The Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization originally entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that the Korean War Veterans Memorial in our Nation’s Capital will be maintained in perpetuity and to assist with ceremonies at the Memorial honoring all those who have served. A recent law added a new purpose.
In October, 2016 legislation tasking the Foundation with raising the funds necessary to build and establish a “Wall of Remembrance” as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial was signed into law. The Wall is to become the permanent home to the names of the 36,574 who gave their lives in the service of freedom—names that might otherwise remain Forgotten.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation is led by:
Colonel William E. Weber, USA-Ret.
Enlisting on 25 February 1943 at age seventeen, Colonel William E. Weber spent his first seven months of service in the Army Specialized Training Program until reaching the age of eighteen in November 1943, when he entered basic training. Following basic and advanced infantry training, he volunteered for the Airborne. Graduating from the Parachute School as paratrooper and glider qualified, he then underwent airborne demolitionist training.
Selected to attend Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry in January 1945. After graduating from the Airborne Jumpmaster Course at Fort Benning, Weber was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division, then in the Philippines as a platoon leader in Company M, 3rd Battalion, 187th Glider Infantry Regiment. When the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, he and his fellow troopers of the 11th Airborne participated in an air landing operation to initiate the occupation of Japan.
After serving with the occupation forces in Japan, Weber was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. In April 1949, he rejoined the llth Airborne Division at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, when it returned from Japan. In August 1950 he deployed to Korea with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team as the executive officer of Company L, 187th Airborne Infantry. Wounded in September 1950 during the battle for Seoul while the 3rd Battalion, 1 87th Infantry, was attached to the 1st Marine Division, Weber was assigned as the battalion S-2 while recuperating. Following a combat jump at Sukchon, North Korea, he became commander of Company K in December 1950.
During the battle for Wonju in February 1951, Weber was severely wounded and lost his right arm and right leg. Following hospitalization, he was retained on active duty, being one of the first such disabled officers on active duty since the Civil War. His (and others’) ability to perform required duties of their branch, rank, etc., established the practice of retaining selected disabled personnel for active duty. Back then, this was an exception to common practice; today it is an established procedure.
Following assignment as Assistant Secretary General Staff, Headquarters, First Army, Weber attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning. After graduation, he was assigned to the Leadership Committee, Infantry School, and then to the Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
After graduation, he was assigned to U.S. Army Europe and served as Operations Officer, G-3, at Headquarters, Central Army Group, with NATO. Upon his return to the United States, Weber attended the Armed Forces Staff College and was then assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, in the Pentagon. After graduating from the Army War College, he served in the Office of the Secretary of the Army before retiring in 1980.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with V, Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
In 1987, Weber was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as a member of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board. During this period, he and three airborne comrades planned, organized, and conducted the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration of the Army’s airborne forces in July 1990 in Washington, DC.
He presently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.
RICHARD W. DEAN II, COL (RET.), US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, VICE CHAIRMAN
Colonel (Ret.) Richard Dean has thirty five years of engineering expertise in the armed forces, federal and private sectors. Rick is currently the Director of Engineering at the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, DC and oversees a robust diversity of renovation projects in the Historic District of the base including its keynote historic landmark facility of Roosevelt Hall and recent renovation of Grant Hall in which the third floor courtroom of the Lincoln conspirators was recreated to its 1865 configuration.
Prior to his current position, Rick was the Project Engineer with the Baltimore District US Army Corps of Engineers in which he was tasked continually with high visibility / sensitive projects to include the construction of the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall; renovation of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff quarters at Fort Myer; complete renovation of the Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC; and significant renovation projects at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to name a few the diverse portfolio of projects. Two of these projects were dedicated by presiding US Presidents. Rick also deployed (first rotation) to Kosovo at the end of the air war and was a key team member in the base camp design and construction of Camp Gjilane and assisted in the establishment of Camp Bondsteel. Previous to his Federal Service, Rick was a Superintendent of road construction, utilities, and sports facilities construction companies in Northern Virginia.
Colonel Dean spent over 30 years of service in the US Army (Active and Reserve Duty) culminating as Commander, 579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M) with deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan and NATO Regional Support Command Engineer during the 2010 surge campaign. Prior to this assignment, Colonel Dean was the 88th Regional Support Command Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer in which he oversaw the facilities maintenance, renovation and construction of over 350 facilities located in 19 states with a staff of military/civilian/contractor staff of 200 personnel and was heavily involved with the BRAC 2005 program. Colonel Dean was selected as the US Army Reserve Command’s BASOPS Engineer Executive of the Year. Colonel Dean held numerous positions of increased responsibility with the 416th Engineer Command, culminating as the Fort Meade/Belvoir Facility Engineer Team Leader. He also deployed in support of the US Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Response Team for Texas flood disaster/levee rebuilding 1992; Mississippi River floods 1993 and 1994 and Hurricanes Luis/Marilyn in the Virgin Islands 1995. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and other decorations, as well as the Bronze and Silver De Fleury Medals from the US Army Engineer Regiment.
Rick also takes pride in his volunteer efforts with the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation as Vice Chairman and co-leader to construct a glass “Wall of Remembrance” at the memorial to list the 36,574 veterans killed in the war and key planner of numerous national events to honor Korean War Veterans. He is Executive Board Member of the Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association and has lead a volunteer crew of adult scouters for over 25 years in numerous semi-annual construction projects at the National Capital Area Council’s scout camp at Goshen, Virginia.
