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York County ‘Remember’ series: In Korean War era, ‘Everyone knew the American singer Kate Smith’

Wounded Korean War Marine George Eyler talked with his mom and dad, Emigsville’s Florence and Charles Eyler, on national television in 1952. This York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News video captures that moment. Also of interest: Crowd to Truman on second York visit: ‘Give ’em h—, Harry’ and Neglect, racism undid all-black 24th in Korean War and York County deaths from 20th-21st century wars top 1,000.

“In 1952, everyone knew the American singer Kate Smith,” the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ Melissa Nann Burke wrote as part of the newspaper’s “Remember” series.
“So when a naval communications officer approached George Eyler during the Korean War and asked if he’d like to be on national television, he said, certainly.” …

The story goes on the tell how Eyler talked to his parents, as the world listened. Eyler, now a 77-year-old Springettsbury Township resident, remembers that moment.
Another in the oral history series of key moments in York County’s past.
A sampling of other topics in the “Remember” series:
The moon landing
Tropical Storm Agnes
York County’s cigarmaking days
The Great Depression
Blizzards of 1993 and 1996