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7/4/04-Tyler

Freedom Fighters: Bill Lynn

The Korean War, which lasted from June of 1950 through January of 1955, claimed more than 36,000 American lives. The conflict is often called "The Forgotten War," but for Bill Lynn of Tyler, it's a time he'll never forget. 

He can't remember a time when he didn't want to be a U.S. Marine. He started trying to join the marine corps when he was only 13 and still a student at Roberts Jr. High. Two weeks after his 16th birthday, Lynn became a marine. In June of 1950, he was sent to the Chosen Reservoir of Korea, an area so cold, it was impossible to even dig foxholes. 1950 was the coldest year ever recorded in Korean history, a fact that killed many soldiers, but may have saved Bill Lynn's life.

During an attack by the Chinese Communist Army, Lynn pulled pins out of two grenades in preparation for throwing them at the enemy. However, a mortar shell hit nearby knocking him unconscious. Lynn fell on his grenades, but it was so cold, his hands froze to the metal keeping them from exploding.

So many Americans lost their lives at the Chosen Reservoir, that survivors are referred as "The Chosen Few."

Their symbol is the star that appeared in a cloud-covered sky, guiding in planes to take "The Chosen Few" to safety. That one star proved to be salvation for those brave warriors of the Korean War, "The Chosen Few," who fought to preserve our freedom.

Joan Hallmark, reporting.
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