Iowa veterans of the Korean War are being invited July 14th to the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, where they will receive certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Defense. About 70,000 Iowans served in the Korean War, and an estimated 35,400 are still living, according to the Iowa National Guard.
The planning for that event will begin at 9:30 a.m. April 14th at Camp Dodge. The Tall Corn Chapter of Korean War Veterans of Iowa is conducting that meeting and inviting representatives of local veterans organizations across the state to participate and spread the word in their communities so as many Korean vets as possible show up for their July 14th recognition.
The Defense Department, in cooperation with the national Korean War Veterans Association’s Tell America program, will help conduct the July 14th event. It is one many nationwide leading up to the 60th anniversary of the July 27th, 1953, armistice that ended the Korean War, which began in 1950. Camp Dodge, where many Iowans embarked for service in Korea and many other conflicts through the decades, was chosen because of the Gold Star Military Museum and its capacity.
Details on how individual veterans can apply for the recognition will be explained at the April 14th meeting. Certificates generally will be issued to veterans who served between the start of the Korean War in June 25, 1950, and the 1953 armistice. The certificate veterans will receive, signed by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. More information about the April 14 and July 14 events may be obtained by calling Iowa Gold Star Museum director Sherrie Colbert at (515) 252-4531.