President and Chairman of the Board
Judge Quentin L. Kopp (Ret.), Captain, USAFR
Quentin served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He has been a San Francisco Supervisor, a California State Senator, and a Superior Court Judge. Quentin recently served as the head of the California High Speed Rail Project, and also serves on several non-profit boards.
Man J. Kim, Corporal, ROKA
Man J. came to the United States as a young student and decided to stay. He worked his way up from restaurant worker to restaurateur. He is the owner of several well-known restaurants in San Francisco and at San Francisco International Airport, among them Lori’s Diner, Sears Fine Foods, and the new Golden Gate Grill. Man J. has been a dedicated supporter of Korean War veterans for many years, and hosts a free gala dinner for hundreds of them every year. He also serves with a number of civic organizations. Man J. has donated more than $113,000 to the Foundation.
2nd Vice President
John R. Stevens, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
John served in the Korean War during the Pusan, Inchon-Seoul, and Chosin Reservoir campaigns. He was awarded two Bronze Stars with Combat Vs. After retiring from the Marine Corps, John launched and operated several computer/communications companies. He is the Past President of the 1st Marine Division Scholarship Fund, and serves on several non-profit boards. John has donated $86,194 to the Foundation.
Arthur Curtis, Lieutenant Commander, USCGR (Ret.)
Art served for thirty-six years in the Coast Guard Reserve, achieving the enlisted rank of Master Chief Petty Officer before accepting a commission as a Coast Guard Officer. During that period, he concurrently served with the San Francisco Municipal Railway in various operational capacities, including his last twenty years as the Chief Transit Control Inspector. Art also serves on several non-profit boards.
Donald F. Reid, Sergeant, USMC
Don served in the Korean War as a machine gunner, and was awarded three Battle Stars. After his Marine service, college and law school at St. John’s University in New York, Don worked with the U.S. Treasury Department as a National Bank Examiner. He subsequently became the Managing Senior Compliance Officer of Wells Fargo Bank. Don is a founder and principal benefactor of the University of San Francisco Graduate Asian Studies Program and the Marines’ Memorial Association, and serves on several non-profit boards. Don has donated over $263,000 to the Foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kong Jung Sik, Lieutenant General, ROKMC (Ret.)
General Kong was the Sixth Commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. He also served as a member of the National Assembly, and is currently the Chairman and Chief Director of the Research Institute for Marine Corps Strategy.
Thomas F. Brown III, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Brown is a Naval Aviator who flew 343 combat missions in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, thirty-six Air Medals, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He is the former Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Midway (CVA-41). Admiral Brown serves on a number of non-profit boards, and was the Chair of the Commission responsible for the commissioning of the U.S.S. America aircraft carrier.
J. Michael Myatt, Major General USMC (Ret.)
General Myatt served as Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division in the first Gulf War, defeating six Iraqi divisions in Kuwait. He has been awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Joint Service Command Medal. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he worked for the Bechtel Corporation, where he supervised the construction of the Korean high-speed rail line between Seoul and Busan. In 2001, General Myatt assumed the duties of President and CEO of the Marines’ Memorial Association and Club. He serves on several non-profit boards, and has been Chair of the annual Fleet Week Celebration in San Francisco.
Frank Mendez, U.S. Merchant Marine
Frank served in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service during the World War II and Korean War eras. Following his service, he became a professional electoplater and was elected Business Representative for Local 128 of the Metal Polishers Union. Frank has also served as the Senior Apprentice Consultant of the California Department of Industrial Relations, and as a member of the City of Concord, CA Personnel Board.
Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, Jr., Colonel, USMCR
Pete is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford University Law School. In 1951, as a rifle platoon leader in Korea, Pete was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and two Purple Hearts. He served as U.S. Congressman from 1967 to 1983, practiced law for many years, and is now a working farmer and continues to practice law. Pete is active in support of environmental issues and serves on a number of non-profit boards.
Russell W. Gorman, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
Admiral Gorman, 86, was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1949 and retired in 1987. His long, distinguished career included service in Japan supporting the Korean War effort and five commands in the Naval Reserve, including two Major Commands. He also attended the Naval War College and the National Defense University. After his retirement, he was the Commander of the San Francisco Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States in 2004 and 2005.
Eddie LeBaron, Major, USMC (Deceased)
Eddie served as a rifle platoon commander in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his participation in the Heartbreak Ridge battle. Eddie then went on to a career in professional football. He was AFL Rookie of the Year in 1952, played eleven seasons with the Washington Redskins, and later held the position of General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Atlanta Falcons.
Wallace T. Stewart, Corporal, USMC[Bio Pending]
MEDIA CONSULTANT AND NEWSLETTER EDITOR IN CHIEF
Gerard Parker, Captain, USMC
Gerry is a native of Boston and a graduate of Boston College. He served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps from 1962 to 1966, including a tour in Vietnam as a rifle company executive officer. Upon completion of his active service, he attended graduate school at l’Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and then worked in London for the international trade exhibition company The Montgomery Group, Ltd. After that he went on to an entrepreneurial career in international marketing, producing import-export trade events in Asia, Europe, and the United States. From February, 2013 to August, 2016, when the Memorial was completed, Gerry served as Executive Director of KWMF. He is the father of two daughters and has a grandson and a granddaughter.
John Y. Lee, Attorney at Law, 1st Lieutenant, ROKA
At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, as a second lieutenant in the ROK Army, John Y’ Lee was assigned to the 1st Marine Division as an interpreter/translator. He participated in the Inchon Landing, the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, and other battles, and received the Legion of Merit for his service. After the war, Mr. Lee studied at Yale College and Yale Law School. He then served as attorney-advisor for U.S. Forces in Korea; with the U.S. Department of Justice; and in private practice with several Washington, DC law firms, including Hogan and Hartson. He is a Founding Member and former Director of the Chosin Few, a Life Member of the 1st Marine Division Association, and an Honorary Member of the ROK Marines.
John Wiley, Attorney at Law[Bio Pending]
Steve S. Y. Im, CPA[Bio Pending]