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Colonel William E. Weber, Chapter #142,
K.W.V.A. of Frederick County, Maryland, Inc.
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Korean Embassy Representatives Visit Citizens/Montevue Nursing Care Center

Veteran residents of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living facilities were pleasantly surprised on Thursday, December 22, 2016, when they were visited by representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea: Korean Marine Lt. Col. Kangwook Lee, and Korean Navy Commander Tagoon Lee. The members of the Korean Embassy delivered flowers on behalf of Ambassador Ahn and expressed his thanks for the sacrifice veterans made during the Korean War. This event was made possible through efforts by Brigadier General Se Woo Pyo, Defense Attaché to the United States from the Republic of Korea. Maryann Welsh, Activity Director of Citizens, and Robert Mount, Commander of Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142, were on hand to greet Lt. Col. Kangwook Lee and Commander Tagoon Lee.

Representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Citizens Activity Director Maryann Welsh, Korean Marine Lt. Col. Kangwook Lee, Chapter Commander Robert Mount and Korean Navy Commander Tagoon Lee.

Brigadier General Se Woo Pyo attends Chapter Christmas Luncheon

At the Christmas party, held at Dutch's Daughter restaurant on December 14, 2016, Commander Robert Mount introduced the Republic of Korea's Military Attaché, Brigadier General Se Woo Pyo. Brigadier General Pyo gave an inspiring presentation in which he expressed the gratitude of the Korean people for the sacrifices made by United States military personnel who save South Korea from domination by North Korea.

Brigadier General Pyo and Bob Mount
Brigadier General Se Woo Pyo and Commander Mount

Frederick County Veterans History Project Donation

Prescilla Rall, Veterans History Project
Treasurer Bob Eader, Prescilla Rall and Commander Bob Mount

At a luncheon on November 18, 2016, Chapter 142 made a $1,000 donation to the Frederick County Veterans History Project.

The Frederick County Veterans Project is part of the National Veterans History Project, whose mission is to record on DVD as many interviews with veterans as possible. As Priscilla Rall, director of the Frederick County Veterans History Project, says, "We interview any Veteran. It doesn't matter whether they were stateside, in the Cold War, anywhere." You can read more about the Frederick County Veterans History Project in The Catoctin Banner.

KWVA Chapter 142 Tells America

Under the Korean War Veterans Association's "Tell America" program, Bob Mount and Chip Chipley of Chapter 142 presented information to about 110 middle school students at Urbana Middle School on November 14, 2016.

Bob Mount and Chip Chipley photo 1 Bob Mount and Chip Chipley photo 2

Korean War Veterans Donate $2,000 to Needy Veterans Fund

Chapter 142 presents check to Montevue Citizens 2016
Auxiliary President Linda Turbyville accepts check from Commander Robert Mount

On November 10, 2016, members of the local Korean War Veterans Chapter 142 were guests at the breakfast honoring Montevue/Citizens nursing care center resident veterans. In attendance from Chapter 142 were Chip Chipley, Ted Carlson, Tony Malavenda, Reggie Kephart and Bob Mount.

After the breakfast, the Chapter presented a $2,000 donation to the Needy Veterans Fund maintained by the Montevue/Citizens Auxiliaries. This fund makes it possible for the facilities to provide comfort items to the veterans, items that would not be included in the normal operation of the facility.

Auxiliary President Linda Turbyville accepted the $2,000 check from Chapter 142 Commander Bob Mount.

Chapter 142 Supports AMVETS Post 2

Chapter 142 presents check to AMVETS
Commander Robert Mount, Mark Redmond, Bob Eader and Glenn Wienhoff

The Col William E Weber Chapter 142 Korean War Veterans Association of Frederick County Maryland, Inc recently made a $1000 contribution to AMVETS Post 2. Commander Bob Mount, along with Treasurer Bob Eader and Secretary Glenn Wienhoff, presented the check to Mark Redmond, Commander of AMVETS Post 2.

Korean War Veterans Host Farewell for Major General Shin

Robert Bob Mount and Major General Shin Young Soo
Commander Robert Mount and Major General Shin Young Soo
photograph courtesy of Anthony Malavenda

On September 22, 2016, Frederick Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142, along with Antietam KWVA Chapter 312 and Shenandoah KWVA Chapter 313, hosted a Farewell Luncheon at Dutch's Daughter restaurant for Major General Shin Kyoung Soo and his wife, Miyoung You. Major General Shin has been the Defense Attaché of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the United States for the past three years. He will soon be retiring and returning to South Korea.

Over the past three years, Major General Shin has had a special relationship with the US Korean War Veterans ranging from visiting the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. with Colonel William Weber of KWVA Chapter 142 to laying wreaths at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Major General Shin and his wife have attended each of KWVA Chapter 142's past Christmas Luncheons, often surprising the veterans by covering the cost of the luncheons, and he has also hosted luncheons for Korean War Veterans at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. KWVA Chapter 142 has provided Color Guards for the Major General.

