April 25, 2014

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American Legion commemorates the end of Korean War

The anniversary of the end of hostilities of the Korean War — 27JUL53 in military dating parlance — was marked Monday at American Legion Post 12 in Elyria by the Korean War Veterans Association Western Ohio Lake Erie Chapter. The ceremony honored the 61 from Lorain County who perished either on the penninsula or during training exercises.

Sam Betounes, chapter past-president, said, “(Korea) was the first time American troops were deployed after the Second World War. They were given a specific task and they did what they were sent there to do. We need to remember that.

“For as short as that war was, the losses were horrendous. We lost 61 from Lorain County. The important thing to remember is it’s one thing to be in combat, but when you’re training for combat, you lose people, too.”

The names were read out and a two man detail burned a slip of paper with each man’s name on it in a small pyre in an inverted helmet.

KWVA member Edward Webber of Elyria told how he kept the somber tones of Taps.

“I just think of all the headstones that are spread out, especially in Washington,” he said. “And while I was playing I just solemnly looked at the flag and just let my mind go, just thinking of all the dead and all the suffering. We just keep their memory alive.”