Americans' strong sense of direction

    At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, an inscription reads: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."

    It eloquently reflects the fact that few ordinary Americans - and probably not many members of Congress - could have found Korea on a map as of June 25, 1950, when Kim Il Sung's forces crossed the 38th parallel, bent on conquest with the support of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

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