A salute to our Korean War Vets; this is not the BEST way to salute them, here’s why!

We have oursourced their childrens future to these Koreans and China who was a backer during this War! – Some salute?

Why is it the forgotten War?, because we seen to forget why we fought them for in the first place!, the same that’s happening here now! – OPPRESSION….

If you think I don’t have a right to depict this in the truth, then maybe you should visit my Patriots page to get a History lesson! Here you will find things they won’t teach you in school, how badly some of these men were treated all the while we surrender our future to these people. We want to forget, because it hurts so much that this was ALL FOR NOT!


Sorry, but my father DID NOT fight just so I would have to go in debt. to get a job that is good enough to provide for our family, and sooner than later we will be doing the same for those in the Middle East. The plan for Americans just keeps getting worse as every generation of soldiers pass.

The time is NOW to fight against this tyranny while some are still alive, this would be the BEST way to salute these men, while they are still here!

I assure you that my protest of this salute will be considered an act of terrorism, why? – the TRUTH hurts!


A salute to our Korean War Vets

Local veterans association celebrates ‘last hurrah’

Jul. 21, 2013 2:48 AM   |
Local Korean War Veterans

Pictured above are member of the local Korean War Veterans Association. Kneeling from left: Edwin M. Cook, Lee F. Smith, Roy A. Anderson, Doug Theaker, Don DeCenso, Raymond A. Jaskinski, Bill Hartnett, Dave Bell and president Frank Russo. Standing from left, Bob Shirk, Kenneth M. McLain, Jerry L. Shasky, Elisha ‘Chug’ Floro, Bill Miller, Dale G. Treace, Thomas E. Hillman, Wilbert Hammett, Glenn R. Weigler, Lloyd E. Whitney, Mearl A. Nichols, Robert W. McKenna, Lorin G. Vance, and Thomas B. Ellis. Not pictyured are vice president William W. Woodrow and past president Glenn A. Greenawalt. / Photo by Phil Pendleton

Written by
Kaitlin Durbin
News Journal

MANSFIELD — The Korean War may often be referred to as “The Forgotten War,” but Jay Haar won’t forget.

Haar was just 10 years old when North Korea bombed the south and sent him and his family on the run. But it’s not the fear he remembers so much as the bravery of the foreign soldiers who gave up their lives to defend his country.

“They saved our country,” Haar said. “They saved us.”

Despite South Korea’s thanks, soldiers returned home to indifference. Most Americans didn’t consider the Korean conflict a war, though more than 155,000 Americans were killed, wounded, missing or taken prisoner during the three-year struggle.

The war ended with a truce to stop fighting in 1953.

“When I came home, people wanted to know where I had been,” said William Woodrow, who served in the Army and Marines. “They thought I had been in jail or something.

“I was angry because no one seemed to care about what was happening in Korea.”

To keep the war from truly being forgotten, Woodrow and 11 other veterans from Richland County banded to form the Richland County Chapter 51 of the Korean War Veterans Association in 1997.

Four of the founding veterans remain: Robert Hutchison, Glen Berry, William Woodrow and Lloyd Whitney.

“The association has been therapeutic,” said Jerry Shasky, KWVA secretary. “Some of the guys never talked about what they went through before joining the group.

“We’ve become a close-knit group.”

Together, the 110 members, 72 of which are still active, have proudly marched in parades, awarded $29,000 in scholarships to descendants of Korean War veterans, and offered numerous presentations to schools and local organizations.

They also erected a Korean War Memorial at Central Park to honor the 23 Richland County men who lost their lives in Korea — and all local men and women who served during the Korean War era of June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955.

“Saying thank you is not enough, because they really saved the country from disappearing from the map,” said Haar, an honorary member of the chapter. “Korean people don’t forget, and the veterans will not forget what they went through.”

That’s why during this year’s 60th anniversary celebration, the association will present all Richland County Korean War veterans or their families — about 1,100 of them — with a Memorial Medallion to honor veterans and their descendants and serve as a reminder of their sacrifice, said Frank Russo, Chapter 51 president.

“This will likely be our last ‘hurrah’ as our Korean veterans grow older, and continue to pass on,” Russo said. “In the next 10 years, our numbers will diminish to where we will just be a remembrance of what we accomplished during the Korean War era.”

There are no plans to disband yet, but Shasky said the association will have to cut back on some of its activities.

“We’ll go as long as we can,” said Russo, an Air Force veteran.

Regardless of whether the association carries on 10 more years or just one, Shasky said he hopes Americans always remember that Korean War veterans fought to curtail communism’s growth in the world, and won. Do you honestly believe this?

The war, the Marine veteran said, can be summed up in the quote that dons the memorial in the heart of downtown Mansfield.

“They went not for conquest and not for gain, but only to protect the anguished and the innocent,” Shasky said. “They suffered greatly and by their heroism in a thousand forgotten battles they added a luster to the codes we hold dear: duty, honor, country, fidelity, bravery, integrity …”

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