Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.

Korean War and Korea Defense Veterans... A Continuity of Service in the Defense of Freedom

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2017 Fund Raiser - WINNERS ANNOUNCED...

The Winning tickets for the 2017 Fundraiser were drawn by National President Tom Stevens at the 2017 Membership Meeting Banquet in Norfolk, VA, on October 7:

First prize is $1,500 in cash... William C. Hagzan LR47248, Alexandria, VA

Second prize is $1,000 in cash... Wayne Gilbert LR30247, El Paso, TX

Third prize is $1,000 in cash... Jimmy A. Corbet R043241, Umatilla, FL

Fourth prize is $1,000 in cash... Richard Raison R043339, Plymouth, MI

Fifth prize is $1,000 in cash... Marvin Reed LR19775, Reno, NV


As fund raiser Chairman I want to thank every member that has donated to the Fund Raiser. The funds are utilized to help cover the Graybeards costs. It helps to eliminate efforts to reduce the number of issues each year.

Please plan on supporting the 2018 Fund Raiser.

Thomas McHugh, Director
Fund Raiser Chairman

(Posted 10/11/17)

   Korean War Vets Big Day

The Korean War Veterans Association has been invited to co-host the annual Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery on Nov. 11, 2017. With this honor comes the responsibility of providing activities in support of this event.

Hundreds of Korean War and Korea Defense Veterans, from across the country, will be in attendance. For many, it will be their first visit to Arlington National Cemetery or even to visit their Korean War Memorial. Thus, for some, it will be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

Transportation costs and lodging are the responsibility of the veteran. However, each participant will incur additional expenses while in Arlington. The KWVA Veterans Day Planning Committee has established a working budget of $50,000 to provide a range of activities to augment the Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington as well as at the Korean War memorial later that afternoon.

To help defray the expense to these veterans, we are seeking donations from a grateful public. A donation of any size will allow us to provide a welcome reception, a wreath laying ceremony, and transportation for the veterans, among other activities and supports.

The Korean War Veterans Association is incorporated as a 501(c)(19) non-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.

Paul Cunningham, Director
Chairman Veterans Day 2017 Committee

(Posted 8/2/17)

Sadly we announce the passing of former KWVA Director
Warren Avery...

(Click the above link for more details)

(Posted 9/26/17)

(or served outside of Korea June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955)
Then YOU QUALIFY and WE WANT YOU to join as a Member
of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.,
our Federally Chartered Veterans Service Organization!

How to Join

Welcome to the official website of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. The site is DYNAMIC, ever-changing, to keep the membership and all Veterans of Korea, 1945 until now, informed of America’s oldest and largest association of Korea Veterans. You will find new material each time you visit the site: come often, browse widely, and come again soon! We encourage all users to check out the various links on our site to useful and helpful information for veterans, their families, educators, and the public.

List of Recently Joined NEW MEMBERS...
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Check Your National KWVA Membership Status Online:
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Members continue to subscribe to the Code of Conduct... Have YOU??
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See Steve Szekely's article in the Jan/Feb 2010 Graybeards...
Note: To subscribe please call, write, or email: Stephen Szekely
1516 Laclede Rd., South Euclid, Ohio 44121, (216) 381-9080, sxdszek@sbcglobal.net

News... Stories... Topics of Interest to KWVA Members and Friends...
(Note: Please scroll down for many more stories not listed here...)

Archive of EARLIER Home Page Stories by Date and Subject...

Press Release: Wall of Remembrance (H.R.1475) Signed Into Law!

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act (H.R.1475) which recently passed Congress.

The legislation introduced last year by Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX), a Korean War veteran, calls for authorizing the establishment of the wall to list the names of some 50-thousand U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War in the early 1950s.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial opened on July 27th 1995 to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Korean War armistice. The park houses 19 statues of soldiers. But until now, only the number of those who were killed, wounded, or missing in action were listed without their names.

Click HERE to view a letter of thanks from the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation to the KWVA.

(Posted 10/11/16)

Help Us Get H.CON.RES.52 Passed to Honor Korea Service Veterans...

Design for the Korean Defense Service Memorial
(Click picture for a larger view)

I am proud to announce a new Federal Bill # H.Con.Res.52 honoring all who made the ultimate sacrifice in Korea since July 28, 1954. That includes 1,243 Americans and 2,500 ROKs. The memorial will be erected at Arlington National Cemetery. The bill was introduced by Congressman William Keating, MA 9th District. No taxpayer funds will be used to construct the memorial. Please call your Congressman at 202-224-3121 ask them to Co-sponsor H.Con.Res.52.

