These guys and gals didn’t hear “thank you” enough when they returned from service, and they don’t hear it enough today.

So we’re going to make the first introduction to some neighbors you should know.

On the heels of the Globe Gazette’s successful project a year ago honoring veterans of the Vietnam War, we’re starting a similar “They Served With Honor” series focusing on veterans of the Korean War.

The stories will start Friday — Veteran’s Day — and will feature weekly profiles of North Iowans who served in the conflict. The profiles will appear online Mondays and in print Tuesdays.

Iowa sent 85,000 troops to Korea, and more than 500 didn’t return. Locally, 35 from North Iowa died there, including Rockford native Leighton Kreider.

Kreider’s death in a prisoner camp at age 20 prompted his brother Harlan, then 16, to join the Navy two years later in 1953.

The motive behind Harlan’s enlistment was to bring his brother home. It’s a mission that continues today.

You can read more about the Kreiders in the coming weeks.

All of the features will be available at, and we’re hopeful the project is successful enough to publish all of the profiles in a special section on Memorial Day weekend.

It would be, like the section on Vietnam Veterans, a great keepsake and resource for family members, educators and part-time historians.

We have a good start on Iowans to profile, but we’re looking for more.

If you or someone you know served in Korea, please let us know. We’ve expanded the focus for this series to include deceased veterans, so family members can share their stories, too.

The easiest way to share a name with us is by email — — but we’ll also take your phone call.

And thank the veteran.


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