Gen. Stearley brought Korean War Memorial plane to Brazil


A Veteran looks over the Fighter Jet that serves as a Korean War Memorial on the grounds of the Clay County Courthouse (Frank Phillips/DLC Media photo.)


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BRAZIL – The fighter jet that sets on the courthouse lawn has been there so long it is easy to overlook. But like the many living war veterans around us, it reminds us of the terrible sacrifice made for Americans that we might have freedom and liberty.

This jet flew in Korea and after the war, it was delivered to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

General Ralph Stearley, USAF Retired, convinced Wright-Patterson AFB to loan the fighter jet to the City of Brazil, said Veteran Terry Gibbons after a ceremony was held to honor the many veterans who fought for their nation.

Mayor Brian Wyndham told us about the purpose of the ceremony.

The plane was repainted thanks to a $5,000 donation from Duke Energy.

Rick Burger, a company official, explained why the Duke Energy got involved.

Many dignitaries participated in the ceremony held next to the fighter jet on the courthouse grounds including Walt Termeer, a veteran of the Korean War, Mayor Wyndham, Burger, Jill Gilbert, the incoming Indiana 7th District VFW Commander, and an honor guard from American Legion Post 2 and VFW Post 1127 in Brazil.