Korean MemorialKorean War & Korea Defense Service Veterans, Lake Co. (FL), Chapter 169

Chapter 169 Honors Korean Service Veterans

Korean Service Veterans, those nearly two-million American GI’s who have served silently in Korea since the signing of the armistice on July 27, 1953, were recognized in a special 61st Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Ceremony on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park, Leesburg.

The program was conducted by the Korean War and Korean Service Veterans Association of Lake County, Chapter 169, a group of nearly 90 U.S. Veterans either who served during the Korean War, or who served in Korea any time after the war.

Korea defense service has been and remains a unique—but virtually unknown—cold war type of duty.

At times this duty goes hot.

This ceremony was dedicated to the 1,200 or so American soldiers who have given their lives in the line of duty from July 1954 to the present time along the DMZ separating North and South Korea; neither their names nor their service has been recognized by any national memorial.

Jerry Sexsmith, USN (Ret) and Tom DeRosa, who served in Korea with I Corps from 1969-70 spoke at the event. Mr. Sexsmith presented “Unknown Korean War Facts,” and Mr. DeRosa extended a “Welcome to Korea Defense Veterans.”

Tom DeRosaDSC-0055.jpg  Tom DeRosa, Korean Service Veteran member of CID169 extends a welcome hand to his fellow KSV to consider KWVA membership. (more)


Jerry SexsmithDSC-0028ED.jpg Jerry Sexsmith provided “unknown Korean War Facts,” which included the period following the July 27, 1953 Armistice.  (more)

Daily CommercialWe were fortunate that the local press carried several pre-event notices to help publicize the event.

An informal reception was held for those KSV in attendance after the program with several expressing serious interest in membership.

Photos by: Bob Peters