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“Keeping Their Memories Alive” - Commissioners Join Lt. Governor James F. Cawley, Esq., Honored Veterans & Families to Commemorate 59th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

July 27, 2012

“Keeping Their Memories Alive”
Commissioners Join Lt. Governor James F. Cawley, Esq., Honored Veterans & Families to Commemorate 59th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

Marine Honor Guard.On Friday, July 27, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners hosted the Bucks County Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association to conduct the 12th annual county Korean War Armistice Day Ceremony. The Bucks County Courthouse Memorial Courtyard again was recognized as hallowed ground for heroes of American wars past and present, this time on the 59th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The occasion is a time to pay tribute to the 38 Bucks Countians who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War, as well as the 19 county residents who perished over the last 11 years during the ongoing War on Terror.

Event Master of Ceremonies Jerry Jonas spoke poignantly of the July 27, 1953 armistice, which took place at 10 p.m. Korean time following a day of intense fighting. A 22-year-old at the time, Jonas explained in opening the ceremony: “That day has a special meaning to me. I was in the trenches. I remember it like it was yesterday.” During the Korean War, more than 37,000 American soldiers were killed, 102,000 were wounded before the guns fell silent after three years of continuous fighting. Another 8,200 remain missing to this day.

Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia spoke on behalf
of her colleagues Robert G. Loughery, chairman, and Charles H. Martin, thanking the assembled veterans for their service. “People of my generation had very little understanding about that [Korean] war. For most of us, all we knew was what we saw on the TV show M*A*S*H,” Commissioner Marseglia stated. “That’s why events like this are so important. This is a way that we can keep those memories alive. I can tell you that because of this event, I know much more (about the Korean War) than I did six years ago.”

Passing out roses to place on the memorial.Before veterans, family members and dignitaries laid 57 long-stemmed red roses on the Korean Memorial (one for each Bucks Countian lost in the Korean War
and War on Terror), Pennsylvania Lt. Governor and former Bucks County Commissioner James F. Cawley, Esq. delivered the keynote address. He noted that the Bucks County Courthouse Memorial Courtyard is “a place to come to reflect on the sacrifices that we as Americans, as Pennsylvanians and as Bucks Countians have offered throughout the ages. This is a day to remember, for some, what is now becoming a bygone time. A call went out, and that call was answered by America. One-point eight million Americans answered that call, including 200,000 Pennsylvanians. Those numbers are quite powerful when you consider them but, as time passes, they become more of a statistic. For those who served, they will forever be people, real flesh and blood.”

Lt. Governor Cawley, who accompanied Mr. Jonas on a trip to the Republic of Korea during the fall of 2009, hailed those who fought in Korea six decades ago as “young men who stood for liberty and freedom.” He relayed a story of a 24-year-old Pennsylvanian who lost his life in 1951 on the field of battle, reading from a citation of heroism. He concluded by quoting President Abraham Lincoln’s words: “The world will soon forget what we say here today, but it will never forget what these brave men have done for all of us to ensure that our government by the people, for the people, and of the people, shall not perish from the face of the earth. That is why we gather here today.”


Harold L. Adams – U.S. Army John J. McDonnell – U.S. Army
Auston W. Beetle – U.S. Air Force Raymond H. Miller – U.S. Army
Herbert Besch, Jr. – U.S. Army  James L. Niblick – U.S. Army
Matthew J. Biedka – U.S. Air Force Robert J. Ortlip – U.S. Navy
Robert E. Brown – U.S. Army Warren E. Palmer – U.S. Army
Donald L. Clayton – U.S. Marine Corps Paul E. Riess – U.S. Army
Harry Y. Eisenbray – U.S. Navy Clarence F. Rotenberger – U.S. Army
Hans W. Grahl – U.S. Marine Corps John M. Rozear, Jr. – U.S. Army
Warren H. Harms – U.S. Army Christopher Schlitz – U.S. Army
Thurle L. Hileman – U.S. Army Thomas F. Solometo – U.S. Army
John J. Holden – U.S. Army       John M.L. Stern, Jr. – U.S. Army
John D. Hunsberger – U.S. Marine Corps George W. Supplee – U.S. Air Force
Norbert G. Hurt – U.S. Army John J. Truan – U.S. Army
Casimir P. Kaczor – U.S. Army William F. Underdown - U.S. Army
Edward B. Keller – U.S. Army Richard Vaneekhoven – U.S. Army
Harold D. Kellett – U.S. Army Walter G. Wieckowski – U.S. Army
William R. Lewis – U.S. Marine Corps William J. Wiley – U.S. Army
Attilio M. Lupacchini – U.S. Marine Corps Gracian H. White – U.S. Army
Bruce F. Mathewson - U.S. Marine Corps Bernard M. Young – Marine Corps



Mark C. Baum – U.S. Army            
Edward W. Brabazon – U.S. Army
 Kurt E. Krout - U.S. Army Robert H. Dembowski - U.S. Army
Travis L. Manion -U.S. Marine Corps             
Nathaniel E. DeTample – U.S. Army  
Robert T. Mininger – U.S. Marine Corps        
Allen J. Dunckley – U.S. Army
Kenneth B. Elwell – U.S. Army            
Jae S. Moon - U.S. Army 
Brian R. Faunce – U.S. Army                       
Patrick R. Nixon - U.S. Marine Corps 
Barton R. Humlhanz – U.S. Marine Corps      
Tamarra J. Ramos - U.S. Army
William J. Maher, III – U.S. Army                  
Kristofor T. Stonesifer - U.S. Army
Maurice J. Johnson - U.S. Army  
Shawn M. Suzch - U.S. Army   
Colby J. Umbrell - U.S. Army

 Commissioner Marseglia places a rose on the memorial.
Commissioner Martin next to the memorial.