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U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and Republic of Korea Ambassador to the U.S. Visit Korean War Memorial

On Thursday, March 21, Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United States Cho Yoon-je and U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Harry Harris, a retired four-star Admiral, U.S. Navy, paid a special visit to the Korean War Memorial in San Francisco. The ambassadors were welcomed by Park Joon-yong, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, and by the officers and directors of the Korean War Memorial …Read More

Forgotten Heroes

By Kyung Sam Hong NOTE: The following story was originally published in the June, 2010 issue of the Korean-language “Korea Forum” magazine, on the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. It has been translated into English by the author. As I travel, I naturally interact with other travelers. I will chat with them, then move on to continue my tour. It just goes by. While we talk …Read More

Walter Thomas

Korean War veteran Walter Morris Thomas was born on Friday the 13th, 1930, and passed away on October 27, 2018. A proud San Francisco native, Walt leaves behind his wife Jan Barron, the love of his life for 26 years. He is predeceased by his brother Robert and his loving sister Virginia May. He was loving brother-in-law to Judi Pappas, Jim Pappas, and Bonnie Wilson; uncle to Jan Talbert, Diane …Read More

In Memoriam: Graham “Des” Desvernes Des Desvernes

Graham “Des” Desvernes passed away on July 9, 2018. After serving in the U.S. Army and the NYPD, he went on to a long (1954-1980) career in the FBI. A friend of many of us in the Korean War Memorial Foundation, Des participated in a number of our gatherings and ceremonies. The following obituary that appeared in the Former Agents of the FBI Newsletter describes Des’s distinguished life and career: …Read More

Be Part of the Korean War Memorial Legacy Circle: Set Up Your Bequest to KWMF Now

Rear Admiral Russell W. Gorman, USN (Ret.), 1927-2017, served for 38 years of maritime service, initially in the U.S. Merchant Marine and then for most of his career in the U.S. Navy. After his retirement, he served in numerous volunteer capacities, including as a Director and Director Emeritus of the Korean War Memorial Foundation (KWMF). Before his death in 2017, Admiral Gorman made a significant bequest to our Foundation in …Read More

Last Chance to Get a Commemorative Tile at the Korean War Memorial

Attention all Korean War veterans and families . . .   For those of you who wanted to sponsor a commemorative tile at the Korean War Memorial, but learned that no more were available, we have some good news. The Presidio Trust has authorized KWMF to accept requests for 72 additional 4 by 8 inch tiles, to be mounted on one final wall panel at the Memorial. We also have some …Read More

Profile of a Local Korean War Veteran: Cleveland Valrey

At times we come across remarkable men hidden in plain sight in our midst. Cleveland Valrey is such a man. He currently resides in Oakland, California, where at the age of 88 he is living a quiet, unassuming life. Yet his story is truly an impressive, even epic, American story. Cleveland was born in 1930 in Beaumont, Texas. He spent his early years living through the Great Depression. In early …Read More

2018 Veterans Day Commemoration

  You are cordially invited to join us for this special ceremony.     Veterans Day Commemoration Monday, November 12, 2018 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Korean War Memorial Lincoln Boulevard at Sheridan Avenue The Presidio of San Francisco   Program WELCOME Gerard Parker, Executive Director, Korean War Memorial Foundation (KWMF) INVOCATION AND MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR ALL WHO SERVED William D. “Denny” Weisgerber, Chaplain, 1st Marine Division Association THE …Read More