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Most Recent Update: September 22, 2019*

The KWE is online throughout 2019 thanks to a web hosting gift from the Whatcom Community Foundation, Bellingham, Washington. The gift was given in memory of the victims of 9/11 as a reminder to Americans that freedom is as precious as life itself, and just as easily taken from us if it is not protected.

May God protect and preserve the United States of America and its citizens.

*Updates are generally made on two locations on this page: Latest News and Newest Additions.  Be sure to check both places when you see that an update has been made.

This website was created by Lynnita Brown, founder, Korean War Educator.  Lynnita, who holds Korean War veterans in the highest regard, is solely responsible for the monitoring and posting of all of the contributed and self-generated text that appears on the Korean War Educator.  Technical changes to the website are courtesy of Webmaster Jim Doppelhammer, who also has a strong appreciation for our nation's veterans.  Lynnita can be reached at 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953; ph. 217-253-4620 (home) or 217-253-5171 (store Thursday-Saturday).  Lynnita's e-mail is lynnita@thekwe.org. Lynnita holds three jobs, so the best time to reach her is at home in the evening.  (She stays up late.)

Thank you to all veterans for
protecting our freedom.

- Lynnita

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Latest News:

[The following news and commentary is posted with the most recent news at top, followed by older news.  Latest News is written by Lynnita Brown.]

The KWE received a check in the amount of $40.00 this past week from Bob Janes of California.  Funds in the Korean War Educator are very low, so this gift is very much appreciated.  Bob is a long-time supporter of the KWE and his memoir is posted on our website.  Thanks, Bob--not only for the financial contribution but also for sharing your memories of the Korean War with the world.  Bob tells us that the VA offers a wonderful program for all veterans with vision impairments (any level).  Tell us if you would like Bob to share that information with you.  We'll put you in contact with him. [Posted 9/22/2019]


We received word this week that Harley Coon, past president of the Korean War Veterans Association, died on August 12, 2019.  A memoriam to him is posted on the KWVA website. [Posted 9/22/2019]


Michael Davino, 2ID Association Membership & Public Relations Chairman, donated $20 to the KWE this week.  His donation is much appreciated.  Michael helps to coordinate the 2ID Association's annual reunion.  Info on this year's reunion is on the KWE's reunion page.  [Posted 5/09/2019]


Our friend, Sheila Kronenberger of Belleville, Illinois, sent the KWE a sad message today.  Ray C. Vallowe, an Army survivor of the Chosin Reservoir and contributor to the KWE, died this week on March 28th.  His funeral is tomorrow, April 1st.  Ray provided important research on this little-known aspect of the Korean War and the Chosin Reservoir.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this wonderful man.

In other news, the KWE received two financial contributions this week.  A new member joined.  Her name is Kittie Gugenheim of Texas.  Her father's short memoir (LTC Ted L. Maloy of Texas) was recently activated on this website.  We have a number of life members, but only a handful of general members, so we are especially pleased to have Kittie as a new member.  In addition to Kittie's contribution, our long-time supporter, Billy Wright, sent a check for $50.00.  The KWE's treasury is nearly depleted, but the website continues due to restricted funds in the KWE's web hosting account.

My husband, Dale H. Brown, turns 86 tomorrow (April 1).  He continues with kidney dialysis three days a week.  Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and prayers.  [Posted 3/31/2019]


January/February 2019 have been a trial for my husband and me.  Dale spent six days in the hospital and then began kidney dialysis treatments three days a week.  Living in rural central Illinois, we are having a transportation problem.  Dale and I have been "on the road" almost every day since his hospitalization.  Don't give up on me, dear readers and veterans. [Posted 2/16/2019]


We received a check from John B. Gillespie of New Hampshire today with this message:  "I had Charles Scott as a professor at Glenville College.  I recently read his memoirs about his time in Korea during the Korean War.  I followed the Korean War as a child in Grit and Charles Scott made it come to life for me.  Please accept this donation on his behalf."  Charles' memoir is on the Memoirs page of the Korean War Educator.  The donation in his honor from John is going into the KWE's web hosting fund in order to continue this wonderful website into the future through 2038-2039.  Many thanks, John! [Posted 1/18/2019]


The KWE received a lovely Christmas surprise when long-time supporter and life member Sheila Kronenberger of southern Illinois sent a $500 check.  We are so grateful for the donation.  Due to computer glitches and repair bills, the arrival of the gift was perfect timing.  The KWE can now catch up on its bills and move forward into 2019.  I called to thank Sheila via telephone, but want to publicly thank her for her ever-generous contributions and support of the KWE.  She is a jewel.

