September 26, 2005

SKIMMING (via Jefferson Park):

Korean War pals to attend 45th Division event (Brandy McDonnell, 9/26/05, The Oklahoman)

Ted D.D. Foster Jr. and Johnny H.T. No have been arguing for more than three decades over who saved whose life.

Their friendship was forged in the Korean War. Foster, 80, a retired colonel with the Army National Guard, credits No with guiding their platoon safely through a minefield and helping him communicate with Korean troops and refugees.

"In my mind, his contribution is by far greater," Foster said. "He and I have been together since 1952, so we've been together a hell of a long time."

No, 84, who was a South Korean interpreter in the platoon Foster commanded, counters that Foster sponsored him, and later his family, when he immigrated to Oklahoma more than 30 years ago.

"He claims I saved his life, but once I was in America, he helped me so much," No said. "Everything I have (is) owed to him."

As Mr. Park points out, in fifty years it'll be an American G.I. and his Iraqi interpreter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2005 11:07 AM
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