Often called the “Forgotten War,” the Korean War was fought from June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953. At the time of the conflict, Americans were focused on many other challenges, including the aftermath of WW II, Vietnam, the Cold War and domestic concerns. The importance of this war in the history of the United States has been greatly understated as this struggle marked the rise of Cold War tensions that emerged in the post-WW II period.

A lifelong member of the American Legion, Harbor Hills resident Dr. Marshall Grillo is a proud affiliate of Post 347 in Lady Lake. Dr. Grillo’s years of naval service and engagement in Korea led his Post to select him to attend Honor Flight 42 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Grillo was among the first Korean War vets to be chosen.

The outpouring of love given to his veteran group was overwhelming. Dr. Grillo appreciated the Honor Guards, the bag piper, the police escorts and the individual guardians assigned to the group. Included in this experience were the crew who made the flight possible, the crowd who greeted the vets upon their return, and the singing of the National Anthem played by the bugler. As Dr. Grillo explains, “It all brought tears to my eyes and joy in my heart.”

Dr. Grillo’s memorial brick can be found in Harbor Hills’ Memorial Park, along with the signature bricks of many other Harbor Hills vets. Situated among the flags of our Armed Forces, the park is a quiet place. It is perfect for reflection on the courage of those who gave us the precious gift of freedom. It is indeed a privilege to be your friend, Dr. Marshall Grillo.

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