The full title/description of the Resolution is: "Expressing the sense of Congress that an appropriate site in the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery should be provided for a memorial marker to honor the memory of those who have been awarded or are eligible for the Korean Defense Service Medal who are missing in action, are unaccounted for, or died in-theater."

Click HERE to see a copy of the Bill and list of current co-sponsors

(Direct from the "Library of Congress Thomas Site")

Jeffrey J. Brodeur
KWVA 2nd Vice President
Member National Membership and Recruiting Committee
Member National Ceremonies Committee
Former KWVA National Director
Email: KVAMANE@aol.com

(Originally posted 5/26/15, Updated 6/15/17)

DoD Conducting Review of Service Crosses

The Department of Defense is conducting a review of Service Crosses (Distinguished Service Cross – Army; Navy Cross – Navy and USMC; Air Force Cross – Air Force) awarded to Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander veterans from the Korean and Vietnam Wars to determine if they warrant upgrade to the Medal of Honor.

If you qualify, contact the points of contact to make sure that you are included in the review.

For more information, including the points of contact, click HERE.

(Posted 8/29/17)

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The Jul/Aug, 2017 Issue of The Graybeards
was mailed Tuesday, Aug. 15... look for your copy soon!!

Click the following links for a preview... (PDF Files)

(Posted 8/23/17)

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Charlestown Korea Defense Service Memorial Dedication

Click HERE to watch the dedication of the memorial in Charlestown, MA, to honor the millions of service men and women who served and continue to serve for the defense of the Republic of Korea.


(Posted 1/3/17)


Korean War Documentaries by Jongwoo Han

Many of you know Dr. Jongwoo Han. He is a former Professor out of Syracuse University who is doing many good things for the KWVA, especially our Tell America Program. Just recently he traveled around the country with a Korean Broadcast System videographer, interviewing veterans and filming a documentary about Korean veterans that is now complete and located on his website. It is well worth your time to look at and see what he has done. It is currently being shown in Korea on the Korean Broadcast System.


To view the documentaries on his website, click HERE.

(Posted 8/12/15)

Give a deserving Korea Veteran a Gift Membership...

If you have a friend or family member that served in Korea and is eligible to be a KWVA member, you can easily give him/her a "Gift Membership"... simply fill out the Application with all the required information for them, then sign it yourself in the designated area as the "gift giver" and mail it to the Membership Office, along with the required payment shown on the application.

The new member will receive a membership card, a "Welcome Packet" from the Membership Office, and begin receiving the Graybeards magazine!


Read More>>

(Posted 10/27/12)

Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial

"The creation of the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial (KWVDM) emerges as a first-of-its-kind project seeking to permanently preserve, unedited, the first-hand memories, experiences, and artifacts of our Korean War Veterans in an effort to pass them down to future generations."

Click HERE to visit the website

Click HERE for more information on how the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial was created (PDF)

(Posted 1/12/12)

Contact the KWVA Membership Office for ALL Member Information Requests/Changes

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  • Make a Donation to The Graybeards
  • Make a Donation "In-Memory-Of" to the KWVA or Graybeards
  • New Member Applications
  • Dues Renewal Payments by Credit Card

Phone: 217-345-4414 (Office Hours 9am-3:30pm Central Mon-Fri)
Email to:  membership@kwva.org
"Snail" Mail to: KWVA Membership Office
PO Box 407
Charleston, IL  61920-0407

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Make a Donation to the KWVA...

The Korean War Veterans Association is incorporated as a
501(c)(19) non-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support!

For the Korean War Vets Big Day:

KWVA is co-hosting the Annual Veterans Day
Ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery on Nov. 11, 2017.
Please help us defray expenses... A donation of any
size will allow us to provide a welcome reception,
a wreath laying ceremony, and transportation for
the veterans, among other activities and supports.

To the KWVA General Fund:

Note: You may enter an optional
"In Memory of" name if you wish.

For Help in Funding The Graybeards:

Note: You may enter an optional
"In Memory of" name if you wish.

