Item description for Korea, the Last of the Fun Wars : From the Beach to the Reservoir & Other Heroic Events by Kal Kalnasy...
Make no mistake. War is not fun. And Korea was no exception. In a war so bloody and so cold . . . How else can you withstand the agony but to see the lighter side of anything and everything to help maintain some form of sanity?
When a son asked fifty years later about the Korean War, his dad responded by writing the poem "From the Beach to the Reservoir." Realities described in this poem (found in this book)are harsh,and the only way to cope is with humor as the authors express in "the other heroic events" (the short stories and essays in this book). The comical style somewhat helps relieve the pain of war.
"The events are humorous," comments co-author Kal Kalnasy and Korean War veteran. "They were meant to be. If the humor offends someone, I'm sorry. But I'm not sorry for writing about it."
Over 20 Korean War photos from the Marine Corps University Research Archives are included. (Portions of the proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to Disabled American Veterans and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.99" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Jan 20, 2001
Publisher Luminary Media Group
ISBN 1930580126 ISBN13 9781930580121
Availability 0 units.
More About Kal Kalnasy
Kalnasy served with the First Marine Division in Korea, making the Inchon landing, fighting at the Chosin Reservoir, participating in the withdrawal of the Marine forces and evacuation from Hungnam. He received three purple hearts.
Kal Kalnasy currently resides in Las Vegas, in the state of Nevada.
Reviews - What do customers think about Korea, the Last of the Fun Wars : From the Beach to the Reservoir & Other Heroic Events?
Amazing Grace Feb 16, 2001
This book was a lot of fun. Not since M.A.S.H. have I heard stories of the Korean War told in a way that the troops would have remembered it. I especially enjoyed the references to Chesty Puller. Even though the author gives us the chance to guess on it's authentisity, you know these tales must be true.
The poem, "From the Beach to the Reservoir" is the cause for my review's title. This heroic tale clearly reveals God's grace that the author is here to write about it. A must read for every Marine.
A different look at war Feb 9, 2001
After reading "Korea, Last of the fun wars" I find myself in a bit of a quandry. I expected to be horified by the tales of confrontation, rather I was surprised by the anecdotal humor that the author shared. Clarly the stories portrayed were factual since these were stories my own father would have conveyed.
Fathers and Grand Fathers have been telling wars stories from the beginning of time to their male off spring. Their intent was to express the dangers of war. The content of "Last of the fun wars" was more to convey the other side of war.
These are the stories that men tell each other over beers after the last call has been sounded. They are the tales of everything except the battles. These are the experiences that help them forget the serious side of war. This is how our fathers, uncles, grand fathers, and all those unknown men dealt with the stress of the battle field.
"Korea, last of the fun wars" is a means of conveying the other side of war.
I recommend it to all those who had someone close to them fight the battles of 1950-53 and still do.