CHAPTER CHATTER

The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Paul E. Bombardier,  Editor
         July, 2018
The First and Second shift on June 8. Ray Ewing had the stations set up promptly at 8:00 am on a beautiful day, to start a record setting Fund Drive.

 

“Peachie” DeHaven, Maynard Wilson, Herb Taylor, & Paul Bombardier.

 What US Korean War Veterans think of the Trump-Kim summit

·         More than 35,000 Americans perished on the Korean peninsula between 1950 and 1953, in a fight that pitted the communist North Korea, backed by China and the Soviet Union, against the U.S. and United Nations-backed South.

·         The breakthrough reached between the U.S. and North Korea in Singapore on June 12 carries tremendous weight for surviving Korean War veterans and the families of those who were lost.

The veterans expressed their hopes for a united and peaceful Korean peninsula, while maintaining caution when it came to trusting the North Korean regime. "It's time for a real peace treaty after 66 years in a state of war in which nobody wins and everyone loses," said former U.S. Navy petty officer Jack Keep, who served aboard a ship patrolling the North Korean coast in 1953.

Speaking to CNBC via email, the 83-year-old veteran was hopeful. "The people of North and South Korea, as well as we veterans, would welcome a peaceful outcome to these talks. The North Korean people have been suffering desperate poverty all these years."

Still, Keep was cautious, noting the need for further discussions. "We who served during the Korean War remember that it took two years of talking to arrive at an armistice in the '50s, and again with Vietnam," he said. "We are well aware that caution is needed in dealing with the communists."

Article by Natasha Turak, CNBC

·         Published 2:20 AM ET Thu, 21 June 2018   

Paul Campbell, Gary Fletcher, Dave Clark, & Raleigh Watson.