Council honors Korean War veterans

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Lewisburg City Council extended their appreciation to local veterans of the Korean War last Tuesday at their monthly meeting. Roughly half of the 41 surviving veterans were able to attend the meeting for the presentation of a resolution honoring their service. Marshall County Korean War veterans identified as still living in the county are: Aubrey Duncan, Harry Alderdice, C.B. “Brax” Barnes, Roy Bolton, Paul Bottcher, Charles Boyd, William L. Bradford, Samuel E. Clark, James Coleman, Waylon Davis, Richard Dickson, Bert E. Everson, Jim Forbes, Bill E. Gold, Richard Guenther, Howard Haislip, James W. Harper, Russell Hart, James P. Haynes, Billy Headden, William Hopkins, Lloyd Jones, Lamar Leonard, Robert Q. Liggett, Arnold Lilly, Harold Long, John H. O’Neal, Dean Pardon, Mayford H. Phillips, Andre Plourde, Gerald R. Pollock, Lewis Simmons, John Wallace Spencer, John W. Stephens, James E. Thomas, Sr., David Trout, Douglas Tyree, Robert H. Walker, William Wallace, James Watson, and Melvin Willoughby.
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They are veterans of what is commonly called the Forgotten War, but the Lewisburg City Council wanted to make sure that they knew their service and sacrifice were not forgotten.

The council honored the county’s surviving Korean War veterans at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Lasting from 1950 to 1953, so close on the heels of World War II, the conflict in Korea is often overshadowed by the end of that war and the beginning of the Cold War.

Lewisburg wanted to make sure that these men did not feel forgotten.

“We must take time to remember and honor the veterans of the Forgotten War,” said Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham.

“It has taken decades to understand and appreciate the importance of their service in Korea,” he added.

Forty one vets were found still living in the county. Half were able to attend the reception and ceremony.

Harold Long spontaneously led the meeting in the singing of “God Bless America” before the opening of the meeting and, as the oldest vet present, Aubrey Duncan, born in 1928, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Each of the veterans able to attend the meeting was presented with a resolution passed by the council honoring their service.

The city made arrangements to deliver the award to the veterans unable to attend.

The council similarly honored the county’s surviving World War II veterans at their October council meeting.

Bingham repeatedly expressed the opinion that the ceremonies should have been done years ago, due to the advanced age of the remaining veterans of the two conflicts.

Since the WWII vets were honored, at least four of the 21 still living at that time have passed away.

No new business came before the council after the ceremony for the veterans concluded.

Councilmen approved measures removing a seat from the city’s planning commission, adjusting off street parking regulations in order to give the planning commission more flexibility with development proposals, and establishing an ordinance aimed at keeping lawn mowers, among other non-standard vehicles, from being driven on city roadways.