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July 25, 2012
At its annual meeting in early July, Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association elected its new officers for the 2012-13 year. The new officers were installed by Korean War Veterans National Director Lew Ewing of Winchester, Va. The new officers are Les Bishop, commander; Pat Patterson, vice commander; Ron Twenty, second vice commander; Charlie Morris, secretary; Jim Mobley, treasurer;  Carl Paylor, judge advocate; Dr. Bud...
By DAN DEARTH | | July 8, 2012
Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association is seeking the public's help to identify Washington County residents who died in the Korean War. The organization wants the names so they can be engraved on a Korean War Memorial that is to be built over the course of the next year at Mealey Parkway in Hagerstown, said Charles Mobley, chairman of Antietam 312's monument committee. Ground was broken June 26 for the project. Mobley said the veterans know of 31 Washington County residents who were killed or listed as missing during the Korean War, but they want to ensure that no one is left out. “Since these names will be engraved on a tablet in front of the main monument, we want to be sure that we have the correct names, including spelling, their rank and branch of service correct,” Mobley said in an email.
June 30, 2012
Robert Lewis Semler Jr., 78, of Hagerstown, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Born March 27, 1934, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Robert L. Semler Sr. and Pauline Francis (Hause) Semler. Robert retired as a master sergeant for the West Virginia Air National Guard, where he worked as a flight engineer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was Protestant by faith, and a member of the Williamsport American Legion Post 202. He is survived by one brother, Donald "Jake" Semler of Hagerstown; one sister, Roberta "Susie" Rand and husband, John, of Fairplay; companion for more than 50 years, Jean D. Reynolds and her son, Dana, of Hagerstown; two nieces, Milissa Rand of Gaithersburg, Md., and Gwendolyn Murray of Fairplay; and one nephew, John Hartford Rand of Mercersburg, Pa. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Gerrard Fess officiating.
June 29, 2012
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.
By DAN DEARTH | | June 26, 2012
Local Korean War veterans say they felt a sense of  urgency a few years ago when they started planning to build a monument to honor the men and women who served in that “forgotten” conflict. “The Korean War veterans are rapidly becoming an endangered species as we are losing more than 900 Korean War veterans each day,” Korean War veteran Lew Ewing said Tuesday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the monument at Mealey Parkway in Hagerstown. “If we the veterans who are still living today do not get it done now, memorials like this will never get built.” About 70 people, most of them members of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, gathered for the ceremony.
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | June 21, 2012
Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans will have a display at Valley Mall Saturday and Sunday. In addition to raising money to support its scholarships for high school seniors and providing educational presentations to area schools, the chapter's goal is to educate the public about the Korean War, sometimes referred to as “The Forgotten War.” It was fought between June 1950 and July 1953, with war casualties of 35,515 killed, 102,000 wounded...
By DAN DEARTH | | May 26, 2012
Wilbur Snyder dropped out of Hagerstown High School in the ninth grade and went to work for the railroad. On May 7, 1951, he was drafted by the U.S. Army and sent to Camp Gordon, Ga., to be a signalman. But when he was sent to Korea later that year, his military occupational specialty changed. “They handed me an M-1 (rifle) and said you're an infantryman,” the 82-year-old Snyder said recently at his Funkstown home. “I had to get on-the-job training.” The Korean War had been raging for about nine months before Snyder arrived at Pusan in March 1951.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | May 21, 2012
A large motorcade of 12 tour buses and motorhomes rolled in to Hagerstown's Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Monday afternoon, carrying 200 men and women who served the United States during World War II and the Korean War. Along with 100 assistants traveling with the veterans, the group left Beloit, Wis., Sunday morning and made a stop in Pittsburgh that night before arriving in Hagerstown for the second year in a row, according to Mark Finnegan,...
By C.J. LOVELACE | | May 1, 2012
The Korean War is often called the “forgotten war,” but a resolution signed Tuesday in Hagerstown will make sure the local men and women who served during the conflict are always remembered. Joined by numerous members of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, city Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II put his signature on an agreement to construct a memorial at the corner of Potomac Avenue and Mealey Parkway in Hagerstown. “We thought we needed to have something permanent that would keep the focus of the war in place and to honor those individuals who served during that war, and most particularly those who gave their lives during that time period,” Jim Mobley, chairman of the chapter's monument committee, said in a news release.
April 12, 2012
Warren Spencer Goding, 84, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center. Born Tuesday, April 3, 1928, in Canton, Maine, he was the son of the late Edward L. Goding and Ethel DeMerritt Goding. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown. He is survived by his niece, Sylvia Crafts; and nephew, Robert Goding Jr. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph Goding and Robert Goding; and longtime partner, Don Gillett.
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