Most Recent Update: October 14, 2021*
Stay safe, everyone. I love you. -
The KWE is online throughout 2021
thanks to a web hosting gift that was given in honor of
the Korean War veterans of the 712th Transportation Railway
*Updates are generally made on two locations on this page: Latest News
and Newest Additions. Be sure to check both places when you see that an update has been made.
This website was created by Lynnita Brown, founder, Korean War Educator. Lynnita, who holds
Korean War veterans in the highest regard, is solely responsible for the monitoring and posting of
all of the contributed and self-generated text that appears on the Korean War Educator.
Technical changes to the website are courtesy of Webmaster Jim Doppelhammer, who also has a strong appreciation
for our nation's veterans. Lynnita can be reached at 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953; ph.
217-253-4620 (home). Lynnita's e-mail is
Lynnita holds three jobs, so the best time to reach her is
at home in the evening. (She stays up late.)
Thank you to all veterans for
protecting our freedom.
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[The following news and commentary is posted with the most recent news at top, followed by older news.
Latest News is written by Lynnita Brown.]
A great friend of the Korean War Educator, Charles Christie
Scott Sr. of West Virginia, died on September 09, 2021.
Since then the KWE has received memorial donations in his name
from the following people: Penny Tully, Julia Lee, and Irving
Scott. The total amount of their gifts is $250.00.
In addition to these donations, a cash gift of $20 was sent to
the KWE. I cannot tell you the name of that giver because
his gift arrived the traumatic day that my beloved husband died.
The giver's card was lost during the horrible events of that
day. If someone reading this is that donor, please contact
me or the Scott family so I can complete KWE records. [Posted
Patricia Miller of the Illinois Heritage
Association made a $20 donation to the KWE in memory of my
husband Dale Brown this week. Over $4,000 in donations to
me, my church, and other charities have also flooded into my
mailbox in memory of Dale. My gratitude to everyone is
immeasurable. [Posted 10/06/2021]
I'm sad to report that my husband, Dale Holmes Brown Sr., died
unexpectedly late this afternoon. He had a massive heart attack
in the middle of a medical procedure. - Lynnita[Posted
A couple of updates: We received a $20.00 contribution
from long-time supporter Anthony Sobieski. Every donation
helps more than anyone realizes. I also want you to know
that while the KWE webmaster is busy on the graphics for our new
African-American page, I've been working on our new Native
American page. If any of our readers know of any Native
Americans that served our country during the Korean War, please
let us know. Also, our readers might be interested to know
that the Barker brothers (Korean War Project) are publishing a
new casualty book. Now is the time to put your reservation
in because there is a limited supply of the books. [Posted
We are delighted to tell our readers that a check to the KWE in
the amount of $500 arrived from Sheila Kronenberger of Illinois
today. Sheila read that the KWE needs funding for its new
African-American page, and promptly stepped forward to help us.
Tomorrow I'll be making a trip to Charleston, Illinois, to turn
the entire $500 over to the KWE webmaster so his company can
begin the job of adding graphics and links to the new page.
Thank you so much, Sheila. You are always there when
Korean War veterans need help, and you are greatly appreciated.
In updating the KWE's support page, we failed to tell our
readers about two contributions that came in to us. One
was a $100 lifetime membership from Jodi Bateman of South
Carolina. The other was a $60 donation (six-year
membership) given by Seungyoung Choi of California. Thank
you both for your generous support of the KWE. [Posted
To all of our readers out there, the KWE could use some
financial support for our new African-American page. While
I can post text, it takes my webmaster's company to post
graphics and certain links. The new page includes
information about African-American firsts, notables, 2nd Ranger
Company, Montford Marines, Tuskegee airmen who served in Korea,
awards, and more. This page is important, but it will take
some financial help from our readers to make it happen. Any help
you can give would be appreciated. [Posted 5/03/2021]
I am currently working on a massive new page for the Korean War
Educator about African-American contributions to the Korean War.
