Korean War veterans to be honored

PIQUA — Edison State Community College, the Miami Valley Veterans Museum, and Dayton Access Television have combined resources to honor area Korean War Era veterans and their spouses and widows April 5 with lunch and a program at 1 p.m. at the museum in Troy. Tours of the museum will be available prior to lunch.

The program is being coordinated by Edison’s Dr. Vivian Blevins and three of her American literature students who have been studying author’s reactions to American wars: Marie Ewing, Claire Borgerding, and Alison Borgerding.

With a scarcity of programs in which women’s voices are heard regarding their response to the Korean War, Blevins’ students will discuss with veterans’ spouses and widows their responses to the Korean War and the military service of their husbands. Panel members include Rosie Earnest, Phyllis Felver, Jane Hiser, Edna Mae Lewis and Shirley Palsgrove.

Following the women’s panel, museum curator and Army veteran, Terry Purke, will facilitate a group of Korean War veterans who will react to issues ranging from their sense of why the U.S. became involved in the Korean War in 1950 to the threats today from North Korea. Panelists include the following Korean War veterans: Donald Earnest, Walter Felver, Benjamin Hiser, Donald Motter, Weldon Oakley, and Dale Snyder.

Audience participation in the discussions will be encouraged.

Videographer/editor and Vietnam Era Coast Guard veteran, Ted Jones, will film and edit the programs.

Reservations are not needed. The museum is located off the square in Troy beside the Mayflower Theatre on the second floor of the Masonic Temple , 107 W. Main St.. There is elevator access to the museum.

For further information , contact Dr. Vivian Blevins at 778-3815 or vblevins@edisonohio.edu.