After graduation from high school in May 1955, I made the choice to volunteer to be drafted into the U.S. Army, instead of waiting for the possibility of being drafted after starting a job, etc.
I ended up in Korea for 18 months. Soon after completion of service, Aug. 17, 1955 to May 29, 1957, I received several letters from the adjutant general's office asking me to please join the American Legion. I answered, yes, only to receive a letter back each time that I was not eligible because it was peace time during my period of service.
The Pantagraph ran an article on the Korean War, and I quote The Pantagraph, "The Korean peninsula technically remains in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War was halted with an armistice, not a peace treaty."
Anyone who completes military service should be able to join the American Legion. I am proud to have served.
Michael Doran, Forrest