If any of our readers knows the names of an African-American
soldier or Marine that received a Bronze Star, Silver Star,
Distinguished Flying Cross, etc., please notify
If any of our readers know anything about the fighting on Hill
726 (February-March 1951), we refer you to the
Topics - Research page of the KWE.
Perhaps you can help Ralph Little with the information he seeks.
Welcome to the 106th life member of the Korean War
Educator--Edward J. Creighton of New York. Eddie is the
son of Korean War veteran Brendan Creighton, a member of Company
C, 8th Cavalry Regiment. Half of the $100 membership fee
will be added to the KWE's Endowment Fund and half will be added
to the KWE's General Operating Fund. We thank him for his
support and kind words. Eddie is trying to find out what
battle campaign or theatre of operations his father was involved
in during the Korean War. [Posted 1/12/2021]
Once again the generous Sheila Kronenberger of Illinois has
helped the KWE close out its 2020 year by donating $500 to our
foundation. All of the gift was added to the General
Operating fund of the KWE. We will go into the new year
with funds to help this website continue to grow and honor
Korean War veterans. Sheila is the widow of Korean War
veteran John Kronenberger, also a good friend of the KWE.
Thank you, Sheila! [Posted 12/11/2020]
Thank you so much to life member Jerome "Bonkers" Bonkowski
of Illinois for his donation of $100.00 to the KWE. The
website's General Operating Fund is very, very low, so this gift
will be put to good use. This special Korean War veteran
has made several donations to the KWE and we are always, always
grateful to him for helping us to continue our educational
efforts. [Posted 11/21/2020]
Repeat visitors might want to know that summers for me are
very busy due to the fact that I own and operate a collectibles
shop in my small Illinois town. This is true for the
summer of 2020, too. But I'm still here, and the KWE is
still here, too. Just have patience with me and I'll be
back to working longer hours on the Korean War Educator.
(When winter comes, I hole-up out of the cold!) [Posted
I'm back online now and continuing on to make the KWE a
substantial educational resource for those wanting to know more
about the Korean War. Thanks for waiting for my return.
My computer is doing crazy things so it's off to the repair
shop tomorrow. I'll be off line for a few days, but I'll
be back! [Posted 7/05/2020]
The Korean War Educator is pleased to welcome three new
members to our foundation. All daughters of Navy corpsman
Joseph H. Connor (who received a Silver Star for his support of
the Marines in Korea in 1953), they are: Kathleen M. Connor of
New York, Marilyn S. Connor of New York, and Nancy Connor
Kotarski of Kentucky. A tribute to their father is in the
works and will soon be available for public viewing.
Thanks to all three of these women for joining our efforts to
spread the word about the Korean War and its veterans. [Posted
My Korean War veteran husband spent this afternoon in a
hospital procedure room dealing with dialysis issues. It
was not the greatest way to mark the 70th anniversary of the
start of the Korean War. Nevertheless, as the founder of
the Korean War Educator, I want all Korean War veterans and
their families to know that I am thinking of you today and every
day. God bless each and every one of you. - Lynnita
Going through a great many (many!) e-mails, I discovered a
$100 Paypal gift to the KWE from Gary Morgan of Minnesota.
His donation came in on May 13. Thank you to this
repeat-giver who has supported the Korean War Educator on
multiple occasions. I'm sorry for the delay in seeing the
notification. [Posted 6/01/2020]
Over the last few weeks I have been working on a difficult,
but much-needed new Topics page--B-26s in the Korean War.
I work on the page every night. In recent days I slowed
that work down to add death notices about Korean War veterans
who have died of coronavirus. If our readers know of any
such veteran death, please notify me. [Posted 5/13/2020]
Our thanks to Fred Fernandez of California for his $25.00
membership in the Korean War Educator. We don't have many
members anymore, so his contribution is special to us. [Posted
The KWE is grateful to Irving Scott of Arizona for sending
the foundation $100.00. The money is truly needed.