Rick received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University and a Master of Science degrees from the University of Idaho and the University of Southern California and is a Honor Graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.
JAMES R. FISHER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jim Fisher, National Executive Director, Korean War Veterans Association of the USA and Executive Director of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.
Jim Fisher is a senior military leader who retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service. Seven of them were spent as the Chief of Operations Officer for the Department of Defense’s 50th and 60th Anniversary of WWII and 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration. After leaving the Department of Defense he became the coordinating producer for the PBS National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth Concert. Jim has served as the executive director of the Friends of the National WWII Memorial, The Korean War Veterans Association, and the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration for the Nation. Within these roles he successfully executed 100+ high-profile Veteran events and commemorative programs. In 2001, he was awarded the Vietnam Veteran of the Year Award for his dedication to ensure all Veterans are properly honored for their service.
Jim is the Executive Director of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation (KWVMF) and oversees the day-to-day operations which provide a full spectrum of tactical and strategic workforce solutions.
THOMAS S. KIM, President, Thomas Capitol Partners, Inc.
Thomas S. Kim is Founder and President of Thomas Capitol Partners, Inc., an international lobbying and strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Mr. Kim’s practice centers on representing and advising the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Korea International Trade Association (with over 72,000 member companies) on a wide range of political, security, diplomatic, military, cultural, economic and trade matters before the United States Congress. For more than a decade, Mr. Kim has contributed to nearly every congressional and legislative initiative affecting the U.S.-Korea alliance.
He serves on the Board of Directors of W2E International Corporation, an advanced waste conversion technology company that utilizes gasification processes to convert waste matter into clean energy. He also serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc. whose mission is to ensure the proper maintenance and enhancement of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in the Nation’s Capital.
Mr. Kim volunteers as a Guest Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy. He is also active with the Naval Academy Foundation and established the “Thomas S. Kim Scholar” program that supports a Midshipman’s semester exchange at the Republic of Korea Naval Academy.
Educated at The Johns Hopkins University (B.A. with Honors) and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (M.S.), Mr. Kim currently resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife Nancy, a Partner at Lange, Thomas & Associates LLP, and their sons Thomas (TJ) and Samuel.
Annelie E. Weber retired after serving nearly 29 years as a congressional staffer and Executive Assistant to the General Counsel and to the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives.
Annelie is a “Distinguished Toastmaster” the highest award Toastmasters
International can bestow to its leaders and was elected to serve District 18 as its Governor. She also served for two years as a Board member of Toastmasters International, and served for three years as a member of the International Leadership Committee.
She is also a past President of the Frederick County Commission for Women. She is a graduate of the annual 2003-2004 Leadership Frederick program sponsored by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.
Annelie has served as the Executive Staff assistant for the Korean War Veterans Association.
During the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War 2000-2003, she published The Commemorator, a quarterly publication for and about Korean War veterans and served as the Executive Assistant and interim Executive Director for U.S. Korea 2000 Foundation, a non-profit Foundation.
She now serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation and is the Assistant Editor of the Airborne Quarterly, a digest of airborne history published by her husband under the auspices of the American Airborne Association.
Annelie is a Board Member of the League of Women Voters, Frederick County and a past Board Member of the Asian American Community of Frederick, MD.
She is an alumna of the University of Maryland where she obtained her BA and MS degrees. Annelie is German by birth and American by choice.
George S. Kopp
George S. Kopp is a Washington lawyer and government relations consultant. Working closely with members of Congress, Mr. Kopp is often called upon to assist with appropriations matters and the development of legislative proposals, which would affect the competitiveness and economic viability of client companies and products. An expert in science and technology policy and an international trade law specialist, Mr. Kopp is particularly well versed in trade matters involving aerospace and other high-technology industries. He also serves liaison between clients, the Administration, and the regulatory agencies on matters ranging from emergency response to the environment. He frequently prepares in-depth reports on highly complex subjects, addressing individual clients’ concerns, and assists in increasing clients’ presence on Capitol Hill during key legislative debates on national policy.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kopp has represented some of the largest international and domestic corporations, and foreign, state and local governments. Mr. Kopp also has represented several non-profit organizations. He has held senior positions in several Presidential campaigns and numerous Congressional races. Following the Clinton campaign, Mr. Kopp served on the Transition Team of the incoming Chief of Staff. Mr. Kopp also served as Adjunct Professor of law at Columbus School of Law at Catholic University where he taught Administrative Law.
Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Kopp served in several positions on Capitol Hill and in the Federal Government, including seven years as Democratic Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science. In this position, he was responsible for the authorization and oversight of a wide variety of programs, including advanced remote sensing, environmental satellite programs, next generation radar, new energy technologies, biotechnology, research into the relocation of hazardous nuclear waste and climate change. In fact, Mr. Kopp’s subcommittee held the first congressional hearing on climate change. Mr. Kopp also served as Counsel to the Space Shuttle Challenger accident investigation.
Previously, as Democratic Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Mr. Kopp was responsible for trade regulation, insurance and antitrust matters. He was the principal House staff member involved in passage of the Federal Trade Commission authorization bill, which made significant changes in the Commission’s jurisdiction and procedures.
Before serving on Capitol Hill, Mr. Kopp was Assistant Director of the Division of Product Reliability at the Federal Trade Commission. There he directed the agency’s activities relating to standards and certification, warranties, franchising, and dispute resolution. He was also a trial attorney with the Department of Justice Criminal Division for six years.
Mr. Kopp currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial Foundation. He graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of Arkansas.