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Lompoc Korean War vet talks about North Korea threats

90-year-old Central Coast Korean War...

LOMPOC, Calif. - The tensions with North Korea have been weighing on the minds of veterans--veterans like the ones in Lompoc. Earlier today we spoke with a 90-year-old Korean War Veteran. 

90-year-old Korean War Veteran, Albert Ramirez, is better known as "Abby" around Lompoc.

"And that's what everybody knows me as, the taxi drivers know me, the bus drivers know me and the police department knows me," Korean War veteran Albert "Abby" Ramirez said.  

Abby, who just recently did his 105th skydive, says he's been following North Korea's recent military activity closely.

"I worry about what's going happen, I think something is going to happen because the North Koreans don't care," Abby said. 

Abby was a Communications Chief during the Korean War.

"I think we have something real bad important coming in Korea and it bothers me, even at my age I feel we're not safe yet," Abby said. 

He says he thinks North Korea has no interest resolving issues peacefully.

"And I hope our president does something about it and I'd like to back him up because he says what he's going to do and he's going to get it done," Abby said.  

We also spoke with a Vietnam veteran, who's two uncles were Korean War vets and were also Purple Heart recipients for their service in Korea.

"Everyone knows that this is almost a daily venture for North Korea, whatever they feel they're going to do, they're going to test the President, test the country, test our resolve," veteran Joseph McCormick said. 

79-year-old Vietnam veteran Josepth McCormick says North Korea is playing with fire.

"There won't be anything left," McCormick said. He remembers what life was like during the Korean War, vividly.

"My mother's brothers when they were there, crossing the Yellow River, in fact that's where he was shot down at," McCormick said. 

"I think the president is going to handle it real quick like, we're not going to be caught with our pants down," Abby said. 

Both veterans said they hope things can get resolved without conflict and with diplomacy but say the U.S. is ready.


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