I hope that our returning visitors remember that I own a collectibles shop in Tuscola, Illinois, and I am my only staff.  As such, the holiday season is always a very busy time for me.  Until I can get past this gift-giving season, work on the KWE is at a minimum.  Keep in mind, too, that I am the site supervisor for Peace Meal in Tuscola and work there from 10 a.m. to 1-1:30 p.m. five days a week.  (Peace Meal is located in the senior building next to my store.)  The point of all of this is to assure all of the KWE visitors that I am still very much here and remain very much devoted to the KWE mission of making sure that "the forgotten war" is not forgotten.  God bless you all this Christmas season. [Posted 12/18/2018]


We are grateful for a gift of $100.00 from life member Jerome "Bonkers" Bonkowski of Illinois.  He donated numerous books to the KWE's library and designated the gift to ongoing efforts to build up our library of Korean War-related books.  Many, many thanks! [Posted 11/17/2018]


Last night my husband Dale and I were discussing why I have added so many American notables who served in the military during the Korean War to the KWE.  Years ago I was told that only people who were not smart enough to go to college entered the military.  As the daughter of a veteran who was an outstanding father and a highly respected local businessman, I was highly offended by that statement.  The proof of such a blatant lie comes not just in the form of the many renown veterans who went on to become outstanding contributors to their community, state, nation and world.  It also comes in the form of the thousands (millions) of veterans whose names might not be as recognizable as the KWE's "American Notables", but who were just as smart, productive, good and decent people as the "notables." They also contributed to their community, state, nation and world--and their families and friends hold them in the highest regard.  So does the KWE.

Not so El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido of Pico Rivera, California, who went on a video-taped anti-veteran rant when one of his students wore a Marine Corps tee shirt to class.  He used vulgar language while referring to those in the military as failed students with no other options but to serve.  Reportedly, Salcido said:

We’ve got a bunch of dumbshits over there. Think about the people who you know who are over there — your freaking stupid uncle Louis or whatever, they’re dumbshits. They’re not, like, high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people, they’re the freaking lowest of our low. Not morally, I’m not saying they make bad moral decisions, they’re not talented people.”

This high school history/government teacher also was elected to the Pico Rivera city council in 1999 and remains on the council.  He was also mayor of Pico Rivera in 2002, 2010, and 2015.  Thanks to the United States Constitution, Salcido has the legal right to trash who he wants to trash.  Thanks to VETERANS, Salcido lives in freedom in an extraordinary country that honors such a constitution.  Otherwise, his outrageous rants might land him behind bars.  He certainly would not allowed to be a teacher, and likely he would be on the receiving end of what happens to a disrespectful loudmouth when tyranny rules and veteran-protected freedom does not.  [Posted 1/28/2018]


It has come to our attention that quite a lot of Korean War history is being lost needlessly because one particular aspect of the many unique opportunities available to veterans through the Korean War Educator is little known.  The KWE exists to educate the public about the Korean War--at no cost to Korean War veterans.  Here is what is happening that doesn't need to happen:

Individual Korean War veterans and Korean War veteran reunion groups often have small, medium and large websites on the Internet.  Unfortunately, as the veterans age and financial resources to stay online dry up, these informative websites are being pulled off the Internet one by one and the history found on them is being lost forever.

