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Back row left to right: Jack Birkner, Earl S. Johnson, Fred P. Holub, Charles C. Robertson,
Leonard D. Jasek, Roger E. Bennett

Front row left to right: R. M. Hughes, Robert L. Middleton, Marvin L. Harvel, Ed R. Demmer,
Alexander M. Jimenez, Paz Morales, Ollie Moore Jr., Eulalio P. Flores

Not pictured: Lincoln H. Smith, Dwight Ballard, Dionicio Luna

County Recognized Korean War Vets
By Roy Gutierrez

Dozens of county residents filled the Bay City Service Center to honor Matagorda County's Korean War Veterans Thursday.

The event was sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to recognize the Korean War's 50th anniversary that was from 1950 to 1953.

Twenty Korean War veterans from the county received a Purple Heart, while there were four casualties after the war.

The county also had several more veterans who served [in] the United States during the war.

Those in attendance listened to fifth-grade students from John H. Cherry Elementary School in Bay City, as they sang music to salute the United States and the veterans.

Afterwards, everyone took time to read the Preamble to the Constitution and the American's Creed.

County historian Mary Belle Ingram thanked the veterans for their contributions to their nation for the sacrifices they made during the war.

Bay City Mayor Charles Martinez Jr. gave a proclamation to the DAR marking Nov. 2, 2000 "A Day of Remembrance."

Martinez served in Korea before the war began, and gave appreciation to those who were overseas for the war.

He said more than five million Americans served during the three-year war, although it was a United Nations decision to proceed with combat.

After the Korean War, there were 36,748 dead, 103,284 wounded and nearly 6000 missing in action, Martinez said.

Veteran Kenneth Thames, [who] served more than 20 years in the U. S. Armed Forces, gave an overview of the Korean War.

Others gave honor to the veterans, as they will receive medals for their services.

The Daily Tribune, November, 2000



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