Most Recent Update: January 19, 2022*
Stay safe, everyone. I love you. -
The KWE is online throughout 2022
thanks to a web hosting gift that was given by Maurice "Dick"
in honor of
the Korean War veterans of the Casualty Section, Adjutant
General's Office, Headquarters, 45th Infantry Division.
*Updates are generally made on two locations on this page: Latest News
and Newest Additions. Be sure to check both places when you see that an update has been made.
This website was created by Lynnita Brown, founder, Korean War Educator. Lynnita, who holds
Korean War veterans in the highest regard, is solely responsible for the monitoring and posting of
all of the contributed and self-generated text that appears on the Korean War Educator.
Technical changes to the website are courtesy of Webmaster Jim Doppelhammer, who also has a strong appreciation
for our nation's veterans. Lynnita can be reached at 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953; ph.
217-253-4620 (home). Lynnita's e-mail is
Lynnita holds three jobs, so the best time to reach her is
at home in the evening. (She stays up late.)
Thank you to all veterans for
protecting our freedom.
- January 19, 2022 - See Newest Addition
- January 04, 2022 - See Newest Addition
- January 02, 2022 - See Latest News
- December 14, 2021 - See Newest Addition
- December 12, 2021 - See Newest Addition
- December 07, 2021 - See Latest News
- December 07, 2021 - See Latest News
- November 06, 2021 - See Newest Addition
- October 29, 2021 - See Latest News
Back to Page Index
[The following news and commentary is posted with the most recent news at top, followed by older news.
Latest News is written by Lynnita Brown.]
Thanks to a $200 donation from Holly H. Ryan of Connecticut,
two more years of web
hosting were funded in memory of Holly's father, Sgt.
William J. Huebner. A war correspondent, 3rd Infantry
Division veteran, and twice-recipient of the Bronze Star,
Sergeant Huebner's Korean War experiences are currently in the
works of our webmaster's computer and will soon be available for
viewing on the KWE. [Posted 1/02/2022]
The General Operating Fund of the KWE was boosted this week
with a $1,000 donation in memory of our dear friend Charles
Scott. As mentioned in our October 06 update, Charles
(Sr.) died on September 09 of this year. Throughout the
past several years he and his family have been strong supporters
of the Korean War Educator. Even in his pending death he
thought of the KWE and me, and we will be forever grateful to
him--not only for his financial support, but also for his
terrific Korean War memoir posted on the KWE. Our thanks
to his daughter RuthAnn for her loving support, too. [Posted
Tucked inside his Christmas card to the KWE
was a $100 gift to our General Operating Fund from 1st Sgt.
Jerome Bonkowski (USMC Ret.) of Illinois. A repeat
supporter of the KWE, we appreciate his "Merry Christmas" note
and gift. Have a very Merry Christmas yourself, "Bonkers".
I am pleased to announce that a check in the amount of $5,000
has been awarded to the Korean War Educator. The following
news release explains the grant.
"A non-profit organization in Tuscola, Douglas County is
the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Illinois Humanities,
with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities
and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Korean War
Educator, a foundation established and operated by Lynnita
Aldridge Brown of Tuscola, was one of 254 organizations in
72 Illinois counties to benefit from the grant program.
Noting that some non-profits are often by-passed by
traditional funding streams due to size, organizational
capacity or geographic location, the IHC offers them an
opportunity to apply for general operating funds. According
to Brown, the grant to the Korean War Educator (KWE) will be
used to transcribe memoirs of Korean War veterans, generate
new topics pages for the KWE website at www.thekwe.org, and
provide funds for various general operating expenses
associated with those two objectives.
Illinois Humanities, the Illinois affiliate of the National
Endowment for the Humanities, is a statewide nonprofit
organization that activates the humanities through free
public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that
foster reflection, spark conversation, build community, and
strengthen civic engagement.
The Korean War Educator is one of the largest all-Korean War
websites in the world, receiving over a million visitors per
year. The KWE provides general and specific information
about the Korean War, including an array of veterans’
memoirs, casualty data, award citations for heroic action in
Korea, branch accounts, minority involvement, and much, much
more. A new Topics page about African-Americans in the
Korean War is near completion. Sponsored by Sheila
Kronenberger of Southern Illinois, the page includes
little-known facts about the role of black Americans who
fought and participated in the war. The IHC grant will make
the site’s new Native American page possible, as well as the
transcribing and posting of Illinois-based Korean War
veterans memoirs and other topics."
