The Second Truth: Korean War

John Viola HM2

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GENRE

ACTION BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA MEMOIR WAR

    Core Theme

    REMEMBRANCE

    TIME PERIOD

    1940s & '50s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    M.A.S.H., IN COUNTRY

    CHARACTER LIST

    • NARRATOR/JOHN VIOLA: BRAVE, SAD, VETERAN OF KOREAN WAR. THERE REALLY AREN’T ANY OTHER NAMED CHARACTERS. THE NARRATOR/JOHN VIOLA GOES THROUGH LIFE WITH HIS FELLOW ENLISTED MEN DURING THE WAR.

    Logline

    This is a true story about a young man having to deal with a war. It takes you on a journey to boot camp training, training in the medical field, sea duty on a destroyer, and nineteen months in the combat zone.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal,Male Leaning

    Setting

    World War 2

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Matchstick Literary

    Year Published: 2015

    Starting Description

    This is the transition of a patriotic, naive young boy in a war that nobody cared about because everyone served somewhere in WW2. Tired of war and only want to get on with their lives, they didnt care, for they were in the big one.

    Ending Description

    He had been in is known as the forgotten war. There were no victory parades, no welcome home, only feelings of shame and being made foolish. Korean War Veterans never talk about the war.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1645504665

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return

    Main Character Details

    Name: John Viola

    Age: 20s

    Gender: Male

    Role: Logical

    Key Traits: Naive,Adventurous,Confident,Skillful

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    Development Pitch

    Brief

    A young man journeys from boot camp, to medical training, to sea destroyer duty; as well as nineteen months in the combat zone during the Korean War.

    What We Liked

    - This offers a chance to learn more about the history of the Korean War and the experiences of those who fought and sacrificed in service to the country;
    - Creating a feature length documentary style memoir based on experiences from the Korean War would be a good way to develop this book into a film;
    - The story of John Viola could be part of a documentary or docu-drama about the Korean War and those touched by it. This type of adaptation could be appropriate for a television project;
    - Based on a real person;
    - Raises awareness of Korean War;
    - Strong Military content;
    - Strong visuals;
    - Historical relevance.

    Synopsis

    Korean War veteran, John Viola, gives his personal account of his experiences during the war.

    As a young man of nineteen, John Viola, patriotic and naïve, decides to join the military and is ultimately assigned active duty during the Korean War.

    John goes through boot camp training and then decides that training in the medical field would be the best way to ride out the war. He is deployed to run the sick bay while doing sea duty on a destroyer. While serving in this capacity, he endures the death of friends and colleagues. He also spends a scary nineteen months in the combat zone.

    In joining another war at a time not very far removed from World War II, John is keenly aware that people are tired of war and just want to move on with their lives. The war ends up being known as the forgotten war.

    Though the experiences of the war made him a man, John resents the fact that his sacrifice was not recognized like those who fought in World War II. He is sad that veterans from his war didn’t receive victory parades or even a welcome home. He feels only shame and foolishness at being in the war. Knowing that Korean War veterans feels as he does and never talk about the war, he wants his story to be read by many.

    He conveys the feeling of a sad kinship between him and other Korean War vets.

    About The Author

    Author John Viola is a first-time writer. This book is written from memory of sixty years ago. It started while he and his wife took up a walking routine to get in shape and lose a few pounds. They felt talking helped pass the time. Korean War Veterans never talked about the war because of the way the government has played it down. It made them feel ashamed like they were suckers. The Korean War came too close to WW2, and nobody was buying it - so it became the forgotten war. He didn't realize how much he was affected by that war. It was only recently that they refer to it as such. He felt a nagging inside that he had to tell their story. He describes what it was like to live day by day through it. It's funny, sad, heartbreaking, and entertaining. War is 99 percent being bored to death and 1 percent being scared to death.