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January 28, 2013

Korean War group disbands

MERCER COUNTY, Pa. —  

A group dedicated to help Americans recall the “forgotten war” has disbanded.

The Mercer County (Pa.) Korean War Veterans was organized to build and maintain a memorial plot along the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. Now the organization that once numbered more than 40 members has seen its membership fall to about a dozen.

The action, which was approved by a judge, will allow the group to turn over the $5,000 in  its checking accounts to other veterans organization.

The war was fought from 1950 to 1953 between Communist North Korea and Democratic South Korea.

The forces in the South were aided by a United Nations coalition that was led by the United States in a fight that played out along the 38th parallel.

It ended in a stalemate on July 27, 1953, when an armistice between the Koreas was signed.

In the last few years, the group's numbers have dwindled to about 12 members making it difficult to maintain the memorial. Local government will assume maintenance on the plot.

Neverthess, the site will ensure  that those who fought in the Korean War will be remembered, said George Saxion, the group’s secretary-treasurer.

“A lot of times you’ll hear somebody chronologically say World War I, World War II, Vietnam. What happened to the Korean War?" he said.  "So at least we have a county memorial for that remembrance.”

 

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Details for this story were provided by The Sharon (Pa.) Herald.

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