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감사합니다 (Thank You)

Aleethia’s “Friday Night Dinner” on June 13, 2014, was graciously hosted by Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young and his wife at their beautiful residence.

Over 65 wounded/injured/ill service members, spouses and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of camaraderie, Korean delicacies, kind, humorous & supportive remarks.

Two Wedding Anniversaries were celebrated tonight!

Ambassador Ahn & his wife will be celebrating their 36th Anniversary this year and Tom & El Porter celebrated their 60th Anniversary on April 18, 2014. Ambassador Ahn arranged for a special cake to recognize Tom and El Porter’s 60th Anniversary.

LT. Tom Porter (Korean War Veteran and double amputee) and Eleanor (a 2nd Lt. with the Women’s Medical Specialist Corps) met in 1953 at Brooke Army Medical in San Antonio. El was Tom’s former physical therapist at Brooke Army Medical. They were Peer Level visitors at WRAMC, giving hope to the newly injured as they arrived at the ICU unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to begin their long journey of recovery. El was nicknamed the “Cookie Lady!”

Toasts were offered throughout the evening…..

MG Kyoung Soo Shin offered a gracious toast to all the wounded/injured/ill service members. Also, MG Shin recognized Tillie Smithers whose late husband Col. Samuel Smithers was a Korean War Veteran. MG Shin said that Col. Smithers was sent directly to Korea after he graduated from West Point in 1950. He went into combat with the Third Armored Division leading a platoon of 12 Americans and 41 South Koreans, none of whom spoke English. He led his platoon in the evacuation of Hungman, and he received the Silver Star for his actions during an attack north of Pusan.

As the evening was coming to a close … a very meaningful and touching video entitled “Thank you America!” was shown. “We will always remember your noble sacrifice and warm heart that offered help in the name of friendship.“

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Aleethia wishes to thank Ambassador Ahn, his lovely wife and the friendly and welcoming staff at the Residence and the Embassy of South Korea for making this a very special evening for all!

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