Thanks, Irving! You are the KWE's 106th life member! [Posted 3/12/2020]
The Outpost Harry Survivors Association has sent the KWE a
"news flash". "Forgotten Battles and Units of the
Forgotten War" is a Korean War historical seminar hosted by
Outpost International, Society of the 3d Infantry Division; the
Army Historical Foundation, and the ROK Defense Attaché's Office
in Washington, DC. The event will be held in the American Legion
Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave, Springfield, Virginia and the
Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery on 16-18
April 2020. [Posted 3/01/2020]
The year 2019 ended for the KWE with a gift of $500 from Sheila
Kronenberger of Illinois. The gift made it possible for
the KWE to pay $200 for the renewal of the Foundation's various
Internet URLs. Years ago we purchased all variations of
the KWE (such as .org, .net, etc.) in order to keep the
integrity of our website secure. Sheila's check was made
out to Lynnita with the understanding that the funds should be
used for either the website. the Browns' personal needs, or a
combination of both. Another $200 was used to pay on the
Browns' high winter electricity bill. (No electricity, no
computer to operate the KWE!) Thanks to Sheila for her
continued support of not just the KWE, but also Dale and Lynnita.
Dale takes kidney dialysis treatments three hours three days a
week. Lynnita holds three jobs and is Dale's "right-hand
woman". (Actually, Dale's left-handed woman!) [Posted
It has come to our attention that quite a lot of Korean War history is being lost needlessly because
one particular aspect of the many unique opportunities available to veterans through the Korean War Educator
is little known. The KWE exists to educate the public about the Korean War--at no cost to Korean War
veterans. Here is what is happening that doesn't need to happen:
Individual Korean War veterans and Korean War veteran reunion groups often have small, medium and large
websites on the Internet. Unfortunately, as the veterans age and financial resources to stay online
dry up, these informative websites are being pulled off the Internet one by one and the history found on
them is being lost forever.
Please spread the word that the Korean War Educator's "Topics" page can absorb these increasingly-disappearing
websites at no cost. All you have to do is turn the text and photographs over to the KWE for permanent
posting on the Korean War Educator. Naturally, a little money to help make the transaction would always
be welcome, but it is most certainly not mandatory. The KWE is a free service to Korean War
veterans and always will be--no strings attached. How does one move a Korean War-related website over to the KWE? Simple. Contact
Lynnita! [Posted 8/29/2010]
Do you have a short story about Korea? Send it our way! We have recently opened a short story
section on the KWE's Memoirs page. Lynnita's e-mail address is
email@example.com. Her U.S. mail is Lynnita Brown, 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953.
Be sure to include a picture of yourself to go along with the story. Sending more than one picture
is okay, too. [Posted 2/16/08]
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Newest Additions to the KWE
The short memoir of Jesse D.
Downs was activated on the KWE tonight. Jesse was
an engineer with the 171st Evacuation Hospital in Korea
1951-1952. [Posted 10/14/2021]
Courtesy of Arthur Wilson, the KWE posted the Distinguished
Unit Citation for Battery A, 424th FAB, on our
page; [Posted 9/29/2021]
Added to the KWE's
American Notables page are John T. Melick Jr., (pianist,
bandleader and arranger) and James Andrew MacGeorge (voice
actor, puppeteer, stand-up comedian). [Posted 09/13/2021]
Over the last several evenings I have posted biography
information about the 44 souls who were fatalities when a
crashed near Seoul on November 14, 1952. May they
always be remembered. [Posted 9/01/2021]
New on the KWE tonight is our Coast Guard page. To see
the chronology of Coast Guard activities, aircraft
accidents, fatalities, Gold Lifesaving Medal recipients and
Topics - Coast Guard on the KWE. [Posted 8/24/2021]
Another notable Korean War Veteran was added to the
page of the KWE this afternoon. He is the late Dr. Jay
Benoir Weidler, the civil engineer who designed, fabricated
and installed the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port. [Posted
Added to the KWE tonight was the name of an
that served in the military during the Korean War.
