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Korean War battle topic for Chapel on the Green event

Jerry Sperry will tell of his Korean War experiences on June 16 at the Chapel on the Green in Yorkville.
Jerry Sperry will tell of his Korean War experiences on June 16 at the Chapel on the Green in Yorkville.

The Korean War’s battle of Chosin will be the subject of a talk and movie presentation at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Chapel on the Green.

Jerry Sperry, a Yorkville resident and U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the battle, will detail his experiences prior to the screening of the documentary.

Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free, but donations to cover the cost of using the Chapel will be welcome.

Sperry, a member of the Illinois Chapter of the Chosin Few organization, said the documentary will be shown to help educate the public about the Korean War and the Battle of Chosin, which took place from Nov. 27 to Dec. 13, 1950, when 120,000 Chinese troops – under orders from Mao Zedong – encircled and attempted to destroy UN forces in the Chosin Reservoir area. The UN forces, including U.S. Marine units, numbered only 30,000. Despite overwhelming odds, the Marines and other UN forces managed to break out of the encirclement and, as they withdrew, inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese.

The Chapel on the Green is at 105 W. Center Street, one block west of Route 47. For information, call 331-207-4664.

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