The Korean War Memorial located at Broad and 4th Streets in Augusta, Georgia, was dedicated December
4, 2004. Master of Ceremony was Tom Campbell, WRDW-TV News, who served in Korea 1965-67. Pledge
of Allegiance was led by L. E. Doolittle, Commander of Chapter 255, KWVA. National Anthems were
played by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band from Fort Gordon, Georgia. American - Eugene Chin Yu accompanied
the band. Korean - The Choir of Augusta Korean Churches accompanied the band. Welcome and Introduction
of Guests was done by Augusta Mayor Bob Young. Introduction of the Memorial Committee was done by
Committee Chairman CAPT Harold W. Harmon, USNR (Ret). He also introduced Memorial Sponsors: Eugene
Chin Yu, Jonie Yu, and Lawrence Benenson. Special Remarks were made by Lawrence Benenson. The Memorial
was unveiled by the Memorial sponsors and the committee. Korean Consul Mr. Dong Choy presented some
Korean War Service Medals. Major General John E. Hoover, USA (Ret), was a guest speaker; as was
Colonel Jeffery Smith, Deputy Commanding General, Fort Gordon; and Colonel Louis T. Dechert, USA
(Ret), National President of the Korean War Veterans Association. Keynote address was made by Major
General Nels Running, USAF (Ret), Former Executive Director, Dept. of Defense 50th Anniversary of
the Korean War Commemoration Committee. Special Remarks were made by Eugene Chin Yu, who then presented
Korean Freedom Medallions. Taps by the USA Signal Corps Band. Song Presentation, "Amazing Grace"
by the Choir of Augusta Korean Churches. Benediction by the Rev. Jesse L. Goldman, a Marine Corps
veteran of the Korean War.
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This picture is of the east side of the memorial, which is dedicated
to the Korean War Veterans from the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). This side contains the names
of the CSRA Counties. Georgia: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins,
Johnson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes. South
Carolina: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick.
It contains the names of the Memorial Sponsors: Mr. Eugene Chin Yu, Mrs. Jonie H. Yu, Mr. Eric
Edward Yu,, Miss Jodie April Yu, Mr. Lawrence Benenson, and Commercial & Military Systems Co., Inc.
It contains the names of the Memorial Committee: CAPT Harold W. Harmon, USNR (Ret), Chairman;
Lt. Col. L. Glenn Sewell, USA (Ret); CSM Kenneth K. Badke, USA (Ret.), Former POW; SFC C. Clyde
Hooks, USA (Ret); PO3 Jack M. Adkison, USN; Cpl. Willie "Will" C. Campbell, USA; and Cpl. George
L. Miller, USA, PH. It contains the names of three men from the CSRA who were awarded the Distinguished
Service Cross for their service in Korea: Lt. Col. James H. Lynch, Inf., USA, who was also awarded
an Oak-Leaf Cluster for his DSC; SFC Arthur C. Dudley, Inf., USA, who attended the dedication; and
Sgt. Floyd C. Pelfrey, Inf., USA. All of the Memorial Committee members were also members
of KWVA Chapter 255.
It contains the names of twenty men from the CSRA who were Prisoners of the Korean War. It contains
statistics about POWs and KIAs during the Korean War.
Photos courtesy C. Clyde Hooks