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Colonel William E. Weber, Chapter #142,
K.W.V.A. of Frederick County, Maryland, Inc.
- Activities Page -


Liberty Road Dedicated to Col William E Weber

Liberty Road Dedication William E Weber sign
ROK Col Chang, First Lady Yumi Hogan, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardener's Father (Veteran),
Department of Maryland KWVA Veteran, and Chapter 142 Veterans Fred Becker and Glenn Wienhoff

On Thursday November 10, 2022, which would have been Col William E Weber's 97th birthday, a Road Dedication Ceremony was held at the Libertytown Fire Hall in Maryland. Henceforth, Rte 26, also known as Liberty Road, from Libertytown to Rte 15 is dedicated in his name.

Col Weber's daughter-in-law, Beth Chambers Weber, and his granddaughter, Dayne Weber, unveiled the new road sign. The sign reads:

Dedicated to COL
William E Weber
US Army 187th RCT

Col Chang representing Major General Kyungkoo Lee, Republic of Korea Defense Attache, spoke admirably of Col Weber and his steadfast recognition of the KATUSA. Dignitaries present were Col (Ret) Charles Zimmerman, VFW Post 8806; Libertytown Fire Chief, Mr. Chip Jewell; Lauren Hackett, from Linganore High School who sang the National Anthem; Chaplain James Harris, VFW Post 8806 who gave the Invocation and Benediction; Col (Ret) Richard Dean, Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation; Ms. Jan Gardener, Frederick County Executive; Mrs. Yumi Hogan, First Lady of Maryland; and Dwight Reynolds, American Legion Post 282 who sang God Bless America.

Representing Chapter 142 were Commander Becker and Secretary Wienhoff, who were greeted personally by First Lady Yumi Hogan and Republic of Korea Col Chang.

First Lady Yumi Hogan greets Chapter Commander Becker and Secretary Wienhoff
First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan greets Chapter Commander Becker and Secretary Wienhoff




90th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade

Chapter 142 at Brunswick Verterans Day Parade
Left Convertible: Richard Cody and Chip Chipley
Right Convertible: Fred Becker and Glenn Wienhoff
Chapter 142 at Brunswick Verterans Day Parade Fred Becker
Fred Becker's convertible - top and windows up

Sunday November 6, 2022, was a drizzly day as Chapter 142 members Chip Chipley, Richard Cody, Fred Becker and Glenn Wienhoff participated in the 90th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade. Members rode in Fred Becker's and Richard Cody's convertibles, with the tops and windows up. Weather aside fun was had by all and the parade was a success.

The Brunswick Parade has been held the Sunday before Veterans Day for the last 90 years. It is one of the oldest celebrations of our nation's veterans in the country.

Chapter 142 at Brunswick Verterans Day Parade Richard Cody
Richard Cody's convertible passing the main stand




Oakdale High School

Oakdale High School held a Veterans Day celebration on 9 November 2022.

Chapter 142 members, Robert Mount and Charles Chipley, were invited to speak with two classes about their military experience. The students were attentive and asked various questions about their experiences.

After the classroom visits, they proceeded to the auditorium for a veteran's day program. The keynote speaker was Dr. Kraig Sheetz, Executive Vice President of Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 28 years of military service.

The program recognized veterans of all branches with the armed forces medley.

Lunch was provided for all veterans after the program.





Montevue Program

Montevue Assisted Living of Frederick, MD held a Veterans Day celebration on November 10, 2022. Chapter 142 members Robert Mount, Kern Thornton and Charles Chipley attended as guests.

Bob Mount was one of the speakers and told of his Korean War experience.

Other speakers were from Hospice and the local Vietnam War chapter.

Presentation of awards were made to all veterans living at the home.

A check from Chapter 142 in the amount of $1,000 was presented for veteran’s assistance at the facility.

Refreshments, pizza and beer were served after the program.





Korean War Memorial Rededication Ceremony
Washington, DC

Korean War Memorial Wall of Remembrance

Freedom is Not Free

On July 27, 2022, the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC was rededicated with a ceremony unveiling the Wall of Remembrance. The granite wall is etched with the names of the US military and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) who gave their lives defending the freedom of the South Korean people. Here is a visible, solid bond between the United States and the Republic of Korea.

Chapter 142 namesake, Col (Ret) William E. Weber, had worked tirelessly for decades in conjunction with the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation toward the construction of the Wall of Remembrance to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and allow for future generations to not forget the cost of freedom. With an extremely generous donation from the Republic of Korea, his dream was realized on this day.

Chapter 142 members Tony Mara, Chip Chipley, Fred Becker and Bob Mount braved the heat of the day to honor those fallen and attend the ceremony. The Korean War Memorial Rededication can be viewed on the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation website or on YouTube.

Chapter 142 Members at Korean War Memorial Rededication
Tony Mara, Chip Chipley, Fred Becker and Bob Mount at the Korean War Memorial Rededication




Colonel William E. Weber Laid to Rest
Arlington National Cemetery

Colonel Weber Interned at Arlington Cemetery

On June 22, 2022 Col (Ret) William E. Weber was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, our nation’s most hallowed ground. This historic cemetery bears witness to the sacrifice of men and women in uniform throughout U.S. history, which Col. Weber represents as he dedicated his entire life to the service of our nation and his fellow comrades.

Col (Ret) William E. Weber received full military honors with escort; a riderless horse, color guard, playing of Taps, firing party for a volley salute, a military band, a military team of pallbearers and a caisson driven by six horses to the gravesite.

Chapter members Fred Becker, Chip Chipley, Richard Cody and Glenn Wienhoff attended.

Colonel Weber receives full military honors with escort




2022 Memorial Day Program

Chapter Members at Citizens/Montevue Assisted Living Facility
Auxiliary Volunteer accepts check from Chip Chipley, Bob Mount, Fred Becker and Glenn Wienhoff

Chapter Members Commander Fred Becker, Chip Chipley, Bob Mount and Glenn Wienhoff attended the Citizens/Montevue Assisted Living Memorial Day Program on May 27, 2022 in Frederick County, Maryland. A check for $1,000 was presented to the Facility's Volunteer Auxiliary for the benefit of veterans residing at the location.





