Korean War veteran shares perspective on U.S.-North Korea summit

Korean War veteran shares perspective on U.S.-North Korea summit

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The historic meeting between president Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a breakthrough, or at least a step towards normalization. The summit is encouraging the men who fought in the Korean war more nearly 70 years ago.

The Army drafted Lubbock native Jessie Hetchett to serve at the tail end of the Korean war.

"I first went to basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and then from basic training I went straight to Korea in November of 1953, " said Hetchett. "When I got to Korea they were getting to the point of signing the peace treaty." 

Hetchett said following the end of the war he served six years in the Army Reserve then graduated from Texas Tech. He moved around working and finally decided to retire here in Lubbock. He was pleased to hear about President Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit. 

"My initial thoughts were that it is a wonderful opportunity for the United States to do what it's got to do and what it's been trying to do for these last 50-plus years, " said Hetchett. "I hope we can accomplish that. I know it's going to take a while it won't be done this week, this month or this year probably, it will take several negotiations to get it done." 

All eyes are now on both nation's leaders. President Trump has accepted an invitation to visit North Korea according to Pyongyang's state-run media outlet. President Trump also extended a White House invitation to the North Korean leader who also agreed to the visit.  

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