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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 23, 2019 09:40 AM
From: Representative Seth M. Grove
To: All House members
Subject: Corporal Markle Memorial Road
On June 25th, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel and invaded the Republic of South Korea. As part of a United Nations initiative, the United States sent troops to the Korean Peninsula with the goal of keeping the people of South Korea free and stopping the spread of Communism. While Korea is often called “America’s Forgotten War,” over 1.7 million Americans served in the conflict. More than 50,000 brave Americans sacrificed their lives in service of their country and to preserve the freedom of South Korea. The Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953, which secured South Korea’s freedom. Although the Korean War officially ended in 1953 for the families of the more than 8,000 American soldiers still missing at the conclusion of the conflict, the conflict was not over. For far too many families, the bodies of the missing soldiers were not discovered or returned by the North Koreans preventing them from having closure.

In an effort to bring stability to the region, President Donald J. Trump began negotiations with Chairman Kim Jong Un. As part of these negotiations President Trump secured the return of the remains of many American heroes who died during the Korean war.

One of these heroes was Corporal Earl. H Markle, a resident of Spring Grove Borough, who embodied the best of his generation. In order to serve his country, Corporal Markle lied about his age so that he could join the U.S. Army. In November of 1950, while serving in Korea with the 1st Calvary Division, Corporal Markle’s unit was attacked by the forces of Communist China in the Battle of Unsan. After the battle, he was reported as missing and was declared deceased three years later. He was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star for his service during the war. In order to honor Corporal Markle’s sacrifice, and the sacrifice of his family over the past 79 years, I plan to introduce legislation to designate State Route 3059 in his hometown of Spring Grove as Corporal Earl H. Markle Memorial Road.

Please join me and co-sponsor this legislation to honor an American hero who gave his life for our country and recognize the family of Corporal Markle who waited over 70 years for closure.

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Introduced as HB2017