DOYLESTOWN >> On a cool, overcast Thursday, July 27 the Board of Bucks County Commissioners and the Bucks County Yong Dung Po Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association remembered "The Forgotten War" during the county's 17th annual Korean War Armistice Day Ceremony.

The Bucks County Courthouse Memorial Courtyard was filled with 21 Korean War veterans – all of whom stood to be recognized - their families and a Marine Corps detail on the 64th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

The occasion is an annual remembrance of the 38 Bucks Countians who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War.

Emceed by 86-year-old Korean War veteran Jerry Jonas, who was a 22-year-old when the guns went silent, the ceremony represents “a very special day for veterans of the Korean War.

"For those of us who served, it’s hard to believe 64 years have passed. If I close my eyes, it seems like only weeks,” he said.

Mr. Jonas also remembered fellow veteran Kenneth Goodrow, who passed away during the last year.

Commissioner Chairman Charles H. Martin welcomed the attendees, noting that the Korean War Memorial structure recently was refurbished by the Bucks County General Services division. He thanked all the assembled veterans for their service, including the uniformed members of the 14th Marine Artillery Regiment who remain on active duty.

Chairman Martin added that he has attended all but one of the 17 county Korean War ceremonies during his commissioner tenure. He concluded with a quote from President Calvin Coolidge, who famously said, “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”

Bucks County Director of Veterans Affairs Dan Fraley delivered the keynote address, painting a story of hardship and sacrifice that Korean veterans authored.

“I didn’t realize how bloody the Korean War was until I did some research,” he said, noting that conditions reached 50 below zero at times during the war. “There were 131 Medals of Honor awarded during Korea, because of the American spirit I believe.”

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey sent his best wishes through a member of his staff, offering an Abraham Lincoln quote about those who fight in the United States Armed Services must be prepared to offer “the last full measure of devotion.”

During the Korean War, approximately 37,000 American soldiers were killed and 102,000 were wounded before the guns fell silent after three years of continuous fighting. Another 8,200 remain missing to this day.

Honored veterans, family members and dignitaries laid wreaths and 38 long-stemmed red roses at the Korean Memorial. The ceremony concluded with a rifle salute in the Memorial courtyard. A full list of those honored during the hour-long event is below:

Bucks County's Korean War Honored Dead

Harold L. Adams – U.S. Army

Auston W. Beetle – U.S. Air Force

Herbert Besch Jr. – U.S. Army

Matthew J. Biedka – U.S. Air Force

Robert E. Brown – U.S. Army

Donald L. Clayton – U.S. Marine Corps

Harry Y. Eisenbray – U.S. Navy

Hans W. Grahl – U.S. Marine Corps

Warren H. Harms – U.S. Army

Thurle L. Hileman – U.S. Army

John J. Holden – U.S. Army

John D. Hunsberger – U.S. Marine Corps

Norbert G. Hurt – U.S. Army

Casimir P. Kaczor – U.S. Army

Edward B. Keller – U.S. Army

Harold D. Kellett – U.S. Army

William R. Lewis – U.S. Marine Corps

Attilio M. Lupacchini – U.S. Marine Corps

Bruce F. Mathewson - U.S. Marine Corps

John J. McDonnell – U.S. Army

Raymond H. Miller – U.S. Army

James L. Niblick – U.S. Army

Robert J. Ortlip – U.S. Navy

Warren E. Palmer – U.S. Army

Paul E. Riess – U.S. Army

Clarence F. Rotenberger – U.S. Army

John M. Rozear Jr. – U.S. Army

Christopher Schlitz – U.S. Army

Thomas F. Solometo – U.S. Army

John M.L. Stern Jr. – U.S. Army

George W. Supplee – U.S. Air Force

John J. Truan – U.S. Army

William F. Underdown - U.S. Army

Richard Vaneekhoven – U.S. Army

Walter G. Wieckowski – U.S. Army

William J. Wiley – U.S. Army

Gracian H. White – U.S. Army

Bernard M. Young – Marine Corps

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