Colonel William E. Weber Memorial Service
Resthaven

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Col Weber Memorial Service Program
Memorial Service Program

On April 22, 2022 a contingent from the Frederick and Hagerstown KWVA Chapters attended the Memorial Service for Col. (Ret) William E. Weber at Resthaven Memorial Gardens and provided a Final Salute. Korean Minister of Veterans Affairs Hwang Ki-cheol read a message from President Moon Jae-in, and Korean Ambassador to the United States Lee Su-hyeok read a message from President-elect Yoon Soek-yeol, both expressing condolences and paying tribute to a Korean War hero.

President Moon wrote, "I salute you. We will continue to work hard so that the ROK-US alliance, which was forged with the blood and tears of American veteran, including the deceased, can continue to be strong in the future." Minister Hwang Ki-cheol then presented a tribute plaque to Annelie Weber.

President-elect Yoon wrote, "Colonel Weber’s courage and sacrifice greatly contributed to the defense of Korean territory and freedom. After his discharge, he devoted himself so that the whole world would not forget the Korean War."

Former South Korean Defense Attaché to the United States and current Secretary General to the Korean US Alliance Foundation Korean Army Major Gen (Ret) Shin Kyoung Soo spoke affectionately of his friendship with Col Weber, describing him as a hero and mentor.

C. Monika Stoy, US Army, Retired President, Outpost 5845 International, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division spoke of her first austere impression of Col Weber in 2007, and how over time she came to know him as a warm person. She thanked Annelie and Bill for continuing to preserve the history of Airborne.

Eric Lynn, Vice President of the 101st Airborne Division, read a letter from Pastor So Kang Suk of Saint Eden Presbyterian Church in Korea; Col (Ret) Rick Dean noted Bill’s birthday was the same as the Marine Corps birthday; and KWVA National Chaplain Emeritus Reverend Keep gave closing remarks pointing out that Col Weber was determined that the Korean War be forgotten no longer.





2021 Christmas Luncheon

Chapter Members were joined by family and friends to celebrate the 25th Chapter Anniversary at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant on December 8, 2021. Chip Chipley gave a presentation of past Chapter activities and achievements, and all enjoyed the Christmas Luncheon Buffet.

Chapter 142 25th Anniversary
Bob Mount, Rodney Hall, Chip Chipley, Gene Rinehart and Glenn Wienhoff were joined by family and friends to celebrate the 25th Chapter Anniversary.
Fred Becker also attended but had to leave early.

Among those attending were two assistants of the Republic of Korea military attaché, and Golden Gears Car Club President Jay Henley. Mrs. Cho, a great friend of the Chapter, brought boxes of chocolates for all the Veterans. Chapter Members attending were Bob Mount, Rodney Hall, Chip Chipley, Gene Rinehart, Glenn Wienhoff and Fred Becker.





89th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade

Chapter 142 at Brunswick Verterans Day Parade
Standing: Richard Cody, Chip Chipley and Fred Becker
Seated in Becker's Car: Bob Mount and Glenn Wienhoff
Chapter 142 at Brunswick Verterans Day Parade
Chip Chipley waves from Cody's convertible
photograph courtesy of Katrina Zentz of The Frederick News-Post

On November 7, 2021, Members of Chapter 142 participated in the Brunswick Veterans Day Parade.

The Brunswick Parade has been held the Sunday before Veterans Day for the last 89 years. It is one of the oldest celebrations of our nation's veterans in the country and had over 90 entries this year. KWVA Chapter 142 had two cars in the Parade.

Parade organizers estimate this was one of, if not the THE, largest crowds they've ever had.

Chapter 142 at Brunswick Verterans Day Parade
Bob Mount, Glenn Wienhoff and Fred Becker
photograph courtesy of Katrina Zentz of The Frederick News-Post




Golden Gears Presents Donation to CID142 2021

Golden Gears Car Club present check to Chapter 142
Chip Chipley and Commander Fred Becker accept check from Golden Gears Car Club President Jay Henley

On September 6, 2021, Golden Gears Car Club President Jay Henley presented a check to KWVA Chapter 142. Accepting the check for Chapter 142 were Commander Becker and Chip Chipley.

Each year Golden Gears Car Club has supported local veterans groups: KWVA Chapter 142, Shangri-La Detachment U.S. Marine Corps Frederick Chapter 118 and Vietnam Veterans of America. In past years, Golden Gears has raised funds by hosting Car Shows and Bingo. This year, the club raised funds with Bingo For Vets at the Frederick Elk's Lodge.

Bingo For Vets was very successful and Commander Becker was floored with a donation of $2,790!





Not Forgotten 2021

Wreath Laying in Fredeick, Maryland
Commander Fred Becker and Chip Chipley lay a wreath at the Frederick Korean War Memorial

On July 27, 2021, Armistice Day, Members of KWVA Chapter 142 gathered at the Frederick Korean War Memorial to lay a wreath remembering comrades who lost their lives during the conflict. Commander Fred Becker read the names of soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and Secretary Glenn Wienhoff rang the bell after each name, calling attention to remember.

Commander Becker reads names
Commander Becker reads the names of fallen comrades and Secretary Wienhoff rings the bell

Twenty-six soldiers from the county died during the Korean War:

Charles Brandenburg, Paul Carty, Manville Dagenhart, Jacob Ely, Raymond Flair, Edward Fisher, Samuel Frye, Albert Green, Raymond Kemp Jr., Harvey Luby, Harold Lugenbeel, Albert Miss, Ira Miss Jr., Norman Reid, Charles Roberts, Paul Sewell, Clyde Smith, Virgil Stambaugh, Norman Thompson Jr., Robert Thomas Jr., Joseph Trail, Jack Wallace, Victor Wills, Irvin Lanehart, George Ambrose, and Sterling Ambrose.
Their names are etched in the center column of the Memorial. Hundreds of other Marylanders who sacrificed their lives are engraved to either side.

Remembering the Korean War
Treasurer Bob Mount, Secretary Glenn Wienhoff, Commander Fred Becker, Jan Gardner, Chip Chipley, Don Lehman and Willie Jenkins at the Memorial

Chapter members were joined by Jan Gardener, Frederick County Executive, Don Lehman of the Shangri La Detachment of the Marine Corps League and Willie Jenkins, Commander of the American Legion Francis Scott Key Post 11, Frederick, MD as well as others from the public. Priscilla Rall, former director of the Frederick County Veterans History Project and friend of Chapter 142, gave a speech about the valor of soldiers. Clara Niel did a very nice article for the Frederick News-Post.