Please spread the word that the Korean War Educator's "Topics" page can absorb these increasingly-disappearing websites at no cost.  All you have to do is turn the text and photographs over to the KWE for permanent posting on the Korean War Educator.  Naturally, a little money to help make the transaction would always be welcome, but it is most certainly not mandatory.  The KWE is a free service to Korean War veterans and always will be--no strings attached.  How does one move a Korean War-related website over to the KWE?  Simple.  Contact Lynnita! [Posted 8/29/2010]


Do you have a short story about Korea?  Send it our way!  We have recently opened a short story section on the KWE's Memoirs page.  Lynnita's e-mail address is lynnita@thekwe.org.  Her U.S. mail is Lynnita Brown, 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953.  Be sure to include a picture of yourself to go along with the story.  Sending more than one picture is okay, too.  [Posted 2/16/08]

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Newest Additions to the KWE

  • On June 30, 1950, a C-54D Skymaster crashed into the side of a hill northwest of Pusan, killing all 23 military personnel onboard.  Information about this crash was added to the KWE's Airplane Crashes Topics index this evening. [Posted 8/28/2019]

  • The name of Richard "Dick" Sargent was added to the list of USO personnel to entertained troops in Korea.  An artist who created more than 40 covers for the Saturday Evening Post, he sketched portraits of servicemen in Korea in 1954. [Posted 8/25/2019]

  • The name of Robert Donald Kilpatrick was added to the list of American Notables who served in the Korean War.  He was CEO and founder of the CIGNA Corporation.  He was a member of the Underwater Demolition Team and a Silver Star recipient.

  • When Rolly Meyer was serving in the Air Force, he was called out one night to assist in recovery efforts when a Globemaster crashed at Larson AFB in Washington.  He wrote home about his experience and his letter was posted in the newspaper.  His daughter Cathy sent the newspaper clipping to the KWE and we posted it on the Globemaster - Larson AFB page of the KWE. Also posted tonight was Rolly obituary. [Posted 7/14/2019]

  • The Silver Star citation for Yeoman 3C Robert E. Shewmaker and the Navy/Marine Corps Medal citation for Boatswain's Mate 2C Joseph J. Polackwich Jr. were added to the KWE tonight under the USS Partridge page.  The Partridge was a minesweeper that sank off the coast of Korea, killing eight servicemen and injuring numerous others. [Posted 5/29/2019]

  • The citation for the second Bronze Star received by Lucio De La Calzada (stewardsman, USN) was added to the KWE tonight. [Posted 5/27/2019]

  • The B-29 Topics page of the KWE was updated tonight when further information about personnel losses of B-29s was added.  More to come! [Posted 4/04/2019]

  • Incomplete information about a C-54D plane crash that occurred on September 06, 1950 is now posted on the airplane crash pages of the KWE. [Posted 3/26/2019]

  • The name of Sam Lovullo was added to the list of American Notables who served in the Korean War.  Salvatore "Sam" Lovullo served in the Army during the Korean War.  Later he produced 86 episodes of the popular television series, Hee Haw. [Posted 3/20/2019]

  • A short memoir of the late LTC Ted L. Maloy of Texas is now live on the KWE.  Ted was a sergeant in the 45th ID of the Oklahoma Army National Guard.  After arriving in Korea in March of 1951, he became an 81mm forward observer.  See KWE Memoirs - Short Stories section.  In the future this memoir will likely expand with more text and photos from Maloy family members.  [Posted 3/19/2019]

  • Thanks to Bill Walker of Chesterfield, Missouri, the Silver Star citation awarded to his father, MSgt. Standford A. Walker Jr., (7ID) is now posted on the Silver Star pages of the KWE. [Posted 2/19/2019]

  • The name of Jerry Adler was added to the American Notables page of the KWE this afternoon.  Adler, an advertising specialist and entrepreneur, served in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. [Posted 1/09/2019]

  • The name of CIA pilot Jack Warren Weeks was added to the DMZ Air Force Casualty page tonight.  Jack (who was technically a former Air Force pilot) flew the first CIA secret mission to locate the missing USS Pueblo in 1968.  His plane went down on June 5, 1968 in the South China Sea and it and Jack were never found.  He left behind a wife, children, and other relatives to mourn his loss. [Posted 1/07/2019]

  • Yet another memoir is now live on the KWE courtesy of Sheila Kronenberger.  We hope you take the time to read the memoir of Jake Huffaker, who served with the 304 Signal Battalion Operations in Korea December 1952 to February 1954. [Posted 1/02/2019]

