Korean War Armistice observance

Local VFW observes Korean War Armistice
Donation made to SCCAC backpack program

The North Korean Army began an offensive June 25, 1950, into South Korea resulting in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea, an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.

Sixty-eight years later, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, July 27, 2021, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary held a remembrance program at the Veterans Memorial that included reading the names of Shelby County Veterans lost and the playing of Taps in honor of all those who died in the service of their country during the Korean War and those who served and have since passed.

Larry E. Hume, VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster, welcomed the gathering. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Post Chaplain Kenneth Ramsey gave the opening prayer. A pledge of allegiance to the flag followed.

“Good morning and thank you all for taking time to join us in remembering the 68th anniversary of the signing of the peace armistice which ended the Korean War that lasted from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953,” said Hume. Sixty-eight years ago today, the Korean War ended. Hundreds of thousands of Americans served their country in that war and many gave their lives.

“Some call the Korean War the forgotten war,” Hume said. “But those Americans who served during that time will never be forgotten by the veterans of foreign wars. They served honorably and with distinction. Some called it the Korean ‘conflict.’ It was not a conflict– it was a war with 33,686 battle deaths, 2,830 non-battle deaths 103,000 wounded and still missing in action from the Korean war are 7,649 Americans.”

Hume said, “We can never thank and recognize those who served during this time enough.”

During the Korean War seven citizens of Shelby county were among those killed in action,” Hume said. “One is still missing in action. Four others were former prisoners of war. We will now have a roll call of honor. Auxiliary president Mary Fausett will now read the first four.” Those names read were Floyd Harries, killed in action September 24, 1950; Clifford Hughes, killed in action august 13, 1950; Johnny V. Mena, killed in action April 19, 1951; Bobbie F. Mock, killed in action November 22, 1950

Auxiliary secretary Janet Ramsey read the final three names of those killed in action; Billy Clyde Stephenson, killed in action November 5, 1952; Leonard Williams, killed in action May 18, 1951; Willie J. Wilson, killed in action May 27, 1951.

One Shelby county veteran, Willie E. Windham, was noted as still missing in action since August 12, 1950.

“Four Shelby county veterans were also at one time prisoners of war in Korea,” Hume said. “Reading those names is auxiliary treasurer Theresa Hume.” Those names read were Hubert L. Langford – North Korean POW; Pearl D. Lucas – North Korean POW; Billy Lee Wescott – Chinese POW; Leonard Scott – North Korean POW.

Hume asked if anyone present had a Korean War veteran they would like to remember, and two responded. Following that, Post Service Officer Richard Lundy laid the memorial wreath and Taps was sounded by Post Commander Gene Hutto for those who gave their lives during the Korean War and for those who served and have since passed.

“Without remembrance sacrifice is meaningless,” concluded Hume. “The sacrifices made by Korean War veterans will never be forgotten by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary.”

At the remembrance ceremony Tuesday morning, Post Commander Gene Hutto and Auxiliary President Mary Fausett presented the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (SCCAC) with a donation for their backpack drive. Denise Merriman and Courtney O’Rear from the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center were present to accept the donation.

Hume concluded the program saying, “Again, thank you for taking the time to be here today. Without you this day would have gone unnoticed in Shelby County, Texas.”

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