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Korean War Veterans

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John Weliver (Born 1930)

A retired Fort Myers resident, Gunnery Sergeant John Weliver served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Deployed after the beginning of the war, he was assigned to squadron VMO6 as aircraft Crew Chief on the observation helicopter squadron. After the war, Weliver continued to serve in the Marine Corps for another 23 years.

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Bernie Lenhart (Born 1928)

A retired North Fort Myers resident, Staff Sergeant Bernie Lenhart served in the 1st Engineer Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. One of the survivors of the infamous Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, Lenhart’s skills as a mechanic were put to the test as he worked to keep military equipment running in frigid conditions. After the war, Lenhart worked for the Ford Motor company. He retired to Southwest Florida in 1995.

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Dale Riggs (Born 1933)

A retired Fort Myers resident, Private First Class Dale Riggs joined the United States Army in 1950 when he was only 17 years old. Immediately deployed to Korea, Riggs was assigned to the 52nd Medical Battalion and for the first five months worked as an ambulance driver. After the war, Riggs left the army and worked for General Motors. He moved to Florida with his family in 1995.

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Grace Chicken (Born 1914)

A retired Port Charlotte resident, Lieutenant Colonel Grace Chicken served as an Air- Evac nurse in the US Army Air Force during WWII and the Korean War. After the Korean War ended, Chicken continued her service in the US Army Air Force for a total of 26 years before retiring to Florida. At age 102, she shared fond memories of her experiences in the service, which allowed her to travel the world.

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Joe L. Dinish (Born 1935)

A retired Port Charlotte resident, Chief Master Sergeant Joe L. Dinish had just finished his first year in college when he was drafted to Korea where he served two and a half years in the U.S Army – 3rd Infantry Division, Medical Battalion. Upon his return to the United States, Dinish resumed his studies. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and continued to work in the medical field for 37 years before retiring to Florida in 2007.

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