A Washington area chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association was organized Thursday at a meeting at Post 218, The American Legion.

More than 40 Korean War (1950-1953) veterans from this area attended.

Elected chapter commander was Dave Anderson, former commander of Post 218, and a former Marine. Other officers elected were Bernie Hillermann, first vice commander; Bill Miller, Sr., second vice commander; Ken Fleer, adjutant; Lloyd Hardin, treasurer; and Rodney Eggers, judge advocate.

The group plans to meet at The American Home on the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. in the lower level. Membership still is open. All Korean veterans who served during the period of the war years to 1955 are eligible to join.

This chapter of the national Korean War veterans organization already is planning an observance of the 60th anniversary of the cease-fire in the Korean War for Saturday, July 27. It will be held at the Korean War Memorial in Krog Park. Fifth Street between Highway 47 and Hancock Street will be blocked off. The program will be held on the street in front of the memorial. There will be seating.

The plan is to present the South Korean Ambassador of Peace Medal to veterans who served in Korea between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953.

State Commander Frank Williams, O’Fallon, conducted the election of officers, and also spoke at Thursday’s meeting. Jim Fountain, St. Louis County, a national director of the association, administered the oath of office to the officers of the Washington chapter. Both praised the turnout of veterans.