Actor Nick Adams (Mister Roberts, Rebel without a
Cause, and The Rebel) served in the US Coast
Guard from 1952 to 1954. [Posted 8/19/2021]
Almost every night I add more information to the
Women in Korea page of
the KWE. [Posted 8/05/2021]
Added to the
American Notables page of the KWE tonight are the
following Korean War veterans: James H. Billington
(Librarian of Congress), Miguel Encinias (historian and
author specializing in New Mexico's history), J.L. Holloway
III (established the Navy's Nuclear Powered Carrier Program
at the Pentagon;), Jimmie Kanaya (executive officer of the
Medical Training Center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas), Fredrick
Wallace (VA counselor of Vietnam veterans), and William P.
Hunt Jr. (Prior to being KIA in Korea, he was Assistant
Professor of Military Science at the Citadel and the
Infantry School at Ft. Benning 1947-50). [Posted 8/05/2021]
Very few females lost their lives while in service to their
country during the Korean War. However, the KWE
discovered a nurse who lost her life in an airplane crash in
Alaska on September 4, 1951. She and her husband were
passengers in a civilian-owned Cessna when it crashed in a
suburb of Anchorage. The information about Capt. Clara
"Sully" Sullivan Drake is now visible on the KWE in two
locations: Women in the
Korean War and
Crashes - Cessna. [Posted 8/04/2021]
The Silver Star citation awarded posthumously to
Pvt. Stanley Dumpman (1st Cavalry Division) was added to
the KWE this afternoon. [Posted 7/06/2021]
Added to the KWE this afternoon is a roster of the members
Platoon 168, USMC, Parris Island, October 15, 1948.
Tonight I concentrated on adding the Silver Star citations
for Air Force recipients. The names added were: 1Lt.
Vincent J. Alessi, TSgt. Robert J. Burns, Capt. Arthur S.
Cooper, 1Lt Herbert B. Covell, 1Lt Alan Coville, Capt. John
B. Daoust, Col. Leo James Erler, 1Lt. William B. Evans, 1Lt.
Joseph H. Ezell, A2C Frank J. Feister, Sgt. John C.
Flanagan, 1Lt. William L. Fornes, Col. John G. Foster, Maj.
Vermont Garrison (2nd award), SFC Jack E. Gauldin, Lt. Col.
Clifford C. Gould, Maj. Mervin L. Henry, Col. William Weeks
Ingenhutt (2nd award), Capt. James Jabara, Capt. Anthony J.
Katauski, 1Lt. Jacob Kratt Jr., 1Lt. Ernest L. MacQuarrie,
Capt. Willard G. Mattson, Capt. Frank J. McCabe, 1Lt.
Charles E. Phelps, 1Lt. Leonard N. Rummel, 1Lt. James L.
Savage, 1Lt. Jack E. Shepard, 1Lt. Clarence Virgil Slack Jr.
(posthumous), Col. Stanton T. Smith, Maj. Eugene P.
Sonnenberg, 1Lt. Wayne Upell Jr., Maj. Paul C. Vanderhoek,
1Lt. Jay H. Williams, Capt. Russell G. Winegar, 1Lt.
Franklyn C. Winter, and Capt. Charles F. Wright. Our
readers can find these names on the KWE's
Silver Star page.
Courtesy of researcher/historian Dan Cashin of Havertown,
Pennsylvania, a new listing of
merchant marines who were casualties of the Korean War
was added to the KWE tonight. God bless these fallen
heroes. [Posted 5/30/2021]
The Silver Star citations for the following heroes were
added to the KWE tonight:
Rizalito Abanto (2ID),
John Henry Chiles (X Corps),
Thomas K. Craig (2ID),
Laurence Corcoran (25ID),
Gilbert Joseph Check (25ID - 2 awards);
John Garnett Coughlin (2ID), and
William Doran Clark (2ID - 2 awards). [Posted 5/28/2021]
The Distinguished Flying
Cross citation for Airman First Class Angelo Menna was
added to the KWE tonight, courtesy of his daughter Karen
Menna. [Posted 5/27/2021]
The Silver Star citations for
Capt. William A. McClain (1CAV),
Capt. Freeling Woodrow Bellamy (2ID) (posthumous) and
Pfc. Leonard G. Smith (2ID) (posthumous) were added to
the KWE tonight. Also added was information about the
second and third Oak Leaf Clusters to the
Air Medal awarded to
1Lt. Dennis J. Whelan. [Posted 5/16/2021]
Silver Star citations for
SFC Arthur Amsden and
Sgt. Alfred J. Kearns were added to the KWE tonight.
