Korean War memorial in West Virginia needs more money

By KAITLYN NEFF | Times West Virginian, Fairmont | Published: November 16, 2017

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (Tribune News Service) — Marion County resident and veteran Columbus Carpenter and the Marion County Korean War Memorial Foundation have been working hard to put together a Korean War Memorial at East Marion Veteran’s Memorial Park.

The memorial will honor the 27 soldiers of Marion County who died during the Korean War. Another space will be provided for 2,100 granite name plaques for all military veterans.

During the Korean War, there were 5.7 million veterans who served, and 50,000 were killed in a three-year period. Of those killed, 814 were West Virginia natives, and 27 of them were from Marion County, according to the Marion County Korean War Memorial Foundation. There are still 7,000 missing in Korea.

“In 1950, President Truman called a lot of young men into service to help in the war between North and South Korea,” a Marion County Korean War Memorial Foundation press release states.

“A lot of Marion County young men where drafted; a lot enlisted. The young men did their part. Some came back home and took up where they had left off; some came home crippled; some in coffins, and some never came back. We feel that all Korean veterans should be remembered for their service to their country, state and county.

“We are trying to build a Korean Veterans Memorial at East Marion Veteran’s Park. We are needing funds to do this. That is why we are asking people of Marion County or of the state of West Virginia for help.”

The foundation is still in need of funds in hopes of having the memorial placed by Memorial Day 2018. The memorial is open to all U.S. veterans. To place a plaque order, send a self-stamped envelope to Columbus Carter at 1501 Rose Lane, Fairmont, WV 26554. The plaque is made of black granite with white letters, and will cost $50 each.

All donations can be made to the Korean Veterans Memorial Fund at MVB Bank, Third and Virginia Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554. Donations are tax deductible.

Email Kaitlyn Neff at kneff@timeswv.com

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