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SOMERVILLE KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL

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TITLE STONE:

T H E    F O R G O T T E N    V I C T O R Y

 

STONE #1

July 24, 1950: Communist North Korean army crosses the border into the south, attempting to gain control over the entire Korean peninsula.

JULIUS L. VAN GUNDY                             FRANK S. VANWART

U.S. ARMY, PFC                                      U.S. ARMY, CPL

DIED AUG. 2, 1950  AGE 20                                  DIED SEPT. 24, 1950  AGE 21

14 MOSSLAND ST                                         14 THORNDIKE ST.

 

August 1950 “It never occurred to me that we could lose. But we are. Bad. All we’ve got left is this little corner of the place, Pusan”

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STONE #2

Sept. 1950 “Before he could throw it he was hit. His grenade rolled back into the hole. He saw it, then rolled over it just before it exploded. It happened so fast “

GEORGE R. SCHIPANI                                  HENRY ASHENFELTER     

U.S. ARMY, CPL                                      U.S. ARMY, PFC   

DIED NOV. 2, 1950   AGE 19                             DIED NOV. 30, 1950  AGE 22      

34 SYDNEY ST.                                        19 TAYLOR ST.     

 

Sept. 1950 “Success, we’ve taken Inchon. A successful invasion is beautiful- each man doing more than he thought he could.”

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STONE #3

BRONZE SHOVEL

Jan. 1951 “Overnight the whole thing has changed. 1st Cav. had its stuffings knocked out- 500,00 Chinese troops have invaded. We’re in trouble”.

JOHN T. BRADY                                         JOHN. J. CULLEN

U.S. ARMY, PFC                                      U.S. ARMY, CPL

DIED FEB. 13, 1951  AGE 19                              DIED MARCH  8, 1951  AGE 25

16 MT. PLEASANT  ST.                            382 McGRATH HIGHWAY

Feb. 1951 “ I only remember the cold. Gun grease turned to glue, food, and blood froze, useless. Shovels bounced off the ground.” 

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STONE #4

March 1951 “Good news. We have a hard line from east to west. No gaps or soft spots. The sun is getting warmer, and there are birds.”

THOMAS R. O’HANLON                                          RICHARD H. GOSS

U.S. ARMY, PFC                                                 USMC, PFC

DIED JUNE 6, 1951  AGE 19                                         DIED SEPT.  29, 1951  AGE 20

400 MEDFORD ST.                                                   41A CROSS ST.

May 1951 “We took the reservoir. Today we have orders to be invisible so it looks like the South Korean army did it, not us.”

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STONE #5

July 1951 “I was walking on the road of a town. The South Koreans came out of their huts and applauded me, thanking me. It was very emotional.”

ROBERT E. CONNORS                                            LEO CORDEIRO

USMC, PFC                                                                  USAF, AB

DIED NOV. 8, 1951  AGE 18                                         DIED MARCH 17, 1953  AGE 30

105 MORELAND ST.                                                   599 1/2 SOMERVILLE AVE.

Nov. 1951 “So now truce talks. How many lives have been lost for the lines to be returned to where they were when we started?”

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STONE # 6

BRONZE RATION CANS

March 1952 “A meal was one can of  meat. For six men. And one glass of water. Once a day. We stripped the land of anything we could eat.”

ROBERT W. HEMENWAY                                         JOHN TRAIN, JR.

U.S. ARMY, CAPT                                                        USMC, PFC

DIED JUNE 25, 1953  AGE 33                              DIED JULY  9, 1953   AGE 20

14 GARRISON AVE.                                                388 MEDFORD ST.

Dec. 1952  “Mother... when I come back I’ll be the person I should have been, and could have been, but never was.”

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STONE #7

March 1953 “At mail call we read newspapers from home. The Korean stories are not about this war. What war are they writing about?”

JOHN J. DiPASQUA                                                       RICHARD B. CUNNINGHAM

USMC, 2LT                                                                   USAF, A1C

DIED JULY 30, 1953  AGE 24                              DIED MARCH 19, 1954  AGE 20

31 WILLOW AVE                                                 28 PINCKNEY ST.

July 24, 1953 “They signed the treaty. Now our job is to stay alive. All morning, the guns blared. At exactly 10 a.m., total silence. It’s over.”

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STONE #8

STONE #8 (ONLY ONE NAME, TO THE LEFT side, with the border shape image filliing up where the name would be on the right)

“They sent me. I did my job. That’s enough to be proud of.”

ROBERT. C. PAUGH, JR.

USAF, A1C

DIED NOV. 8, 54  AGE 23

62A PRICHARD AVE.

SMALL VERSION OF BORDERLINE (38th parr.) ENGRAVED ON GRANITE

(one half on stone 8, one half on stone 9)

 (one half of the following quote on stone 8, just below border, other half on stone 9, just below border)

A military demarcation line shall be fixed and both sides

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STONE #9

shall withdraw two kilometers from this line.  Armistice, 1953

“I had problems after, visions and things. You can’t understand unless you were there. Even though you are proud, it takes a toll.”

“I came to realize that it had not been just a truce. It had been a victory. We had drawn the line, and the south stayed free.”

