Last week I told you a little about Ken Kirk, a Korean War Veteran and survivor of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Ken has also written poetry and has graciously given me permission to share some of his poetry with you. So, without further ado.
7Th Infantry Division, Korea 1950
By Ken Kirk
An eternity in a far off land
I met a man that I called Dan
We grew so close me and this man
From Inchon to the frozen Hungnam
Duty called us both to go
To this forsaken inferno
The years fled by so fleetingly
Ole Dan these eyes once more would see
Time had changed us both it’s true
The youth from both of us had flew
We talked of days we both had seen
From memories dimmed, and not too keen
No enemy there, no frozen night
No blistering heat, no battle sight
With parting tears we said goodbye
My eyes were blurred I saw Dan cry
No closer friend under the sun
Than you ole pal, Harlan Danielson
There is a bond between those who have served in the military together. But the strongest bonds are between those who have endured battle together … and survived. To say they are family does not quite explain the bond, though Ken does a better job explaining it in his tribute to his friend than I can. Thank you Ken.
Ken is a Korean War veteran. He served in the United States Army, Hq. Co. 1st Bn. 31st Inf. Regt., Korea 1950-1951.
Ken took part in the landing at Inchon and the Battle of Chosen Reservoir.