During the Farewell Luncheon attended by 80 veterans and guests, KWVA Chapter 142 Commander Robert Mount gave a salute to Miyoung You, and Retired Colonel William Weber gave a toast to Major General Shin. Commander Mobely of Chapter 312 presented Major General Shin with an Antietam Afghan Blanket and Miyoung You with a beautiful necklace. Commander Netschke of Chapter 313 presented to Major General Shin a framed numbered copy of Mort Künstler's scene showing General Lee, General Jackson and President Davis at Davis' office discussing battle plans, and to Miyoung You a gorgeous vase. Commander Mount then presented Major General Shin with a collage of Chapter 142 photographs prepared by Priscilla Rall and two books: "The Battle of the Monocacy", since the Major General is a Civil War buff, and "Fighting on the Brink (the Pusan perimeter defense)" by Uzal W. Ent.

Major General Shin spoke of the Korean concept of inyon, sometimes translated as "relation and affinity". He said he has felt most welcomed by the veterans and he shares inyon with them. Commander Mount responded that though there will be a new Defense Attaché, he will have a hard time being as good a representative as Major General Shin.

The luncheon concluded with renewed ties between the United States and the Republic of Korea.

Commander Mobely Salutes Major General Shin Col Weber converses with Major General Shin

Commander Mobely salutes Major General Shin Col Weber and Major General Shin converse at main table

photographs courtesy of Priscilla Rall

Fact, Stranger? Than Fiction!

Article by Bill Weber

On 25 Jun 2015 the KWVMFnd [Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation] sponsored a ceremony, at which we read at the Korean War Veterans Memorial the names of the 36,574 U.S. Soldiery KIA in the Korean War. Unknown to our people is that Republic of Korea Soldiers were assigned to U.S. units during the war due to a shortage of trained U.S. replacements. KATUSA combat losses would otherwise have been U.S.

Robert Bob Mount and Wondo Chang

They were called Korean Augmentation To U.S. Army (KATUSA). Approximately 25% of U.S. Army combat and combat support units were KATUSA. Over 23,000 KATUSA served during the war and continue to do so today in the 2nd U.S. Inf Div. Of these, during 25 Jun '50, to 27 Jul '53, 5936 were KIA! That's a ratio of almost 1 in 5 vs a U.S. ratio of 1 in 9 - almost twice as much! Irrespective of the ratio it is fair to assume every KATUSA KIA could otherwise well have been a U.S. Soldier!

Ergo, in honor of their sacrifice and the U.S. Soldiery lives they saved, this past 25 Jun 2016, we read the names of these KATUSA KIA, just as we did their U.S. counterparts last June. The 'reading symbolism' used was to have the name read first by a Korean (KATUSA vet, ROK Embassy military aides, Korean-American KATUSA veterans, Korean-American ROK Army veterans) and then by U.S. Korean War Veterans Association member, my Board members and active U.S. military members.

Readers were paired - a Korean national or Korean-American would first read the name in Hangul (Korean language), followed by an American reading the name in phonetical English. This process continued unabated for almost seven hours until all 5936 names were read!

Members from Chapters 33, 100, 142, 312 and 313 participated as 'readers' as did Tom Stevens (new President), and others from KWVA Board. To those of you who supported this ceremony, my thanks!

But, let me get to the reason for this short and, strangely named, article - for sometimes, 'Fact, Stranger? Than Fiction!' can be so!

One of the reading pairs was a Korean-American KATUSA war veteran, Wondo Chang and his partner, Robert Mount, currently President of KWVA Chapter 142 in Frederick, MD.

And it is at the juxtaposition of 'reading pairs', chosen at random, that the title of this article became manifested this past 25 Jun! KATUSA veteran Wondo Chang, and KWVA veteran Robert 'Bob' Mount were again (Note: I'm a firm believer that 'coincidence' is sometimes pre-ordained!), 'paired', though this time somewhat more intimately, as 'readers' to read together.

But, unbeknownst to all, that day and 66 years earlier, the TWO had also been 'paired' though unknowingly, (and somewhat indirectly), in a combat related activity in Korea in late Sep-early Oct 1950!

Continue Reading Bill Weber's Article

Golden Gears Car Show

On June 25, 2016, Chapter 142 opened the Golden Gears Car Show in Frederick, MD. Nine members turned out to Present The Colors for the Car Club, which has sponsored the Chapter for several years. Members presenting were Reg Kephart, Bob Mount, Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Gene Rinehart, Fred Becker and Ted Carlson. Click on any image below for a larger view.

Secretary Glenn Wienhoff was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Golden Gears Car Club.

A slideshow of the car show can be found HERE.

Washington, D.C. Memorial Day Parade

Wendell Murphy Memorial Day Washington D.C.

Several members of Chapter 142 participated in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC. Above Wendell Murphy (center) is pictured by the Korean War Memorial.

Community Foundation 2016 Scholarship Reception

Two Scholarships were awarded in 2016 from the William E. Weber Chapter 142 Korean War Veterans Association of Fredick, MD, Inc. Fund, administered by The Community Foundation of Frederick County. Secretary Glenn Wienhoff represented the Chapter at the reception held by the Community Foundation where Sponsors meet students who receive the Scholarships.

Both Scholarship Recipients are graduates of Middletown, MD High School and both had grandfathers who were Korean War Veterans. Miss Stephany Letourneau will be attending Juniata College in Pennsylvania studying Environmental Science and Miss Allison Miller will be attending Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania studying Special Education. Each Scholarship was for $1,700.

The Chapter wishes each recipient a successful college experience.

Frederick County History Project

On Saturday, May 21, 2016 (Armed Forces Day), several Chapter veterans (Davis, Easder, Knoebel, Malavenda, Murphy and wives) attended a luncheon at Country Meadows. Priscilla Rall had a short program prior to the meal. Many 90+ WWII veterans attended.