Chapter 142 Remembering the Korean War
Treasurer Bob Mount, Secretary Glenn Wienhoff, Commander Fred Becker, Chip Chipley, Vice Commander Bob Eader and Kern Thornton Remember

Photgraphs courtesy of Heidi Keeney, Special Assistant to the County Exectutive, Frederick County Government.





Golden Gears Bingo 2021

Golden Gears Bingo with Korean War Pop-up Display
Commander Fred Becker, Kern Thorton, Chip Chipley and Secretary Glenn Wienhoff
man the Korean War Information table.

On July 24, 2021, Golden Gears Car Club hosted Bingo For Vets at the Frederick Elk's Lodge. Proceeds will be distributed to local Veteran groups. Over the years, the car club has been a big contributor to Chapter 142.

Golden Gears Car Club also welcomed KWVA Chapter 142 to "Get The Word Out" with an information table and the pop-up display.

Remembering the Korean War
Jackets off, Fred Becker, Chip Chipley and Glenn Wienhoff get down to work.




Wall of Remembrance Groundbreaking Ceremony 2021

Korean War Wall of Remembrance Grundbreaking Ceremony
Chip Chipley, Commander Fred Becker and Treasurer Bob Mount
attend Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Wall of Remembrance.

On May 21, 2021 Commander Fred Becker, Treasurer Bob Mount and Executive Committee Member Chip Chipley attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Wall of Remembrance in Washington DC along with Col.William E. Weber, Chapter 142's namesake.

Col. Weber has worked tirelessly as Chairman Emeritus for the Korean War Memorial Foundation to realize the construction of the Wall of Remembrance. He was greeted by President of South Korea Moon Jae-in and participated in the groundbreaking with ROK Ambassador to the United States Lee Soo-hyuk; South Korea's Minister of Veterans Affairs Hwang Ki-chul; US Army (Ret) General John Tilell, Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation; Governor Larry Hogan, State of Maryland; Korean American War Veterans Affairs Chairman Kyung Jun Son; and Superintendent of National Mall and Memorials Jeffrey Reinbold.

Col. Weber Korean War Wall of Remembrance Grundbreaking Ceremony
Col Weber (far left) participates in groundbreaking
with ROK Ambassador to the United States Lee Soo-hyuk; South Korea's Minister of Veterans Affairs Hwang Ki-chul; US Army (Ret) General John Tilell, Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation;
Governor Larry Hogan, State of Maryland; Korean American War Veterans Affairs Chairman Kyung Jun Son; and Superintendent of National Mall and Memorials Jeffrey Reinbold.




Chapter 142 Scholarship Fund

Our scholarship recipients for the 2021/22 college year are Jacob Fox who is the grandson of our former member James Walsh, and Ella Melcher who is the granddaughter of Chase Loveless. Jacob will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ella will be attending Warren Wilson College. Each student will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the KWVA Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County.





Council of Korean Churches 2020

Council of Korean Churches
Reverend Kim, Bob Mount, Kern Thornton, Bill Fox, Wendell Murphy, Commander Becker, Chip Chipley, Gene Rinehart, Rodney Hall,
Council representative, Hi Sook Park, Council representative, and Glenn Wienhoff

Representatives of the Council of Korean Churches of Greater Washington presented gifts to Chapter 142 members. Reverend Stephen J. Kim, President of the Council of Korean Churches of Greater Washington, and two assistants visited the Chapter 142 Executive Meeting on October 6, 2020 outside AMVETS Post #2. The representatives thanked members for their service during the Korean War and presented each veteran with an honorary vest, a memorial wall hanging thanking all UN member countries who participated in defending Korea and three high tech Covid 19 protective masks.





Armistice Day 2020

2020 Armistice Day wreath laying Frederick Maryland
Chapter 142 lay a wreath at Korean War Memorial in Frederick, MD
Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Mount, Chip Chipley, Bob Eader, Fred Becker, Tony Marra, and Richard Cody

On Monday, July 27, 2020, National Korean War Armistice Day, members of Chapter 142 lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial in Frederick, MD, in rememberance of comrades who gave their lives for the freedom of South Korea. The Korean War armistice was 67 years ago when hostilities ceased on the Korean peninsula and an uneasy truce began. The names of 26 Frederick County residents are engraved on the Memorial's centerpiece and hundreds of other Marylanders who sacrificed their lives are engraved to either side.

2020 Wreath at Frederick Maryland Memorial

Chapter 142 Commander Fred Becker and Chip Chipley lay the wreath, afterwhich all saluted.

Fred Becker gave a speech ending with the reading of all 26 names on the centerpiece of the Memorial. Priscilla Rall, who has been instrumental in recording thousands of veterans' histories, also spoke and brought home some of the stories about the 26 Frederick County soldiers.

2020 Wreath at Frederick Maryland Memorial

Priscilla Rall set-up a display with information on the Korean War and local soldiers.

Chapter members participating, socially distanced and masked due to the pandemic, were Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Mount, Chip Chipley, Bob Eader, Fred Becker, Tony Marra, and Richard Cody.

2020 Armistice Day wreath laying Frederick Maryland
Further information can be read at The Frederick News Post




Korean Defense Services donate masks to US Korean War Veterans 2020

Post 11 Commander David Swiderski accepting a donation of masks by KWVA Chapter 142 Commander Frederick Becker
KWVA Chapter 142 Commander Frederick Becker and Post 11 Commander David Swiderski

The Defense Forces of the Republic of Korea donated a planeload of masks for prevention of Covid 19 Virus to US Korean War Veterans so that the veterans would have protection against the disease. Masks received by Chapter 142 of Frederick, MD were distributed to local members of the Korean War Veterans Association and to local Veterans Organizations such as Francis Scott Key American Legion Post 11 in Frederick.





Brunswick Veterans Day Parade 2019

Veterans Day Parade KWVA Chapter 142 Brunswick Parade 2019

Members of the Col. William E. Weber Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142 participated in the Brunswick Maryland Veterans Parade on Sunday, November 10, 2019. The Brunswick Parade is the oldest and largest Veterans Day Parade in the United States.

