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Suwan Chinda

Video screen capture: Suwan Chinda

Suwan Chinda was born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1929 and grew up with four brothers. He shares that his father served in the military and his mother was a farmer. He enlisted in the Thailand Army in 1948 and served in Korea from 1952 to 1953. He recalls his experience at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill where he was assigned to communications and was sent to repair lines when needed. He remembers receiving orders to repair a line that had been damaged by bombs near the front lines on one particular occasion and recalls members of his team arguing with the officer who assigned them to the job as they were fearful of becoming injured. He shares his thoughts on war and offers an account of his return visit to modern day Korea. He is proud of his service and of the model country South Korea has become and hopes that North and South Korea will one day be unified.

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