The purpose of the History Project is to interview as many veterans as possible. Copies of these interviews will be delivered to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to be kept as a permanent record for future generations to view and learn what these veterans went through. If you would like to be interviewed, please get in touch with Priscilla.

Urban Middle School Veterans Day Program

Mount and Chipley at Urbana Middle School

Commander Mount and Chip Chipley were warmly greeted on November 12, 2015 at Urbana Middle School, Urbana, Maryland. They participated in the School's Veterans Day Program with in-classroom appearances.

ROK-US Friendship Gala Concert 2015

Republic of Korea - United States Gala Timepiece Paperweight
Republic of Korea - United States Gala Timepiece Paperweight

Sixteen members of Chapter 142 attended the Gala hosted by the President of South Korea Park Guen-Hye on October 14, 2015. It was a fine program with a delicious dinner which we all enjoyed. The Embassy provided bus transportation to the even in downtown DC. Those attending from Chapter 142 were Col. and Mrs. Weber, Bob Mount, Wendell Murphy, Richard Knoebel, Richard Cody, Kern Thornton, Bob Eader, Glenn Wienhoff, Tony Malavenda, Chip Chipley, Fred Becker, Dr. Richard Kim, Kyu Tae Chang, Jim Miller and Tony Marra.

Among the dignitaries were President Park Guen-Hye, Secretary of State John Kerry, Representative Charles Rangel (a Korean War Veteran). Former Secretary of State Colin Powell came by and shook hands with several of us. Each veteran was given a beautiful timepiece paperweight with an etched map displaying the bright lights of South Korea in stark contrast to the darkness of North Korea.

The concert showcased the following performers:

  • Sejong Soloists,
  • Richard Yongjae O'Neill Violist,
  • CBS Children's Choir,
  • Woorigarak Youth Dance Troupe, and
  • K-Tigers.

2015 Korean War Commemoration

Korean War Veterans Reading Names of the Fallen
Chip Chipley reading Names of the Fallen

The Korean War Veterans Association annual convention in Washington, DC was from July 22nd through July 27th. A poignant piece of the commemorative events was the reading of the Names of the Fallen at the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Chapter 142 members Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Eader, Ted Carlson, Richard Cody and Tony Malavenda each took a turn reading Names of the Fallen.

The names of all 36,574 U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War were called out in the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the truce. The Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation organized the "Verbal Wall of Remembrance Ceremony". About 30 people, including South Korean Major General Shin Kyung-soo, took turns calling out the names of the fallen troops at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington for up to 12 hours a day for three days (July 25 - 27).

65th Anniversary of the Korean War

KWMF Stage
Bob Eader, Ken Davis, Creed Parker, Glenn Wienhoff, Chip Chipley, Tony Malavenda, Bob Mount, Wendell Murphy, Col. Weber, Richard Knoebel, Al Wiles, Kern Thornton and Annelie Weber.

On June 25, 2015 members and guests of Col. William E. Weber Chapter 142 journeyed to the Korean War Memorial in Washington DC for the Ceremony commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War. the bus trip down was unusual in that the route taken took the group through downtown Washington and gave them an unexpected view of many of the Federal office buildings and the Capitol building.

At the event, remarks were delivered by several significant individuals, most notable were Major General Shin (Korean Military Attachè to the US), Korean Ambassador Ahn and Larry Kinard (KWVA President). Ambassador Ahn most graciously acknowledged the efforts of the 21 Nations who participated in saving the Republic of Korea from domination by Communist North Korea. Each of the 21 Nations placed a wreath at the Memorial.

Chapter 142 representatives at the event are pictured above. Also in attendance but not pictured was Barb Eader.

Oakdale High School Memorial Day Program

Chapter 142 Members were invited to Oakdale High School's Memorial Day Program on May 27, 2015. The school presented an outstanding patriotic program which included a motivational speech by Col. (Ret) John Fer who was confined in the "Hanoi Hilton" with John McCain, Bud Day and the other heroes who were imprisoned there. Chapter 142 Members attending were Jack Droneburg and his wife, Dottie, Bob Mount, Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Eader, Chip Chipley, Reg Kephart and Tony Malavenda.

Chapter 142 with Head of Oakdale High School Social Studies, Ms. Collen Bernard

In the picture (above) Ms. Colleen Bernard, Head of the Social Studies Department at Oakdale and a longtime supporter of Chapter 142, is shown with Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Eader, Chip Chipley, Tony Malavenda and Reg Kephart.

Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival

On May 23, 2015, members of Chapter 142 made the trip to Chesapeake Beach, MD for the fourth annual Memorial Day Festival, Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival, "Honoring Our Fallen Heroes". This year's theme was the Korean War. The Key Note Speaker was Maryland First Lady, Yumi Hogan, who is the first Korean American first lady in the United States. Guest Speaker William E. Weber, Col-USA-Ret., delivered an inspiring lesson and Chapter 142 Commander Robert Mount presented a brief history of the Korean War. It was an enjoyable event, particularly when Chapter members met Yumi Hogan.

