Bob Peake, of Washougal, has a few momentos that remind him of his time served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Peake, 80, served 1 1/2 years each on three ships — a destroyer the USS Higbee, an unnamed LSSL-116 transported from Astoria, Ore., to the South Korean government, and the USS Dixie. He has a print of the USS Dixie, shown at sea accompanied by destroyers.
Peake, a former quartermaster second class, also has two framed pieces of wire fence that used to be located in the Demilitarized Zone at the 38th Parallel between North and South Korea. One of the framed pieces was provided by the Vancouver Korean Society, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War in 1950.
The other framed piece of wire fence was delivered by Stan Nystrom, a Washougal resident and former Camas insurance agent. Nystrom’s son-in-law Elton served in Korea. The keepsake was provided by the Republic of Korea in gratitude to American soldiers.
Peake is among the area’s service members involved in the formation of the Richard L. Quatier chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association of Southwest Washington.