the Korean War. Since the war, he has revisited South Korea and believes all democracies across the world have been impacted by South Korea's success. El almirante Guidberto Barona Silva sirvió en la Armada de Colombia durante la Guerra de Corea. Sirvió a bordo de la Fragata ARC Almirante Brion, que originalmente se llamaba USS Burlington. La función principal del barco era dar apoyo a los buques que daban apoyo logístico. Escoltarían materiales militares esenciales desde Japón para el combate en Corea. Durante su servicio, el aprendió la parte logística de la guerra antisubmarina. Esta habilidad lo ayudó con su carrera. En su opinión, la Armada de Colombia se desarrolló por haber participado en la Guerra de Corea y tiene los adelantos que hoy tiene gracias a su participación en la guerra. Guidberto Barona Silva volvió a visitar a Corea del Sur para celebrar los cincuenta años de la firma del armisticio. El cree que todas las democracias del mundo han sido afectadas por el éxito de Corea del Sur y es un ejemplo para todas las naciones.

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Mario Bernal Avella

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Mario Nel Bernal Avella served in the Colombian Army during the Korean War. He graduated from the Cadets Military Academy and volunteered to go to Korea to escape the guerrilla insurgency, La Violencia, that had engulfed Colombia at the time. He served in Korea from October 1951 to November 1952, which was during the stalemate portion of the war. At the Battle of Hill 400, Operation Climber, he led his men in battle and earned a Silver Star and a Bronze Star for courage. He remained in the military upon returning to Colombia and achieved the rank of Colonel. He has revisited the Republic of Korea and was surprised by the level of achievement of the country. Mario Nel Bernal Avella sirvió en el Ejército de Colombia durante la Guerra de Corea. Se graduó de la Academia Militar de Cadetes y se ofreció como voluntario para ir a Corea para escapar la guerrillera en Colombia, durante “La Violencia”, que se había apoderado de Colombia en ese momento. Sirvió en Corea desde octubre de 1951 hasta noviembre de 1952, que fue durante el estancamiento de la guerra. En la Batalla de la Colina 400, Operation Climber, lideró a sus hombres en la batalla y ganó una Estrella de Plata y una Estrella de Bronce por valor. Permaneció en el ejército al regresar a Colombia y alcanzó el grado de coronel. Volvió a visitar la República de Corea y quedó sorprendido por el nivel de desarrollo en el país.

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Francisco Caicedo Montua

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Francisco Caicedo Montua served in the Colombian army during the Korean War. He trained for the military for two years after high school and fought at Los Llanos during La Violencia. He then volunteered and arrived in Korea before the stalemate phase when the war was more tenuous. He was part of the Colombia Battalion that fought in over nine battles in North Korea. His platoon was nicknamed the “Platoon of the Tigers” for their fierceness in combat. The most well-known battle he engaged in was the Battle of Kumsong. He revisited Korea on several occasions and is amazed at how far Korea has come. His proudest moment during the war is that he accomplished all of his missions while not having one man die in combat. Francisco Caicedo Montua sirvió en el ejército colombiano durante la Guerra de Corea. Se entrenó para el ejército durante dos años después de la escuela secundaria y luchó en Los Llanos durante La Violencia. Francisco Caicedo Montua se ofreció como voluntario y llegó a Corea antes de la fase de estancamiento cuando la guerra era más difícil. Formó parte del Batallón Colombia que luchó en más de nueve batallas en Corea del Norte. Su pelotón fue apodado el "Pelotón de los Tigres" por su fiereza en el combate. La batalla más conocida en la que él participó fue la Batalla de Kumsong. Volvió a visitar Corea en varias ocasiones y está sorprendido por el avance de la economía en el país. Su momento de mayor orgullo durante la guerra es que cumplió todas sus misiones sin que un hombre muriera en combate.

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Jose Chisica Torres

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José Ramón Chisica Torres enlisted in the army in 1952, in the city of Bucaramanga, as a way to provide for his family. He volunteered to fight in the Korean War because he wanted to get to know the country and its customs. He arrived in Korea in 1953, after the fighting had ceased, with the motto for the mission as “in war invincible, in peace prepared.” The first thing he did upon arrival was travel to the Busan cemetery where his comrades in the war were buried after being killed in action. He provides a firsthand account as to the duties of soldiers and conditions of the Korean people following the fighting of the Korean War. José Ramón Chisica Torres se alistó en el ejército en 1952, en la ciudad de Bucaramanga para mantener económicamente a su familia. El fue un voluntario para ir a pelear en la Guerra de Corea porque quería conocer el país y las costumbres. Llegó a Corea en 1953, después del final de la guerra con la lema, “en guerra invisible, en paz preparados.” Lo primero que hicieron, fue ir al cementerio de Pusan donde estaban sepultados todos los compañeros que habían sido caídos en batalla. Él ofrece un testimonió sobre las responsabilidades que tenían los soldados después del combate en Corea y el discute las condiciones del pueblo coreano en esa época.  

