Monday, May 25, 2015

Korean War Memorial: Sophia, West Virginia

Sophia, West Virginia, is a small town in southern West Virginia, which was founded in 1912. It was the hometown of the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. In its heyday Sophia was the gateway to the Winding Gulf coal fields and served many of the nearby coal communities. Today, the National Coal Heritage Trail includes Sophia among its list of recommended attractions:

"Sophia is a quaint little town that has many unique shops and buildings in its historic region. Plan on spending an hour or two to walk along these streets full of history and be sure to engage the local as they have a wealth of knowledge."

We didn't see any quaint little shops but the downtown is quite nice:

Downtown Sophia, West Virginia; photograph taken by me

In the park by the railroad tracks was a Korean Conflict memorial. One soldier was mentioned by name.

Korean Conflict memorial in Sophia, West Virginia;
photograph taken by me

Honor Roll portion of the memorial; photograph taken by me

In memory of
Sgt. Prince A. Clyburn, Jr.
1951 Korea 1953
Co-founder of KSC 156
10-10-1933 -- 6-18-2014

KSC 156 is Chapter 156 of the Korean War Veterans Association of Southern West Virginia.

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