Korean War sacrifices commemorated

VFW Post 8904 representatives host event on 67th anniversary of the end of the war

Members of Shelby County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the post auxiliary on Monday hosted a commemoration of the sacrifices made during the Korean War.

The ceremony was the first such public event hosted by the veterans groups since near the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants wore masks and practiced social distancing.

The event was held at the War Memorial on the grounds of the historic 1885 Shelby County Courthouse with Larry Hume, post quartermaster, serving as master of ceremonies.

“We want to remember those who served in the Korean War,” Hume said. “Today is the 67th anniversary of the end of the Korean War which resulted in over 33,000 battle deaths. Here in Shelby County we also suffered.”

On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted 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.

Gene Hutto, VFW Commander, placed wreath on the memorial to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War, including several Shelby County residents who sacrificed.

Among those present at the event was John Piersol, who Hume said recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and who was a veteran who served in the Korean War.

Hume recognized Shelby County soldiers Killed-in-Action:

  • Floyd Harris, killed-in-action on September 24, 1950

  • Clifford Hughes, killed-in-action on August 13, 1950

  • Johnny V. Mena, killed-in-action on April 19, 1951

  • Bobbie F. Mock, killed-in-action on November 22, 1950

  • Billy Clyde Stephenson, killed-in-action on November 5, 1952

  • Leonard Williams, killed-in-action on May 18, 1951

  • Willie J. Wilson, killed-in-action on May 27, 1951

Missing-in-Action:

  • Wilie E. Windham, missing-in-action since August 12, 1950

Prisoners of War:

  • Hubert L. Langford, North Korean POW

  • Pearl D. Lucas, North Korean POW

  • Billy Lee Wescoat, Chinese POW

  • Leonard Scott, North Korean POW

    The program concluded with the playing of Taps by Mike Langford.

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