Korean War Veterans Antietam Chapter 312 was formed in the spring of 2007 and received its charter from the national Korean War Veterans Association in July. The impetus for a Korean War veterans chapter in Hagerstown originated by some residents who were members of the Frederick chapter, but lived in Hagerstown. When the new chapter was formed in Hagerstown, thirty-one veterans signed up to be charter members. In the seven-plus years since its incorporation, Antietam Chapter 312 has more than tripled its membership. Download Membership Brochure (right-click on link and select "Save As").
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea. Although there had been some limited US troops in South Korea since 1945, it was the North Korean invasion that prompted President Harry Truman to authorize additional forces in accordance with United Nations sanctions. The mandate of the United Nations was to stop the illegal invasion and preserve the territorial integrity of South Korea.