  • Thanks to a financial gift from Sheila Kronenberger, the memoir of Col. Robert Jones is now live on the KWE.  Colonel Jones, who is now deceased, was a World War II/Korean War veteran.  In Korea, he served with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.  When Don Faith lost his life at the Chosin Reservoir, Robert Jones took his place. [Posted 1/02/2019]

  • Added to the KWE tonight were the Soldiers Medal citation for DMZ veteran SFC David A. Hoffman.  Also added were Distinguished Flying Cross citations for Lt. Leonard Arlo Gundert (USNR) (3rd award) and Col. Francis Stanley Gabreski (11th and 13th awards) (USAF). [Posted 12/30/2018]

  • Two new names were added to the American Notables page.  They are Vic Damone and Allen C. Evans, both of whom served in the Army in Germany during the Korean War. [Posted 12/28/2018]

  • The memoir of Robert L. Bergstrom of Minnesota is now live on the KWE.  Robert flew 39 bombing missions in B-29s during his time in the Korean War.  He was a member of the Lewis crew that participated in Black Tuesday over Namsi on October 23, 1951.  [Posted 12/26/2018]

  • William "Billie" Thomas's name was added to the KWE's American Notables tonight.  From 1934 to 1944 he played the role of "Buckwheat" on the series Our Gang/Little Rascals.  The name of billionaire Henry Ross Perot Sr. was also added to this page.  In the post-war section of notables who served in Korea, the name of country western singer Craig Morgan Greer was added.  In addition, several names were added to the USO page of the Korean War Educator tonight. [Posted 11/17/2018]

  • Added to the American Notables Topics is Glenn Ferguson, former co-pilot of Air Force One. His name was submitted to the KWE by Peter Hill.  [Posted 10/15/2018]

  • Citations for the Soldier's Medal for the following medical personnel were added to the KWE tonight: Sgt. John R. Miller (72nd Tank Btn., 2ID), Sgt. Ralph L. McCowan (38th Inf. Rgt., 2ID), Sfc. John F. Heine (38th Inf. Rgt., 2ID), 1Lt. Gerald S. Modjeska (23 Inf. Rgt., 2ID), Sgt. Houston D. Snowden (9th Inf. Rgt., 2ID), Pvt. James A. Whitener (38th Inf. Rgt., 2ID), and MSgt. Clarence J. Fisher (DMZ) (23rd Inf. Rgt., 2ID). [Posted 9/05/2018]

  • A Distinguished Flying Cross was posthumously awarded to AD-3 Skyraider dive bomber pilot John Carl Micheel.  His citation (in part) was sent to the KWE by genealogist Avis Reddaway of Oregon and was posted on the website tonight. [Posted 7/29/2018)

  • New on the KWE is information about the crash of an R4Q Marine cargo plane that occurred July 17, 1953 near Milton, Florida.  Numerous midshipmen trainees died in this terrible crash.  Find it on the KWE's Airplane Crashes page. [Posted 7/08/2018]

  • Two new names were added to the KWE's American Notables page tonight.  They include Frank Charles Carlucci III and Stansfield Turner.  Visit our Notables page to learn more about them. [Posted 6/28/2018]

  • The memoir of Jesus Rodriguez, Sr. of LaHabra, California was opened on the KWE tonight.  Jesus was a member of the 29th RCT, serving in the Pusan Perimeter of Korea in the early fighting days of the war.  He is the recipient of a Silver Star and Combat Infantryman's Badge. [Posted 5/07/2018]

  • A total of 31 lives were lost in another C-46 crash that happened at Standiford Field, Louisville, Kentucky on September 28, 1953.  A page of information about this crash opened on the KWE moments ago.  [Posted 4/29/2018]

  • In January of 1953, 37 servicemen returning from Korea to the southern states were killed in the crash of a C-46 near Fish Lake, Idaho.  Three crew members also died.  There were no survivors of the icy crash.  To read about the crash, visit the KWE's newest page under Airplane Crashes. [Posted 4/23/2018]