Needless to say, we are thrilled at the award! Our
thanks to the Illinois Humanities Council for understanding our
need. [Posted 10/29/2021]
It has come to our attention that quite a lot of Korean War history is being lost needlessly because
one particular aspect of the many unique opportunities available to veterans through the Korean War Educator
is little known. The KWE exists to educate the public about the Korean War--at no cost to Korean War
veterans. Here is what is happening that doesn't need to happen:
Individual Korean War veterans and Korean War veteran reunion groups often have small, medium and large
websites on the Internet. Unfortunately, as the veterans age and financial resources to stay online
dry up, these informative websites are being pulled off the Internet one by one and the history found on
them is being lost forever.
Please spread the word that the Korean War Educator's "Topics" page can absorb these increasingly-disappearing
websites at no cost. All you have to do is turn the text and photographs over to the KWE for permanent
posting on the Korean War Educator. Naturally, a little money to help make the transaction would always
be welcome, but it is most certainly not mandatory. The KWE is a free service to Korean War
veterans and always will be--no strings attached. How does one move a Korean War-related website over to the KWE? Simple. Contact
Lynnita! [Posted 8/29/2010]
Do you have a short story about Korea? Send it our way! We have recently opened a short story
section on the KWE's Memoirs page. Lynnita's e-mail address is
email@example.com. Her U.S. mail is Lynnita Brown, 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953.
Be sure to include a picture of yourself to go along with the story. Sending more than one picture
is okay, too. [Posted 2/16/08]
Back to Page Index
Newest Additions to the KWE
Added to the KWE tonight was the Bronze Star citation for
Paul T. Desforges, a Chosin Reservoir survivor and
Purple Heart recipient. [Posted 1/19/2022]
Thanks to Holly Ryan of Connecticut, the KWE added the
following Bronze Star
recipients (3rd Infantry Division) to the website
tonight: Maj. Anthony J. Iannacone (Dental Corps), Capt.
Lawrence J. Keene (Artillery), Capt. Leonard F. Stegman
(Chaplain), 1Lt. Thomas G. Houghton (Infantry), MSgt.
Francisco Billoch (Infantry), Sgt. William J. Huebner (HQ &
HQ), and 2Lt. Jose A. Bonilla-Matos (Medical Service Corps).
received a battlefield commission while serving in 1st
Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in
Korea. He participated in the Inchon Landing and
the Chosin Reservoir campaign. His memoir of his tour
of duty in Korea was activated today on the KWE. [Posted
PFC Arthur G. Hartley, Jr. received a Silver Star
(posthumously) for action on June 16, 1952. The
citation is now posted on the KWE. [Posted 12/12/2021]
The full-length memoir of
Robert Lee Extrom
is now live on the KWE. Robert was a radio operator in
the 1st Marine Division's Howe Company in Korea 1950-51. He
participated in the Inchon landing, liberation of Seoul,
Chosin Reservoir campaign, and the spring guerilla hunt.
Added to the KWE early this morning were the Silver Star
citations for 3rd Infantry Division veterans
1Lt William H. Butts and Corporal
Raymond E. Phillips. Both were posthumous awards.
The short memoir of Jesse D.
Downs was activated on the KWE tonight. Jesse was
an engineer with the 171st Evacuation Hospital in Korea
1951-1952. [Posted 10/14/2021]
Courtesy of Arthur Wilson, the KWE posted the Distinguished
Unit Citation for Battery A, 424th FAB, on our
page; [Posted 9/29/2021]
Added to the KWE's
American Notables page are John T. Melick Jr., (pianist,
bandleader and arranger) and James Andrew MacGeorge (voice
actor, puppeteer, stand-up comedian). [Posted 09/13/2021]
Over the last several evenings I have posted biography
information about the 44 souls who were fatalities when a
crashed near Seoul on November 14, 1952. May they
always be remembered. [Posted 9/01/2021]
New on the KWE tonight is our Coast Guard page. To see
the chronology of Coast Guard activities, aircraft
accidents, fatalities, Gold Lifesaving Medal recipients and
Topics - Coast Guard on the KWE. [Posted 8/24/2021]
Another notable Korean War Veteran was added to the
page of the KWE this afternoon. He is the late Dr. Jay
Benoir Weidler, the civil engineer who designed, fabricated
and installed the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port. [Posted
Added to the KWE tonight was the name of an
that served in the military during the Korean War.
