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

St. Paul's Catholic School, Feb. 2, 2010

Pfahler, Thiel, Regan and White with a portion of the students at Tell America St Paul's.February 2, 2010, saw the Chapter’s Tell America team at St. Paul’s Catholic School on Sunshine Avenue, Leesburg. We engaged in lively dialog with a large assemblage of very sharp St. Paul’s students, some of whom are shown in the group photo here. Seated from the left are Dick Pfahler, Tom Thiel, Ron Regan and Charlie White.


Dick Pfahler tells about his experience on USS St Paul.Dick Pfahler (left) told the students his story of the USS St. Paul and the Korean orphans of Fushi -to island.



Ron ReganAnd Ron Regan told of his experiences on Okinawa.



BoyGirlgirl2Students had many, from the heart, questions that lasted for some 45 minutes or more. One of these asked: “would you serve again?” Our collective answers were: “yes if we were fit and if our country asked us.”


Charlie WhiteCharlie White (above) told about his narrow escape as a marine in Korea shortly after the cease fire was implemented.



Tom ThielAnd Tom Thiel (left) told about his first realization that an enemy sharpshooter had him specifically in his rifle sights shortly after he arrived in Korea.



We were most happy to receive sixteen neatly hand written letters thanking us for coming and telling what impressed them the most. Many expressed surprise that the Korean War has never ended and that only a cease-fire still exists. They were surprised also that we still have a large number of U.S. troops stationed in Korea and that there is a demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. All-in-all this was one great experience for us I am sure, and I believe also for the students of St. Paul’s! I hope we can go back again.