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Korean War veterans visit memorial to honor fallen comrades

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People from the Chosin Few group came to Willamette National Cemetery on Sunday morning in honor of Memorial Day. 

"The weather was 30 below zero," said Clyde Henderson, who is with the Chosin Few group. "There was a lot of frostbite. My hands and feet still have frostbite."

Henderson is a part of a group called the Chosin Few who fought in the Chosin reservoir from November to December 1950.

"It's something that should be remembered by generations after we’re gone," Henderson said.

The Korean War, which occurred from 1950 to 1953, pitted North Korean and Chinese troops against U.S.-led United Nations and South Korean forces. A formal peace treaty was never signed, leaving the Korean peninsula in a technical state of war and divided at the 38th Parallel between its communist north and democratic south.

At least 2.5 million people were killed in the fighting.

"Freedom is not free," said Richard Jackson, who is with the Chosin Few. "It cost people their lives and disabilities."

Both Henderson and Jackson said it is their duty to honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country.

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