Early County Korean War Veterans Share Memories

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

A local Korean War Vet remembered a memory from Thanksgiving in 1953: bonding with his crew over throwing up buckets of Thanksgiving dinner.

“And I couldn't imagine what they were for, but I found out the next day when we started getting sea sick, and everybody throwing up,” Korean War Veteran, Charles Garrett, remembered about his first experience aboard the USS Liberty.

He is one five Korean War Veterans honored Tuesday by the American Legion Post 11 in Blakely, Georgia.

“The community needs to realize that these people all played an important part in protecting our freedom. And also protecting our country,” said Kenneth Hall, Commander of the American Legion.

The Korean War lasted three years. It ended in July, and that is why Hall rallied the troops Tuesday night.

“I have personally called each one of them,” he said.

All five vets were from different branches of our Military. One from the Navy served on Destroyers. An Army vet reminisced about his time stationed in Alaska. The others served in the Marine Corp and Air force.

Korean War Veteran, Larry Middleton, said, “I spent 12 months in Korea in 1952. I loaded bombs and ammunition.”

Now, the American Legion is working towards a memorial to honor all war veterans from Early County.

“And recognize the people who deserve recognition,” said Hall.

They are building a monument and want to make sure they engrave the names of every local veteran. The monument will go on U.S 27 Bypass in Blakely, Georgia.

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