Shown in the picture, seated are (l to r) Eugene Rinehart and Chip Chipley and standing are (l to r) Fred Becker, Wendell Murphy, Bob Eader and Glenn Wienhoff.





Country Meadows Luncheon 2019

KWVA Chapter 142 at Country Meadows Retirement center lunch
Back Row: Bill Fox, Barbara Eader, Bob Eader, Bob Mount, Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Gene Rinehart, friend of Bill Barton, Bill Barton and Kern Thornton
Front Row: Joan Fox, two Korean War Veterans who are residents of Country Meadows, Winnie Mount, Jim Joy and Rosalie Wienhoff

Country Meadows Retirement Center hosted a lunch on July 23, 2019 at their facility.
Korean War veterans living at Country Meadows were joined by Chapter 142 members, wives and friends.





Welcome Home 2019

KWVA Chapter 142 at Maryland Yumi Hogan Reception
Commander Fred Becker, Richard Cody, Chip Chipley, Dr. Kim, First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan, Secretary Glenn Wienhoff, Bill Fox and (seated center) Treasurer Bob Mount

On July 15, 2019, Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan invited Korean War Veterans to a “Welcome Home” Reception at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan writes:

There can't possibly be words
adequate enough to express our gratitude,
our respect, and our appreciation
to our men and women in uniform.
In spite of all the things
that have sought to divide us
in this country, and that still divide us today,
we are brought together
by the tremendous respect we hold
and the incredible debt that we owe
to all those who have worn the flag
of our nation on their arm
and who are willing to lay down their lives
to protect the rights and freedoms
that we hold so dear.

Several members of Chapter 142 attended the reception and were personally greeted by Yumi Hogan, who was born in Naju, South Korea in 1959 and became a U.S. citizen in 1994. She has great respect for Korean War Veterans, who fought selflessly for her birth country, and honors them every year with a reception in the Maryland State capitol.

Among those attending from Chapter 142 were Commander Fred Becker, Richard Cody, Chip Chipley, Dr. Kim, Secretary Glenn Wienhoff, Bill Fox and Treasurer Bob Mount. Several members from KWVA Chapter 312, Hagerstown, were also present. The reception was also attended by Secretary George W. Owings, III, USMC, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs; BG Pyo Se Woo ROK, Army, Republic of Korean Defense Attache to the United States; The Honorable Larry J. Hogan, Governor, State of Maryland; Paul H. Cunningham, President, Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.; General John H. Tilelli, Jr. USA (Ret.), Chair, Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation; and Yumi Hogan, First Lady, State of Maryland.

KWVA Chapter 142 table at Maryland Yumi Hogan Reception
Bill Fox, Joan Fox, Sandra Becker, Fred Becker, Richard Cody, Chip Chipley and Bob Mount




Presentation of Colors at the Golden Gears Car Show for Veterans

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Chapter 142 Presented the Colors at the Golden Gears Car Show on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Lewistown Fire Hall. A full contingent made for a complete Color Guard. The day was hot, the breeze was blowing and the flags were waving.

This was the tenth annual Car Show put on by the Golden Gears Car Club of Frederick County. Golden Gears holds the Car Show to raise funds for local veterans groups - KWVA Chapter 142 being a beneficiary. At the request of the Golden Gears Car Club, a Moment of Rememberance was given for Tony Malavenda, who was a good friend to the Club and had always participated in the Presentation of Colors at the Car Show.

Rodney Hall, Bob Mount, Glenn Wienhoff, Commander Fred Becker, Chip Chipley, Bill Fox, Bob Eader and Gene Rinehart Presented the Colors, manned an information booth and set-up the Korean War pop-up display in the Hall. Rose Wienhoff was on hand all day to assist. Rose is also the Chapter's photographer-at-large and supplied the photographs for the slideshow above.

This year, the Corvette won Best-In-Show.





Woodsboro Memorial Day Parade 2019

KWVA Chapter 142 Memorial Day Woodsboro
Fred Becker, Bob Eader, Wendell Murphy, Gene Rinehart, Glenn Wienhoff and Bob Mount

On May 25, 2019, Chapter members Commander Becker, Vice Commander Eader, Executive Committee member Murphy, Executive Committee member Rinehart, Secretary Wienhoff and Treasurer Mount participated in the Woodsboro Memorial Day Parade. Murphy's truck carried the Fallen Comrade Display, Wienhoff's car displayed the flags and Becker's convertible made for a three car entry.





Veterans History Project Veterans Luncheon 2019

KWVA Chapter 142 attends Veterans History Project Luncheon
Sue Murphy, Barbara Eader, Winnie Mount, Bob Eader and Wendell Murphy

Five Chapter members and wives attended the Frederick Veterans History Project luncheon at Country Meadows on June 1, 2019. Priscilla Rall reported she is stepping down as Chairman of the FVHP and that a veteran who resides in Homewood will be the new chair. Priscilla will continue interviewing veterans and will be active in the organization.

Pictured above are Sue Murphy, Barbara Eader, Winnie Mount, Bob Mount, Bob Eader and Wendell Murphy. Also attending were Commander Becker and Sandra and Glenn Wienhoff and Rosalie.





Donation to Chapter's Scholarship Fund

KWVA Chapter 142 supports higher education
(Standing) Commander Fred Becker, Treasurer Robert Mount, Trustee Daniel Tregoing and Elizabeth Day, President/CEO of the Community Foundation
(Seated) Chip Chipley, Reggie Kephart and Bob Eader

On March 13, 2019, before the Chapter's regular meeting, a check was presented by Treasurer Robert Mount to Daniel Tregoing, Trustee of the Community Foundation of Frederick County for the Col. William E. Weber Chapter 142 Korean War Veterans Association of Frederick County, Maryland Inc. Scholarship Fund.

The Chapter started the Scholarship Fund in 2004, and has kept it running continuously ever since in support of higher education for children and grandchildren of Korean War Veterans.





Korean-American Day in Maryland

Korean-American Day Governor Hogan
Governor Staff Member, Richard Cody, First Lady Yumi Hogan, Robert Flores and
Brigadier General Pyo, Se Woo, ROK Army, Defense Attache, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan hosted a Korean-American Recognition Day on January 7, 2019 at the Governor's Reception Room in the historic Maryland State House.

