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Colonel William E. Weber, Chapter #142,
K.W.V.A. of Frederick County, Maryland, Inc.
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Donation to Chapter's Scholarship Fund

KWVA Cahpter 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."

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 ( 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 acconditioned 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,

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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