2011 Annual Meeting and Symposium

Korea: The Forgotten War Remembered 

Symposium and Annual Business Meeting of the North Carolina Military Historical Society
May 21, 2011, NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

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Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd E. Mielenz, Jr., United States Army (Retired), was born in Davenport, Iowa, the son of an Army officer.  His younger years were spent on various Army posts, including two years on Corregidor in the Philippines from which he was evacuated in March of 1941.  His father was captured and held by the Japanese from 1942 until 1945.  A  West Point graduate, Lt. Col. Mielenz was commissioned in June, 1950, assigned to the 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Division, and deployed to Korea where he was wounded at the Chosin Reservoir.  Following his recovery at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Lt. Col. Mielenz continued his career serving in a variety of Command and Staff assignments, including battery commander of the first Nike Hercules site in the air defenses of Washington, DC, and a tour as a Space and Strategic Missile Analyst at NORAD Intelligence in the 1960s.  Lieutenant Colonel Mielenz is a retired Quality Engineer with Carolina Power and Light Company.


Jack Wallace was born and reared in Bath, North Carolina, where, upon graduation he joined the Merchant Marine, serving for one and a half years.  He received the first baseball scholarship ever awarded by East Carolina Teacher’s College (now East Carolina University).  He played professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs for one season before being drafted into the United States Army.  He deployed to Korea in 1952 and was assigned to the 10th Engineer Combat Battalion, Third Infantry Division, where he saw sixteen months of front line service.  Following his military service, Mr. Wallace spent forty-five in education as a teacher and coach for fifteen years and school administrator for thirty years.  He retired in 1996 and continues to live in Bath.



Colonel Hal Shook, United States Air Force (Retired) commanded the 506th Fighter Squadron in Europe throughout the Normandy Campaign during World War II and flew fighters during the Korean War.  During his Air Force career, Colonel Shook held a variety of command and staff assignments including ones at Headquarters, United States Air Force, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Commandant of four major Air Force training schools, commanding units of from 300 to 5,000 personnel.  Following his retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Shook began a second career as an author and consultant in the field of human services.


Master Sergeant Brad Westerdahl, United States Marine Corps (Retired), originally from Illinois, enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II, and was stationed at the United States Naval Academy at war’s end.  M/SSGT Westerdahl served in Korea from 1950-51 as an Intelligence/Scout/Sniper with the Seventh Marine Regiment, participating in the Inchon Landing, fighting in the City of Seoul, the Chosin Reservoir, where he was wounded, and in the fighting in eastern and central Korea.  He served a second tour in Korea, 1953-55.  During his Marine Corps career, M/SGT Westerdahl served numerous tours of duty in both the United States and overseas.  Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, he worked as an Intelligence Analyst for the United States Army Foreign Science and Technology Center for 21 years.  Now retired, M/SGT Westerdahl lives in Raleigh, NC.


Colonel Richard M. Ripley, United States Army (Retired), served 32 years in the Regular Army and saw combat in three wars.  He received 43 awards and decorations, including the Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Special Forces tab and the Glider Badge.  Colonel Ripley served with General Patton in the 4th Armored Division during World War II, commanded a guerrilla force code named Operation “Wolfpack” during the Korean War, operating behind enemy lines, and commanded the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam.  Because of his experience in leading unconventional warfare forces in Korea, Colonel Ripley became one of the founding fathers of the Army’s famed “Green Berets.”  His talk is titled, “Operation Wolfpack of the 8240 Army Unit.”