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John Viola

Author John Viola is a first-time writer. This book  is written from memory of sixty years ago. It started while he and his wife took up a walking routine to get in shape and lose a few pounds. They felt talking helped pass the time. Korean War Veterans never talked about the war because of the way the government has played it down. It made them feel ashamed like they were suckers. The Korean War came too close to WW2, and nobody was buying it. So it became the forgotten war. He didn’t realize how much he was affected by that war. It was only recently that they refer to it as such. He felt a nagging inside that he had to tell their story. He describes what it was like to live day by day through it. It’s funny, sad, heartbreaking, and entertaining. War is 99 percent being bored to death and 1 percent being scared to death.

1950 - 1953

(The Forgotten War)


viola about the book

The Second Truth: Korean War. This is an autobiography by a young man of eighteen who saw movie news reels and feature films of the events in WW2. He knew he didn’t want to get drafted into the Army with all that marching and sleeping in a hole in the ground. Patriotism drove him to Join the Navy for four years.


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$ 7.99
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1643671731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1643671734


The difficulty that veterans face in telling their stories comes from the fact that so much intense experience must be condensed into short blurbs to reach the non-veteran public who are used to only brief digests of everyday life in the press and in conversation.
I really enjoyed this story. As a Navy man, I can relate to much of the lifestyle at sea and in port as the author describes. I cannot, as a Navy man, relate to the combat experiences. However, the author painted really good pictures of the war as seen through his young eyes.
This is an autobiography of John Viola and his experience of entering into the U.S. Navy during the early days of the Korean War. He was 18 years old and a candidate for the draft. He felt joining the Navy would be safer for him. He takes you on his journey from boot camp, to serving on a destroyer
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