Dear Jack Bernstein,
Happy Veterans Days! You are my favorite veteran by a longshot. As a veteran of a foreign war, I want to thank you for preserving the peace that was fought for in the Korean War.
From what I know about your service, you, thankfully, did not see combat because you arrived after the July 1953 armistice (or if you did see action, you’ve never mentioned it to me). Did you receive a Korean Defense Service Medal for serving after 1954? Apparently George W. Bush created the honor in 2002. It’s time to collect if you haven’t!
Any time that you’ve talked about your time in the Army, it seems like it was a good experience for you overall. A favorite story of mine is about “Stinky”, the stray dog you kept while stationed there. I remember being so sad that you had to leave Stinky behind when you returned home and always wondered what happened to him. Stinky is the legacy you left in Korea; perhaps his descendants are still wandering the streets today.
You’ve always talked about traveling back to Korea all these years later. I’m ready when you are and hope we can make that trip happen someday. What are some of your favorite memories from your time in Korea? Any moments of cultural exchange that helped shape your outlook?
Hayden: You made my day.that you remembered some of my “war stories” means so much to me.
also that as you have grown up and gone in your own directions our bond has only grown stronger. How lucky and proud I am to have you as a grandson.
I didn’t reply to your question. without getting into to much detail and thought which we can discuss when we are together I will say that my 2 years in the military and 18 months in Korea changed me as a person in a very positive way and helped me become successful in my career.