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Bloomfield veteran organizes Korean War museum

For 11 months and 25 days, Jimmy Teets selflessly endured some of the bloodiest combat in the Korean War that claimed more than 178,000 American lives.(Source: KFVS 12) For 11 months and 25 days, Jimmy Teets selflessly endured some of the bloodiest combat in the Korean War that claimed more than 178,000 American lives.(Source: KFVS 12)
BLOOMFIELD, MO (KFVS) -

So many Heartland veterans have stories to share and one Bloomfield vet is doing his best to keep some of those stories alive.

The Korean War is referred to as the Forgotten War.

But 85-year-old Jimmy Teets up on Jimmy's Hill is trying to change that.

"There was a hill up there, it was our last hill that we took and we had to take it," Teets said as he recalled his most gruesome battle. "They was just throwing hand grenades by the hand full at us but we kept on and we finally took the hill over."

For 11 months and 25 days Teets selflessly endured some of the bloodiest combat in the Korean War that claimed more than 178,000 American lives.

"There was a round came in and went off beside me and it ripped my shirt off like shrapnel. They called for a medic for me and I said don't worry about me. This gentleman over here needs you more than I do."

Born Lester Teets, the Bloomfield native was 19 years old and a newly wed in 1950.

He had no interest in the military until his draft number was called.

"Oh no, no. I didn't like any part of it at the beginning."

The Army shipped Teets off to Michigan then Kansas for basic training. Then, he and the other men in the 40th Infantry Division landed in South Korea in 1952.

Teets served the 106th Regiment, Fox Company.

"Before we landed they said some of you are going to make it and some of you are not," Teets recalled. "I have my nights sometimes, I'll have memories of the Korean War and have flashbacks."

But for Teets that's no reason to forget the past.

Since his honorable discharge with the Army in 1959, the Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient has been mounting a collection of memorabilia from his time served in the Forgotten War.

Uniforms, medals, and newspaper cuts are all framed and on display throughout his home.

So why does someone hang on to so many things that are linked to such a horrific time?

"What I have here just brings me back to, I did it and I came out alive," Teets said.

For Teets, it's about the memories and honoring the men who did not make it home.

"I just done what I had to do and I did it the best I know how."

Teets often gives guided tours of this displays to Bloomfield grade school students.

He says although he's slowing down with age, he'll continue to look to expand his collection in the future.

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