Both 3rd Infantry Division veterans were involved in field
artillery action on 28-29, 1950 at Sachang-ni. The
citations were sent by Edward McComiskey, and we appreciate
his efforts to honor these noble men. [Posted 5/03/2021]
The names (not the citations) of 44 Bronze Star recipients
were added to the
Bronze Star pages of the KWE tonight. The names (not the
citations) of seven Air Medal recipients were added to the
Air Medal page of the
KWE tonight. Also, the names (not the citations) of eight
Silver Star recipients, the names (not the citations) of
two Distinguished Flying
Cross recipients and the name (not the citation) of one
Distinguished Service Cross recipient were added to the KWE tonight. [Posted 3/30/2021)
Added to the KWE tonight were citations of veterans of the
25th Infantry Division who received Bronze and Silver Stars.
They include: Silver
- James E. Wilkins, Eli Lopez and John W. Snyder.
Bronze - Jack A.
Storey, John W. Snyder, Charlie Banks, Theodore L. Allen,
Steven B. Mayo, Wendell P. Barge, and George Armstead. [Posted 3/23/2021]
The Silver Star citation of Frank E. Munoz, 2nd Infantry
Division, was added to the KWE tonight. [Posted 3/08/2021]
In 2014, then President Barack Obama awarded posthumous
Medals of Honor to Korean War veterans: Cpl. Joe Baldonado,
Cpl. Victor Espinoza, Sgt. 1C Eduardo Gomez, Pfc. Leonard M.
Kravitz, MSgt. Mike C. Pena, Sgt. Jack Weinstein, Sgt. Juan
E. Negron, and Pvt. Demensio Rivera. Tonight the KWE
MOH citations of these now-deceased men of bravery.
Thanks to DMZ veteran Gary C. Gable, added to the KWE
tonight is expanded information on the
Serious Incidents page. Although the list is incomplete,
the second section of this page now includes "Deadly
1968"--a year in which there was increased dangerous enemy
activities in the DMZ. Gary Gable was a member of
Company C, 2d Battalion, 23d Infantry, 2d Infantry Division,
when one of five patrols came under fire from North Koreans.
He provided his personal account of what happened on April
20, 1968. To add information to this page, contact
Lynnita. [Posted 1/05/2021]
Officials of a past administration of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. telephoned the KWE's
largest funding source to date to request that it not support the Korean War Educator. (Korean War
veterans everywhere should be outraged at the KWVA's maltreatment of the KWE.) Subsequent KWVA administrations
have done nothing about this injustice. As a result, that funding source is no longer available to
the KWE. Until the Korean War Educator receives another grant, your financial support is needed to
help keep the Korean War Educator going. Please join as a member, because your dues money is what keeps
this site going. You are always welcome to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me (217-253-4620 at home or 217-253-5171 Thursday-Saturday at my store) Illinois time if you have
comments, concerns, questions, or suggestions. [Posted 2004]
As always, Korean War veterans and their families throughout the world are invited to participate in
the educating of the general public about the Korean War by sending information, memoirs, photos, and more
to the Korean War Educator. - Lynnita Jean Brown
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A Team Effort
The Korean War Educator is a team effort between Lynnita Brown of Tuscola, Illinois, as well as Korean
War veterans and their families worldwide. Lynnita is directly involved with the daily updates visitors
see on the KWE. All text appearing on the Korean War Educator is either generated by or routed through
Lynnita. Webmaster Jim Doppelhammer handles the technical aspects and makes improvements to the Korean
War Educator website. If you find a technical glitch anywhere on the site, be sure to contact Jim
at email@example.com. If you
find text errors on the site or want to add material to it, be sure to contact Lynnita at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll see what we can do to fix them.
