On September 18, Colonel (retired) Arthur Barondes ’48, class president, delivered welcoming remarks at the Korea Military Academy (KMA), in a ceremony unveiling a plaque honoring his 17 classmates–12 Army and 5 Air Force–who died in the Korean War. One of those pilots was Jim Van Fleet, son of General Van Fleet (USMA 1915), then Commanding General, U.S. 8th Army in Korea, and later influential in creating the Korea Military Academy.
Colonel Barondes had coordinated the ceremony with General Chung, Superintendent of the KMA. It was attended by U.S. and Korean dignitaries and the entire corps of KMA cadets The Korea Defense Veterans Association, its Korea Chapter, and American members Monika and Tim Stoy (USMA '81) were instrumental in arranging the ceremony.
The ceremony led to a tribute to the Class of 1948 in the English-language Korea JoongAng Daily.