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William Roberts

I wish to remember my Uncle William Roberts of the Glosters who lost his life at the Battle of the Imjin on 25th April 1951. You are always in my thoughts and prayers Uncle Bill. R.I.P.

Rafeal Gonzalez

I met Rafeal Gonzalez on during the graduation ceremony of his son Julio Rafeal Gonzalez from Officer Candidtate school in New London CT. Julio talked dearly about his dad and his family. PFC Rafeal Gonzalez served in the Army during the Korean War and he was a great father and mentor to his children. PFC Rafeal Gonzalez ended his watch surrounded by his family in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. You will be forever remembered.

Travis Bishop

Travis was my uncle who i never met, Travis died September 14, 1950, my dad, Travis baby brother was 13 years old, his body never recovered, my dad spoke of uncle Travis so much, always hoping his body would be recovered so that he could bring him home. My dad is now passed on to be with his beloved brother, I only wish in honor of my dad to recover uncle Travis remains

Doyle Mills

Doyle Mills born 17 January 1933 in Coleman County, Texas. He quit school after the fifth grade to work on farms and help with his family’s income. Doyle and his twin brother, Hoyt, joined the Army in Brownwood, Texas in 1950 just after turning 17 years of age. Their step-father signed the papers allowing them to join before reaching 18. Pfc Mills, a member of ‘Task Force Smith’ was reported Missing in Action on 5 July 1950 but later on his status was changed to Killed in Action 5 July 1950 in the vicinity of Osan in South Korea. He was the first KIA in the Korean War from Brown County, Texas, USA. LtCol Smith called for the retreat just in time to save his task force from being in another Alamo.

Sahle-Mariam Yrgu

My grand father was a veteran of the Korean war named Sahle-Mariam Yrgu. He served in the 4th battalion of the Ethiopian 1st division army. He was an auto mechanic, so I believe he probably was in the engineers group. I never had a chance to meet him so all I know about him are from the stories my mother told me.

George Burke

George Burke is my Daddy who I am so proud of. He enlisted to go to Korea during the Korean War. He was captured and spent 911 days in North Korean and Chinese POW camps. I’m one of the lucky ones who can say that my Daddy came home when so many others did not. He was one of the 6 survivors of the over 300 men captured. The French Red Cross found him in China after the was was over. He weighed 71 pounds when they found him but he got healthy, got married and had me and my 5 little brothers. My folks were married for 66 years when he passed on March 3, 2019. He’s my hero.

David Lopez

David Lopez 89 of Torrance, CA passed away early in the morning at his home on May 14, 2020. Born September 7, 1930 he was the son of Manuel & Herminia “Minnie” Lopez and a brother to 10 siblings. Commander of The Korean War Veterans Chapter #56 since 1996, David served as a part of the 24th Division, 19th Infantry Regiment. He earned commendations including a Purple Heart, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and a Combat Infantry Badge. He was also a lifelong member of the Mercer-Prieto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2043. Although David was a longtime resident of Torrance, his heart never left his hometown of Santa Paula. He was a community pillar, family member and friend to so many. His boisterous laugh, his love of singing and his commitment to honoring the memory of fellow Veterans are memories that will ensure his legacy with those who will miss him most.

Donald Fourman

My father gave his life in 1953 in service for is country. He was from Greenville, Ohio. He left behind a wife, son and daughter. He was not a loser and choice the Marines before he was drafted.

Harvey Frey

Private First Class Harvey L Frey was from Louisville, Kentucky. He was killed in action in the Norther section of Korea on August 27, 1951. He was a heavy artillery man. Harvey Frey was a member of trhe 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

Cpl. Donald Matney

A small-town Missouri boy, Donnie joins the army at the age of 17 to see the world during peace time and is posted to the good life performing occupational duties in Japan. When the North Koreans attack, he is suddenly thrust into violent combat fighting a better armed and better prepared enemy. A mortarman who never fired a live round, he finds himself lobbing shells at the enemy across the Kum River. He disappears during the battle for Taejon. Over sixty years later, his family set out to retrace his journeys and possibly bring him home. But slowly, carefully they reconstruct the short life of Donald Matney, his exploits in Korea and bring him home to be buried by his mother. His story is told in the book “A Korean War Odyssey.”

Angelo DeFelice

I would like to thank all of our veterans but especially my father Sergeant Angelo L DeFelice who fought with the 7th infantry combat division.fight during the Korean war. Dad I cannot tell you how proud I am to be your daughter. Being a hardship case, you didn’t have to go to Korea but being the proud ,brave American you were you wanted to fight for the rights and freedoms that we all enjoy today. I am so blessed,most people dream of meeting their hero , I was raised by mine!!
I love you I miss you ! I remember all the terrible stories I heard about what you saw over there. God bless you Dad God bless all of our veterans

Yoona Kim

Thank you very much for your sacrifice. I deeply admire your courage to fight for freedom.

Jane Martin

I am very grateful and humbled by the service and sacrifice that so many have made to protect and maintain the freedoms that we enjoy today.

Walter Whitman

Walterbwas my grandfather, and he made the ultimate sacrifice. His remains were never recovered. Never forgotten!

Frederick Giroux

Frederick J Giroux is my father. I was born in August,1950, he volunteered to serve in Korea after serving honorably in WWII, awarded the DSC by General Patton. He was captured in November near Unsan and died as a POW in April, 1951. I am very proud of him and wish I’d had the opportunity to know him.

Charles Yager

Thank you for serving our country dad

George Simoni

Thank you dad I miss you so

EVERYDAY I bring awareness to our POW MIA

Harold Whitener

I would like to honor my dad, Harold Whitener, 25th Infantry division 35 regiment, served in Korea from January 1951 to 1953. A Browning automatic rifleman and purple heart recipient, 3 bronze battle stars. To him and all his buddies that didn’t make it home, they will never be forgotten, without real men freedom will always be in jeopardy, they were men that answered the call…🇺🇸🇰🇷

Charles Sizemore

I didn’t get to meet my Uncle “Buddy” Charles Edward Sizemore. He was killed 5 years before I was born. But my Daddy talked about him all the time. He was in the family band before he joined the Army. He was a very talented musician. Very loved by his family and friends. Love you Uncle Buddy.

John Karamanian

My father was a B-29 pilot in the Korean War. He flew his missions from Okinawa. Shortly before he died in 2016, he and I spoke about the challenges with his service in the Korean War. He and has fellow pilots went in the air knowing that MIGs were around them. He did his service quietly and honorably. I took a photo of his medals for his service in Korea and would be happy to share the photo with anyone, although he quietly kept his medals tucked away.

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