Korean War Wall Photos
Bobby Haley was an Irving native and descendent of the pioneer Haley family. During the Korean War, he was a sergeant in a U.S. Marine corps demolition squad. He returned to Irving and worked as a plant supervisor at a local steel company. In 1968, Haley was elected to the first of two terms on the Irving City Council.
Garfield Andrew came to Irving with his family in 1934. During the Korean War, Sergeant Andrew served in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter helping provide safe landing and rescue for pilots and battle-damaged aircraft. Andrew came home and worked as a long-haul truck driver.
WWII veteran Dr. Paul Laird served as a U.S. Army physician at a forward aid station during the Korean War. Captain Laird received two bronze stars for his service. After leaving the military, he practiced medicine in Irving for 35 years. Laird was mayor of Irving from 1957-1959 and was instrumental in establishing Irving Community Hospital.
John Veno moved to Irving in 1949. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps at Pusan in the military court system during the Korean War. Veno returned to Irving and became a homebuilder. He was involved in local and national builders' associations and served on the City of Irving's Planning and Zoning Commission.
Ralph Smith was deployed to Korea in 1953, where he was serving as a U.S. Army platoon leader on the central front at the time of the Armistice in July 1953. After Korea, he attended seminary. Smith worked as the first full-time chaplain at the Irving Community hospital from 1980-1997. In 1988, after 36 years in the reserves, he retired as a colonel in the Chaplain Corps.
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