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















2010 Christmas Party “Best Ever”

Those were words heard about our Dec. 17 Christmas Party, which again was at the Mission Inn, and again held jointly with our South Lake partners in Chapter 188. Eighty members, guests, spouses and friends enjoyed the hospitality and the good food. There were 45 from 169, 30 from 188 and five invited guests. On this page we will try to show in pictures some of the party’s highlights. (click on photos to enlarge)

Eddie Ko KWVA Chapter 169 Christmas PartyJoanna and Eddie Ko were our special guests, and we were most happy they were able to grace us with their presence!


Dr. Holim and Mrs. Tai Kim, KWVA, Chapter 169, Christmas PartyRev. Joseph and Mrs. Hanna Ryu, KWVA, Chapter 169, Christmas partyDr. Roy and Mrs. Kyung J. Golden, KWVA, Chapter 169 Christmas PartyDr. Dong N. and Mrs. Kae R. Kim, KWVA, Chapter 169, Christmas PartyDwight and Kum Brown, KWVA, Chapter 169, Christmas PartyWe were very happy to have with us as visitors of the Chapter eight invited guests of Dwight and Kum Brown (on right in row at left), all with very strong associations with south Korea. The first photo at the left is of Dr. Holim and Mrs. Tai Kim. Next are Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Hanna Ryu. They are followed at right by Dr. Roy and Mrs. Kyung J. Golden. And finally fourth in the line are Dr. Dong N. and Mrs. Kae R. Kim. We thank them all for honoring us with their presence at our special party.

Holim Kim served with the 3rd Infantry Division in KoreaKyung J. Golden tells about trying to esccape the Korean War with her motherHolim Kim (left photo) asks those present if anyone served with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division in Korea (Mr. Kim served as an interpreter) and found that Chapter 169 member Gene LaJunesse served with the Division from July 1950 to mid-1951.

Kyung J. Golden (right photo), emphatically expresses, on behalf of her mother, gratitude to the Americans who served in Korea which enabled democracy to thrive in South Korea. She told of her memories as a 12-year old along with her mother trying to escape Seoul only to be thwarted by a destroyed Han River Bridge. Her passionate presentation brought out more than one hankie.

General view of the party room, Catherine Zurek, Medical Administrator Officer and Marilyn Kreitzinger, Medical Administrator Assistant of the Veterans AdministrationGeneral view of our party room. Most of the unoccupied chairs are empty because their occupants are up getting another serving of food. The two ladies in the lower left corner of the photo are Catherine Zurek, Medical Administrator Officer and Marilyn Kreitzinger, Medical Administrator Assistant of the Veterans Administration. We apologize to have not taken a better photo of our VA guests.

Bob McGinty, moderator, KWVA, Chapter 169, Christmas Party169 co-Founder, Jackie Gleason, right, with Don Lynch169 member Gene LaJunesse, right, awards David Tresemer, Ch. 188, the $68 fifty-fifty prize. Each chapter received $34Chapter 188 Commander, Maxine Parker, standing, chating with Roland Finch and Sherry DunnBob McGinty did another great job as program moderator; Carol Becker and Bob were co-chairs of the planning committee (Carol, who "belongs" to both Chapters 169 and 188, was in Ohio for her brother's 80th Birthday). Thanks Carol and Bob.     The next photo is of 169 co-Founder, Jackie Gleason, right, with Don Lynch.     The photo following that is 169 member Gene LaJunesse, right, awarding David Tresemer of Ch. 188, the $68 fifty-fifty prize. Each chapter received $34.     And finally, the last photo in the row is of Chapter 188 Commander, Maxine Parker, standing, chating with Roland Finch and Sherry Dunn (please accept my apologies if I read your name incorrectly from the photo of your name tag; it was a bit fuzzy).   

Joe Gruber chair of Chapter 169's Awards CommitteeDon Lynch receives Chapter 169 KWVA Award.Dwight Brown who received his Certificate for Outstanding Volunteer Service to KWVA Chapter 169Tom Thiel accepting Chapter 169’s Eddie Ko award, as the member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, did the most to further Chapter 169 in 2010Chapter 169 briefly recognized three of its members who contributed most to the Chapter during 2010. Joe Gruber, chair of the Chapter's Awards Committee (left-most photo) made two of the awards.     One to Don Lynch (next photo) for his coffee klatch idea for obtaining new members, and another to Dwight Brown (third photo) for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Chapter.    And the last of the four photos is of Tom Thiel, accepting the Chapter’s Eddie Ko award, as the member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, did the most to further Chapter 169 in 2010. Tom said "I truly appreciate having been recognized by my peers, and am especially thrilled to have had it presented to me by the man for whom the award is named, Eddie Ko! Thank you Chapter 169! Thank you Eddie!"

Eddie Ko the story of the North Korean Temple Bell taken by a GI 60 years agoEddie Ko the story of the North Korean Temple Bell taken by a GI 60 years agoEddie told us a moving story about an American GI, who 60 years ago in Korea removed a tiny bell he found in a Korean Temple as a souvenir, only to be haunted for these 60 years at the realization that he took something sacred as a souvenir for himself. He sent it to Eddie asking him to restore it to its proper place in the Korean Temple on one of Eddies return visits there. Eddie said “I cannot restore it to its proper place as that is in North Korea, and I cannot go there, but one day maybe I will be able to go and then I will return it for him.”

Sam Cohen receives South Korean 60th Anniversary medallion Korean WarTony Falo receives South Korean 60th Anniversary medallion Korean WarEddie brought with him five of the 60-year medallions provided by the South Korean Government at the COMMEMORATION BANQUET FOR THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOREAN WAR, Tampa, FL October 9, 2010. Pictured are Sam Cohen of Ch. 188, left, and Tony Falo, Ch. 169, right. My camera battery chose this moment to go dead, and I didn’t obtain photos of Roger Marquard accepting for Frank Silva, and of Gene LaJunesse and Dick Pfahler of 169 receiving theirs.

Margie and Jack Reynolds, Dwight Brown, and Bill ShumakerMax and Minnie Stumbourg and Mini and Jack Reynolds.Bert and Rosalee Horvath and Charlie White and Dee Adams.Paula and Tony Falo.Dick and Judy Christie and Wilma Jean and Claus Tiesman.Left Margie and Jack Reynolds, Dwight Brown, and Bill Shumaker.     Max and Minnie Stumbourg and Margie and Jack Reynolds.     Bert and Rosalee Horvath and Charlie White and Dee Adams.    Paula and Tony Falo.     Dick and Judy Christie and Wilma Jean and Claus Tiesman.  

Joe Gruber, Gene LaJunesse, Jerry Berner and Marti Rowland.Marilyn and Ted Jansen and Vi and Dick Pfahler.Dishing out ice cream.Joe Gruber at VA table.In lineJoe Gruber, Gene LaJunesse, Jerry Berner and Marti Rowland.     Marilyn and Ted Jansen and Vi and Dick Pfahler.     Dishing out ice cream.      Joe Gruber at VA table.     In line.     (Last three photos by Don Lynch.)

Bill Schibler, Roger and Mary Marquard, and Connie and Don Krolak of Chapter 188Bill Schibler, Roger and Mary Marquard, and Connie and Don Krolak of Chapter 188. (These are all Chapter 188 but I do not know many names; will ask Carol to provide.)