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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 04:28 am

HEART AND SEOUL

For the past three years, Carl Greenwood has been writing and researching a booklet on the Korean War — not to make money, but simply because he feels it is a forgotten conflict that got “lost in the cracks between World War II and Vietnam.”

He’s the same Carl Greenwood who spearheaded the effort to create the Illinois Korean Memorial that now sits in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Greenwood led the charge in raising $1.6 million for that project, and he has been busy raising money for the current venture, which he says will show people the Korean War they’ve never seen.

Once his booklet is complete, the 78-year-old Greenwood plans to send it to 1,300 junior and senior high schools and 700 libraries statewide. Each school and library will get eight copies, Greenwood says, and every copy will be free.

“We just need enough donations to finish the project,” Greenwood says, stressing that the Illinois Korean Memorial Association is a nonprofit group with no paid employees, so all donations go completely to the project and are tax-deductible.

Until the project is completed, Greenwood says, he will donate to the project all proceeds from his other book, Once Upon a Lifetime, a more in-depth look at the war and Greenwood’s own experiences in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, one of the war’s bloodiest conflicts.

According to Greenwood, 1,754 Illinois troops died in the Korean War, 38 of those from Sangamon County.

Donations can be sent to the Illinois Korean Memorial Association, P.O. Box 8554, Springfield, IL 62791.
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