Crossroads (LA) Resolution
On November 28, 2003, KWVA President Harley Coon sent a registered letter to Korean War Educator Founder
Lynnita Brown. It stated, "This letter is to notify you of your removal from the rolls of the Korean
War Veterans Association as an Associate Member effective January one 2004.... This decision is rendered as
an Executive Order by the President of the Korean War Veterans Association." [See KWVA News - Member
Removals - Lynnita Brown.] Coon's Executive Order was followed by a ruling from Judge Advocate Sherman
Pratt that in effect backed Coon's decision when Pratt stated that the KWVA President has "implied powers."
[See KWVA News - Member Removals - Lynnita Brown.]
On December 11, 2003, the Crossroads Chapter (Louisiana) of the KWVA passed the following formal Resolution
in protest of Harley Coon's action:
FOR UNRESTRICTED DISTRIBUTION
COPIES BY MAIL SECRETARY, KWVA
FROM: Clyde Durham, Dep Cmdr/Treas, Chapter 205
December 11, 2003
WHEREAS reference to
ART II, SEC 2B and ART III, Sec 5 and Sec 7. ART II.2.B and III.5.A clearly specify the
powers enumerated to the Executive Committee after due process, that is charges preferred,
written notice, and hearing before the Executive Council; and,
WHEREAS these references are the only
provisions for termination/expulsion in the bylaws is spite of which Judge Advocate Pratt erroneously stated
that there was a loophole for the action by Coon v. Brown because the latter is an
associate rather than regular member. This argument is specious since II.2.b provisions extends to
members without distinction; and,
the action against Associate Member Brown violates the bylaws specified and is not binding upon
Associate Member Brown or any other office, functionary, or element of the KWVA until provisions of the
bylaws are properly adhered to, be it therefore
Crossroads Chapter 205, KWVA , repudiates the action
against Associate Member Brown by Resolution and refuses to abide by the ruling until the legal bylaw
provisions are carried out, if such be the case.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
Crossroads Chapter 205, KWVA advises against
application of the bylaws in the instance of Associate Member Brown for reasons that may be perceived as
frivolous or spiteful.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED:
Crossroads Chapter 205, KWVA commends Associate Member Lynnita Brown
and u rges other chapters and departments to consider resolutions of support.
PASSED UNANIMOUSLY, Regular Meeting, the 11th day of December, in the year of the LORD
2003, at Pineville, Louisiana.
Johnny J Dupre (RO27715), Commander
Clyde Durham, Deputy Commander and Treasurer
Cameron Hudson, Secretary