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June 26, 2013
The Korean War, and the political undercurrents that accompanied it, too often are forgotten. In the 1950s, the Western world feared the “domino effect,” the idea that one nation after another would turn to communism. In hindsight, this fear might have been overblown. Communism, for the most part, has died under its own weight. But there was no way to know that 60 years ago when we feared the Korean peninsula would fall to the communists and then bleed throughout all of Southeast Asia and eventually the world.
By DAVE McMILLION | | June 23, 2013
Eighty-four-year-old John Jackson sat by the memorial and remembered his days of fighting in the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. “It was not pretty at all, from the time I got there in August 1950 until October 1951,” the Hagerstown man said Sunday afternoon at the unveiling of a new Korean War monument at Potomac Avenue and Mealey Parkway. Jackson talked about temperatures plummeting to 50 degrees below zero at the Chosin Reservoir and how thousands of soldiers fell victim to frostbite.
June 11, 2013
Washington County veterans of the Korean War, including the 42 who died during the conflict, will be honored Sunday, June 23, with the dedication of a monument to their service. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the monument site near the intersection of Mealey Parkway and Potomac Avenue in Hagerstown, said Les Bishop, commander of Korean War Veterans Association Antietam Chapter 312. Bishop and other members of the association met with the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday to discuss the project, the main elements of which were put in place last week.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | May 30, 2013
Speaking at the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County's annual Memorial Day ceremony Thursday, retired Army Col. William E. Webber - who lost an arm and a leg in the Korean War - recounted how often American soldiers have been sent to fight since the turn of the 20th century. “We're supposed to be a peaceful people, but if you look at our history, every 20 years, we send young men and women into combat,” Weber told attendees at the Washington County Maryland Veterans Memorial Garden at Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park.
By DAN DEARTH | | May 26, 2013
Jesse Englehart was one of thousands of Marines who were pulling back from the Chosin Reservoir when he and a friend saw a clean poncho that looked peculiar lying on the frozen ground. He said the two walked toward the poncho and lifted it. “There was a Chinese soldier with a rifle,” the 81-year-old Englehart said recently from his Washington County home. “I'm not sure if I shot him or my buddy shot him. It's better if it's blocked out of your mind, I think.” He said his service during the Korean War was the first leg of a 22-year-career in the Marine Corps that led to two tours of duty in Vietnam and a post as security chief at Camp David.
By DAN DEARTH | | May 25, 2013
In 1953, the Korean War had been raging for three years when thousands of North Korean prisoners of war were set free below the 38th Parallel at Pusan. Hagerstown resident Ed Peters, 81, said he was a military policeman serving in Korea at the time as he watched the enemy soldiers mix with the local population. “They brought hundreds of (boats) into Pusan and released those guys in the streets,” Peters said. “Letting those prisoners go free in Pusan created some headaches for the local police ... They were running around and no one knew who was who.” According to documents from the time, the prisoners were released in June 1953 because many of them said they were anti-Communist and wouldn't return to fight for North Korea.
By DAN DEARTH | | 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...
By DAN DEARTH | | 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.
By DAN DEARTH | | 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.
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