LISBON — Lisbon Falls native and Korean War veteran Charles W. Plummer will speak at the Lisbon Historical Society meeting Wednesday, May 13.

His talk titled “Korea: Memories From a Forgotten War” will begin at 7 p.m. at the MTM Center on School Street.

June 25 will mark the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

Plummer’s brother, Cpl. Harry R. Plummer, was one of the first U.S. casualties of that war and the first from the state of Maine. Plummer will share details of the battle that his brother was engaged in as a tank commander and in which he was mortally wounded and awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with a V for valor.

Plummer is also the primary next of kin of a cousin who became missing in action above the 38th Parallel, just a few days before the war ended. Plummer will also share some of his experiences as a Naval aviator operating off several aircraft carriers and how he survived a plane crash into the Sea of Japan off the coast of Korea and was rescued by helicopter.

As an introduction to his presentation, Plummer will talk about the three main reasons why the war broke out and labels that some government officials gave that war after it broke out. He will then give an overview of some of the significant military engagements that took place including Gen. McArthur’s ill-fated campaign to invade North Korea and his insistence that we drop an atomic bomb on China which led to his firing by Pres. Harry Truman.

The program is free and open to the public. Entrance and parking are at the rear of the building. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For further information, go to [email protected] or call Dorothy Smith at 353-8510.


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