“Korea, the forgotten war.”
As the years pass by, we have fewer and fewer Korean War era veterans to honer at our annual Remembrance Day program. This year was no exception, as we had only ten able to attend. However, if only one is in attendance we are honored to recognize and remember them for their sacrifice and service to our great country.
This year program honored Korean War era veterans and All POW / MIA from every era of conflict. Specifically for the Korean War, there were 4,714 prisoners of war and 7,685 missing in action, with only 470 remains accounted for. Director Chip Duncan gave an accounting, during his remarks, of the missing for each branch of the service and the number of those accounted for. For me the number of POW and MIA was surprisingly large, especially so for a war that some many of our fellow countrymen have forgotten.
This year speaker was Robert Wheeler, a Civilian POW taken prisoner with his missionary family when the Japanese took the Philippines. Bob told the story of his family’s three years as prisoners of war at the Los Baños internment camp on the island of Luzon and the incredibly raid by the 11 Airborne Division who parachuted in to free them.
Please see the video linked below to watch the afternoon’s program.