Chapter 142 Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival with Yumi Hogan
Jim Miller, Commander Mount, Yumi Hogan and Col. Weber
Chapter 142 Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival salute
Jim Miller, Commander Mount, Col. Richard Dean, Col. Weber
and Annelie Weber salute during the National Anthem

US/South Korea Technology Security Gathering

On April 20, 2015 four of our members (Kyu Tae Joseph, Richard Kim, Wendell Murphy and Bob Mount) went to the Marine Corps museum in Quantico to represent Korean War veterans at a gathering of technology security professionals for the US and The Republic of Korea. The government officials had just concluded discussions designed to ensure that both the United States defense department and their counterparts for the Republic of Korea would have the best technology security available. Click on any image below to enlarge.

Veterans were invited to attend this reception by the facilitator, Mr. Bryan Denson, Lt Col (r), USAF, to add what little they could to show that US veterans were behind this effort at strengthening the US/Korean partnership. Kim told how his unit eliminated North Koreans who had occupied the lighthouse in the Bay of Inchon and succeeded in starting the light which made the Inchon invasion possible. Murphy told how proud he was of the success of the Korean people at rebuilding their country and said he would gladly do his part again if he could. Mount also expressed pride in the Korean people's success in rebuilding their country, which had been completely devastated by the war. Mount went on to point out that the Korean War museum in Seoul has an exhibit showing a teacher behind a building, with children gathered around a tree, carrying out teaching assignments, even though they could not meet in a school and fighting might be only a few miles away. Mount stressed the point that it was this dedication to learning on the part of the Korean people that, no doubt, was a large part of the reason for their success in rebuilding their country.

Korean Vice Minister Jin, Yang-hyun expressed the gratitude of the Korean people for the sacrifice by veterans and presented each with a plaque containing a 4 inch piece of barbed wire from the DMZ. The Minister also recognized the success of the negotiations which strengthened the US/Korean defense partnership. Beth McCormick, Director of the US Defense Technology Security Administration, made remarks also confirming the success of the negotiations and presented each veteran with her personal DOD ceremonial coin.

Korean War Veterans Present $1,000 Check to Fisher House

Eight members of the Colonel William E. Weber Chapter 142, Korean War Veterans Association travelled to the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on April 14, 2015 to present a $1,000 donation to Fisher House. Fisher Houses provide free housing to wounded veterans and families receiving medical treatment at military hospitals. There are five Fisher Houses at the Bethesda Center.

Chapter 142 Presents check to Fisher House

The picture (above) shows Commander Robert Mount presenting the check to Kenneth Merritt, Manager of CNIC Fisher House at NSA Bethesda. Other Chapter 142 members shown in the picture from left to right are Anthony Malavenda, Glenn Wienhoff, Wendell Murphy, Charles Chipley, Jack Droneburg, Robert Eader, Ken Davis and Vernon Kephart.

Korean War Veterans Recognition Day

Scan of article submitted to the Frederick Post News by the Damascus American Legion Post 171

article submitted to The Frederick Post News by
Damascus American Legion Post 171

On March 5, 2015 the article to the right appeared in The Frederick News Post submitted by Damascus American Legion Post 171 about an event on February 16, 2015 honoring Korean War Veterans.

The article reads as follows:

Twenty-four local veterans of the Korean War were honored by Damascus American Legion Post 171 on Presidents Day, Feb. 16, at the post home. Many of the honorees' wives and families and several members of the post and Auxiliary Unit attended. Nearly half the honorees were members of Chapter 142 of the Korean War Veterans of America, headquartered in Frederick.

Past Post Commander Bernie Moxley Sr. chaired the even and served as master of ceremonies. Post chaplain Shawn Gill gave the invocation and a lunch was prepared by the Moxley family. The attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem, and Post Commander Kevin Mook welcomed everyone. Moxley then introduced local dancing artist Itsi Mitchell, who performed a belly dance. Jim Lichtinger, a benefits specialist from the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, then spoke briefly, offering help and assistance to all the veterans attending.

The 24 honorees then took center stage in an oval seating arrangement, and they were introduced one by one and provided opportunity to talk about their experiences during the Korean War era. They described the general feeling of the American people about the Korean War, how they were perceived and received upon return, and some of their combat experiences. Some of their stories were entertaining, some were serious, and some included descriptions of how much South Korea has changed since the was ended in 1953. Past Post Commander George Bolling and Bernie Moxley Jr. facilitated this part of the program.

At the end of the day, the honored veterans were treated to a standing ovation, and, to a man, they expressed their gratitude to the post for sponsoring this event.

KWVA's Tell America Program

Simon and Chapter Commander Bob Mount

Simon and Commander Robert Mount.

On December 11, 2014 Commander Robert Mount, of the Colonel William E. Weber Chapter 142 Korean War Veterans Association of Frederick County, MD Inc., met with 11 year old Simon, an eighth grade student at Catonsville Middle School, to discuss the Korean War.

Simon is working on a project where he, and each of his classmates, picked a war in which the United States was involved and on which they wished to present a paper. Simon's father is a teacher with the US Department of Defense and they had spent 5 years in Korea so it was a natural for him to select the Korean War. No one else selected the Korean War so Simon's is lone wolf project.

Commander Mount was impressed with Simon's maturity and the depth of his research. He had prepared 25 questions to which Commander Mount was asked to respond. To help expand Simon's knowledge, in addition to answering his questions, Commander Mount presented him with a copy of the book Korea Reborn.

