Who Are Korean War Veterans? What Risks Did These Veterans Face in Addition to the Enemy?

More than 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War, and today there are still approximately over 2.25 million Korean war veterans still alive. This war started in 1950 and ended in 1953, and resulted in a total of 54,246 deaths of which 36,574 happened in theater according to this report in 2013. More than 103,000 Americans were wounded during the Korean war as well. Click here to read more.

We are now: Korean War Veteran Association, General Frank Blazey Chapter 314

The Korean War Veterans Association is proud to announce a name change. Known as Chapter 314 before Dec. 5th, we are now known as the General Frank Blazey Chapter 314 of the Korean War Veterans Association, Hendersonville, NC.

General Frank Blazey was one of our Founding Members. He passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the age of 92. Frank Earl Blazey, was a much decorated Army Officer who served and led troops in the Korean and Vietnam wars, many times under fire. He retired as a brigadier general. The Chapter is honored to add his name to our name.

Our chapter meets at noon every second Wednesday of the month at the Golden Corral, 2530 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Lunch at noon, Meeting at 1pm.

Our Mission is to solicit donations from members of the public to support active military and veterans groups. Currently we are supporting the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville which is a place for homeless veterans to be temporally housed and trained in various job skills. We also support fund raising for the expansion of the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. to add “A Wall of Remembrance ” which will have the names of all those killed in action during the Korean War.

If you have EVER honorably served in Korea as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces September 3, 1945 to Present, or served outside of Korea June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955, you qualify to be a Regular Member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.

Membership in the KWVA consists of Regular Members, Associate Members and Honorary Members. No person is excluded from membership because of race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, or physical or mental disability, so long as the individual meets the service requirements.

Website: http://koreanwarveteranschapter314.org/ Facebook page: Korean War Veterans Association, WNC. For more info: Commander, George Davidson, 828-676-1612,Vice Commander: Glenn Richardson, 828-243-9206, Treasurer: Glenn Richardson 828-243-9206, Historian/Acting Secretary: Michele Bretz 828-989-8286

KWVA Chapter 314 Officer’s Meeting 7 Nov 18

KWVA Chapter 314 Officer’s Meeting 7 Nov 18
American Legion, Hendersonville, NC
Officers present: Bill Lack, Glenn Richardson, Michele Bretz, George Davidson,
Applefest Chairman: James Taylor
Meeting start time: 12:00 End time: 14:00
1. Election nominations:
a. Commander: George Davidson
b. Vice Commander: Roy Hathaway
c. Treasurer: Glenn Richardson
d. Secretary: ?????
e. Chaplain: Brenda Ploss
f. Sgt at Arms/Applefest Chairman: James Taylor
g. Membership Chairman: Bill Lack
 
2. Treasurer Report: Approximately $1600 in the bank. Discussed to keep $500/yr minimum.
a. Donations to the following organizations:
1) Healing Farm ($200)
2) VRQ ($200)
3) Honor Air ($200)
4) WNC Military History Museum ($50)
5) Korea Wall ($200) Suggested that members make a donation match for the Korea Wall in memory of someone through the chapter.
6) Banner/signage ($200)
b. Dues: Associate National Membership dues: $16. Local Associate dues: $8/yr. This would cover wives and those who haven’t served in Korea but support the organization. Member dues: $12/yr. Suspense date:
c. Checking account: Louise Weber to be removed from account and Michele Bretz to be added.
 
3. Notes to be sent to (Michele):
a. Thank you: Tiger Bang for Applefest and K-Wave tickets.
b. Sympathy: Ron Evans family.
 
4. Applefest (James):
a. Planning for Applefest to start earlier.
b. Continue the following items: Rose of Sharon, only 2 items for raffle, concentrate on raising Korean War awareness only, invite Tiger Bang/Family and Korean Veterans to assist, membership packets
c. .James will be working with Fremont on the new design of the tent/banner.
d. Bill to check on Liability Insurance from National.
 
5. Events:
a. Veterans Day:
1) National KWVA in DC parade. Bill and Sandy maybe attending depending upon Bill’s medical release.
2) Local:
a) 11 Nov Forest Lawn: Need individuals to assist with wreath laying ceremony (Korean War/POW/MIA). Michele Bretz to represent POW wreath and James Taylor to represent Korean War wreath. Flags to be placed at 8:30 am and ceremony at 11:00 am.
b) 12 Nov: Golden Corral. Members to come and assist with recruiting 4-9 pm in uniform. Advertising has been done by Michele to Asheville Citizen Times, Hendersonville Times, Transylvania Times and WLOS, FB pages for KWVA and WNC Military History Museum. Golden Corral has been decorated with a dedication to those members we have lost in the past year.
c) 14 Nov: Next meeting at WNC Military History Museum at 11 am. James Taylor offered to meet individuals at American Legion to carpool.
 
b. Holiday/10th Anniversary Party: Dec 5, 12:00 at Baybreeze
 
Suggestions:
1. Korean War Museum has been moved to the Truman Library. Bill to go there either March/Apr 2019.
2. Renaming of chapter to Gen. Frank Blazey. Invite family to attend when naming.
3. Quilts of Valor: get information for each member so that we can have a ceremony and also have one presented to those individual families that have lost a member in the chapter.
4. Membership Drive: every quarter add an informational recruit meeting to get new members and offer a Quilt of Valor.
5. Glenn to draft letter and send to Post 77 members who may qualify for KWVA membership. Michele to talk to Bob Scruggs for permission to obtain their roster.
6. Business cards for officers to be designed with Fremont.
Thanks,
Michele Bretz
Secretary/Historian