Richard Cody and Robert Flores represented Chapter 142 at the reception and were presented a citation by First Lady Yumi Hogan.





CID 142 Thanks Golden Gears Car Club

KWVA Chapter 142 Appreciation Plaque to Golden Gears Car Club
Glenn Wienhoff; Jay Henley, President of Golden Gears Car Club; Fred Becker, Commander KWVA Chapter 142; Chip Chipley and Robert Flores
[Also present was Mike Locke, Vice President of Golden Gears Car Club, standing behind Chip Chipley]

Members of Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142 presented a Plaque to the Golden Gears Car Club in appreciation for their Veterans sponsorship at the Car Show and Bingo held at the Lewiston Fire Hall in Frederick, MD, on June 30, 2018. For several years, the Golden Gears Car Club has annually sponsored Chapter 142, which has allowed the Chapter to provide many benefits and scholarships to Korean War Veterans and their families.

The Presentation of Appreciation was made at the Golden Gears monthly meeting on October 2, 2018.





MIA/POW Ceremony

KWVA Chapter 142 Vietnam MIA POW ready salute
Reg Kephart, Bob Mount, Fred Becker, Bob Eader, Gene Rinehart, Glenn Wienhoff, Chip Chipley and Robert Flores

Chapter Members presented the Colors for the POW/MIA Ceremony conducted by The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 304 at Memorial Park in Frederick on September 21, 2018.

Chapter 142 Vietnam MIA POW poem Frederick Memorial
Chapter 142 Vietnam MIA POW Frederick Memorial
Ghosts in my mind - always there
Think about them - do I dare
I try to keep them tucked away
They come out to haunt - every day
The Ghosts are friends that I once knew
Friends that were both brave and true
All died in a span of just one year
Because in war, death comes each day
Each soldier mourns in his own way
I chose to store my grief inside
I guess it was my way to hide
But at peace I could not be
While these Ghosts were haunting me
Then I realized - they aren't haunting
They are friends - merely wanting
To be remembered in some way
For the price they had to pay
Now finally after all these years
I at last can shed my tears
My Ghosts will stay all my days
And I like it just that way
Chapter 142 Vietnam MIA POW Frederick Memorial present Colors




Golden Gears Car Club & Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company

2018 Golden Gears Car Club and Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company Donation to KWVA Chapter 142
Steven and Karen Stull of the Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company; Glenn Wienhoff, Fred Becker, Bob Eader and Chip Chipley from Chapter 142; and Mike Locke, Vice President, and Jay Henley, President, of Golden Gears Car Club

Our Chapter was presented with a check for $1,500 from the Golden Gears Car Club and an additional check for $100 from the Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company at the Golden Gears' monthly meeting on August 7, 2018. Golden Gears has been a staunch supporter of Chapter 142 (and veterans in general) for many years. We appreciate their commitment and thank the Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company for their generous and unexpected contribution.





Rocky Ridge Parade

2018 Rocky Ridge Parade Korean War Veterans
Chip Chipley, Robert Flores, Glenn Wienhoff and Commander Fred Becker
2018 Rocky Ridge Parade Fallen Comrade Display
Fallen Comrade Display in Wendell Murphy's truck

Members of Chapter 142 participated in the parade at Rocky Ridge, Maryland on August 15, 2018. Before the parade, a delicious meal was enjoyed at the Priscilla Rall and Richard Stambaugh residence.

Wendell Muprhy rode in his truck which was driven by Bob Eader with the fallen comrade display in the truck bed. Four Chapter members rode in Commander Becker's convertible. Mrs. Weber participated in the dinner and Col. Weber and Richard Stambaugh viewed the parade.





Maryland Governor's Welcome

MD Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan
Honorable Cho Yoon-je, South Korean Ambassador to the United States; Wendell Murphy; Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland; Yumi Hogan, First Lady of Maryland;
Frederick Becker, Chapter 142 Commander; Charles Chipley; Col. Weber, USA retired
Photograph courtesty of the Executive Office of the Governor

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan honored Maryland Korean War veterans at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis for a "Welcome Home" reception and dinner on August 9, 2018. Among those attending were Korean Ambassador to the United States, Cho Yoon-je; Secretary of Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, George Owings III; Executive Director of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Jim Fisher; and members of the Korean Embassy and Korean War Veterans Association. Wendell Murphy, Chapter 142 Commander Frederick Becker, Charles Chipley and Chapter namesake Col. William Weber, USA retired, represented Chapter 142.

First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan, grew up on a farm in the countryside of South Korea. She immigrated to the United States in her 20s and became a U.S. citizen in 1994. "Mrs. Hogan is the recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a highly-prestigious, nationally-recognized award by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, which recognizes her accomplishments in leadership and inspired service to the state and nation; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America." http://governor.maryland.gov/firstlady/

In traditional Korean attire, Mrs. Hogan greeted guests to the Ceremony. She always tells Korean War veterans she would not be here if it were not for the their dedication and sacrifice. Governor Hogan said, "There can't possibly be words adequate enough to express our gratitude and our profound respect to each and every one of you who served." The Governor has proclaimed August 9 as "Welcome Home Korean War Veterans Day" and plans to submit a bill to the state legislature to make July 27 "Korean War Veterans Day" in Maryland.

Each veteran received a copy of the Proclamation stating August 9, 2018 as Welcome Home, Korean War Veterans day. Click on the image for a larger view of the Proclamation.





Hannah Kim visits Frederick Korean War Memorial

Hannah Kim and Col. Weber
Hannah Kim and Col. Weber pay tribute
at the Korean War Memorial in Frederick, MD
credit given to Frederick Evening-Post

On July 21, 2018, Korean/American Hannah Kim layed a wreath the Frederick Korean War Memorial on her three-month-long journey to visit Korean War Memorials in all continental States, including Alaska (http://remember727.org). Hannah Kim, a tireless advocate for Korean War Veterans, founded Remember727 in 2008. In 2009, Hannah successfully lobbied to pass legislation that established July 27th as the National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in the United States. She most recently has worked as chief of staff and communications director to Rep. Charles B. Rangel.

