May 9, 2013
The president of South Korea thanked a group of local Korean War veterans for helping set the cornerstone of a 60-year partnership between her country and the United States during a dinner Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Les Bishop, commander of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, said 27 members of the organization were among about 500 people who were invited to attend the event with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at...
April 25, 2013
A group of local Korean War veterans has been invited to have dinner with the president of South Korea on May 7 in Washington, D.C. Les Bishop, commander of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, said the South Korean Embassy recently invited 40 members of the organization and some of their wives to dine with President Park Geun-hye at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “I couldn't tell you how proud I am and pleased that we received this invitation,” Bishop said.
April 22, 2013
William H. Snyder Jr., 78, of Grand Island, Fla., passed away on April 12, 2013. He was born in Williamsport, Md., to the late William H. Snyder Sr. and the late Bessie Lee Snyder. William attended Hagerstown High School and was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 211 of Funkstown, Md. William was retired from Potomac Edison Company (currently Allegheny Power). He was of Lutheran faith. William is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Delores M. Snyder; daughters, Kimberly Snyder, Diana Gift and son-in-law, Earl Gift and granddaughter, Mikaela Gift and is also survived by brothers, Gary Snyder, Danny Snyder and sister, Connie Pearman.
March 29, 2013
A local Korean War veterans association wants to remind aspiring college students about two scholarships that have been offered for the last several years. V. Joseph Startari, scholarship committee chairman of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, said the organization is having a hard time getting high school seniors to apply for the $500 scholarships. “People just don't seem interested,” he said. Startari said students used to have to be a descendant of a Korean War veteran to apply, but Chapter 312 recently dropped that requirement.
February 24, 2013
A reader who called Mail Call last week asked about the meeting dates of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association. The reader wrote, “I would like to know if anybody knows ... where they meet, what day, what time ... and if there's a contact number for any of them.” Antietam Chapter 312 meets at 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at American Legion Dixon-Troxell Post 211 in Funkstown. The address is 12 N. Westside Ave. In addition, Antietam Chapter 312's board of directors meets at the American Legion in Funkstown on the third Wednesday of each month.
February 22, 2013
Norman Philip Grimes, 80, of Reading, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading, Pa. Born Sept. 11, 1932, in Washington County, Md., he was the son of the late Cecil Leroy Grimes and Sarah Jane Herr Grimes Ambrose. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Grimes. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Polymer Corporation in Reading. He is survived by one sister, Annabelle Sword of Hagerstown; and three nieces and five nephews.
January 27, 2013
Harold L. Overcash, 81, of Mercersburg, Pa., died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Born Nov. 1, 1931, in Chambersburg, Pa., he was a son of the late Arthur L. and Anna C. Poe Overcash. He was a union pipe fitter/welder, working in various states around the country. He retired due to disability in 1981. Harold was a member of American Legion Post 517 of Mercersburg, Sideling Hill Sportsmen's Association and FOE of Harrisonville, Pa. He was an avid trapper for 60 years.
January 3, 2013
Virgil Lee Clark Sr., of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. His parents were Harry Milton Clark and Illa Mae (Davis) Clark, both deceased. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Jean (Gillespie) Clark; two children, Virgil Lee Clark Jr. and Susan Lynne (Clark) Eddy, and son-in-law, Craig D. Eddy; grandchildren, Mindy Clark, Andrea Sue Eddy and Lydia Marie Eddy; one great-granddaughter, Roxanne Marie Eddy; and a sister, Evelyn Elliott.
November 29, 2012
Ellis A. "Woody" Woodcock Sr., 83, of Washington Square in Hagerstown, Md., passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Oct. 5, 1929, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Rufford M. and Anna (Townson) Woodcock. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Washington County Board of Education. He is survived by his wife, Joan M. Grove; children, Ellis Woodcock Jr., Mary Riggin, Roy "Sonny" Kerns, Robert Grove and Heather Grove; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
November 11, 2012
Speaking about the war often referred to as the “forgotten war,” Hagerstown-area resident Les Bishop said the Korean War was one of the most significant events of the previous century and deeply affected the communist movement. Bishop was the speaker at Sunday morning's Veterans Day ceremony in front of the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Hagerstown. Approximately 130 people attended the 59th such ceremony sponsored by the American Legion auxiliary of Morris Frock Post 42 in Hagerstown.