  • Information about B-29 accidents was added to the KWE tonight for the following Superfortresses: 44-62320, 45-21725, 42-65369, 44-69682, 44-62252, 44-86370, 44-62108, 44-61529, 45-21749, 44-62319, and 44-83944. Also added (courtesy of Bill Wagenhalls) was information about the B-29 piloted by Peter Dempsey during Black Tuesday.  Behind the scenes I am working on locating what happened to the original nurses of the 121st Evacuation Hospital in Korea, as well as creating a new page that lists the names and what happened to four of the limited number of African-American nurses who served in Korea.  It all takes time! [Posted 3/30/2018]

  • Added to the KWE's American Notables page tonight were George "Meadowlark" Lemon III (Harlem Globetrotter) and Frank Avruch (1st syndicated Bozo the Clown). [Posted 3/24/2018]

  • The KWE continues to seek the names of American service men and women who have died non-hostile deaths while on active duty in Korea in recent years.  Added tonight was information about Army Sgt. Eric Schenck and A1c Darrick Jones (died in Korea 2017) and Senior Airman Anthony Carlo Rusconi (died in Korea 2018).  Notice of the recent death of Brigadier General Anna M. Hays was added to her existing bio on the Women in Korea page of the KWE. There was also another addition to the American Notables page.  He is Air Force veteran George Smith Lindsey (best known as Goober on the Andy Griffith Show).  [Posted 3/01/2018]

  • Added to the KWE tonight is a new addition to the American Notables in the Korean War page.  Charles "Charlie" Peete Jr., centerfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1956, served in Korea during the war years. [Posted 2/21/2018]

  • A short bio of war correspondent Davis Merwin was added to the KWE tonight.  Also added to the American Notables page was William Miller (publisher of The Missourian newspaper), Dan Gurney (racecar driver/manufacturer), James B. Harris (screenwriter/director/producer). and Jay Thomas Stauffer (Hubley Toy Company designer and metallurgist). [Posted 2/18/2018]

  • The list of American notables who served in the Korean War increased by three this evening: Edwin Sherin (director/producer), Marlon Green (won a Supreme Court case that opened commercial airlines to black pilots), and Edwin Diamond (media critic, editor, author). [Posted 2/14/2018]

  • John Gavin, actor in the terror film Psycho, served in the US Navy in the Korean War theater.  He was added to the American Notables page of the KWE today. Other notables added to the site are Richard Stevens (corporate turnaround expert), Frank Saucier (right-fielder for the St. Louis Browns), Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg, Dukes of Hazzard), and William E.C. Dearden (chairman of the board, Hershey Foods Corporation). Other additions include the names of five US servicemen who were held captive by North Koreans years after the cease fire--and then released.  Also added are the names of 18 Marines who were killed when their USMC CH-53D chopper smashed into a mountainside in Korea on March 24, 1984.  [Posted 2/11/2018]

  • Legendary stuntman Jack Lilley was added to the KWE's American Notables page tonight.  Also added was further information about actor Robert Fuller, who starred in "Cheyenne". [Posted 2/10/2018]

  • The KWE is searching for and posting information about the missing men who were on a Globemaster that ditched in the ocean near Ireland in March of 1951.  To see that page, click here. [Posted 2/09/2018)

  • Minor League ballplayer Bill Pinckard, later a Hollywood stuntman for Charlton Heston and Gary Cooper, is now listed as an American Notable on the KWE. [Posted 2/09/2018]

  • Added to the KWE tonight were the Silver Star citation for MSgt. James B. Motherway (posthumous - 5th RCT) and the Distinguished Flying Cross citations for two 2nd Helicopter Detachment veterans: Capt. Albert C. Sebourn and Capt. Joseph W. Hely.  Another American Notable was added to the KWE tonight as well.  His name is William R. Atteridge, a renowned builder of over 1,000 museum-quality precision Civil War ship replicas.  [Posted 2/07/2018]

  • The newest additions to the KWE today are the Silver Star citation for Cpl. William G. Cape (2ID) and a new entry on the American Notables page: Jeannie Dicks (co-founder of WAVES National). Also added was the Soldier's Medal citation for DMZ veterans Cpl. Gerald W. Mozenier and Sfc. Wesley G. Stapleton, and Korean War veteran Bob Morga. [Posted 2/05/2018]