The goal of this journey has been to raise awareness and funds to help build a Wall of Remembrance at the National Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and remind us all that "Freedom is not Free". Although the Wall of Remembrance Act was passed by Congress in 2016, plans to build the wall have languished due to a lack of initial funds. The goal is for the Wall of Remembrance to be built as soon as possible so that as many Korean War Veterans can attend the dedication ceremony.

Hannah Kim was greeted by members of Chapter 142, including namesake Col. William E. Weber, who is a tireless advocate for the Wall of Rememberance, and Priscilla Rall, Director of the Frederick County Veterans History Project. Anthony Marra, a combat engineer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and also a Chapter 142 member, said "I think it's very nice. We're all here in the rain to support her and to support [Republic of Korea]." Rain let loose as the Ceremony began, but the laying of the wreath carried forth with Chapter member Chip Chipley huddled over the electrical equipment with an umbrella. The remainder of the ceremony was held in the Armory per a suggestion from the attending Sheriff.

Frederick Remember 727
Braving the rain as the Ceremony begins




Golden Gears Car Show & Bingo 2018

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Bob Mount, Fred Becker, Glenn Wienhoff, Anothony Malavenda, Bob Eader, and Gene Rinehart
at the Information Tent
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Prepare to present Colors
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Fred Becker, Bob Mount, Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Gene Rinehart, Glenn Wienhoff,
Reg Kephart, Bill Fox and Chip Chipley form the Color Guard
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Color Guard
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Bob Mount, Bill Fox, Glenn Wienhoff and Fred Becker present
the Veterans Choice Award to the owner of a BEAUTIFUL '57 Chevy
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Car Show

On June 30, 2018, Chapter 142 presented the Colors at the Golden Gears Car Show & Bingo at the Lewistown Fire Hall.

This was the ninth annual Car Show put on by the Golden Gears Car Club of Frederick County. This year Golden Gears added Bingo to the Car Show. For 2018 the Golden Gears Car Club has raised funds for:

  • Blessing in a Backpack
  • Frederick County Career & Technology Center (Deserving Student Needing Help)
  • Patty Pollatos Family Fundraiser Funomenon
  • Korean War Vets Frederick Chapter 142
  • Vietnam Vets of America Frederick Chapter 304
  • Shangri - La Detachment U.S. Marine Corps Frederick Chapter 118
  • Heartly House
  • St. Jude Children's Hospital (Has served children in our community)
  • Maryland Horse Rescue.

Fred Becker, Bob Mount, Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Gene Rinehart, Glenn Wienhoff, Reg Kephart, Bill Fox and Chip Chipley formed a full Color Guard. Gotta hand it to them - it was a HOT day for dress blues! Thankfully the Fire Hall was airconditioned for Bingo.

Bob Mount, Bill Fox, Glenn Wienhoff and Fred Becker presented the Veterans Award Trophy to the owner of a classic '57 Chevrolet. It was a beauty!

Lewistown Fire Hall Car Show header




Woodsboro Memorial Day Parade 2018

Fred Becker Woodsboro Parade
Reg Kephart with Chip Chipley, Bill Fox and Tony Malavenda

Chapter 142 members participated in the Woodboro Memorial Day Parade on May 27, 2018. Chip Chipley, Bill Fox, Tony Malavenda and Reg Kephart rode in Reg's convertible. Commander Mount, Glenn Wienhoff, Gene Rinehart and Fred Becker rode in Fred's convertible. Bob Eader and Wendell Murphy rode in Wendell's truck with the fallen comrade display in the truck bed. Much candy was thrown to the children.





Citizens/Monteview 1940's Era Dance

Chapter 142 Color Guard
Chapter 142 Presentation of Colors
Jitter Bug
Jitterbug dance pairs

We had a good turnout for the Presentation of Colors at the 1940's Era Dance on February 3, 2018 at the Citizens/Monteview Senior Center. Nine Chapter members participated so we had a complete set of colors as well as the US Flag and the MIA flag plus 2 rifles. Those participating were Chip Chipley, Glenn Wienhoff, Bill Fox, Bob Eader, Jim Miller, Gene Rinehart, Tony Malavenda, Ted Carlson and Reg Kephart. The event featured a swing band and jitterbug dance pairs which could really do the dances. Our Chapter helped with the funding of the event.





Korean Ambassador Cho Yoon-je 2018

Jim Fisher, Executive Director of KWVA, sent an email as follows on February 13, 2018:

I have been informed by the Office of the Ambassador of Korea that he would like to meet with Local Chapter Commanders and Directors from the Washington, DC area on March 2, 2018 for a luncheon meeting at the Korean Embassy.

Commander Mount was unable to attend and Vice Commander Becker was going on vacation, so the Commander designated Secretary Wienhoff to attend, which he did.

The luncheon was attended by General Pyo and office staff of the Military Attache. It featured an excellent Korean food buffet.

The meeting with Ambassador Cho convened at 2:30 pm and the Ambassador was very congenial towar the KWVA attendees. He is an Economist and has held Professor and Korean Representvve position in many countries. He was born during the Korean War. The Ambassador thanks everyone for attending and expressed his appreciation with a memento of the Embassy for each Korean War Veteran.

Those attending were:

  • Lew Ewing - Former Secretary & Chapter Commander #313
  • Jack Keep - National Chaplain
  • Narce Caliva - Director
  • Tim Witmore - Director & Virginia State Commander
  • Jim Fisher - National Executive Director
  • Edward Brooks - Director & Chaper Commander #191
  • Glenn Wienhoff - Acting Chapter Commander #142
  • Dave Clar - Representing Chapter Commander #313
  • Thomas Stevens - President, Korean War Veterans Association, USA
  • Sonny Edwards - Past Director & Chapter Commander

Col. Weber has also met with Ambassador Cho on another occasion.





Holiday Party 2017

Colonel Youngjun Choi, ROK Chapter 142 Christmas party 2017
Colonel Youngjun Choi, ROK
Vice Commander Fred Becker Chapter 142 Christmas party 2017
Chapter Vice Commander Fred Becker

The Holiday Party was held on December 13, 2017 and was attended by Colonel Youngjun Choi, Republic of Korea Military Attache to the US Army, who dilivery remarks and thanked the veterans for their service.

It was a very enjoyable event for all present; the meal prepared by Dutch's Daughter Restaurant was delicious, and Anne Thompson, a Hospice volunteer, provided great sing-along music.

