New book on the Korean War based on seventy-year-old letters kept in a shoebox
LOS ANGELES, CA, June 25, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Korean War is often referred to as the Forgotten War –– except by those who fought it. Elizabeth Venturini’s new book brings the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War to life, with a boots on the ground view far removed from the idealized portrayal in cinema. Letters From A Korean Foxhole – Remembered Words From A Forgotten War, are words –both simple and raw– written by her father as a 20-year-old soldier.
“Like all U.S. soldiers, he was there in Korea to do his job, and he did it well, serving in a country he hadn’t heard of, and for people he didn’t know. Coming off the end of WWII, Korea was a war nobody wanted,” says Venturini.
Based on a year’s worth of letters sent home during the War by her father while serving on the front lines, Venturini’s book is a legacy preserved in a shoebox kept by her grandmother. Also included are her father’s memories of the War seventy years later. There are photos of her father’s family and his life in bootcamp and Korea. Venturini has included rare Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces and Korean People’s Army propaganda pamphlets; they were intended to destroy troop morale and end the War, calling for U.S. soldiers to give themselves up. There is also a rare U.S. propaganda piece that her father was given when he first landed in Korea.
Like most soldiers, Venturini’s father downplayed the living conditions, homesickness, and danger in his letters. “Soldiers were more worried about their families back home, and what they were going through, than they were about themselves,” says Venturini, “Before email, cell phones, and texting, there were only letters. For U.S. soldiers serving on the front line in the Korean War, letters sent back and forth to families were their only lifeline of communication. Letters were cherished, even if there were only a few scratched sentences saying: I’m okay Ma. Don’t worry about me. Thanks for the salami!”
“I love the fact that Letters From A Korean Foxhole is from a soldier’s point of view, making it authentic and much more relatable,” says Hannah Y. Kim, founder of Remember 727, who traveled to 30 countries to thank and interview 1,200 Korean War Veterans around the world. “The Veterans are almost 90 years old and many are passing away each month. Like Elizabeth’s father, they gave so much of themselves, their all. We must ensure their stories and sacrifices are not forgotten. As we mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, Letters From A Korean Foxhole, could not be more timely.”
Letters From A Korean Foxhole – Remembered Words From A Forgotten War will be available for purchase on Amazon. To get on an early pre-order list for the book, provide contact information to Elizabeth at [email protected]
Elizabeth Venturini, is the author of Letters From A Korean Foxhole – Remembered Words From A Forgotten War. She has more than 30 years of marketing, public relations, writing, and college admissions experience. Elizabeth is the owner of College Career Results, a college consulting business and is a recognized expert in private college admissions consulting. She has been printed in major news outlets and publications such as the BBC News World, U.S. News & World Report, China Daily, The New York Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sacramento Bee, and The San Francisco Chronicle. For more information contact Elizabeth at [email protected]
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