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Korean War veterans visit Madison Rotary Club

Paula Smith

October 10, 2012

The Madison Rotary Club was proud to welcome Korean War veterans Harvey Hill, right, and Frank Goff, center, to a recent meeting. Hill spent 16 months in Korea. Goff earned two bronze stars, a silver star, and the Purple Heart for his heroic service. Each spoke about some of their experiences in serving their country in a war that began on June 24, 1950 and ended July 27, 1953, between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The three-year war took 54,246 U. S. casualties and wounded 103,284 American soldiers, according to statistical information provided by Goff. A Korean War Veterans Memorial was completed and dedicated in Washington, DC, on July 27, 1995. An inscription on the memorial reads: “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.” Hill and Goff were introduced by Rotarian Larry Lyon, left, who is also a Korean War veteran and the author of a book on some of the action that took place during that conflict.—Submitted by Janet Yeager