EDWARD P. MURPHY, JR.

U.S. ARMY, PVT

DIED JAN.  3, 1955   AGE 20

11 EVERETT AVE.

 

FREE-STANDING WALL TEXT STREET FACING  SIDE:

( letter-spaced 31/2” caps, spread out over the middle three of the five stones,

 

T H E   F O R G O T T E N    V I C T O R Y

 

WALL TEXT FOR INSIDE OF WALL AS YOU ARE STANDING IN THE CIRCLE:

“ I  know I learned one thing: we owe it to our children to be careful about war."

U.S. ARMY     U.S. NAVY   U.S. MARINE CORP      U.S. COAST GUARD     U.S. AIR FORCE  

54, 246 U.S. SERVICE DEATHS           103,248 WOUNDED         5,178 MISSING IN ACTION

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STONE #10

March 1953 “Before the battle we were 190 men, five officers. At roll call this morning there were 88. Bobbie asked, ‘Is this all that are left?’”

 

JOHN. M. MURPHY                                                 JOSEPH E. LABADINI

USAF, MSGT                                                               USAF, 2LT          

DIED OCT. 2, 1954  AGE 35                                         DIED JAN. 12, 1954   AGE 24

79 SHORE DR.                                                  32 CURTIS ST.

April 1953 “It’s called the yo-yo war. Treeless hills trading back and forth- they take it at dawn, we take it back at night. Men are dying while diplomats talk.”

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STONE #11

BRONZE CANTEEN AND WEB BELT

March 1952 “A few men around a fire and one guy with a harmonica. It was a gift from his grandparents, and it sounded great. We all sang.”

THEODORE M. TASKER                                           JOSEPH R. GLOVER

U.S. ARMY, PVT                                                 U.S. ARMY, PFC

DIED JULY 23, 1953, AGE 21                              DIED MAY 31, 1953  AGE 24

57 ELMWOOD ST.                                                   18 SUMMIT ST.

“Women are always  forgotten. But we know what we did. We saved lives and we cared. We did a good job. And it was an honor to do it.”

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STONE #12

“Sept. 1951 “A switchboard operator. At first I hated it. I wanted some action, until I realized that I saved a soldier’s life with the right call.”

LOUIS G. LIPPE                                                       JOSEPH P. BABIN, JR

USAF, A1C                                                                   USMC, FSGT

DIED MARCH 30, 1953, AGE 21                              DIED NOV. 30, 1951  AGE 35

73 MT. VERNON ST.                                                    109 HIGHLAND AVE

May 1952 “I’m not sure how he had one but he did. He stepped up to the top of the hill, tacked it to a stick, and the U.S. flag was high.

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STONE #13

BRONZE BIBLE AND SPOON

Feb. 1951 “He asked me to read from his small prayer book. Then they carried him away. We hoped, but we knew he wouldn’t make it.”

JAMES A. JOHNSON                                                        JAMES. V. PARZIALE

USAF, SGT                                                                   U.S. ARMY, PFC

DIED OCT.  24, 1951  AGE 19                              DIED AUG. 3 1951  AGE 17

24 WHIPPLE ST.                                                   22 MILLER ST.

“Two-thirds of us starved to death in prison camp in ‘51. I don’t know why I lived. First we ate with sticks, then I got a hand-made spoon”

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STONE #14

Sept. 1950 “All hells broken loose. The Chinese have hit us with an ocean of men. No matter what we have, they will run us over.”

 

WILLIAM A. McLAUGHLIN                                                      RUSSELL L. HELIE

U.S. ARMY, LTCOL                                                                 U.S. ARMY, PFC

DIED APRIL 14, 1951   AGE 44                                          DIED FEB. 16, 1951  AGE 19

24 GOV. WINTHROP RD.                                                  71 HOLLAND ST.

Jan. 1951 “The Chinese have no training and come at us with only knives, like a mob. So it’s a slaughter. If this wasn’t war it would be sad.”

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STONE #15

Sept. 1950 “Bullets all around my head. Suddenly it was quiet. I looked left and Billings was down. On the right Colt was down. No pulses. I was alone.”

 

THEODORE BOCKHOFF                                                     DONALD G. FEENEY

U.S. ARMY, SGT                                                            USMC, PFC

DIED DEC. 1, 1950   AGE 22                                                   DIED NOV. 9, 1950   AGE 20

61 RAYMOND AVE.                                                           74 MT. VERNON ST.

Oct. 1950 “Turning this thing around! Secured P’yongyang in a day. We have taken their capitol. Our spirits are rising. We can do this”

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STONE #16

June 24, 1950 North Korean forces, with superior Russian guns and tanks, cross the U.N. agreed border of the 38th parallel, invading the south.

MICHAEL MAHONEY                                                                   PHILLIP E. BROWN

USMC PFC                                                                              U.S. ARMY, PFC

DIED OCT.  8, 1950  AGE 32                                                     DIED AUG. 9, 1950, AGE 21

56 TRULL ST.                                                                          20 JAMES ST.                

July 1950 “We didn’t realize what had hit us. Our shells bounced right off their tanks, like throwing rocks at a boulder. It was useless.”