Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Honor Korean War Veterans
Washington, D.C. – Today, 29- year Air Force Veteran, POW, and U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act (H.R. 1475). This bill would permit a privately funded addition of a Wall of Remembrance to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The Wall would list the names of all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were killed in action during the Korean War and list the number of all American POWs and MIAs.
“As a veteran who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, I can attest to the personal importance that our war memorials have for our veterans and military families as well as for future generations,” said Johnson. “Our war memorials are an important physical reminder that the price of freedom is not free. Fittingly, they also serve as places where all Americans can pay their respects to the brave men and women who fought on behalf of our Great Nation.”
Johnson continued, “Many of our veterans returned home, some were taken as Prisoners of War, too many are still missing in action – and then there are the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrice with their lives. All of them are heroes.
“Sadly, the Korean War and its veterans are often forgotten. And America’s memorial for this Forgotten War is incomplete. That is why this Wall of Remembrance is so important.”
In support of Johnson’s bill, J.D. Randolph, 2nd Vice President of the Korean War Veterans Association, stated, “It is important for this Wall of Remembrance to be erected because thousands of young men gave their lives fighting for a mostly forgotten war. Many were held POW for many years and many are still MIA. Since it is privately funded, it should go forward.”
Colonel J.P. Hogan, USA, Retired, Texas State President of the Association of the U.S. Army, echoed these sentiments: “It is fitting that we remember the names of our Korean War brethren who were lost in action during this ‘Forgotten War’ that in many respects continues to this day. These warriors are to be remembered for their courage, their selflessness, and their commitment to Duty, Honor, and Country.”