Korean War Veterans Christmas Party Attended by Military Attaché

A distinguished guest attended the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142 annual Christmas Party on December 10, 2014 at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant. Major General Shin Kyoung Soo, Defense Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Korea and his wife attended the event.

Commander Robert Mount presented General Shin with a replica of the Korean War Veteran Monument dedicating the portion of Interstate 70 passing through Frederick County as Korean War Veterans Highway.

The photo is a candid photograph of General Shin and Commander Robert Mount of Chapter 142.

General Shin, Korean Military Attache, and Chapter Commander Bob Mount

Major General Shin Kyoung Soo and Commander Robert Mount.

Operation Second Chance

Chapter Members approved a donation of $1,000 to Operation Second Chance at the October 2014 Meeting. The organization's Mission Statement reads as follows:

We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and all combat veterans. We support Veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals, by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness to the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.

The picture below shows Commander Mount presenting the donation to Richard Glover, Director of Operations for Operation Second Chance. Also in the picture from left to right are Glenn Wienhoff, Secretary/Treasurer, Creed Parker, Vice Commander and Jack Droneburg, Welfare Committee Chairman.

Operation Second Chance

Secretary/Treasurer Glenn Wienhoff, Vice Commander Creed Parker, Welfare Committee Chairman Jack Droneburg, Director of Operations Richard Glover and Commander Bob Mount

Fort Detrick Food Bank

On Friday November 14, 2014, Frederick Chapter 142 donated $1,000 to the Fort Detrick Chapel Food Bank. This fund is used to help support needy service members and their families at Fort Detrick. Commissary gift cards are purchased and then distributed to the needy personnel.

Pictured below is CH (Capt) Khoi To, Deputy Garrison Chaplain, Chip Chipley, Chapter #142, Mary Lee Schumeyer, President Protestant Parish Council, and Sgt. Gregory Hawkins, Chaplain's Assistant.

Fort Detrick Food Bank

CH (Capt.) Khoi To, Chip Chipley, Mary Lee Schumeyer, Sgt. Gregory Hawkins

Camp Corral

Camp Corral

Some of the camp participants registering for the program

Camp Corral is a program sponsored by Golden Corral Restaurants through their Charitable Foundation. The program is designed to provide a summer camp experience for children of veterans, with priority given to children of wounded and deceased veterans. The camp experience allows the veteran's children to interact with other veterans' children who have similar home environments. Past Commander Eader was asked when he was Commander whether Chapter 142 members would like to assist the local Frederick Restaurant raise funds for the Foundation.

A fundraising effort was implemented by Chapter 142 members. Those who participated were Bob Eader, Reg Kephart, Bob Mount, Gene Rinehart, Chip Chipley, Jack Droneburg, Marty Goge, Tony Malavenda, Wendell Murphy, Jim Miller, Glenn Wienhoff and Ken Davis. Weekend collection efforts at the restaurant were from mid-April to June of 2014. The total funds realized through our Chapter's effort, the Marine Corps League and the restaurant totaled approximately $12,700. The cost of the program for each child is $500.

At the invitation of the local restaurant, Tony and Irene Malavenda travelled with Delores, the Assistant Manager, to Front Royal, Virgina on August 10, 2014 to observe the facility where the camp was being conducted and meet some of the participants. They spoke with parents of the children and the children who were attending the camp. The camp was fully equipped for outstanding summer camp experiences with swimming, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, boating and a myriad of other activities available.

61st Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Commemoration

KWVA President Larry Kinard and Republic of Korea Ambassador Ahn Ho-young Lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers 2014 61st Commemoration
Republic of Korea Ambassador Ahn Ho-young and KWVA President Larry Kinard lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Recently ten Chapter 142 members and five of their spouses attended a commemoration of the signing of the Korean War truce of July 27, 1953. The event started with KWVA President Larry Kinard and Republic of Korea Ambassador Ahn Ho-young laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknows. Following this, activities moved to the amphitheater for introductions by Col. David Clark (USA Ret.) and musical selections by The United States Army Band Brass Quintet.

An invocation was delivered by Col. Jeff Zust, and Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe dedicated the Medal of Honor stamps, which were released for sale on this date. Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr. (USN Ret.) was introduced as were families of Korean War Medal of Honor recipients William R. Charette, Rodolfo P. Hernandez, Einar H. Ingman Jr., Hirosnhi H. Miyamura and Tibor Rubin.

Remarks were delivered by KWVA President Kinard, Republic of Korea Vice Minister Choi Wan Keun, Representative of the National Assembly of The Republic of Korea, the Honorable Kim Jung Hoon, and His Excellency Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea.

All 296 attendees were then transported by bus to the Pentagon Sheraton Inn for additional official comments, entertainment by a special quartet of Korean Drummers, and a full roast beef dinner.

Thirty-six veterans (which included Wienhoff, Maxey, Marra, Malavenda, Miller, Davis, Droneburg and Eader from Chapter 142) received the Ambassador for Peace Medal.

The photo below shows the Chapter 142 attendees, from left Tony Marra, Ken Davis, Lorraine Davis, Barb Eader, Bob Mount, Bob Eader, Jack Droneburg, Dick Knoebel, Jim Miller, Dottie Droneburg, Ruth Chipley, Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Rosalie Wienhoff and Tony Malavenda. Col. and Mrs. Weber also attended but were not available for the photo.

Bus transportation and hotel reception were courtesy of the US Korean War Veterans Support Foundation, Inc. It was a full day that was enjoyed immensely by all.

