Busan, Republic of Korea – Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Richard S. Whitcomb was recognized for his altruistic legacy on a special day of celebration and remembrance at the U.N. Memorial Cemetery and Peace Park on Nov. 11, 2023. The Busan civic committee raised funds for the Whitcomb statue to be erected and unveiled during the commemoration of the International Memorial Day for United Nations Korean War Veterans.
The statue symbolizes the steadfast alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea. It serves as a beacon of unity and the lasting gratitude for a distinguished military leader who left an unforgettable impression on the community during the Korean War.
As the tensions were released, the drapery cascaded delicately on the ground unveiling the picturesque statue of Whitcomb and war orphans walking hand in hand. Local dignitaries, military officials, and family members marveled with joy and pride at the vivid representation of history that continuously lives within the community. Celebrating Whitcomb’s heroism and paying homage to those who held a significant role fighting for freedom and peace. The momentous event served as a reminder of the shared history and the enduring spirit of cooperation between the two nations.
Whitcomb was commended for his efforts in rebuilding a war-torn country and providing support to the people of South Korea devastated by the war, particularly the orphans. On Nov. 11, 2022 he was posthumously awarded the Mugunghwa Medal — the most prestigious Order of Civil Merit, and was presented to his daughter during a ceremony in Busan.
Whitcomb’s legacy lives through the community he selflessly provided aid for during the Korean War. As we commemorate this day, Nov. 11, Veterans day honors all who answered the call to serve. This year marks the 70th year of the ROK-U.S. alliance, which is a testament to the enduring partnership and cooperation of the veterans who have served over the past several decades.