  • Added to the KWE tonight are the names and short bios of USO entertainers Gloria Pall, Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, and Jerry Mann.  Also added is the name of another American Notable who served in the Korean War: Tony Amico (Jackie Gleason's right-hand man for over a decade). [Posted 2/03/2018]

  • Information about opera singer/actor/author/restaurant and nightclub owner Paul Cimino was added to the KWE's American Notables page. [Posted 2/2/2018]

  • Two more notables were added to the KWE's American Notables in the Korean War page tonight: Herbert Jepko (1st radio talk show host to do a nationally syndicated, satellite-delivered program) and S. Roger Horchow (Tony Award-winning Broadway producer). [Posted 2/01/2018]

  • The names of two governors were added to the American Notables page of the KWE.  They are L. Douglas Wilder, 66th governor of Virginia, and Norman Howard Bangerter, 13th governor of Utah. [Posted 1/31/2018]

  • Again more American Notables were added to the KWE today.  They include: Norman F. Reiter (atomic scientist/inventor), George Mamales (professional ballet dancer), William Pepper (inventor of the touch screen), Ron Klein (inventor of the credit card magnetic strip), George Yardley (basketball player for Pistons and Nationals), (Scott Carpenter (astronaut/aquanaut), Jim Phelan (Mount St. Mary's basketball coach for 49 years), John Cronin (co-founder of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors), and Benjamin F. Chapman (actor, Gill-Man - Creature from  the Black Lagoon). [Posted 1/30/2018]

  • The Bronze Star citation for Robert L. Evans (7ID), presented posthumously, was posted on the KWE this evening, courtesy of SSGT Edward Geer (USA Ret.), 17th Infantry Regiment Historian and editor of the 17th Infantry Regiment's Bugle. [Posted 1/29/2018]

  • More American Notables were added to the KWE this evening.  They include William Allain (59th governor of Mississippi), Stephen J. Pollak (lawyer, US Department of Justice), Budd Friedman (founder of the Improv comedy club in Manhattan), Daniel Serpico (Cape Cod radio announcer for 20 years), Fred Haise (Apollo astronaut), Stanley Weston (created the original concept for G.I. Joe action figure), John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (military historian/author), Alfred B. Kielian (electronics expert for NASA), Percy Sutton (civil rights activist), and Bynum Merritt Hunter (attorney for Atlantic Coast Conference). [Posted 1/29/2018]

  • The name of accordion player Dick Contino was added to the American Notables page.  Read how he went from "draft dodger" to Army Staff Sergeant to honorable discharge. [Posted 1/28/2018]

  • The names of several notable lawyers were added to the KWE's American Notables page tonight, including: Lawton Chiles, David Kerr, Dexter Douglass, William Callow, Leander Shaw, Charles Barrow, and Chris Byron.  These lawyers made notable contributions to their communities, state, and nation.  Click the link to check out their bios. [Posted 1/27/2018]

  • Amazing how many American notables served in the Korean War!  Added today were: William Allain (governor of Mississippi), Ben Bates (James Arness' double in Gunsmoke),  Hugh Gregg (governor of New Hampshire), Morgan Woodward (actor), Robert Brubaker (actor), Dave Dedrick (children's television program host), Thomas Geas (actor), Joseph Messerli (cartoonist and illustrator), Alfred Masini (television producer), Edward T. Butler (city attorney of San Diego), James A. Brink (co-founder of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in Massachusetts, George D. Reycraft (trial lawyer with US Department of Justice), Steve Drexel (film and television actor), and Arthur Holch (documentary film-maker). [Posted 1/23/2018]

  • Added to the American Notables in the Korean War page of the KWE tonight are the following: Wayne Richard Moore, Dr. Samuel "Sammy" Lee, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Malvin Whitfield, and Norman Vaughan.  If you don't already know why they are notable, click the Notables page link to find out. [Posted 1/21/2018]

