Korean War Veterans Association chapter chartered

February 06, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association officially came into existence Tuesday.

"I'm here to welcome you into the fraternity," said Robert Banker, a national director of the organization, who attended the ceremony at AMVETS Post 10.

Present for the ceremony were most of the 35 charter members and officers of the new chapter. Absent was chapter President Edward A. Stahl Jr., who is hospitalized in Pennsylvania.

Banker read out the names of the charter members, then read a letter from Louis Dechert, national president of the Korean War Veterans Association, welcoming the new chapter.


Mentioning the 5 million veterans of Korean War duty, Dechert thanked the members of the new organization in his letter for their "service to freedom."

First Vice President Ned Renner conducted a brief business meeting Tuesday.

Other chapter officers include Wayne Winebrenner, second vice president; William L. Bishop, secretary; James Ensminger, assistant secretary; Donald A. Smith, treasurer; Howard Patterson, sergeant at arms; and Al Lane, chaplain.

To join the chapter, one must have served at least 30 days in Korea from World War II until the present, or served anywhere between 1950 and 1955.

The chapter's next meeting will be Tuesday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at AMVETS Post 10 on Frederick Street.

Anyone wishing to join the chapter may obtain an application at AMVETS Post 10, send an e-mail to Stahl at or go to a meeting.

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