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Book and Media Reviews
August 13, 2008

Frozen in Memory: US Navy Medicine in the Korean War

JAMA. 2008;300(6):738-739. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.738

More than a decade after the US Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened to resounding acclaim, the country paid quieter tribute to the memory of its “other” great Cold War conflict with the dedication of the Korean War Memorial. Both memorials are set outdoors and feature reflective walls. Yet the Korean memorial's most striking feature is its statues: 19 of them, slightly larger than life, shrouded in ponchos and fanned out in perpetual patrol formation, looming frozen over ever-changing terrain. Among their ranks are a Navy and a Marine corpsman, waiting to collect those who fall and help transport them back for care. Many would receive that care at a “MASH” unit—the mobile army surgical hospitals made famous by the eponymous television series.