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Although the picture of my grandpa in his barracks during the Korean War suggests relaxation, he is an example of a hard-working, family-oriented man. My Grandpa, Ruben Miranda was about 18 or 19 in this picture. To his right, he has a picture of my Grandma, Sandy Miranda. He was in his barracks in the States before being stationed in Korea.While visiting the Korean War memorial in Washington DC, my Grandpa was rushed with emotion. The overwhelming nature of this situation under these circumstances had both the father of a Korean family and my Grandpa embrace in a tight hug and cry. This situation is significant in the fact that the war has affected not only the Veterans but the people in the surrounding area. My Grandpa has helped many people by serving in the Korean war. My Grandpa serving in the Korean war hs helped me perceive life and my family in a different light.   Being in the war and protecting our citizens takes tremendous amounts of courage that some may lack. My grandpa certainly did not lack that courage. He wanted to fight for our country, being that his parents had immigrated from Puerto Rico. America had accepted him and his family, allowing us to be who we are today. 

Place(s): New York, Puerto RIco

– CJ

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more