Veterans Affairs Minister to Attend Funeral of Decorated American Korean War Hero
|Veterans Affairs on November 11, 2021, shows the Korean War Memorial erected in Orange County, California, United States. (Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs)” id=”heraldbizimg01″ data-src=”http://res.heraldm.com/content/image/2022/04/21/20220421000167_0.jpg”/>|
This photo, released by the Department of Patriots and Veterans Affairs on November 11, 2021, shows the Korean War Memorial erected in Orange County, California, United States. (Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs)
South Korea’s Minister of Veterans Affairs will attend the funeral of retired US Army Col. William E. Weber, a decorated Korean War veteran, in Maryland later this week, his office said Thursday.
Hwang Ki-chul is scheduled to attend the funeral on Friday (local time) to deliver President Moon Jae-in’s message of condolence to the bereaved family and console them on behalf of the Seoul government, according to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.
“From his participation in the war to the last moment of his life, Colonel Weber gave everything to honor and remember the sacrifice and dedication of veterans,” Hwang said.
“Our government will not forget its wishes and make every effort to ensure that the blood-forged South Korea-U.S. alliance will continue into future generations,” he added.
During the 1950-1953 conflict, Weber served as a member of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team and joined key missions, including the Incheon Landing Operation, to repel North Korean invaders. He lost his right arm and right leg in a battle in Wonju, 132 kilometers east of Seoul, in 1951.
After retiring, Weber dedicated his life to ensuring the world never forgot the Korean War.
He has advocated for the creation of memorials honoring Korean War veterans, including the Wall of Remembrance in Washington that bears the names of U.S. servicemen and U.S. Army Korean Augmentation Troops who lost their lives during the war.
More than 1.78 million American servicemen fought alongside South Korean troops under the UN banner during the war, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. (Yonhap)