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Veterans Day presentation on Korean War at NIACC

This news story was published on November 6, 2015.
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MASON CITY – A Veterans Day Presentation on the Korean War will be held on Wednesday, November 11 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the North Iowa Area Community College campus in the Beem Center, Room 200. This event is free and open to the public. The instructor for this presentation is Bennett Smith.

On June 25th, 1950, the military forces of North Korea with the tacit support of both the Soviet Union and China invaded South Korea. South Korean and United Nations forces were pushed back to the Pusan Perimeter by September, but a brilliant counterattack at Inchon by Douglas Mac-Arthur relieved those troops and created a push into North Korea by United Nations troops. They almost got to the Yalu River, before the Chinese invaded North Korea. As Chinese troops poured across the border, the stage was set for one of the most famous battles of the war. The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir occurred from November 17th to December 13th. United Nations forces, comprised of primarily American soldiers and marines, fought a major battle in horrible freezing weather against a vastly superior Chinese force. They were encircled but managed to breakout and fight their way to the coast. For their bravery and valor, they will forever be known as the “the Chosin Few.” The objective of this presentation is to honor the sacrifice and service of Korean War veterans and all veterans on this Veterans Day and to educate the public regarding this important historical event during the Korean War.

A recommended reading list and handout will be provided, and there will be a question and answer session after the lecture.

Bennett Smith is an asset manager in Clear Lake, Iowa, and an instructor in History and Political Science at North Iowa Area Community College. He is also an instructor in various lifelong learning programs including the NIACC Lifelong Learning Institute; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University and the LIFE program at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication from Iowa State University, and has also completed graduate work at the University of Iowa in Social Foundations of Education. He is currently a graduate student in the Master of Arts program in History at Iowa State University.

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  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2015 at 8:32 am

    How much does it cost for admission ? Went to my grandsons (7th grade? basketball game at this place Saturday with my wife and his parents (lower gym) cost 7 bucks admission -28 all toll for the 4 of us and 3 bucks for his sister. You know I see all the money paid out at our local school – How about and income statement? The middle school has to take in about $5000 per week for meals etc. How about some real figures or does this income go into the teachers slush fund.