Joseph Lewerk

Initially in the Connecticut Army National Guard following graduation from high school, Joseph George Lewerk (16 Nov 1927, Connecticut – 28 May 1966, Los Angeles, California) was presumably activated and deployed for federal service at the beginning of Korean War. He was possibly located at Hill 222, just north of the Imjin River and above the Wyoming OPLR in late 1950 through mid-1950.

Based on the only 2 photos I have of him associated with his time in the ROK and unverified family stories, he may also have been present for occupation duty after World War II. One photo is of the Roman Catholic cathedral in Daegu and the other (posted as the profile image with a fellow soldier named “Cope” to the right) is in front of a probable Japanese colonial era monument, also presumably in Daegu. He completed his draft registration card on 16 Nov 1945.


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Korean War - Key Events

July 27, 1953

Mark W. Clark for the UN Command, Peng Dehuai for the Chinese, and Kim Il-Sung for North Korea conclude an armistice ending hostilities. A demilitarized zone is created that roughly follows the prewar border along the 38th parallel. South Korean Pres. Syngman Rhee announces his acceptance of the agreement, but no representative of South Korea ever signs the document.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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