  • Two new American notables who served in the military during the Korean War were added to our American Notables topics.  They are Vincent Eugene Craddock (remember the song "Bebop A Lulu") and actor James Shigeta. [Posted 1/18/2018]

  • Added to the American Notables who served in the Korean War is Dr. John Joseph Shea, Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee.  Visit the KWE's Notables page to see a short bio about this legendary Memphis physician. [Posted 1/16/2018]

  • The 26 graduates of the Virginia Military Institute who died from 1950-54 as the result of the Korean War are newly-listed today on the Casualty pages of the Korean War Educator. The circumstances of their death are also detailed.[Posted 1/15/2018]

  • This evening the bios of the following B-29 casualties were added to the KWE: 1Lt. Dewey Rosenwall Henry, Capt. Arthur Heise, TSgt. Keith E. Hammon, 1Lt. James W. Fleming, Jr., 2 Lt. David T. Heer, and 1Lt. Robert Richard Foster. [Posted 1/12/2018)

  • The bios of the following B-29 casualties were added to the KWE this afternoon: 1Lt. Emmett O'Neal Evans, SSgt. James Harold Duncan, MSgt. Patrick Michael Differ, A/2C Willard Martin Denn, SSgt. Clarence Martin Cherry. Capt. Osborne Tommee Carlisle, and TSgt. William Joseph Botter. [Posted 1/12/2018]

  • The Bronze Star citation for the late Joseph Andrew Lachapelle was posted on the KWE a few minutes ago, courtesy of his son Bill. [Posted 1/12/2018]

  • Joseph Puett Jr. of Arkansas sent an account of his memories of his father, who participated in Black Tuesday.  His account was posted on the KWE tonight.  Also posted was information about Edward Charles Wahlgren, missing in action during Black Tuesday. [Posted 1/10/2018]

  • The bios of John Math Wagenhalls and Paul Stainbrook were added to the KWE's B-29 Black Tuesday page tonight.  The search continues for more bios of the crew members who participated in this amazing air battle.  Contact with some family members were made tonight. [Posted 1/09/2018]

  • Added to the KWE tonight were the bios of B-29 MIA's and KIA's Johnny Menlo Johnson, Con Foley Poynor, John Mainerd Nutting, Quentin Newswanger, and Wayne Forrest Black. [Posted 1/08/2018]

  • Bios for B-29 MIA's Gilbert Lamour Ashley and Louis Henry Bergmann were added to the B-29 casualty page of the KWE. [Posted 1/07/2018]

  • For the last several days the bios of several MIA's from the infamous Black Tuesday air battle over North Korea have been added to the KWE.  We are still searching for bios of several crew members who were killed in action.  In addition, we are seeking the names of the crew of Don Field's B-29 (44-86395).  We only have two (and a half) names: Don Fields, Edward Moore, and a Kroboth.  The plane's mission that day was aborted.  The MIA material was found on the Korean War Project website at www.kwp.org in an Air Force manual.  See the newest additions here. [Posted 1/07/2018]


Officials of a past administration of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. telephoned the KWE's largest funding source to date to request that it not support the Korean War Educator.  (Korean War veterans everywhere should be outraged at the KWVA's maltreatment of the KWE.) Subsequent KWVA administrations have done nothing about this injustice.  As a result, that funding source is no longer available to the KWE.  Until the Korean War Educator receives another grant, your financial support is needed to help keep the Korean War Educator going. Please join as a member, because your dues money is what keeps this site going. You are always welcome to e-mail me at lynnita@thekwe.org or call me (217-253-4620 at home or 217-253-5171 Thursday-Saturday at my store) Illinois time if you have comments, concerns, questions, or suggestions. [Posted 2004]


As always, Korean War veterans and their families throughout the world are invited to participate in the educating of the general public about the Korean War by sending information, memoirs, photos, and more to the Korean War Educator. - Lynnita Jean Brown

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A Team Effort

The Korean War Educator is a team effort between Lynnita Brown of Tuscola, Illinois, as well as Korean War veterans and their families worldwide.  Lynnita is directly involved with the daily updates visitors see on the KWE.  All text appearing on the Korean War Educator is either generated by or routed through Lynnita.  Webmaster Jim Doppelhammer handles the technical aspects and makes improvements to the Korean War Educator website.  If you find a technical glitch anywhere on the site, be sure to contact Jim at webmaster@koreanwar-educator.org.  If you find text errors on the site or want to add material to it, be sure to contact Lynnita at lynnita@thekwe.org.  We'll see what we can do to fix them.  If our KWE visitors see typographical and/or grammatical mistakes, Lynnita encourages those who discover them to contact her.  There is no such thing as an error "too small" to be corrected.

