December 13th, 2002 Newsletter

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Table of Contents

1. This Mailing List
2. DMZ Veterans - Korea Post Cease-Fire Service Now Recognized
3. An MIA family story; Clyde Arthur Wurtz - MIA 38th Inf. Rgt., 2ID
4. Christmas Story - upcoming December 23rd Issue
5. Obtaining Replacement Medals (USA)
6. Bookstore
7. Newsletter archive
8. A Vet revisits Korea - 1st GHQ Raider
9. Membership | Donations

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2. DMZ Veterans - Korea Post Cease-Fire Service Now Recognized


Korea Defense Service Medal Act Date:
2 DEC 2002 PRT No.: HQ021202009

Released by: National Headquarters, Dunellen, NJ
To: News Media

For Immediate Release

After 48 years of service in the Republic of Korea, U.S.
Armed Forces will finally receive the service medal
recognition they earned and deserve for their historically
dangerous and hostile duty. Approximately 40,000 troops
have served on the peninsula each year since 1954. On 2 DEC
2002, President Bush signed the National Defense
Authorization for year 2003 that included the KOREA DEFENSE
SERVICE MEDAL to be awarded to all armed forces members who
served from 28 July 1954 to a date to be determined by the
Secretary of Defense. The House and Senate passed the bill
in November. This will affect many thousands of former and
current servicemen and women. Korea service is the only
U.S. military deployment standing the line face-to-face with
an enemy without a service medal award.

Representative Elton Gallegly (R-CA 23) was the first Member
of Congress to create legislation for the service medal on
May 22, 2001. His bill had 243 bipartisan cosponsors that
included a majority of members on the House Armed Services
Committee. A companion bill introduced in the Senate by
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) on June 7, 2001 with 63
bipartisan cosponsors that also included a majority on the
Senate Armed Services Committee.

There has never been a surrender or formal truce agreement
officially ending the Korean War in spite of 48 years of
negotiation. Only a fragile cease-fire agreement is in
place and technically, the countries remain at a
state-of-war. Since cease-fire service began in 1954 there
have been over 40,400 breaches to the cease-fire agreement
by North Korean Forces. At least 1,200 U.S. personnel have
died, hundreds wounded, and 87 captured and held prisoner.
There are more than 2,300 Republic of Korea casualties.

In August 1999 the Korea Defense Veterans of America,
headquartered in Dunellen, NJ, initiated the project to
bring proper recognition to cease-fire veterans. The KDVA
is a national organization of current and former Armed
Forces members from all branches of service that have served
in Korea between 1945 and the present. The official web
site is at:

Thomas McLaughlin, National Public Relations Officer
(718) 634-4312
Norm Tredway, National Commander
(732) 752-8457

===== Other DMZ Resources====

Be sure to review the pages and contact information:
(under category; DMZ)

3. An MIA family story; Clyde Arthur Wurtz - MIA 38th Inf. Rgt., 2ID

Editor: the following email from Peggy Wurtz Atteberry sums
up family and friends interest in the ongoing KWP - Finding
the Families, DPMO | CILHI work regarding those men killed
or missing in the Korean War.

Many similar entries can be found on the KWP Remembrance
section of the website

WURTZ CLYDE A Rank=PFC Serial Number=RA19303720
Branch=Medical Department
Military Occupation Specialty=04745 Year of Birth=30
State of Residence=CA County of Residence=Los Angeles
Unit=38th Inf Reg Division=2nd Inf Div Type of Unit=Inf Regt
Place of Casualty=North Korea Date of Casualty (yymmdd)=50
11 25
Type of Casualty=Missing in Action, Declared Dead
Detail of Casualty=MIA/Missing in Action
Group of Casualty=Missing in Action, Declared Dead

Leaving high school behind, Clyde (Arthur as we knew him)
went into the Army branch of the service and was assigned to
the Medical Department. He and most of the Wurtz clan were
raised in San Dimas, a small town in Southern California.

The correspondence between Arthur and me, his cousin, was
very short-lived.

I have two letters, from him, one dated September 29, 1950,
Chonju, Korea,mailed October 19, 1950. It is only two pages
and the message is just about home news.and indicates he is
getting "his share" of "enemy"(editor's choice) . The other
letter was dated November 23, 1950, near Tokchong, Korea and
was mailed December 2, 1950, nine days after he was reported
missing in action. This letter is a very troublesome one,
saying "things are really going wild over here" He had "been
up" since his last letter, to me, and felt he had been
pretty lucky, because his company had taken a pretty big
loss. He had gotten a bullet through his boot, but it didn't
get to the skin. Had it been an inch back and had gotten a
toe, he would have been able to come home. Now they were on
their "way up" again. I would venture to say that
was the last letter he had written. He was seen by another
San Dimas kid, who was in a jeep, as Arthur was walking on
his "way up again", and the kid asked if he could give
Arthur a ride. Arthur said, "No, I have to walk
this one." That was the last time he was seen.

Since I have become a member of Korean War Project and found
out about the DNA Project, I contacted a niece of Arthur's,
Caroline Keeling Belknap, and had her check out your
website. She found out that she was an acceptable
donor and could submit a DNA sample. Someone came to her
home and took the sample and now the sample is in storage,
in case Arthur's remains should ever be found. Also, since
Caroline's mother is the only living, female, sibling of
Arthur's she was awarded his medals, making this very happy
moment in her life.

