Korean War vets meet with students writing about war

June 29, 2012
  • Members of Korean War Veterans Antietam Chapter 312 are shown with a group of students from Northern Virginia high schools.
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On June 9, six members of Korean War Veterans Antietam Chapter 312 met with eight students from Northern Virginia high schools to talk about the Korean War and the various experiences the veterans encountered during and after the war.

The gathering of students and veterans took place at the home of Vice Cmdr. Les Bishop of Hagerstown.

The meeting was prompted by a student inquiry after viewing the chapter's website.

All of the students are Korean-American descendants and are united in a project to write a book about the Korean War.

Their interest in talking to the veterans was to hear how and why the veterans entered military service, their recollections from the war and the affect the war had on their life afterwards.

In addition to general discussions, the students also engaged in numerous one-on-one discussions with the veterans.

The veterans also discussed their plans to build a monument to honor Korean War veterans in Washington County.

The students, in turn, surprised the veterans by making a donation to the monument project.

Following light snacks, the veterans and students drove to the future monument site on Mealey Parkway in Hagerstown. Some of the students said they plan to attend the ground-breaking on June 26.

The members of Antietam Chapter 312 who participated in the meeting were Bishop, Past Cmdr. Wayne Winebrenner, Monument Committee Chairman Jim Mobley, Jesse Englehart, John Koontz Sr., and Warren Middlekoff. The students who participated were Patrick Cha, James Choi, Charles Lee, Grace Lee, Remy Lee, Sobin Lee, Richard Oh and Kelly Park, as well as eight of their parents.

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