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Korean War Monument

Dedicated May 24, 2002

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Stories of Perry Countians Killed in the Korean War

Korean Monument

            After the creation of the World War II Monument, it seemed only fitting and natural to create a monument dedicated to the veterans of the Korean War around its 50th anniversary.  Another design contest was held among the student body, and the winning design was created by Sarah Wheatley, featuring an American soldier scouting the North Korean lines through binoculars.  This design was then sculpted by West Perry students under the direction of Mr. James Victor, who was the professional sculptor, who assisted with the World War II monument.  This product was next cast as a bronze bas-relief plaque by Laran Foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Dean Metz, a Korean veteran from Perry County, said that the scene on the bronze plaque, brought back memories of how the commander of their company would observe the North Korean lines through his binoculars.  The plaque design also features a crushed bugle at the bottom representing the defeat of the enemy. Bugles were used by the enemy to signal their charges. 

In preparation for the dedication the windows of the school above the monument were decorated with the flags of the twenty nations that fought with the U.S. or provided medical support.  Prior to the dedication, a luncheon was held for 300 veterans, guests, and dignitaries.  In addition, special medals were presented to the Korean era veterans and family members of the 13 Perry Countians who fell during the conflict.  The student body and about 500 community members attended the dedication ceremony, which featured Vincent Krepps, a Korean War veteran and recipient of the Silver Star for heroism, as the keynote speaker.  

Mr. Krepps lost his twin brother in a North Korean POW camp.  He is good

friends with Mr. Dean Metz of Perry County, a Korean War veteran from Perry County who also lost his twin brother in Korea.  West Perry was an official member of the Community Partners Program, a Defense Department commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War.  The Executive Director of the program, Gen. Nels Running, who also spoke at the dedication.  The monument was unveiled by ten relatives of the 13 from the county who fell, including Dean Metz and the widow of Lt. Ramer, the sole Medal of Honor recipient from Perry County.  Biographies of each of the 13 Perry Countians were published in our local paper the week of the dedication.

 

Last Modified on March 12, 2012
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