Chapter 142 members and wives attending the 2014 Korean War Armistice Commemoration in Washington, DC
From left to right: Tony Marra, Ken Davis, Lorraine Davis, Barb Eader, Bob Mount, Bob Eader, Jack Droneburg, Dick Knoebel, Jim Miller, Dottie Droneburg, Ruth Chipley, Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Rosalie Wienhoff and Tony Malavenda.

Home Run Car Show

Chapter 142 provided a Color Guard for the Opening Ceremonies of the Golden Gears Car Club Home Run Car Show on July 5, 2014. Those participating were Reg Kephart, Bob Mount, Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Jack Droneburg and Tony Marra. A fundraiser and information outreach was conducted under the tent during the show. Donations received totaled $79. Since we were a sponsored organization of the show, the club will be sharing the proceeds of the show with our Chapter and the Vietnam Veterans of America and Vets Journey Home, the other two Veterans organizations sponsored for the event. The weather was great and it was a very well attended car show.

Chapter 142 Color Guard at Golden Gears Car Show
Reg Kephart, Bob Mount, Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Jack Droneburg and Tony Marra present the Color Guard at the Golden Gears Car Show.
Photo courtesy of Mary Webber and Golden Gears Car Show - Car Show Slide Show

Veterans Helping Veterans

Over the past few years, the COL William E. Weber Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142 has backed a Veterans Fund at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center/Montevue Home. This year, Chapter 142 has expanded the program and established a Veterans Fund to help needy veterans at Country Meadows Retirement Home. Below is a photograph of Bob Mount, Commander of KWVA Chapter 142, and Glenn Wienhoff, Secretary/Treasurer of KWVA Chapter 142, presenting a check for $1,000 to Melanie Long, Activities Director of Country Meadows, to start the new Veterans Fund.

Helping other veterans is a major goal of the Korean War Veterans Association and the Association actively seeks out organizations that will accept a little help to improve the quality of life of their veterans' population.

Chapter 142 Presents Check to Country Meadows Retirement Home
Bob Mount, Melanie Long and Glenn Wienhoff presenting Chapter 142's check to establish Veterans Fund at Country Meadows Retirement Home.

Korean War Memorial Service

Korean War Memorial Service Frederick, Mayland 2014
Photograph and caption courtesy of The Frederick News-Post.

Chapter 142 conducted a memorial service on June 24, 2014 in commemoration of the start of the Korean War on June 25, 1950. The program consisted of an opening prayer by Chaplain Rinehart and remarks by Commander Mount. A wreath was placed in front of the Korean War Monument at Monument Park in Frederick by Purple Heart recipient Wendell Murphy and Navy Veteran Chip Chipley. Taps were played from Reg Kephart’s tape player with the Chapter 142 members attending rendering a hand salute. The members attending in addition to those above were Jack Droneburg, Tony Malavenda, Marty Goge, Jim Miller, Tony Marra, Bob Eader, Ken Davis and Glenn Wienhoff. Lady Supporters attending were Dottie Droneburg and Rosalie Wienhoff.

Korean War Memorial Service Oakdale High School 2014
Photograph and caption courtesy of The Frederick News-Post.

Chapter 142 also participated in the Oakdale High School Memorial Day Program on May 23, 2014. The program consisted of call to order, national Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome and memorial day reflections from wars of our past and present. The keynote speaker was CDR Dean R. Trombley, US Public Health Service who has also served in the Army, marines and Navy.

Recognition of Veterans was given as they were asked to stand when they heard their service March music played.

A POW/MIA Ceremony was conducted by Col. John Fer, USAF.

A great TAPS was performed by student Jason Wright.

Those attending from Chapter 142 were Bob Mount, Glenn Wienhoff, Tony Malavenda, Chip Chpley and Ruth Chipley from the supporters.

Chapter #142 Past and Present Commanders

Chapter 142 Past and Present Presidents
Wendell Murphy, Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Mount, Present Commander Bob Eader, Chip Chipley, Ken Davis and Creed Parker.

The COL William E. Weber Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #142 held their monthly May meeting at the Golden Corral Restaurant. This occassion was to have all of our past and present Commanders attend so their service could be recognized over the past several years. Our local Chapter was established in December 1996. Recognized Commanders in the above photograph are Wendell Murphy, Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Mount, Present Commander Bob Eader, Chip Chipley, Ken Davis and Creed Parker. Absent when the photograph was taken: Charles Wisner and Orval Nelson. Our Chapter has lost three Commander: Bob Page (2011), Bob Miles and LeRoy Hansberger (both in 2013).

Woodsboro Memorial Day Parade

Woodsboro Memorial Day Parade Video

On Sunday, May 25, 2014, Chapter 142 participated in the Memorial Day Parade in Woodsboro, MD.

Wendell Murphy and Commander Bob Eader led the Chapter in Murphy's Toyota truck with the Fallen Comrade display in the truck bed. Bob Mount, Jack Droneburg and Ken Davis followed with Glenn Wienhoff in his 1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible. Tony Marra, Gene Rinehart and Tony Malevena completed the Chapter's assembly with Richard Cody in his 1964 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible.

Video of the parade is to the right.

Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center Veterans Fund

Citizens Veterans Fund Donation
Robert Mount, Ms. Finnegan, Mr. Parmaesano and Wendell Murphy

Citizens Veterans Fund Ice Cream Party
Ice Cream Social at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center

In 2012, Chapter 142 established a fund to benefit veterans residing at the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center/Montevue Home. This fund provides personal items that are not provided by the institution and that the veterans cannot afford with their personal money. Pictured left are Sharon Finnegan and Vincent Parmaesano accepting a $1000 donation on behalf of the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center/Montevue Home at our March 13, 2013 Member Meeting.

On March 18, 2014, Chapter 142 received the following email from Sharon Finnegan explaining how the Chapter's donation was benefiting veterans and thanking the Chapter for its support. (On July 17, 2013, the Chapter had also received an update email from Ms. Finnegan.)

Good Afternoon Mr. Mount,

It has been several months since I last emailed you and I thought that I should provide you with an update on how your donations have continued to improve the lives of our veteran residents.

Since my last email in July, your donations have provided 66 barbershop services for our veterans on a recurring basis. This specific service continues to be a great value to our veterans, as most do not have the additional income to provide for this most basic need. In addition to the barber shop services the Activity Department arranged for two special musical entertainment performances that were enjoyed by many of our veterans and their friends here at Citizens and Montevue. This type of toe tapping, sing along entertainment is always a big hit and, through your kind and generous donations, our veterans and their friends are able to share some good times. Lastly on September the 15th, the veterans went on an outing to Rocky Mountain Creamery to enjoy some time away from the facility and to sample their favorite flavors of ice cream. A good time was had by all and we all returned to our home with some pleasant memories and full tummies. Nothing lifts the spirits better than ice cream!

I want to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your generous support of our veteran residents and look forward to talking with you about your continued support.

Sharon Finnegan

July 2013-January 2014 66 barbershop services $ 784.00
11/8/13 Take Two Variety Band $ 150.00
8/8/13 Sentimental Journey Musical Show $100.00
9/16/12- Veterans Ice Cream Social $ 72.00
11/26/14 Veteran donation made by other group $50.00

Total Remaining $78.44

60th Anniversary Commemoration Wrap Up

A special holiday joint meeting of local DC, Maryland and Virginia Korean War Veterans was held December 12, 2013 at the American Legion Post #176 in Springfield, VA. It was hosted by Chapter 100. Warren Wiedhahn, Chapter President, was the MC.

This was the wrap up meeting of the 60th Commemoration before the DOD group shut down December 28, 2013. Lt. Col. Tim Washington, USA and Barbara Foeber talked about the July Commemoration events and histories. These events and much more can be viewed on the website:

Lt. Col. Kang from the Korean Embassy thanked all Veterans and talked about the close relationship between the two countries.

The Korean Government has now extended its Revisit Program to include children and grandchildren. So if Veterans can't make the trip, their sons and daughters can go.

Gifts handed out were Medals, ball caps and a book titled "Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans".

As of this time there is no DOD planning or committee to commemorate next year or future years.

A buffet lunch was available after the meeting.

Those attending from Chapter 142 were Bob Mount, Glenn Wienhoff, Wendell Murphy and Chip Chipley.

Crestwood Veterans Day Program

Chapter 142 Members participated in the Crestwood Village Veterans Day Program on November 9, 2013 by: (1) presenting and posting the Colors, (2) delivering a history of the Fallen Comrade Display, (3) reciting poems (Freedom is not Free, The Flag, Veterans Day, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) and (4) performing a Flag Folding Ceremony. Attending were Reg Kephart, Bob and Barbara Eader, Bob and Winnie Mount, Glenn Wienhoff, Jim Miller, Jack and Dottie Droneburg, Bob Flores, Gene Rinehart, Tony Malavenda, Kern Thornton and Jerry Garlock.

The picture below shows Reg Kephart explaining the History of the Fallen Comrade battlefield use.

Chapter 142 Reg Kephart History of the Fallen Comrade

Take a Vet to School

Bob Mount participating in Take a Vet to School Day

On November 12, 2013, KWVA Chapter 142 Treasurer Bob Mount participated in "Take a Vet to School Day" at Oakdale High School.

On November 13, 2013, Bob received a write-up in The Frederick News-Post about his participation in "Take a Vet to School". See the article at

Take a Vet to School

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:00 am
Bob Mount, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142 of Frederick County, was the featured speaker at Oakdale High School Tuesday morning for "Take a Vet to School Day". Mount was an 18-year-old Army corporal when he went to Korea. Staff photo by Sam Yu

- Photograph curtesy of The Frederick News-Post.

Brunswick Veterans Day Parade 2013

Chapter Members turned out for the annual Brunswick Veterans Day Parade on November 3, 2013. Pictured from left to right are Gene Rinehart, Chip Chipley, Jack Droneburg, Ken Davis, Art Wiles, Glenn Wienhoff, Tony Marra, Wendell Murphy, Tony Malavenda and Bob Eader. Also attending the parade but not in photograph were Bob Mount and Jim Miller.

Chapter 142 in the Brunswick Parade

Tell America Program

The William E. Weber Chapter 142 has provided wide exposure for the Tell America Program by placing a large display in venues throughout Frederick County, Maryland.

Chapter 142 Korean War Commemoration Display 1950 - 1953
click on image for a larger view.