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Juan Cortes Juardo

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Juan de Jesus Cortes Jurado voluntarily joined the military in 1951 and was sent to Korea in 1953. The travel to Korea was not easy and they arrived as the armistice was being signed. While there was not a lot of fighting while he was in Korea, there was a lot of devastation and poverty that remained. He recalls the hunger and desperation that he saw. He has not been back to Korea but is aware of the tremendous political and economic growth within the country. Because of this, he is proud of his service and thankful for the way that Korea has appreciated and remembered all that helped in the war. Juan de Jesús Cortés Jurado se ofreció como voluntario para alistarse en el ejército en 1951 y fue enviado a Corea en 1953. El viaje a Corea no fue fácil y llego a Corea cuando estaban firmando el armisticio. Aunque no hubo muchas peleas mientras que él estuvo en Corea, había mucha devastación y pobreza en el país. Recuerda el hambre y la desesperación que vio en el pueblo coreano. Él no ha vuelto a Corea, pero es consciente del tremendo desarrollo político y económico dentro del país. Por eso, está orgulloso de su servicio y agradecido por la forma en que Corea ha apreciado y recordado todos quienes lo que ayudaron en la guerra.

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Carlos Cuestas Puerto

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Carlos Eduardo Cuestas Puerto served in the Colombian Army during the Korean War. He lied to his family about joining the military. A sense of duty to protect a democratic country from falling communist is why he volunteered to fight in Korea. He fought at the front near Kumhwa in the Battle of Kumsong, Hill 400, Hill 180 and Battle of Bunker Hill. He was a machine gunner in charge of the point five caliber. He explains that weeks prior to the signing of the Armistice, he and other soldiers signed a document stating they would stop firing when the official Armistice was signed. He concludes by stating that he is proud of the discipline, dedication and pride the Korean people had to rebuild their nation. Carlos Eduardo Cuestas Puerto sirvió en el Ejército de Colombia durante la Guerra de Corea. Le mintió a su familia acerca de unirse al ejército. Él se ofreció como voluntario para luchar en Corea porque tenía un sentido de deber de proteger a un país democrático que estaba por caer a el comunismo. Luchó en el frente cerca de Kumhwa en la Batalla de Kumsong, Colina 400, Colina 180 y la Batalla de Bunker Hill. Era un artillero a cargo de ametralladora punto cinco. Él explica que unas semanas antes de la firma del Armisticio, él y otros soldados firmaron un documento en el que declararon que dejarían de disparar cuando se firmara el Armisticio oficial. Concluye afirmando que está orgulloso de la disciplina, la dedicación y el orgullo que tuvo el pueblo coreano para reconstruir su país.

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Segundo De La Cruz

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Segundo Miguel Angel de la Cruz served in the Colombian military during the Korean War. He volunteered for the military to gain a sense of excitement. He served at the well-known Battle of Old Baldy in March of 1953. At the Battle of Old Baldy, Segundo Miguel Angel de la Cruz saved a fellow soldier's life by carrying him off the battlefield. He earned five medals and four diplomas for his achievements during battle. His service came during the stalemate portion of the war, marked with intense fighting. Both sides were trying to gain ground to provide more bargaining at peace negotiations. He is aware and proud of the accomplishments that South Korea has experienced since the Armistice. Segundo Miguel Angel de la Cruz sirvió en el ejército colombiano durante la Guerra de Corea. Se ofreció como voluntario para el ejército para obtener una sensación de aventura. Sirvió en la Batalla de Old Baldy en marzo de 1953. En la Batalla de Old Baldy, él le salvó la vida a un compañero cuando lo saco del campo de batalla porque tenía las piernas heridas. Obtuvo cinco medallas y cuatro diplomas por sus logros durante la guerra. Su servicio fue durante la parte de estancamiento de la guerra, marcada por combates intensos. Ambas partes estaban tratando de ganar terreno para proporcionar más regateo en las negociaciones de paz. Está consciente y orgulloso de los logros que Corea del Sur ha tenido desde el Armisticio.

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Gilberto Diaz Velazco

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Gilberto Diaz Velazco was born in Colombia in 1933 and was recruited into the armed forces while he was studying in high school in 1951. He was trained as a forward observer and rose to the rank of second corporal. He recalls that when he was told he would fight in Korea he was nervously excited but had to use a map to locate the country. During his deployment, he fought in several fierce battles with the Batallón Colombia including the Battle of Old Baldy, Hill 180, Hill 400, and Hill "El Chamizo." While he saw hard combat, he reminisces about the lovely time he spent in Japan during his R&R periods. He regrets the fact that veterans never received any recognition for their service from the Colombian government and is happy for all the recognition he received from the Korean government.

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Luis Dulce Figueroa

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Luis Laureano Dulce Figueroa served in the Colombian Army during the Korean War. His relatives in Colombia enrolled him in the army against his will. He fought guerrillas in Colombia during La Violencia before going to Korea. In Korea, Luis Laureano Dulce Figueroa served at the critical battle of Hill 180, providing the Allies a much-needed victory. Hill 180 is known for being a bayonet charge. During this battle, he went back for a wounded friend and saved his life. He also served at the Battle of Old Baldy. The Battle of Old Baldy was so intense many soldiers ran out of ammunition. Luis Laureano Dulce Figueroa has revisited Korea and is amazed at the transformation from wartime Korea.

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Nolasco Espinal Mejia

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Colonel Nolasco de Jesus Espinal Mejia served in the Colombian Army during the Korean War. He was part of Operation Nomad when the United Nations pushed into North Korea. He led the "Platoon of the Tigers" at a hill nicknamed The Chamizo. Under heavy fighting, the platoon took the hill. He earned a Silver Star for valor in battle. Earning a Silver Star helped with his military career, which ended in 1977 with a rank of Colonel. He has revisited Korea on four different occasions. His main hope is that Korea becomes a united country under a democratic government. 

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