War Memorial features Frackville Veteran

(excerpted from Panorama Schuylkill, June 2000)

FRACKVILLE - Local Historian, Lorraine Stanton has been notified that the Korean War Veterans Association, Cape and Island, Chapter dedicated a Korean War Memorial for the state of Massachusetts.Defense Department Photo
      The eight-foot bronze statue on a three-foot granite base was placed next to the Kennedy Memorial in Veterans Park overlooking Nantucket sound at Hyannis, Mass. The dedication was held June 25, and Senator John Kerry was the speaker.
      Flags representing the United States, Massachusetts State Flag, MIA and POW flags and the Korean flag will be to the rear of the statue and bricks with names of Cape Cod Korean Veterans will be at the base with the names of 24 Cape Cod Korean Veterans killed in action.
      The local community donated $100,000 plus $25,000 for perpetual care to have the memorial erected.
      In 1951, infantryman, John J. Allen, in battle regalia, climbing a rocky ridge on the dividing line between North and South Korea posed for this historic picture. The combat photographer was Don Duquette who submitted this photograph for consideration for the memorial. The photograph entitled "The 38th Parallel" was honored as "Picture of the Year" in 1951 and is the property of the Defense Department and is filed with other historic photographs, such as those titled "Spirit of Seventy-Six" and "Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima."
      John Allen was born and raised in Frackville and lived at 9 E. Frack St. He attended the Frackville schools and graduated in 1947. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in ground combat north of Seoul, Korea, May 20, 1951. The ceremony was held at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation on August 27, 1951 with Colonel E.M. Sutherland making the presentation.

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