Korean War Veterans come together for 60th anniversary reunionDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- A special 60th anniversary reunion is bringing members of the Heavy Motor Company of the Army National Guard's 47th Viking Division together.
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- A special 60th anniversary reunion is bringing members of the Heavy Motor Company of the Army National Guard's 47th Viking Division together.
60 years ago on January 15, 1951, 75 members from Detroit Lakes were ordered to report for active duty in Alabama.
Andy Anderson is one of the 11 Korean War Veterans reuniting with other comrades deployed so long ago. He says reunions have been held in the past but this one holds special meaning now more than ever.
ANDY: Well it's probably one of our last chances that well all get together, but we used to be a good comrades between all of us.
After four months of training in Camp Rucker, Anderson along with the other men from Detroit Lakes shipped out in April 1951 to fight the war in Korea.
ANDY: And I’d go out and radio back the fire missions to knock out enemy territory, targets is what I did.
Having fired more than 200,000 rounds of artillery, Anderson says he is lucky to be here to talk about his experiences.
ANDY: I feel pretty blessed that I am in as good of shape as I ever was in my life.
Anderson says out of the 75 members deployed 39 of those members are known to be deceased, but despite those dwindling numbers, the ones who are alive continue to keep in contact as much as possible.
ANDY: We are just like a family, you know, ones that you've served with.
Another veteran drove to the reunion from Vergas and says he wouldn't miss it for the world.
BILL (Korean War Veteran): I've been away from here for a long time and a lot of changes, but this is still my home town.
After these war vets sit and reminisce, they look at pictures taken so many years ago, snap photos together, and get to enjoy a meal together as a family.
Anderson plans to continue planning reunions.