Antietam Chapter, Korean War Veterans Association elects new officers

July 25, 2011
  • Front row, from left, Commander Jim Ensminger, Vice Commander Les Bishop, second Vice Commander Pat Patterson and Treasurer Don Smith. Back row, from left, National Director Lew Ewing, Secretary Charlie Morris, Chaplain Bud Jones, Judge Advocate Carl Paylor, Historian Clayton Burkholder, Executive Committee member Johnny Koontz, Sergeant-at-Arms John Jackson and Executive Committee member Walt Cline.
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Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association recently elected and installed new officers for the 2011-12 year.

The ceremony took place at the chapter’s annual meeting in July and was performed by newly elected national Director Lew Ewing from Shenandoah Chapter 313 in Winchester, Va.

The new officers are Jim Ensminger, commander; Les Bishop, vice commander; Pat Patterson, second vice commander; Charlie Morris, secretary; Don Smith, treasurer; Carl Paylor, judge advocate; Bud Johns, chaplain; John Jackson, sergeant-at-arms; and Clayton Burkholder, historian.

Johnny Koontz Sr. and Walt Cline were appointed to the chapter’s executive committee.

This year, Antietam Chapter 312 will begin its fifth year of operation in the Hagerstown area. It meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown.

The chapter has pursued an active program to honor and promote the remembrance of Korean War veterans, which includes plans to erect a monument in the area.

The chapter also visits local schools to tell students about the Korean War, and is available to speak to any organization to share information about the war and memories of the veterans.

To become a member of the chapter, a veteran must have served anywhere in the U.S. armed forces from June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955, or have served in Korea from Feb. 1, 1955, to the present.

For more information, call Ensminger at 301-791-0268.

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