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Smalley, Andrea L., 1960-

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of History


This paper is not simply about a man who died during the Korean War. Rather, it is about a man who became engulfed in an intricate process that convinced him to leave home, and his loved ones behind to go to Korea and fight on the front lines. This process, as one might guess from the title of this paper, is called the "militarization of the masses". This process took hold of Gordon Read and tore his world apart. Throughout Read's journey one is able to see the context he lived in during the 1950s, and to a certain degree, how America viewed the Korean War. Read would go on to be in the military for a short nine months, at the end of which he would die at Heartbreak Ridge, Korea on September 22, 1951. Read was survived by his parents and fiancee, who felt his loss dearly. It is the chief aim of this paper to examine how this devout Lutheran ended up being gunned down in Korea.


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