Looking back on letters saved by his mother in 1950 and 1951, a retired physician gives an insightful and candid account of his experiences while serving in the Korean War. The "Forgotten War" has been rendered memorable by the many stories of courage and endurance, suffering and sorrow, human failings with self-inflicted wounds, inept leadership, and friendly fire errors. But the process of war culled the cowards and brought to the top those capable of brilliant and sacrificial leadership. Attacking and retreating, in freezing winter and summer mud, they were ever engaged in fighting for territory. Yet in spite of it all, there was humor as well as enabling and ennobling faith revealed in the midst of the carnage. This is an old doctor-soldier's story.