Korean vets form Mohave chapter

KINGMAN ­ The "forgotten" veterans are banding together to form a new group in Kingman. Military veterans of Korea, from 1948 to the present date, now have a new chapter that includes war era veterans and any servicemen in Korea from 1954 to the present.

Dale Heckathorn is the organizer and commander for the Mohave County Chapter of the Korean War Veteran's Association of Arizona in Kingman.

"The Korean veterans were the first to put a stop to communism, who fought hard but are forgotten by many." Heckathorn said.

Monthly meetings will be at the VFW at 3036 E. John L St. until the group is fully formed. The next meeting is at 1 p.m. June 17.

Three men from Southern Arizona made trips to Kingman to help form the new chapter, Les Nagy, the commander of the West Valley Chapter for Arizona, Vice Commander Pete Martinez and Chairman of the Nominating Committee Olen O'Connor.

Elections at the first meeting in May resulted in the following winning positions: Fred Stilt, first vice commander; Leroy Wissinger, second vice commander; Tom Murray, secretary; and Henry Gonzales, treasurer.

The Mohave chapter is seeking new members and volunteers. Associate members, including spouses, friends, and family are also welcome to the new chapter. Membership dues are $12 a year or $110 for lifetime membership.

"We want to get veterans together and help them understand benefits available to them," Murray said.