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Celebration honors Korean War veteran


Eau Claire (WQOW) – Almost 1.8 million Americans served during the Korean War.  Despite that, it is often referred to as "The Forgotten War" due to the lack of attention it received both during and after the conflict.  But today that was not the case, as a local company honored their founder, a veteran of the Korean War, during their Veteran's Day celebration.

In 1968, Fred Wagner founded a wire and cable company called Minnesota Wire.  But more than two decades before that, his job was in the service of our country.

"The first time I was in Korea, '46, '47, and '48 partially.  And I was in charge of dispatching all of the vehicles and the Battalion 24-7," said Wagner.  "And it was a lot of work, but I grew up in the Army.  I enjoyed it immensely."

The company he founded after his time in the service ended did not have to go far to find a keynote speaker for their 6th annual Veteran's Day celebration.

Wagner spoke of his time in the service, and stressed not only the importance of appreciating veterans, but also their loved ones.

"Their families oftentimes suffered as much as they did.  I know from personal experience, I interviewed many of the veterans coming back from Korea, and their families suffered as much as they did and I think that families of the veterans should be a part of the celebration."

"Fred Wagner is part of that generation that we often refer to as the greatest generation," added Representative Ron Kind (D-3rd District).  "Those that came home from World War II, Korea and helped build the nation that we have today.  And to hear him talk about the history and what it was like for him to serve is really what Veteran's Day is about as well."

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