Museum to host Korean War program

The Dublin Historical Museum will host a program on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Rotary Building discussing the sacrifices and service of locals in the Korean War.

Dubbed the “Forgotten War” due to the prominence of World War II before it and Vietnam after it, one needs to look no further than the displays at the museum to see that American soldiers paid a price in this often overlooked conflict.

One such artifact is a jacket stained with the blood of Ray James Yantis, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, whose father served as land surveyor of Erath County. Yantis was captured by the Chinese military and taken as a prisoner of war. He was given the jacket to keep warm in the frigid temperatures, and he attributed his survival to the light green coat.

Another display donated by Dan Gilbreath commemorates the 38 tin can soldiers who lost their life on the USS Kidd on which he served. Dubbed the Pirate of the Pacific and named after Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, the Kidd is the only U.S. ship allowed to fly the Jolly Roger. Gilbreath, like Yantis, was a big supporter of the Dublin museum and has many donations (including three scrapbooks full of information and photos) on display that will add to the story of local Korean War heroes. 

These subjects will include Yantis, Gilbreath, George Davis, Vernon Prater, Dan Morgan and more, as well as an overview of the war itself.

Dublin Historical Museum representative Mary Yantis reported the program was originally planned for the Little Church on Grafton but the enthusiastic response it has already received prompted them to change the venue to the larger Rotary building.

Yantis has been told that some of these attendees will be bringing keepsake of their own to help tell the story of the local involvement in the conflict.

For more information on the museum or the upcoming program, visit 116 W. Blackjack between 1 and 5 p.m. any day or call 445-4550.

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