Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington
Four Northern Kentucky military heroes will be honored during Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Veterans Day Commemoration honoring all veterans.
The free event will feature the induction of U.S. Army Air Force Pfc. Harvey Lee Hampton of Newport into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. Hampton was sent to South Korea at 17 and was among only 28 men from his company to survive the 1952 battle for Pork Chop Hill. Hampton received 16 military awards and medals, including the Purple Heart.
Three other Northern Kentuckians who were inducted into the hall earlier this year will also attend. They are:
Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth E. Ayres of Ludlow, who served on active duty during the Korean War from 1951-55 and on inactive duty from 1955-59. As a civilian, he has provided assistance and mentoring to more than 10,000 area young people, helping them acquire college scholarships. He is a recipient of the Bill Cappell Volunteerism Award and the National American Legion Lifetime award, among other honors.
Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Samuel D. Deeds of Independence. During his deployment to Iraq in 2005, Deeds came across an improvised explosive device (IED) and exposed himself to it to warn his fellow Marines. He was severely injured by the blast, undergoing 30-plus surgeries and procedures. Deeds has received a Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Purple Heart, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Korzenborn of Edgewood, who served during the Vietnam War. Since age 13, he has played the trumpet and has played taps at hundreds of public ceremonies. Now in his fifth year as Kenton County sheriff, he has instituted several reforms which have won awards from the FBI.
A light lunch will be served following the event.
Attendees are invited to stay for the noon opening of the museum’s 25th annual Holiday Toy Trains Exhibit and its newly renovated Rails Gallery. At 2 p.m., there will be an opening reception for an exhibit of carved Santas by Fort Mitchell resident and craftsman Jim Schmidt. Also on display will be “Christmas in Victorian England,” an elaborate, lighted display of Department 56 miniature scenes.