Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.

Korean War and Korea Defense Veterans... A Continuity of Service in the Defense of Freedom
Incorporated June 14, 1985… Chartered by Congress June 30, 2008


Korean War Memorials

State of Georgia


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Memorial dedicated on Veterans Day 1993 in Atlanta at State Capitol Twin Towers.


Photo courtesy of Thomas C. Harris, General Raymond G. Davis Chapter #19, KWVA.


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The Korean War Memorial located at Broad and 4th Streets in Augusta, Georgia, was dedicated December 4, 2004. Master of Ceremony was Tom Campbell, WRDW-TV News, who served in Korea 1965-67. Pledge of Allegiance was led by L. E. Doolittle, Commander of Chapter 255, KWVA. National Anthems were played by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band from Fort Gordon, Georgia. American - Eugene Chin Yu accompanied the band. Korean - The Choir of Augusta Korean Churches accompanied the band. Welcome and Introduction of Guests was done by Augusta Mayor Bob Young. Introduction of the Memorial Committee was done by Committee Chairman CAPT Harold W. Harmon, USNR (Ret). He also introduced Memorial Sponsors: Eugene Chin Yu, Jonie Yu, and Lawrence Benenson. Special Remarks were made by Lawrence Benenson. The Memorial was unveiled by the Memorial sponsors and the committee. Korean Consul Mr. Dong Choy presented some Korean War Service Medals. Major General John E. Hoover, USA (Ret), was a guest speaker; as was Colonel Jeffery Smith, Deputy Commanding General, Fort Gordon; and Colonel Louis T. Dechert, USA (Ret), National President of the Korean War Veterans Association. Keynote address was made by Major General Nels Running, USAF (Ret), Former Executive Director, Dept. of Defense 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. Special Remarks were made by Eugene Chin Yu, who then presented Korean Freedom Medallions. Taps by the USA Signal Corps Band. Song Presentation, "Amazing Grace" by the Choir of Augusta Korean Churches. Benediction by the Rev. Jesse L. Goldman, a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.

This picture is of the east side of the memorial, which is dedicated to the Korean War Veterans from the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). This side contains the names of the CSRA Counties. Georgia: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes. South Carolina: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick.

It contains the names of the Memorial Sponsors: Mr. Eugene Chin Yu, Mrs. Jonie H. Yu, Mr. Eric Edward Yu,, Miss Jodie April Yu, Mr. Lawrence Benenson, and Commercial & Military Systems Co., Inc.

It contains the names of the Memorial Committee: CAPT Harold W. Harmon, USNR (Ret), Chairman; Lt. Col. L. Glenn Sewell, USA (Ret); CSM Kenneth K. Badke, USA (Ret.), Former POW; SFC C. Clyde Hooks, USA (Ret); PO3 Jack M. Adkison, USN; Cpl. Willie "Will" C. Campbell, USA; and Cpl. George L. Miller, USA, PH. It contains the names of three men from the CSRA who were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for their service in Korea: Lt. Col. James H. Lynch, Inf., USA, who was also awarded an Oak-Leaf Cluster for his DSC; SFC Arthur C. Dudley, Inf., USA, who attended the dedication; and Sgt. Floyd C. Pelfrey, Inf., USA.  All of the Memorial Committee members were also members of KWVA Chapter 255.

It contains the names of twenty men from the CSRA who were Prisoners of the Korean War. It contains statistics about POWs and KIAs during the Korean War.

Photos courtesy C. Clyde Hooks

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It was hard to get all of the committee together in uniform at one time. Here is most of us.
From left to right, they are: Clyde Hooks, secretary/treasurer; Jack Adkison, first Chapter President; Glenn Sewell; Harold Harmon, Committee Chairman; L. E. "Jo Jo" Doolittle, Chapter Commander, ex officio; and "Will" Campbell, draftsman.


On Sept. 9, 2006, Associate Member Mary Landers, became the wife of Dept. of S. Carolina Commander Clyde Hooks, at the Korean War Memorial in Augusta, Georgia. Both are members of Chapter 255.

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It contains a speech by Eugene Chin Yu; a map of North and South Korea by Bruce H. Johnson, Artist; an image of a Soldier by Bruce H. Johnson, Artist; and the names of eighty five KIAs and MIAs from the Central Savannah River Area.

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Rear - Left Side

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