Colonel Frazier To Speak At POW/MIA Service At Letterkenny
The annual community POW/MIA service of remembrance will be held on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the Letterkenny Chapel, Letterkenny Army Depot, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201. The service will be followed by special memorial dedications at the adjacent Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park.
The guest speaker will be Col. Glenn Dowling Frazier, former prisoner of war and survivor of the World War II Bataan Death March. Born in Ft. Deposit, Ala., he enlisted in the Army at age 16 and was assigned to the Philippine Department under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. In 1942, the Philippine-American forces surrendered. He survived the transfer of prisoners and spent 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Japan in slave labor camps. He is the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the Bronze Star, four Purple Hearts and numerous other awards.
Special music for the service will be provided by the Falling Spring Brass Choir, the Community Chorus, and organist Freda J. Dorand of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The service is jointly sponsored by the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and the Joint Veterans Council of Chambersburg.
Participants in the service will include Col. Victor Hagan, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, who will present welcoming remarks. Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 Veterans of Foreign Wars will present the colors and lead military honors in front of the chapel as the service concludes. Post Cmdr. Charles Lucas will present the Code of Conduct and Memorial Recognition of POW/MIA. The Rev. Dr. Allie Harper Jr., vice-president of United Churches of the Chambersburg area, and area clergy and laypersons will also take part in the service.
In 2007, Col. Frazier was featured in the 14-hour documentary, “The War,” directed by Ken Burns. That year he completed his memoir, “Hell’s Guest,” dedicated to all men and women who fought and died in the Philippine Islands during World War II and in the defense of Bataan and Corregidor, and to all those who worked at home or on the battlefields. He relates how he learned to forgive his Japanese captors after many years of nightmares.
Frazier will also speak at the Chambersburg Rotary meeting at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, May 16, and will hold a press conference following the meeting at 1:30 p.m. He will be present on Friday, May 17 at Chambersburg Heritage Center at a book signing of “Hell’s Guest,” sponsored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Opportunities to sponsor memorial flags, trees, benches and pavers at the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park continue to be available. Brochures are readily available.
For further information, please contact: The Rev. Dr. Allie Harper Jr. 717-267-3946, or the Rev. Dr. William Harter, 717-264-3828.