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“Forgotten War” veterans honored 


A veteran is presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency during the Korean War Commemorative Ceremony, at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans last month. The event honored 69 residents of the home for their service during the Korean War.

A veteran is presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency during the Korean War Commemorative Ceremony, at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans last month. The event honored 69 residents of the home for their service during the Korean War.

Korean War Commemorative Ceremony recognizes service 

When Walter Towns enlisted in the Marine Corps as an 18-year-old fresh out of high school, he dreamt of someday having a family, a home, a car and a job. He served in Korea for only six months—from March to September 1951—but twice those dreams were put in jeopardy when Towns was wounded by the enemy.

Towns, the recipient of two Purple Hearts, was one of 69 residents of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans honored recently for their service during the Korean War.

“I don’t talk about my service much because most people forget about the Korean War,” Towns said. “But the bullets they shot in Korea were just as real as anywhere else. I was fortunate to serve a great country and take care of others while I was in Korea, and I was fortunate to get all the things I’d dreamt about once I got home.”

The Korean War Commemorative Ceremony recognized Korean War veterans living at GRHV and thanked them for their role in defending democracy and freedom in South Korea. During the ceremony, each resident received a certificate of appreciation for his service, while Towns and the 21 other residents who served in Korea were also awarded the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal by Jae-woong Lee, deputy consul general of the Korean Consulate General in Chicago.

Often referred to as the “Forgotten War,” the Korean War began less than a decade after World War II. Hostilities took place from June 27, 1950—two  days after North Korea invaded South

Korea—until July 27, 1953, when the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. Following the armistice, many American troops remained in South Korea to help alleviate the uneasy peace.

“Whether they were stationed in Korea, Europe or in another theater, our Korean War veterans answered the call to serve the same as every other soldier,” said Jeff Barnes, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. “More than 60 years ago, these men and women were asked to put their civilian lives on hold and protect the people of South Korea. Today, we thanked them for that service and let them know that no veteran should be forgotten.”

During the Korean War, 6.8 million American men and women served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Of those, 1,456 Michiganders lost their lives. Michigan is home to nearly 65,000 Korean War veterans.

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THORVAL NIELSEN


 

32C obit nielsenThorval “Bo” Nielsen, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Bo was born September 29, 1933 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Vern and Lillian (Pritchard) Nielsen. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School and attended Davenport College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bo attended the East Nelson United Methodist Church, was a member at the Cedar Springs Historical Society and active at the Museum, the Cedar Springs American Legion, and a lifetime member and very active in the Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club. He was a lifetime builder in the Cedar Springs area, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved his family and spending time with his sons. Surviving are his wife, Sharon (Buchholz) whom he married on December 6, 1958; sons, Brian (Deborah), Alan (Rhonda); grandchildren, Ryan (Molly), Lauren (Will) Buttars; great grandchildren, Kendall and Mason; brothers, JC, Walter (Helen), Ivan (Phyllis), Eugene (Shirley); sisters, Nina Middleton, Karen (Leonard) Deyman; in-laws, Otto (Marion) Buchholz, Alvin (Patricia) Buchholz, Joyce (Richard) Johnson, Lois Garvey; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; one sister; and one brother-in-law. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 11 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment with military honors at East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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LEROY J. MOSHER


Leroy J. Mosher, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mr. Mosher was born February 23, 1932 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the son of Delbert and Myrtle (Carr) Mosher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War and had worked for the Kent County Road Commission for 38 years. He loved going to garage sales. Surviving are his wife, Velda (Kruger); children, Cheryl Frost, Cherry (Dennis) Verburg, Jay Mosher; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Edna Kimble. He was preceded in death by his son, Rick. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 22 at 11:00 am at Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City. Pastor Steven Frentz officiating. Private family interment in North Ensley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church or Metron of Cedar Springs.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

 

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