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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan>ACIRC SIMS AND STRIPES „ TODAY, NAY 20,1997 S * Leaky fountain, buckled paving and ring of dead trees plague me- morial to "forgotten war." The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Dave Pearson, vis-iting from New Hampshire, wasn't sure what to expect at the memorial honoring those, who fought and died in the Korean War. But he knows he didn't like whathe found.. The Korean War Veterans Memorial, which cost $18 million to build and was dedicated less than two years ago, is fall- ing apart: "With all the money, there shouldn't be any reason why it should be like this," said Pearson, 44, of Sandown, N.H., one of scores of tourists who visit- ed recently. "Most people would be dis- appointed." Bejhind a cordon of yellow police tape, workers were removing hundreds of gray paving stones that form the central plaza of the memorial. A cascading wa- ter fountain, a centerpiece symbolizing tranquility, was dry except for a dirty puddle of rainwater. And only holes filled with gravel marked the spots where $0 shade trees once ringed the fountain. They all died a year ago. Veterans of the Korean War — known by some as the "forgotten war" — wait- ed 42 years to get a memorial. Even af- ter Congress approved it in 1986, it took nine years before it was dedicated in July 1995. Within months there were problems. For the past eight months, several fed- Visitors to the §C®r@@ft War Memorial In Dedicated in It95, the memorial lias eral agencies, the memorial's architect and contractors have been trying to find out what caused the plaza area around the fountain to buckle, why all the trees died and why the fountain hasn't worked properly. Last week, Democratic Sen. John Glenn, the former astronaut who fought in Korea and campaigned for a memori- al, fired a letter off to the Park Service and the Army Corps of Engineers, de- Tbc Associated Press n look at a [email protected] area. fen into disrepair. manding that repair work be stepped up. "It is disrespectful to our Korean War veterans to see the national memorial to their service in such a state of disre- pair," he wrote. Retired Col. William Weber, a double amputee from the fighting in Korea, said he too prays for a quick repair. "It's a great disappointment that it's deteriorated as rapidly as it has," said Weber, who was a member of the presi- dential advisory board that worked to get the memorial built The memorial, just south of the Lin- coln Memorial and across a reflecting pool firorh the Vietnam Veterans Memo- rial, has a complex design in two parts. One is the fountain and plaza area; the other is a gently sloped hill with 19stainless steel sculptures of patrolling soldiers — all climbing toward the foun- tain. There have been no problems with the sculptures. The rest of the monument is another story. "It's terribly unfortunate. It's a shame that visitors to Washington have to see it in this shape," said Earle Kittleman, a spokesman for the National Park Ser- vice, which manages the memorial. Lloyd Caldwell, chief of construction for the Army Corps' local district, said all parties are working to correct the problems, and the fountain leak has been repaired under warranty. He said the problems with the water circulation were caused by leaves falling from the nearby trees, clogging the filter system. Those trees died and are now gone. "Our objective is to have the pool op- erating by the end of this month," Cald- well said. As for the dead trees and buckled pavement; he said "a final solu- tion^ ... has yet to be determined." Joe Purka of the American Battles Monument Commission, one of the many groups that signed off on the monument design, said the problems are "disap- pointing" but not totally unexpected. "There's always a shakedown period," he said. yoito little ^S^ $3.00and it will be seen all overthe Pacific. Tell him what• he means to you... reserveyour spa< today! ?£"'"' *!s,*rs - jr.5-ms Rank Address. Telephone No. (Duty) APO/FPO (Circle One) (Sevan Digits) (Home) (Seven Digits) Sorry, messages not received by June 9,1997 must be returned f i i i i i i i I I i i Headline ealiiiiui mi J $3.00 °T J • a i i ( For Just $4.00, we 'II semi the June 15th issue of Stripes with your Father's Day Message _ anywhere you choose. Just fill in the information below! Name Mailing Address Zip (Maximum 20 Spaces) Text Charge +$.(Minimum $3.00) l l i | l 1 \ \ I j ii i i ii i 34 I I 1 l' I I I , I I 1 I $5 Mailing l i i i i i i i i 'i i $6 Total -$ to DAD! 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