About 300 people attended a ceremony May 30 in Oregon to remember those who fought in the “forgotten war.”
“It was a very beautiful day,” said Jerry Eversman, an organizer of the event. “The weather was just right and those in attendance heard from a true war hero.”
A memorial to honor those who fought in the Korean War was unveiled at the stadium at Clay High School by former Oregon mayor James Haley, a veteran of the war and member of VFW Post 9816, and Ed Placko, commander of the Christ Dunberger American Legion Post and a veteran of the war.
Roseville, O. resident Ronald Rosser, a Medal of Honor recipient in the war, was the keynote speaker.
In his remarks prior to the unveiling of the memorial, he noted that many of the soldiers who fought in the war endured some of the harshest conditions ever encountered by U.S. servicemen and often faced overwhelming circumstances because the North Koreans were backed by the Chinese.
The new monument is inside the main entrance to the stadium and can be viewed by the public. Memorials for WW II and Vietnam War veterans are also located in the stadium near the Korean War memorial.
At a breakfast prior to the unveiling, Oregon Mayor Marge Brown issued a proclamation for Bob Vincent, a WW II veteran and member of the color guard at the Dunberger Post. The proclamation states that June 1 was to be recognized as Bob Vincent Day in honor of his service.
Fought within five years of the end of World War II and about a decade before the U.S. stepped up its involvement in Vietnam, the Korean War has been dubbed by some as the forgotten war.
But for three years, from the summer of 1950 to the summer of 1953, while many Americans at home were enjoying the fruits of a post World War II economy, U.S. forces were shouldering the brunt of a United Nations effort to support South Korea against an invasion from North Korea and its communist allies.
To observe the 50th anniversary of the war, the U.S. Department of Defense established the Commemorative Community Program to honor veterans and their families.
The commemorative program began June 1of 2000 and concluded on Veterans Day in 2003.
According to the National Archives Website, 46 service members from Lucas County died as a result of hostile action during the war. The figure includes those missing and captured from 1950 to 1957.