William Weber, Retired Army Colonel Passes at 96

Faye Higbee
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Retired Army Colonel William Weber died at his home in Maryland on Saturday at the age of 96. He was one of the first soldiers to continue Active Duty after losing an arm and leg from service in the Korean War. Aside from being a Korean War hero, Col Weber fought long and hard to obtain the Korean War Veterans Memorial that was finally added in 1995.

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Then 1st Lt William Weber prior to the battle of Wonju where he lost his right leg and right arm.

Col William Weber

He enlisted in the Army at 17 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1945. Bill had a long and distinguished career as a paratrooper and a member of the 11th Airborne Division and 82nd Airborne Division. During his service, he served as the executive officer of L Company, the 187th Infantry Regiment (airborne regimental combat team), and later commanding officer of K Company, 3rd Battalion, ARCT. He took part in the Allied Occupation of Japan after World War II and saw significant combat during the Korean War. In February 1951, he was severely wounded and lost both his right arm and right leg. Despite these injuries, Bill remained on active duty, being one of the first such disabled officers on active duty since the Civil War. He served both with NATO in Europe and at the Pentagon. In 1980, after 37 years of service, Bill retired with the rank of colonel.

Col. (Retired) William E. Weber | Obituaries | fredericknewspost.com

Col Weber also fought for a Wall of Remembrance for the Korean War Memorial. The wall will be dedicated on July 27, 2022. The guests will include KWVMF Friends, Gold Star families and Korean War Veterans. He always felt that the Korean War Memorial was not complete until it had the names of those who died in the war. He finally succeeded in his quest.

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The Korean War Memorial in DC
The Korean War Memorial Wall of Remembrance in Washington DC

His awards included: the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with V, Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

From Chosin Reservoir to the Battle of Pork Chop Hill (Hill 255), the reminder that ‘Freedom Isn’t Free’ shouts from the pages of history. The Marxists, the Communists, the dividers of the United States will never prevail as long as there are men and women willing to shed their blood to protect her.

We will continue to make efforts to ensure that the South Korea-U.S. alliance, which is formed by the blood and tears of U.S. veterans … continues,

Moon Jae-In, President of South Korea

The South Korea-U.S. alliance is also a history of heroes who fought for freedom. I will remember their patriotism and humanity.

South Korean President-elect Yoon Seok-youl 

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Featured screenshot of the Korean War Memorial in Wasington DC.

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