Vietnam vets team with Korean War vets to create memorial

Joe Startt Jr., president of Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, left, is shown with Commissioner George Goss, who holds a photo of the planned Korean War Memorial at the Kent County Memorial Park in Dover. Goss is state president of the Korean War Veterans Association. Memorial bricks will be sold to help finance the project. SOURCE SUBMITTED
February 26, 2014

Joe Startt Jr., president of Kent County Chapter 850 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, joined George Goss, president of the Korean War Veterans Association of Delaware, to announce the kickoff of a campaign to bring a Korean War Memorial to Dover.

The meeting took place Feb. 18 at the monthly meeting of the Commission of Veterans Affairs in Dover.

The agreement to put the Korean memorial at the Kent County Memorial Park in Dover was made last fall between the leadership of both organizations. The Delaware-shaped memorial was proposed by the leadership of the KWVA and quickly approved.

The memorial will cost approximately $10,000, and about $2,500 has already been raised, according to Startt, with Chapter 850 handling the funds. In addition to individual contributions, the project will be financed through the sale of memorial bricks at the site similar to the way the Vietnam Memorial was built in 2009.

"We were gratified when the Korean War veterans accepted our offer of a spot in the Memorial Park to honor those lost in their conflict," said Startt.

In addition to a Vietnam Memorial, the park includes a Gold Star Mother and Family Memorial, and a site for a memorial to those lost in Middle East conflicts.

Order forms for the $75 memorial bricks for the Korean monument can be downloaded at or call Paul Davis at 302-697-8384.