Special recognition was given to Joanne Ambrose from General Engineering for printing the Chapter Newletter, and to Dave Cain from East Frederick Storage who provides space for our Chapter goods. Unfortunately, Dave could not attend in person.

Also unable to attend was Commander Bob Mount who was ill. Vice Commander Fred Becker initiated the program.





Brunswick Veterans Day Parade 2017

Commander Mount and Chip Chipley Brunswick Parade
Commander Mount and Chip Chipley at Parade Line Up

Our Chapter again participated in the Annual Veterans Day Parade in Brunswick MD on November 5, 2017. The weather was not too cooperative but there was no rain at parade time so the convertible tops went down and we had two vehicles in the parade. Gene Rinehart and Fred Becker rode in Fred's convertible and Commander Mount, Chip Chipley and Glenn Wienhoff rode in Glenn's convertible.

Vice Commander Fred Becker Brunswick Parade
Vice Commander Fred Becker in Parade




Tell America Oakdale High School 2017

Commander Mount at Oakdale High School
Vice Commander with Oakdale High School students
Thank You note from Oakdale

Chapter 142 Commander Robert Mount spoke to two classes of students at Oakdale High School about the Korean War on November 8, 2017 prior to the school's Veterans Day event. Every November Bob Mount has been invited to bring the Tell America Program to local schools to share first-hand experience with America's younger generations.





Color Guard Presentation at Middletown High School

Chapter 142 with Middletown Volley Ball team
Chapter 142 members with Middletown Varsity volley ball team

Chapter 142 members presented the Colors at the start of the Middletown High School Varsity Girls Volley Ball game on October 5, 2017 in the school's gym. The team posed for a picture with the Color Guard members. Color Guard participants were Vice Commander Fred Becker, Gene Rinehart, Commander Bob Mount, Chip Chipley, Secretary Glenn Wienhoff, Reg Kephart and Treasurer Bob Eader. The team later presented a donation towards the Wall of Remembrance, which is greatly appreciated.





Veterans Helping Veterans

Chapter 142 donation to AMVETS 2017
Bob Mount, Herbie Kanode, Bob Eader

Chapter 142 Commander Robert Mount and Treasurer Robert Eader presented a check for $500 to the AMVETS Post 2 Commander, Herbie Kanode, at the Chapter's Member Meeting on November 8, 2017. AMVETS mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services. You can read more about AMETS at their website, http://amvets.org/about-us/





Summer Picnic at Dutch's Daughter

Chapter 142 Summer Picnic Head Table with General Pyo 2017
Winnie Mount, Sandy Becker, Dottie Johnson, Mrs. Pyo and General Pyo, Annelie Weber, Col. Weber and Howard Whang

This years annual Summer Picnic was held on Saturday, September 16, at Dutch's Daughter Restaurant and attended by Republic of Korea Brigadier General Se Woo Pyo, Defense Attaché to the United States, who delivered an inspiring speech.

Thanks to Howard Whang and Jim Kim of the Korean American Association of Prince George's County, we were able to surprise six of our members with a special presentation of plaques and add much to the success of the event. In fact, they took the presentation to Jack at the nursing home, which was a great gesture on their part.

Brigadier General Se Woo Pyo
Brigadier General Se Woo Pyo
General Pyo presents plaques
Jim Kim, Wendell Murphy, Ken Davis, Fred Becker, Kern Thorton, Chip Chipley,
Bob Mount, and Howard Whang




POW/MIA Recognition Day

POW/MIA Recognition Day Fredrick Maryland 2017
Frederick Recognition Day 2017

On September 15, 2017, members of Chapter 142 joined the Vietnam Veterans of America for POW/MIA Recognition Day. The small table was set.

Table Ceremony Script

The table before you is a place of honor. It is set for one. This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POWs or MIAs, we call them "Brothers." They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them.

This Table set for one is small - Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors. Remember! (ring bell)

The Tablecloth is white - Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. Remember! (ring bell)

The single Red Rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return. Remember! (ring bell)

The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. Remember! (ring bell)

The Candle, the candle is lit - Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit. Remember! (ring bell)

A Slice of Lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember! (ring bell)

There is Salt upon the bread plate - Symbolic of the families tears as they wait. Remember! (ring bell)

The Glass is inverted - They cannot toast with us this night. Remember! (ring bell)

The Chair - The chair is empty. They are not here. Remember! (ring bell)

Remember! - All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you. Remember! (ring bell)

Remember! - Until the day they come home, Remember! (ring bell)




Certificate of Appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation Presentation 2017
Jay Henley and Glenn Wienhoff
Certificate of Appreciation to Golden Gears Car Club 2017
Certificate of Appreciation

Chapter 142 expressed their appreciation for continued support and incredible generosity to the Golden Gears Car Club with a Certificate of Appreciation. Year after year, the Golden Gears Car Club has sponsored Chapter 142 through the Home Run Car Show, which has allowed the Chapter to provide many benefits and scholarships to Korean War Veterans and their families.

Pictured above-left, Chapter Secretary Glenn Wienhoff presents the certificate to Golden Gears President Jay Henley.





Rocky Ridge 2017 Best Adult Float

Rocky Ridge Best Adult Float Award 2017
Rocky Ridge Best Adult Float Award
Rocky Ridge Best Adult Float Award 2017
Fallen Soldier Display

Annually, The Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company holds a week long carnival to raise funds. On August 16, 2017, Chapter 142 participated in the evening carnival parade.

Chapter 142 received the Best Adult Float Award for the Fallen Comrade display on Wendell Murphy's truck at the Rocky Ridge Parade (pictured right).





Golden Gears Car Club Donation

Golden Gears Car Club Donation
Mike Locke, Glenn Wienhoff, Bob Mount, Chip Chipley and Jay Henley

Golden Gears Car Club donated Funds from their local Home Run Car Show to Veterans Support Organizations, one of which was KWVA Chapter 142.

Jay Henley and Mike Locke, President and Vice President of the Golden Gears Car Club (respectively), presented a check to Commander Mount, Secretary Wienhoff and Chip Chipley of Chapter 142.

Six Members of Chapter 142 had presented the Colors for the Opening of the Home Run Car Show in Frederick this past June. Scroll down for an article on the Home Run Car Show.





