Korean War memorial to be dedicated


A monument dedicated to eight Carroll County men who died in the Korean War will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Gardens behind City Hall.

The monument was donated by Joseph L. Mathias Monuments in Westminster.

When it is dedicated, all county residents who died in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam will be recognized by name at City Hall or in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden.

The eight county men who lost their lives in the Korean War were: Sgt. Charles L. Billingslea Jr., Pfc. Charles A. Chew, Pfc. Louis A. Damewood, Pvt. William H. Dotson, Sgt. Leslie L. Fairchild, Pfc. Charles E. Garver, Pfc. Harold E. Lugenbeel and Sgt. 1st Class Virgil Stambaugh.

Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown, a former Westminster mayor, and Ed Howard, commander of American Legion Post 31 in Westminster, began searching for the names of the Korean War dead in 1990, when none of the county's veterans groups could provide them.

With the help of Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett's staff, the names were verified. Sunday was chosen for the dedication because it precedes the July 27 dedication in Washington of the national Korean War Veterans Memorial.

The latter date is the 42nd anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended three years of fighting on the Korean peninsula.

Besides Mr. Howard and Mayor Ken Yowan, guest speakers will include state Sen. Larry E. Haines and Mr. Brown.

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