The commemoration panel which depicts the major phases of the Korean War from 1950 through 1953 has been displayed in the following locations:

  • Frederick City Main Library
  • Frederick County Senior Center; Taney Ave.
  • Urbana Senior Center
  • Emmitsburg Senior Center
  • Urbana Library
  • Thurmont Library
  • Brunswick Library
  • Frederick Community College
  • Hood College; Frederick, MD
  • Tourism Council of Frederick County Inc. MD
  • Frederick County Board of Education
  • Urbana Middle School
  • Ballenger Middle School
  • Windsor Knolls Middle School
  • Crestwood Middle School
  • Thomas Johnson Middle School
  • West County Free Library; Hagerstown, MD
  • American Legion: Post 282; Woodsboro, MD
  • West Frederick Middle School
  • Oakdale High School
  • Walkersville Middle School

The Chapter 142 members who have coordinated placement and erected the display are Robert Eader, Vernon Kephart and Anthony Malavenda.

Frederick County Veterans History Project

Korean Veterans History
From right to left: Chip Chipley, Tony Marra, Bob Eader, Gene Rinehart, Jim Miller, Bob Mount, Glenn Wienhoff, Tony Malavenda, Wendell Murphy, Reg Kephart.

Chapter 142 provided the Color Guard and presented the Fallen Comrade Ceremony at the Frederick County Veterans History program honoring 15 veterans who had been interviewed this past year. The program directory, Beth Davey, did an outstanding job and the program was a great success.

The program was sponsored and supported again this year by Country Meadows of Frederick on Quinn Orchard Rd. and their Director of Marketing, Debra Savageau. Guest speaker was Priscilla Rall who is dedicated to preserve history of all veterans. She talked about how the Frederick Chapter of the History Project got started. She gave many examples of interviews that have been conducted over the years.

Chapter 142 presented a check for $250 as a donation to help the project.

Those members and supporters attending from Chapter 142 were Bob Eader, Bob and Winnie Mount, Glenn and Rosalie Wienhoff, Ken and Lorraine Davis, Reggie Kephart, Jim Miller, Gene Rinehart, Tony Malavenda, Tony Marra, Wendell Murphy, Joe and Joy Shrader, Richard Toms, and Chip and Ruth Chipley.

Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group Reception

Invitations were extended to Chapter 142 Members to attend a reception on October 22 hosted by the 2013 Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group aboard the state of the art destroyer DAE JO YEONG (DDH-977), a ship that can carry out various combat missions. The reception was hosted by Rear Admiral Jang Soo-hong, Task Group Commander. Many United States and Korean Dignitaries were present. The ship was docked at the Baltimore Cruise Terminal.

Those attending from Chapter 142 were Col. and Annelie Weber, Bob and Barbara Eader, Tony and Barbara Marra, Bob and Winnie Mount, Tony and Irene Malavenda, Glenn and Rosalie Wienhoff, Dr. Kim and Chang, Wendell Murphy, Jim Miller, Reg Kephart, and Kyu Tae Chang.

There were many toasts by the dignitaries attending and a Korean Dinner and Entertainment were provided. Click on any of the photographs below for a larger view of the program.

In The Steet

Annelie Weber and Tony Malavenda at In The Street

On September 14, 2013, KWVA Chapter 142 participated in the annual Celebrate Frederick In The Street with a table in a prime location on Market Street. We passed out information about our chapter and what we do for veterans. We also distributed information about the Korean War, the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Proposed Wall of Rememberance, pins and patches and other onfo. We answered many questions. The estimated crowd was 50,000. Those helping at the table were Annelie Weber, Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Eader, Tony Marra, Tony Malavenda, Reggie Kaphart, Ken Davis and Chip Chipley.

On September 27, 2013, KWVA Chapter 142 received a write-up in The Frederick News-Post about our participation at In The Street. See the article at

Participates at In The Street

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013 2:00 am
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The William E. Weber Chapter 142 of the Korean War Veterans Association of Frederick participated in the recent In The Street festival in downtown Frederick. At left is Annelie Weber, with Tony Malavenda, board member.

Hagerstown Chapter 312 Monument Dedication

Hagerstown Korean War Memorial

A contingent of Chapter 142 Members and Wives attended the dedication of the Korean War Monument in Hagerstown, Maryland on June 23, 2013. Members of Chapter 142 were instrumental in the formation of the Antietam Chapter 312 in Hagerstown.

Those attending the Dedication Were Col. and Annalee Weber, Bob and Barbara Eader, Jack and Dottie Droneburg, Glenn and Rosalie Wienhoff, Ken and Lorraine Davis, Bob and Winnie Mount, Tony Malavenda, Marty Goge and Wendell Murphy.

To view a PDF of the Hagerstown Korean War Memorial Dedication Pamphlet, click on the image on the left. Also, you can visit the Antietam Chapter 312 website at

Dedication of the Korean War Exhibit at the Pentagon

Members of Chapter 142 were invited guests at the Dedication of the Korean War Exhibit at the Pentagon on June, 18, 2013. The group photograph in the pictures below shows some of the attendees from Chapter 142, Chapter 312, Antietam of Hagerstown, MD and Chapter 313, Shenandoah Chapter of Winchester, VA. Click on any of the photographs below for a larger view.

The Exhibit is very impressive and depicts many facets of the Korean War.

Those attending from Chapter 142 were Col. and Annelee Weber, Bob and Barbara Eader, Wendell Murphy, Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Ken Davis, Tony Malavenda and Bob Mount.

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