Korean War veteran Ralph Fine, 78, Junction City, left, laughs as he greets his old company commander Harold Woods, Emporia, during a reunion of Korean War veterans of the 439th Engineer Battalion on Friday night at American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14, 3408 W. Sixth St.
Cpl. Harland Thillen, 75, Rockford, Ill. 439th Engineer Battalion. Served 1952-1954. "When I left for Korea my son was 5 months old. You hold him in your hand and then he's walking the next time you see him."
Cpt. Ross Laybourn, 82, Georgetown, Texas, originally of El Dorado. 439th Engineer Battalion, Battalion Adjutant. Served 1951-1953. "This is by far the best outfit I've been in in my five and a half years of service."
Sgt. Ralph Staples, Sun City West, Ariz. 439th Engineer Battalion, Company A. Served 1950-1953. "We were recognized as one of the best engineering units in Korea at that time."
Chaplain "Chappy" Monroe Marion Miles, 87, Albuquerque, N.M. 439th Engineer Battalion. Served 1950-1953.
Tech Sgt. Dale Pennybaker, 81, Lawrence. 439th Engineer Battalion, Company A. Served 1951-1952. "It's a joy to still see people that you remember."
Cpt. Harold Woods, 85, Emporia. 439th Engineer Battalion, Company A. Served 1950-1952. "If you look at a lot of them, you think of them from 50 years ago."