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Presidio Trust Staff and KWMF Officers and Staff Meet with Docent Volunteers at Memorial

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the Presidio Trust’s Historian Barbara Berglund Sokolov, Volunteer Engagement Specialist Libby Zazzera, and Visitor Services Coordinator Aricia Martinez hosted 12 Docent and Ambassador volunteers at what they term an enrichment event at the Korean War Memorial. These events help the docent volunteers serve the visitors to the Presidio more effectively. Also participating in this educational session were KWMF’s Judge Quentin L. Kopp (Ret.), President and Chairman; …Read More

June 25 Commemoration: Anniversary of the Start of the Korean War

Tuesday, June 25 saw a strong and enthusiastic turnout at the Korean War Memorial for a ceremony commemorating the 69th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. KWMF Executive Director Gerard Parker welcomed the guests, and asked them to stand for the Invocation by Steven D. Wiegert, Chaplain, Marine Corps League Chapter 686, Santa Rosa, CA, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient. Chaplain Wiegert delivered the Invocation. Solemnly …Read More

July 4 to August 4, 1950: Grim Days in the Pusan Perimeter

A Personal Account by Colonel Thomas McGrail, U.S. Army (Ret.) The following typewritten notes were made in the field by then-Lieutenant Colonel McGrail during his first month in Korea as CO of 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division. They present a grim picture of those dark early days of the war. They were provided to KWMF by the late colonel’s daughter Joanne McGrail, and are published here for the …Read More

You’re Invited: Commemoration of the Beginning of the Korean War

You are cordially invited to attend A Commemoration of The Beginning of the Korean War Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 10:00 am at the Korean War Memorial Lincoln Boulevard at Sheridan Avenue The Presidio of San Francisco Please join us for this special event. Download Event Flyer (PDF 266 KiB)

Korean War Veterans Appreciation Luncheon 2019

Korean War VeteransAppreciation Luncheon In support of theKorean War Memorial Foundation With special thanks to Man J. Kim and Jeong A. Kim for their generosity in sponsoring this annual event KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL FOUNDATIONcordially invites you and your guest to our Annual Appreciation Luncheon. Free of Charge for Any Korean War Veteran and His or Her Guest Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 12:00 noonGOLDEN GATE GRILLBanquet Room449 Powell Street, 3rd …Read More

Memorial Day Commemoration

An Invitation to our Memorial Day Commemoration Monday, May 27, 2019, 1:00 pm (immediately following the ceremony at the National Cemetery) Korean War Memorial Lincoln Boulevard at Sheridan Avenue The Presidio of San Francisco You are cordially invited to join us for this Special Ceremony. 415 817 1858 info@kwmf.org www.kwmf.org

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