There is an immediate visceral quality to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., showing a platoon on patrol made up of statues of soldiers representing the different services that fought in the Korean War: fourteen U.S. Army soldiers, three Marines, a Navy Corpsman, and an Air Force Air-Ground Controller. The column is coming out of a copse of trees across rugged landscaping indicative of the terrain they fought in. The melding of the landscaping with the statues dressed in full combat gear gives a feeling that one is actually glimpsing a moment in time from that long-ago war making it unique among the memorials on the National Mall.
Spike Connolly (no relation)– who lived many years in Vero and was friends of the family– was at the Frozen Chosin and received a bronze star. IIRC he knew a young marine who picked up a chicom grenade and threw it back. That man lost an eye.