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Founder William T. Norris, LC00001, June 20, 1997

Honorary President Raymond G. Davis MOH, MH00008, September 3, 2003

In January 2005, the President of the KWVA established that death notices of present or former directors, national officers, and department presidents would be placed on the website for thirty days. All reports of deaths of members are published in The Graybeards, when reported, and the Memorial List of those who have departed since the last National Convention are placed on a Memorial List awaiting the next Convention. Well done, honored comrades.

Click HERE to view our "In Memoriam" page of ALL Members that have passed away.

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In Memoriam...  Warren Avery, LC00230... September 10, 2017

Sadly we must report another death among past National leaders. Warren Avery was a National Director from 1988 to 1992.

Warren G. Avery, 85, of North Haven, CT, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at Masonicare Health Center, Wallingford with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 64 years to Ann M. Callinan Avery who was the love of his life; born in Norwich, CT on June 18, 1932 and was the son of the late Austin and Aurora Ethier Avery.

A Korean War Veteran, Sargent First Class Warren G. Avery joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17. A year later he was captured and became a POW. He escaped and walked barefoot on snow and ice for two days before he came upon U.S. soldiers.

Mr. Avery was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean War Service Medal with 6 Battle Stars, United Nations Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the U.S. Army Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster as well as the Purple Heart and Good Conduct Award. Mr. Avery was a National Director of the Korean War Veterans Association. He was invited back to Korea 3 times. He met with North Koreans at the DMZ line as they returned the remains of American Soldiers. He was instrumental in getting the Korean War Memorial built in Washington D.C and was invited to the White House by President Clinton as a thank you for his efforts.

Warren was a New Haven Policeman for 10 years and later a Truck Broker, owner and operator of Nu-Car Carriers. For many years he visited his grandchildren’s school on Veteran’s Day to share his story and his awards with the children. Warren loved gardening, woodworking and his grandchildren. His vegetable and flower gardens were adorned with wooden wind mills and whirly-gigs that he created in his cherished wood shop. He also built 3 grandfather clocks, a beautiful roll top desk, the cradle his grandchildren slept in and unique wooden bowls which he loved giving to family and friends. His kind heart, beautiful smile, twinkling eyes and jovial laugh will be missed by all who knew this true American hero.

Father of Ann (Robert) Dempsey, Peggy Avery and the late William W. Avery. Grandfather of Meredith (Andras) Balint, Matthew (Amanda) Dempsey, Patricia (Erwin) Franz, William DePalma, Alex and Elizabeth Budinoff. Great Grandfather of Declan, Liam, Tyler and Rhys. Brother of Frederick Avery and the late Marion, Reynolds and Gordon.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Saturday morning (Sept. 16) at 9:30. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church at 10:00 am. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 pm. Should friends desire memorial contribution may be made to Closer to Free Fund, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06510.

For more information and to leave online condolences, visit North Haven Funeral Home here (http://northhavenfuneral.com/obituary/warren-g-avery/).

(Posted 9/26/17)


Join Us...

The members of the Board of Directors and I cordially invite Korea veterans of all eras to join the KWVA so that you can receive the membership benefit of issues of the organization's official magazine, The Graybeards, published six times a year and is occasionally supplemented with newsletters between issues. (Non-Korea veterans are also welcome to join the KWVA as associate members.)

In our newsletters, and on THIS Website, you will find the most current KWVA news, updates on issues of importance to Korean War veterans, reunion notices, POW/MIA updates, book reviews, veterans' memoirs, and much more.

Tom Stevens, President, KWVA

Click HERE for information on how to join us.

The official contact person for the national KWVA is: Alves J. Key, Jr., Secretary, alveskey@sbcglobal.net. Phone 817-472-7743. Mr. Key is a resident of Texas, and thus is on Central Time.

Archive of EARLIER Home Page Stories...

Stories and news releases of interest to Korea veterans are published regularly on the KWVA website Home Page.
CLICK THIS LINK to go to the list of Previous Stories by Date and Subject.

DEFEND our Nation
CARE for our Veterans
REMEMBER our Missing and Fallen
MAINTAIN our Memorial
SUPPORT a free Korea

Appearance from time-to-time of non-KWVA notices, opinions, products, and services hereon are offered as a service to our members and friends, and does not constitute agreement with or an endorsement by the KWVA or any of its officers, officials or employees. News items are selected as pertaining to the Mission of the Association.

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