Wreath Laying Ceremony July 27, 2017

Chapter 142 Wreath Laying 2017
Chapter 142 Members Wreath Laying Ceremony

Members of Chapter 142 commemorated the 64th Anniversary of the Armistice ending the Korean Wat on July 27th, 1953 with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Korean War Memorial at Monument Park in Frederick, MD on July 27, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Forming a two row honor detail, members paid their respects as Vice Commander Becker and Purple Heart recipient Wendell Murphy placed the wreath at the Memorial. Honor detail consisted of Commander Mount, Gene Rinehart, Tony Marra, Bill Fox, Treasurer Eader, Jim Miller, Chip Chipley and Reg Kephart.





Members Help Raise Funds for Camp Corral

Chapter 142 fundraiser at Golden Corral
Reg Kephart, Golden Corral Manager Terry Amaker and Tony Malavenda

Each summer the Golden Corral Restaurant franchise brand raises funds to send children of veterans to a week at summer camp at no charge to the participants. This year, four members of Chapter 142 (Bob Eader, Tony Malavenda, Reg Kephart and Wendell Murphy) assisted in helping raise funds for the program at the local Golden Corral Restaurant.





Veteran's Information and Recognition Day

On July 10, 2017 the Frederick County Department of Aging held a Veterans Information and Recognition Day. Commander Bob Mount and Treasurer Bob Eader set up the Chapter 142's Korean War exhibit and spoke with many visitors. Below are two of the event's visitors, State Delegate Kathy Afzali and Col. Fred Schumacher, US Army, Ret., executive officer and reserve component advisor on the Army Physical Disability Agency.

Veterans Information and Recognition Day
(From Left to Right) Treasurer Bob Eader, State Delegate Kathy Afzali, Commander Bob Mount and Col. Fred Schumacher, US Army, Ret.




ROK President Moon Jae-in at the Korean War Memorial

On June 30, 2017, Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in attended the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. for a Wreath Laying Ceremony. After Opening Remarks and Salutation to the National Flags, ROK President Moon Jae-in, U.S. Vice President Michael Pence and U.S. KWVA President Thomas Stevens laid wreaths in rememberance of those who gave their lives for the freedom of the Republic of Korea.

Wendell Murphy, Vice Commander Fred Becker and Secretary Glenn Wienhoff represented Chapter 142. Wendell Murphy, a purple heart recipient, was personally greeted by President Moon Jae-in as well as Vice President Pence. Also in attendance was Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, who is the first Korean American first lady in the United States.

For a larger view, click on any of the images above.





Golden Gears Home Run Car Show 2017

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Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Gene Rinehart and Glenn Wienhoff unroll the Colors
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Ron Layman, Bob Mount, Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Gene Rinehart, Glenn Wienhoff, Fred Becker and Tommy Grunwell
prepare to present Colors
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Ron Layman, Bob Mount, Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Gene Rinehart, Glenn Wienhoff, Fred Becker and Tommy Grunwell
present Colors
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Fred Becker, Glenn Wienhoff, Rose Wienhoff, Bob Mount and Gene Rinehart
at Chapter 142's information tent
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Fred Becker and Glenn Wienhoff present the Veterans Choice Award
to Sandy Daniels-Palmer for her Modified Charger
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Sandy's Modified Charger that caught everyone's eye ...
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... signed by Richard Petty and his Pit Crew ... ...
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... and driven by our National Bird!

Chapter 142 presented the Colors at the Golden Gears Home Run Car Show on Sunday, June 25, 2017 on Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. The Car Show was to be held on Saturday but had been postponed to Sunday due to impending rain. Not all Color Guard members could make the shift from Saturday to Sunday, so two members from the Shangri-La Detachment U.S. Marine Corps 118 stood in to complete the Color Guard. A big Thank You goes out to Ron Layman and Tommy Grunwell for pitching in.

This was the eighth annual Home Run Car Show put on by the Golden Gears Car Club of Frederick County. Golden Gears holds the Car Show and a raffle to raise funds for local veterans groups. Vietnam Veterans of America, KWVA Chapter 142 and the Shangri-La Detachment U.S. Marine Corps 118 were the beneficiaries of this year's Car Show.

Bob Mount, Tony Malavenda, Bob Eader, Gene Rinehart, Glenn Wienhoff, and Fred Becker, along with Ron Layman and Tommy Grunwell, opened the Car Show by presenting the Colors. Throughout the Car Show, members provided information about the Korean War and the Chapter with the help of Glenn Wienhoff's daughter, Rose. Rose Wienhoff is also becoming the Chapter's photographer-at-large and supplied the photographs for the slideshow above.

This year, Chapter 142 selected a Car Show participant to receive the Veterans Choice Award. The award went to Sandy Daniels-Palmer, whose modified red Charger with Bald Eagle engine cover and driver was a show stopper. The AWD HEMI also sports the signatures of Richard Petty and his pit crew.





Washington DC Memorial Day Parade 2017

Washington DC Memorial Day Parade 2017
Hayang Lee and Commander Bob Mount

Frederick's Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142 honored Frederick's Fallen Heroes with participation in the Nation's National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC. The parade was followed by Ceremonies at the Korean War Memorial in which a white rose was placed at the name of each of the 22 Nations that participated in the Korean War. Pictured is rose presenter Hayang Lee (in traditional Korean clothing) and her escort from Chapter 142, Commander Robert Mount.

A full parade video is on YouTube at The 2017 National Memorial Day Parade. The Korean Veterans start at 1:28.50.





Woodsborro Memorial Day Parade 2017

Chapter members Wendell Murphy, Treasurer Bob Eader, Tony Malavenda, Chip Chipley, Reg Kephart, Commander Bob Mount, Fred Becker, Secretary Glenn Wienhoff, Richard Cody, and Gene Rinehart participated in Woodborro's Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 2017. They rode in four convertibles and Murphy's pick-up truck, which had a Fallen Soldier display in its bed. It was a very good turn-out and the weather cooperated this year!

Chapter 142 members at Woodsborro Memorial Day Parade 2017
(From Left to Right) Wendell Murphy, Treasurer Bob Eader, Tony Malavenda, Chip Chipley, Reg Kephart, Commander Bob Mount, Fred Becker,
Secretary Glenn Wienhoff, Richard Cody, and Gene Rinehart.




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 saved 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.





 
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