TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Sixty years sounds like a very long time ago, but for some it feels like yesterday.
July 27, 1953 marks the exact date the Korean War conflict was declared over.
There are some things in life that you measure precisely. For Art Plummer, his time in the Navy is one of those numbers.
"Three years, seven months, and seven days," said Plummer. "Your policy was, 'never leave a man on a foreign land.' bring him home; bring him home somehow."
For Plummer, that was not only his policy, it was his job. Assigned to the USS Beatty, a destroyer ship, Plummer and his fellow shipmates served as a go between.
"The wounded would come in and we'd go get them," said Plummer. "They'd come down to the shoreline and then we'd take them out to the hospital ships."
Tucked between World War II and Vietnam, and receiving little attention, the Korean War is often labeled "The Forgotten War." Although it was very real to the soldiers who lived it.
"You'd see the North Koreans like ants coming over the hill," said Plummer, "A lot of our guys had frozen feet and frozen hands because it was colder than all get-out."
In just three years, the combat cost the lives of nearly 37,000 Americans, over nine times the number that died in Operation Iraqi Freedom over the past ten years.
To this day, more than 7,000 U.S. troops are still unaccounted for from the Korean War.
Even with the war over and an armistice signed, tensions remain, the conflict between North Korea and South Korea continues to this day.
Art admits, he fears another major clash may be right around the corner.
"When you get talking about things flaring up and getting rockets, and coming out with atomic power, that'll get you kinda worried about some of the younger guys that have to go back and straighten that all out again," said Plummer.
With all the death and destruction, many question 'was the war worth it?' For soldiers like Plummer, it's an easy answer; the world needs to know that justice will always be present.
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