I've reached a part of Eddlin where I need to research. I borrowed all 9 of the books on the Korean War from my local library, if that gives you an idea of the size of my local library. The Scholastic children's book was surprisingly accurate and to the point.
One of the books is either in my possession at my request, or they gave me someone else's book. It's called The Legacy of Belleau Wood: 100 Years of Making Marines and Winning Battles. This is, by far, the most interesting book of all the books I borrowed. It is 300+ pages and pretty large in size, and it contains a throng of personal commentary from armed forces personnel. Some of it from the early 1900's.
My grandfather was in the Korean War. He won a medal for bravery. I am not surprised. He was a hearty guy, small but super hardworking and good. In summary, after WWII, the US and Soviets were not getting along at all, divided up Korea as they each wanted their own-style of government and North Korea - allegedly under the influence of the Communists - invaded South Korea and were poised to take over everything when the UN, led by the United States showed up. General MacArthur was super full of himself and kept plunging the troops further and further into danger after they had regained control of South Korea and he lost his marbles trying to go up against a kajillion Chinese troops who were just as well trained as the North Koreans.
50,000 ft view, South Korea was restored to its former self, but a famine almost wiped out the North Koreans who were cut off from the rest of civilization, and since it took a long time to resolve, and it seemed like it was more of a truce because everyone was losing a mega ton of people, it just got lost in the shuffle. Technically North and South Korea are still at war. Plus, we lost almost 35,000 people and that is tiny compared to the 3 million Koreans who were wounded or died - almost entirely citizens, not military personnel. China flung 1,000,000 men to their deaths. It was a totally crap situation that seems to have escaped everyone's memory.
My grandfather stood not the edge of his ship one night and thought about jumping off. His son had died, he was at war, and it was a lot. Just a lot to deal with. And that's coming from a spiritual guy, too. I really admired him for telling me that story. He was in his 80's by then, and could have just gone with earning the medal, but he told me about his despair.
The guy from the hiking place called me about Yosemite. Sure, it's 7 months away, but they are serious about hiking and he had to tell me the park no longer allows shuttling of climbers for one day trips. He spent a good 15 minutes talking me through a climb that I later reflected upon, reading my chicken scratch notes, and thought, holy smack that is 11.5 miles up and down and about 5,000 ft of climbing.
Everything looks like something to try. I'll leave you with the map. It's a hard pick.