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Korean War veterans renew push for addition to memorial

Korean War veterans in Frederick are renewing their effort to have the names of the fallen printed at a Washington memorial.

Members of several chapters of the Korean War Veterans Association chatted with diplomats over a Thursday lunch at Dutch's Daughter to honor a long-standing friendship between South Korea and the U.S.

They shook hands with Kim Jung-Hoon, chairman of the Political Committee of the Republic of Korea's National Assembly, a governing body much like the U.S. Congress. They also met with a military attache from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Brig. Gen. Shin Kyoung-soo.

Retired Army Col. Bill Weber, who heads the Korean War Veterans Association's Chapter 142, took the opportunity to rally his fellow veterans' support for a House bill that proposes a “Wall of Remembrance” as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The bill has not left the House committee since it was introduced in January, but Rep. Jason T. Smith, of Missouri, and Rep. Robert A. Brady, of Pennsylvania, have thrown their support behind it this year.

Priscilla Rall, an oral historian with the Frederick County Veterans History Project, said it is important to the veterans to have a list of those they left behind.

“That means everything to those who came back,” she said. “They certainly need that closure, and so do the families.”

Creed Parker, an Army veteran, worked in intelligence during the Korean War. He said maintaining the relationship between South Korea and the U.S. is paramount.

"We have to honor our allies and keep those living ties," he said.

Weber was one of a dozen veterans who saw the current Korean War Veterans Memorial all the way from creation to completion, but the wall they proposed didn't make it through the design process. He and Chapter 142 are still hoping to get support for the project through their local representatives.
 

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