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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Overdue Recognition For Local Korean War Veterans

Overdue Recognition For Local Korean War Veterans

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Lt.  Col. Dennis Snelling from the U.S. Defense Department was featured speaker during a well-attended Korean War Veterans Recognition Dinner and Memorial Service Saturday at American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport.

 He presented certificates of appreciation, signed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to Potter County residents who served in the 1951-53 war. 

Lt. Col. Snelling also aired a short video from the Republic of South Korea expressing appreciation for the United States’ involvement in saving the country from a Communist takeover. 
 
A highlight was a candlelight memorial service for the eight Potter County men who were killed in action. Memorial tributes were followed by a firing squad salute and bugler’s “Taps.” 

Snelling distributed literature detailing the history of the war and emphasizing its significance in stemming Communist aggression in the wake of World War II. He noted that soldiers serving in the Korean War were never properly honored and the Defense Department appreciated the actions of Potter County officials to rectify that. 

Potter County Department of Veterans Affairs organized the dinner, with support from the Defense Department and Post 192. 

Potter County’s program is being shared with other counties as an example of a fitting commemoration and memorial service in recognition of the Korean peace treaty’s 60th anniversary. 

Among the eight men who lost their lives in the war were (from left) Gerald Lattin, Robert Ives Roberts and Fred VanWhy.

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