September 27, 2013
SUBJECT: REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN WAR—C OF O STUDENTS ACCOMPANY KOREAN WAR VETERANS TO KOREA FOR THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONFLICT
It has been dubbed the “Forgotten War,” but 17 College of the Ozarks students will learn about the Korean War, so that it is not forgotten, by accompanying six Korean War Veterans to Korea Sept. 28-Oct.7. The group will visit places such as Pork Chop Hill, the scene of battle after battle from 1951, until the signing of the Armistice in 1953.
One of the Veterans, Donald Schnurr of Urbandale, Iowa, served as a radio operator on the front lines from Pork Chop Hill to the Iron Triangle in Eastern Korea. Another, Joffre Tremblay, of Stanwood, Wash., flew 75 combat missions during the Korean War. Students will learn from these six Veterans, immeasurable amounts of history, as well as what it means to “put it all on the line” for the sake of another’s freedom.
“I cannot wait to meet all of our Veterans and learn from them, so that I can pass on their stories to the next generation,” said Morgan Sowell, one of the student participants. “The Korean War is called the Forgotten War, but I think it’s time for America to remember and honor the men and women who served in it.”
In addition to Schnurr and Tremblay, Veterans to accompany the students include Oscar Davis, Jr., of Orange, Texas; Joe Nance, Marble Falls, Ark.; Roderick Kent of Des Moines, Iowa; David Williams of El Cajon, Calif.; Richard Keller of Berryville, Ark.; Rich Peters of Forsyth, Mo.; and Jose Mendoza of Chula Vista, Calif. Interestingly, Peters and Mendoza attended high school together in Chula Vista, Calif. This will be the first time for them to reunite since graduation. Until a couple of weeks ago, neither knew the other had signed up to go on the same trip with students.
This trip is part of the College of the Ozarks Patriotic Education Travel Program, wherein students accompany Veterans to their fields of battle to learn about history, service and sacrifice. Since it was launched in 2009, more than 200 students have accompanied more than 100 Veterans on Patriotic Education Travel. Students journal and photograph their experiences, record the Veterans’ stories and post a daily blog of their journey. To follow the trip, go to www.cofo.edu/PatrioticTravel.