Other Korean War News
CHEPACHET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Some of Rhode Island’s Korean War Veterans were honored today at a special ceremony in Chepachet. Over 45 Veterans from the Northern Rhode Island Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 258 were honored for their service and sacrifice at the Glocester Senior Center. Navy Commander John O’Brien, a member of the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, presented the Veterans with certificates signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and medals from the Republic of Korea.
Earlier this month, Honor Flight South Carolina and the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of The Korean War Committee honored Korean War veterans in South Carolina at a special event where certificates of appreciation were presented to those who served during the Korean War between June 25, 1950, and July 23, 1953.
Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy's first black pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in subfreezing North Korea, his leg broken and bleeding. His wingman crash-landed to try to save him, and even burned his hands trying to put out the flames.
Chap. Herman G. Felhoelter served with the 19th Infantry Regiment. On July 16, 1950, Felhoelter was north of Taejon helping a group carry 30 wounded Soldiers. They came under attack and when it became apparent they could not endure the enemy assault. Felhoelter convinced the medical officer to lead all able Soldiers to safety while he remained with the wounded and dying.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks at the Pentagon Korean War Exhibit.