Actor Nick Adams (Mister Roberts, Rebel without a
Cause, and The Rebel) served in the US Coast
Guard from 1952 to 1954. [Posted 8/19/2021]
Almost every night I add more information to the
Women in Korea page of
the KWE. [Posted 8/05/2021]
Officials of a past administration of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. telephoned the KWE's
largest funding source to date to request that it not support the Korean War Educator. (Korean War
veterans everywhere should be outraged at the KWVA's maltreatment of the KWE.) Subsequent KWVA administrations
have done nothing about this injustice. As a result, that funding source is no longer available to
the KWE. Until the Korean War Educator receives another grant, your financial support is needed to
help keep the Korean War Educator going. Please join as a member, because your dues money is what keeps
this site going. You are always welcome to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me (217-253-4620 at home or 217-253-5171 Thursday-Saturday at my store) Illinois time if you have
comments, concerns, questions, or suggestions. [Posted 2004]
As always, Korean War veterans and their families throughout the world are invited to participate in
the educating of the general public about the Korean War by sending information, memoirs, photos, and more
to the Korean War Educator. - Lynnita Jean Brown
Back to Page Index
A Team Effort
The Korean War Educator is a team effort between Lynnita Brown of Tuscola, Illinois, as well as Korean
War veterans and their families worldwide. Lynnita is directly involved with the daily updates visitors
see on the KWE. All text appearing on the Korean War Educator is either generated by or routed through
Lynnita. Webmaster Jim Doppelhammer handles the technical aspects and makes improvements to the Korean
War Educator website. If you find a technical glitch anywhere on the site, be sure to contact Jim
at email@example.com. If you
find text errors on the site or want to add material to it, be sure to contact Lynnita at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll see what we can do to fix them.
If our KWE visitors see typographical and/or grammatical mistakes, Lynnita encourages those who discover
them to contact her. There is no such thing as an error "too small" to be corrected.
Lynnita can be reached by phone at 217-253-5171 (her store) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday (and generally on Monday-Wednesday from May to December, too--but not always!). Her home
phone number in Illinois is 217-253-4620 (she rises early and stays up late). Feel free to reach Lynnita
is at her home number if you can't catch her at her store. If she is not home, your call will be picked
up by an answering machine or her husband, Dale. Please feel free to leave a message. She will
call you back--probably the same day or evening. Her e-mail address is
Back to Page Index
KWE Progress Report
- As of April 17, 2011, the KWE has had 192,390 since January 1, 2011.
- A review of the Year 2010 traffic statistics for the Korean War Educator shows that 681,927 visitors
stopped by to view the Korean War Educator from January 1 through December 31, 2010.
- The Korean War Educator had 810,676 visitors in the year 2008. As the site continues to grow,
so will the number of visitors. As an example of the KWE's fantastic growth rate, just think.
In the year 2004 the KWE had only 24,152 visitors! The majority of visitors to the KWE website
were from the United States, with visitors from the United Kingdom second and visitors from China third.
- As of January 7, 2008, the KWE had 141,459 page views per month and an average of 2,000 visitors
per day. The KWE website contains 5,645 files (748,966 KB). It has 3,364 photographs. There
are 21,404 hyperlinks.
- Due to a change of web hosts, we only have January and February and the December statistics from
2007, showing approximately 27,500 visitors per month in January/February and 30,000 visitors in December.
- From 1/1/06-12/31/06, the KWE had 183,640 unique visitors (again, many came back to view the site
over and over again, but they were only counted once) who viewed 1,132,528 of its pages.
- From 1/1/05-12/31/05, the KWE had 222,072 unique visitors (many came back to view the site over
and over again, but they were only counted once) who viewed 775,446 of its pages.
The Korean War Educator started to offer memberships at the end of September 2003. For the very first
time, the Korean War Educator was able to use the General Membership dues ($10.00 annually) to establish
a general operating fund that has enabled Lynnita to pay for her monthly internet connection, as well as
incidentals such as reams of copy paper, ink cartridges, postage, etc., without taking it from her own pocket.
Not only that, the Korean War Educator established an Endowment Fund to keep the Foundation going long after
those of us living today have passed on. With an initial deposit of $50.00 (one half of the cost of Life
Membership dues going into the Endowment) that special reserve fund has now jumped to $2,135.53, thanks
to the most recent donations to it from the KWE's new life members Tom Cearlock and Carl Galey of Illinois.
Our goal is to build up the principal in the account so that the annual interest will pay for each year's
web hosting fees. You can find the roster of Korean War Educator members on the KWE’s "Support" section
at the top of all main pages. We are hoping that many more of our visitors will come aboard to help this
great Korean War website become even greater. All funds go to support the Korean War Educator Foundation.
No salary money is expended. Most of the KWE's limited funds are expended for internet/website
expenses and printer ink.
It would be great if some of our regular visitors would support this important website by sponsoring
a year of hosting (or more). Contact Lynnita at email@example.com
about this possibility if you think you would like to sponsor a year's worth of KWE. The list of website
sponsors to date is listed on the
Support page of the KWE..
Back to Page Index
In Remembrance of Julian
is with great sorrow that I inform Korean War veterans and our other site visitors about the death of Julian
"Buck" Blagg, original webmaster of the Korean War Educator website and a fine Marine. He died of lung cancer
at 6:00 a.m., Sunday, June 1, 2003, at the age of 66. Julian was my dear friend, and I miss him. He helped
me give the world the Korean War Educator.
- Lynnita Brown, Founder, KWE