Lynnita can be reached by phone at 217-253-5171 (her store) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (and generally on Monday-Wednesday from May to December, too--but not always!).  Her home phone number in Illinois is 217-253-4620 (she rises early and stays up late).  Feel free to reach Lynnita is at her home number if you can't catch her at her store.  If she is not home, your call will be picked up by an answering machine or her husband, Dale.  Please feel free to leave a message.  She will call you back--probably the same day or evening.  Her e-mail address is lynnita@thekwe.org.

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KWE Progress Report

Site Statistics:

  • As of April 17, 2011, the KWE has had 192,390 since January 1, 2011.
  • A review of the Year 2010 traffic statistics for the Korean War Educator shows that 681,927 visitors stopped by to view the Korean War Educator from January 1 through December 31, 2010.
  • The Korean War Educator had 810,676 visitors in the year 2008.  As the site continues to grow, so will the number of visitors.  As an example of the KWE's fantastic growth rate, just think.  In the year 2004 the KWE had only 24,152 visitors!  The majority of visitors to the KWE website were from the United States, with visitors from the United Kingdom second and visitors from China third.
  • As of January 7, 2008, the KWE had 141,459 page views per month and an average of 2,000 visitors per day. The KWE website contains 5,645 files (748,966 KB).  It has 3,364 photographs.  There are 21,404 hyperlinks.
  • Due to a change of web hosts, we only have January and February and the December statistics from 2007, showing approximately 27,500 visitors per month in January/February and 30,000 visitors in December.
  • From 1/1/06-12/31/06, the KWE had 183,640 unique visitors (again, many came back to view the site over and over again, but they were only counted once) who viewed 1,132,528 of its pages.
  • From 1/1/05-12/31/05, the KWE had 222,072 unique visitors (many came back to view the site over and over again, but they were only counted once) who viewed 775,446 of its pages.

The Korean War Educator started to offer memberships at the end of September 2003. For the very first time, the Korean War Educator was able to use the General Membership dues ($10.00 annually) to establish a general operating fund that has enabled Lynnita to pay for her monthly internet connection, as well as incidentals such as reams of copy paper, ink cartridges, postage, etc., without taking it from her own pocket. Not only that, the Korean War Educator established an Endowment Fund to keep the Foundation going long after those of us living today have passed on. With an initial deposit of $50.00 (one half of the cost of Life Membership dues going into the Endowment) that special reserve fund has now jumped to $2,135.53, thanks to the most recent donations to it from the KWE's new life members Tom Cearlock and Carl Galey of Illinois.  Our goal is to build up the principal in the account so that the annual interest will pay for each year's web hosting fees.  You can find the roster of Korean War Educator members on the KWE’s "Support" section at the top of all main pages. We are hoping that many more of our visitors will come aboard to help this great Korean War website become even greater. All funds go to support the Korean War Educator Foundation. No salary money is expended.  Most of the KWE's limited funds are expended for internet/website expenses and printer ink.

It would be great if some of our regular visitors would support this important website by sponsoring a year of hosting (or more).  Contact Lynnita at lynnita@thekwe.org about this possibility if you think you would like to sponsor a year's worth of KWE.  The list of website sponsors to date is listed on the Support page of the KWE..

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In Remembrance of Julian

It is with great sorrow that I inform Korean War veterans and our other site visitors about the death of Julian "Buck" Blagg, original webmaster of the Korean War Educator website and a fine Marine. He died of lung cancer at 6:00 a.m., Sunday, June 1, 2003, at the age of 66. Julian was my dear friend, and I miss him. He helped me give the world the Korean War Educator.

     - Lynnita Brown, Founder, KWE


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