July 27, 2020 - VFW Post 8904 and auxiliary gathered on the downtown square to remember the heroes of the Korean War Armistice on its 67th anniversary on Monday, July 27th.
Larry Hume shared a summary of the Korean War. On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea – an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.
VFW Commander Gene Hutto then laid the memorial wreath to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War. To end the program the playing of Taps was done by Mike Langford in honor of those who died in the service of their country during the Korean War and those who served and have since passed.
Hume then recogized John Piersol who served in the Korean War and acknowledged Piersol celebrating his 90th birthday.
Shelby County soldiers Killed-in-Action:
- Floyd Harris, killed-in-action on September 24, 1950
- Clifford Hughes, killed-in-action on August 13, 1950
- Johnny V. Mena, killed-in-action on April 19, 1951
- Bobbie F. Mock, killed-in-action on November 22, 1950
- Billy Clyde Stephenson, killed-in-action on November 5, 1952
- Leonard Williams, killed-in-action on May 18, 1951
- Willie J. Wilson, killed-in-action on May 27, 1951
- Wilie E. Windham, missing-in-action since August 12, 1950
Prisoners of War:
- Hubert L. Langford, North Korean POW
- Pearl D. Lucas, North Korean POW
- Billy Lee Wescoat, Chinese POW
- Leonard Scott, North Korean POW