The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Col. Owen R. Grogan
Our Chapter's first Honorary Member, U.S. Army Colonel (Ret'd), Owen R. Grogan, age 96, passed quietly on February 25, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA. Owen is survived by his wife, Sarah Holmes Grogan, a son, REv. Bill Grogan, a daughter, Mary Lee Grogan and a granddaughter Elizabeth Grogan. A memorial service was held in Williamsburg on March 1st and burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Col. Owen Grogan
Owen was a career soldier, enlisting in January 1943 and received his commission in May 1943. He served with the Airborne Engineers in Southeast Asia during WWII. During the Korean War, he served as a rifle company commander and was in the battle at the Chosin Reservoir. He also served two tours in Vietnam in
1965-66 with the 1st Cavalry. He was highly decorated for his 66 months in combat earning ten battle stars. His 18 service medals and decorations included a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, 3 Legion of Merits, Purple Heart. He also held a single engine pilots license, Master Parachute Badge and the Combat Infantry Badge.
In 2013 Owen was recognized as a Hardcore Warrior, an honor reserved for a very select group of veterans who answered the call and gallantly served in three wars: WW II, Korea and Vietnam.
Owen was the speaker for our April 2010 meeting and rode with us in the 2011 Apple Blossom Parade.
Lew Ewing first met Owen and his wife Sarah in Seoul, Korea in 2006 when they were participating in the Korea Revisit Program. In the intervening years, the Grogans and the Ewings have grown to become very close and dear friends and we are going to miss our good Buddy, Owen.
FROM THE CHAPLAIN
prosthetic replacement. Every time I call him, he seems to be in excellent spirits. James may be reached on his cell phone at 540-533-2000 - and he really does appreciate a short phone call. I urge that you call him - or any of those on our prayer list, which you will find elsewhere in the "Chapter Chatter". A brief call means a great deal to those who cannot get out very much. Please advise us of anyone who needs our prayers and attention.
Raleigh Watson, Chaplain
Once again, things seem to have leveled out as far as our members' health is concerned. I have not been advised of any new illnesses among our members. James Berry remains with his daughter in Ruckersville, and having adjustments and training with his
NATIONAL DUES REMINDER
The National KWVA dues for the following members are due in the month of April:
Oliver W. Hott
Francis Y. Hudson
April 1, 2016
April 9, 2016
April 21, 2016
April 23, 2016
Long ago when men stomped and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, when Al Lazazzera does it, it is called golf.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
April 10, 1931
April 14, 1936
April 16, 1930
April 23, 1927
April 28, 1933
April 30, 1927