If our KWE visitors see typographical and/or grammatical mistakes, Lynnita encourages those who discover
them to contact her. There is no such thing as an error "too small" to be corrected.
Lynnita can be reached by phone at 217-253-5171 (her store) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday (and generally on Monday-Wednesday from May to December, too--but not always!). Her home
phone number in Illinois is 217-253-4620 (she rises early and stays up late). Feel free to reach Lynnita
is at her home number if you can't catch her at her store. If she is not home, your call will be picked
up by an answering machine or her husband, Dale. Please feel free to leave a message. She will
call you back--probably the same day or evening. Her e-mail address is
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KWE Progress Report
- As of April 17, 2011, the KWE has had 192,390 since January 1, 2011.
- A review of the Year 2010 traffic statistics for the Korean War Educator shows that 681,927 visitors
stopped by to view the Korean War Educator from January 1 through December 31, 2010.
- The Korean War Educator had 810,676 visitors in the year 2008. As the site continues to grow,
so will the number of visitors. As an example of the KWE's fantastic growth rate, just think.
In the year 2004 the KWE had only 24,152 visitors! The majority of visitors to the KWE website
were from the United States, with visitors from the United Kingdom second and visitors from China third.
- As of January 7, 2008, the KWE had 141,459 page views per month and an average of 2,000 visitors
per day. The KWE website contains 5,645 files (748,966 KB). It has 3,364 photographs. There
are 21,404 hyperlinks.
- Due to a change of web hosts, we only have January and February and the December statistics from
2007, showing approximately 27,500 visitors per month in January/February and 30,000 visitors in December.
- From 1/1/06-12/31/06, the KWE had 183,640 unique visitors (again, many came back to view the site
over and over again, but they were only counted once) who viewed 1,132,528 of its pages.
- From 1/1/05-12/31/05, the KWE had 222,072 unique visitors (many came back to view the site over
and over again, but they were only counted once) who viewed 775,446 of its pages.
The Korean War Educator started to offer memberships at the end of September 2003. For the very first
time, the Korean War Educator was able to use the General Membership dues ($10.00 annually) to establish
a general operating fund that has enabled Lynnita to pay for her monthly internet connection, as well as
incidentals such as reams of copy paper, ink cartridges, postage, etc., without taking it from her own pocket.
Not only that, the Korean War Educator established an Endowment Fund to keep the Foundation going long after
those of us living today have passed on. With an initial deposit of $50.00 (one half of the cost of Life
Membership dues going into the Endowment) that special reserve fund has now jumped to $2,135.53, thanks
to the most recent donations to it from the KWE's new life members Tom Cearlock and Carl Galey of Illinois.
Our goal is to build up the principal in the account so that the annual interest will pay for each year's
web hosting fees. You can find the roster of Korean War Educator members on the KWE’s "Support" section
at the top of all main pages. We are hoping that many more of our visitors will come aboard to help this
great Korean War website become even greater. All funds go to support the Korean War Educator Foundation.
No salary money is expended. Most of the KWE's limited funds are expended for internet/website
expenses and printer ink.
It would be great if some of our regular visitors would support this important website by sponsoring
a year of hosting (or more). Contact Lynnita at email@example.com
about this possibility if you think you would like to sponsor a year's worth of KWE. The list of website
sponsors to date is listed on the
Support page of the KWE..
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In Remembrance of Julian
is with great sorrow that I inform Korean War veterans and our other site visitors about the death of Julian
"Buck" Blagg, original webmaster of the Korean War Educator website and a fine Marine. He died of lung cancer
at 6:00 a.m., Sunday, June 1, 2003, at the age of 66. Julian was my dear friend, and I miss him. He helped
me give the world the Korean War Educator.
- Lynnita Brown, Founder, KWE