GREENVILLE — Eleven members of the KWVA Foothills Chapter of SC #301 were presented the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal on Jan. 14 by Steve Jeffcoat Sr., Steve Jeffcoat Jr. and Ewell “Buddy” Sturgis, staff members of the S.C. Military Museum, who were responsible for acquiring the medals.
Members of the Foothills Chapter who received the medals were Clarence Compton, Carrol Farmer, William Gains, Paul Karns , Harold Lipscomb, Jerry Lunsford, Bill Spears, Ron Stephens, Robert Timmerman, Frank Tooley and Glenn Walls.
Several others received their medals in a ceremony at the Military Museum in Columbia on Oct. 31, 2015.
Additional medals will be awarded to other members once their verification (DD214) is approved by the Korean Consulate.
Guest speaker was Katie Gayle Womble, curator of Oral History for the Upcountry History Museum at Furman University in Greenville. Womble was seeking Korean War veterans, men and women, willing to share their first hand experiences while in the service during the Korean War.
The purpose for collecting these stories is to Honor our veterans and guarantee that they will be preserved for, and shared with, future generations. Each story of individual service and sacrifice is extremely important for family members and descendants.
The Foothills Chapter of SC #301 meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month except July at Golden Corral, 3240 N. Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville. All Korean War veterans are welcome. If you have ever served in Korea 1945 to present (or served outside of Korea June 25, 1950 to Jan 31, 1955) then you qualify to be a member.