Now we are waiting for Arthur's remains to be found and this
would be a long awaited closure in the lives that he had
touched and for those who loved him so.

Thanking you for what you are doing and bless you all.

Peggy Wurtz Atteberry

4. Christmas Story - upcoming December 25th Issue

Many of you will remember the gripping story by Col. David
Hughes of Colorado Springs, CO, in our Christmas "Special
Edition" newsletter of 2000.

This year we shall be printing another compelling story
submitted by Col. Hughes via his friend, former Lt. Mike
Dowe USMA Class 1950 and 19th Inf Rgt line officer and
former POW. Stay tuned.

5. Obtaining Replacement Medals (USA)

The KWP gets many inquiries about replacing lost medals. The
following link for NPRC gives quite a bit of information of
value for obtaining medals.

National Personnel Records Center (St. Louis, MO)
Military Awards and Decorations

Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service
medals, decorations, and awards should be directed to the
specific branch of the military in which the veteran served.
However, for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army
personnel, the National Personnel Records Center will verify
the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forward the
request with the verification to the appropriate service
department for issuance of the medals.

The Standard Form (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military
Records, is recommended for requesting medals and awards.
Provide as much information as possible and send the form to
the appropriate address from the following table:

Editor Note: this link also has very good information on USA
military cemeteries and grave markers.

6. Bookstore

Note: on our bookstore are listed books, video's, CD-Rom's,
music. Many of these items can be ordered directly from
self-published authors. Check online sources such as for many more not listed here.


A Shepherd in Combat Boots: Chaplain Emil Kapaun of the 1st
Cavalry Division
by William L. Maher (Burd Street Press)

This is a biography of Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun who served
in the Korean War. Refusing to leave a dying soldier's side,
Fr. Emil, while administering Last Rites, was captured and
sent to a Chinese POW camp. "If I don't come back, tell my
Bishop that I died a happy death," said Fr. Kapaun to his
fellow prisoners as he was carried away. Witness his
courage, surety, faith and learn why the Church is
considering the cause for his beatification.

The Story of Chaplain Kapaun, Patriot Priest of the Korean
Conflict by Father Arthur Tonne

Originally published in 1954, this book is currently out of
print but available in some used books stores.

A good place to check is with Loome Theological Books
320 North Fourth St.
Stillwater, MN 55082.
Phone: 651-430-1092
Fax: 651-439-8504
( has some used books available as well.)


Fletcher Destroyer Bluejacket
by Robert Johnson

USS McGowan, DD-678 in Japan and Korea, World Cruise,
Operation Mariner, 1952,1953, 1954.

COMMENTS: Have published a book, "Fletcher Destroyer
Bluejacket," available at about my service
aboard the McGowan from 1952-54 in Korea, on World Cruise,
and NATO's Operation Mariner.

Look for author, Robert Johnson at 1st Books for
paperback or hardcover.


Delayed Letters from Korea
by Frank O. Pruitt
Author of; Reminiscence of a Forgotten War: The Memoirs of
Frank O. Pruitt.

Delayed Letters from Korea is a collection of stories of 35
young men who answered the call to service in Korea. These
long-held-back stories, told in the words of the men who
lived and fought the "Forgotten War", have been delayed far
too long. This book explores what made these young men
journey to a hostile environment that many had never heard
of, and put their lives on the line.

A combat veteran himself, the author interviewed each man
and tapped in to the wellspring of unique memories stored in
the minds of those veterans, now in their 70's. This book
gives us a window into what made them perform with courage
in a watershed time in our history.

1401 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601-5918
Phone: 337-439-7500
Fax: 337-439-3355
(to be added to our Bookstore, soon)


Soldiers of the Korean War, A Sketchbook
by Alan H. Archambault

Thomas Publications
PO Box 3031
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(to be added to our Bookstore, soon)


Deep Water, The Adventures of Arthur Tucker
(Academy Award Emmy winner)
by Arthur Tucker

From: Art Tucker <>

I have written a book which includes my time with the 13th
in Korea during the war. I HAVE THE ORIGINAL LUCIFER
ARTWORK. I requested it from Disney in 1952. Art Tucker

Phone: 330 382 9653

Art was a WWII vet and in Korea flew for the Army in the
small H-19 and 13


#1 Code Break Boy - Communications Intelligence in the
Korean War
by John Milmore

The only first hand authentic account of the daily life of
the young enlisted code breakers in the U.S. Army and their
amazing achievements in the Korean War. Lays bare
fascinating TOP SECRETS suppressed by NSA for over fifty

Exclusively available for credit card sales on the WEB or
Toll Free Telephone: (877) 289- 2665 -> 10am -> 6pm Eastern

8. A Vet revisits Korea - 1st GHQ Raider

Excerpt from email:
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 7:24 AM

Ted and Hal,

... I just returned from my second trip to re-built Korea.
We can all be proud of helping the little guy back in the

When you see what South Korea has done in their rebuilding
the south, everyone that served can feel proud of what they
have done. They can build a Sea-going ship in eighteen
months, the largest at that. The people are wonderful to
visitors and the children all want to talk to Americans and
show they can speak English. They start in their third
grade, something we are very far behind at. .... end

Clayton R. Irmen
GHQ 1st Raiders
Special Operations.

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