The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas will be showing “Pork Chop Hill” .Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00pm at 21 East Main Street, Brevard, Call: (828) 884-2141 for questions.
Pork Chop Hill is a 1959 American Korean War film starring Gregory Peck, Rip Torn and George Peppard. The film, which was the final war film directed by Lewis Milestone, is based upon the book by U.S. military historian Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall. It depicts the first fierce Battle of Pork Chop Hill between the U.S. Army’s 7th Infantry Division and Chinese and North Korean forces in April 1953.
The film features numerous actors who would go on to become movie and television stars in the 1960s and the 1970s such as Woody Strode, Harry Guardino, Robert Blake, Norman Fell, Abel Fernandez, Gavin MacLeod, Harry Dean Stanton, and Clarence Williams III. It is also the screen debut of Martin Landau and George Shibata, who was a West Point classmate of Lieutenant Joe Clemons, who also acted as technical adviser on the film.
More than 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War, and today there are still approximately over 2.25 million Korean war veterans still alive. This war started in 1950 and ended in 1953, and resulted in a total of 54,246 deaths of which 36,574 happened in theater according to this report in 2013. More than 103,000 Americans were wounded during the Korean war as well. Click here to read more.