93rd Reunion Story

‘It’s a miracle that we’re here’: Chipyong-ni battle broke their bodies, but it also created lifetime bond for 2 Korea vets

  • BRENDAN SULLIVAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

    Lou Jurado, right, and Ed Fernandez met while serving in the Korean War. When a mortar exploded in front of them, Jurado was able to drag Fernandez to safety, saving his life. While in Omaha this week for the Second (Indianhead) Division Association’s annual meeting, Jurado, 82, show’s he’s still happy to give Fernandez, 84, a hand.

POSTED: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 1:00 AM

By Steve Liewer / World-Herald staff writer

On a snowy Korean War battlefield in 1951, Sgt. Lou Jurado carried his grievously wounded and much larger buddy, Sgt. 1st Class Ed Fernandez, nearly a mile to an aid station. Bullets zinged around them.

He saved Ed’s life.

Though neither forgot Jurado’s brave act, they never saw each other again. Both wondered what happened to the other. More than 40 years later, at a 1995 meeting of the Second (Indianhead) Division Association, they met by chance. They hugged and cried.

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